Let It Bleed

I was lucky to be able to chat with Lauren Espina of the collective Our House last year, and she mentioned that apart from working with Our House, she and some friends were working on a new production collective called Sea Witch which would focus on “darker, weirder kind of stuff.” Then, Sea Witch didn’t have any shows under their belt, but now with a few down, they have something important and fun in store: Let It Bleed.

Probably the first “Rock and Roll Tampon Drive,” the show takes on many roles as it kicks off Women’s History Month. For one, they’re presenting some fine California bands under one roof: Gothic Tropic (LA), local mainstays Everyone is Dirty, and fellow locals Peachelope. Take a look at one of Gothic Tropic’s latest videos, which combines campy humor and hazy shots with a lyric video for a pretty standout single.

But it’s so much more than just a concert, or a clothing drive, or a local market: Let It Bleed quadruples as a tampon drive for Compass Family Homeless Shelter, a local organization set to break the cycle of poverty through community services, a vendor pop-up featuring woman-run organizations like Born to Roam Vintage and Lash Music Media, and a zine-release party for Sea Witch Zine Volume II. While all the festivities are happening, it’s Sea Witch’s hope to empower women and spark a conversation about the cultural taboos surrounding periods.

Espina says the event was inspired by a homeless woman who asked her for a tampon last year, and Let It Bleed shows that you can balance a good time with giving back to your community. Bring some tampons and some good vibes, and get ready to have some fun.

Sea Witch Presents Let It Bleed: Gothic Tropic, Everyone is Dirty, Peachelope
Rickshaw Stop
March 3, 2016
8pm, $10

Disclosure: Lauren Espina is a former Bay Bridged contributor.