Fem-rocker takes ‘bitch’ back for women

On Tuesday, a visiting musician will deliver a performance style uncommon to the Athens music scene.

As part of Empowered Women’s Week, Empowering Women of Ohio will host Bitch, a songwriter and producer, at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

Though donations are welcome, the show is free to the public.

“(Bitch) describes her performances as energetic, powerful and has an impact on the audience,” said Laurel Falkenstein, the booking agent for Bitch.
Bitch, whose real name is Karen, said her stage name serves as a “feminist reclamation” of the word.

“I think our society tries to diminish powerful women by using words like this,” Bitch said in an email. “So it’s a form of taking it back.”

While Bitch’s musical style deviates from that of mainstream performances, she said her songs and energetic performance engage the audience.

She categorizes her music as “electric violin poet rock.” Her instruments of choice include the ukulele, bass, violin and keytar, she said.

In addition to singing and performing, Bitch launched an independent record label, Short Story Records, in 2008. Her albums as well as the album of Canadian folk singer,Ferron, have been produced under the Short Story Records label.

Bitch, who has also toured in California, New Mexico and Tennessee, will be performing at Ohio University for the first time.

“I can’t resist the chance to empower and support women in the arts,” Bitch said.
Bitch said she is a unique performer who can inspire women to embrace themselves.

“She is political and just plain cool. Check out the show because you don’t have to be feminist to enjoy and respect women and music,” said April Murphey, president of Empowering Women of Ohio.

Bitch will be performing music from her most recent album, Blasted! as well as music from previous albums.

“I decided to come to Athens because I had the chance to empower women here through my music and performance,” Bitch said.

This event is among several hosted by Empower Women of Ohio to promote Women’s Week.  Other events include the Open Doors meeting Wednesday and Poetry Slam on Thursday.  

“My live shows have been described as fun, thought-provoking and theatrical,” Bitch said.

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