Sapphic Sounds is a soundtrack to the women and gay liberation movements. At the listening party, you’ll hear some familiar women’s music anthems from the 1970s and 1980s, along with lesser-known lesbian, queer, and trans artists whose work helped propel movements for queer liberation and expression.
Original records and video footage paint a portrait of the world in which this music was created, and the new ways of being – socially, politically, and artistically – these artists dared to embody. Over the course of the night, the DJ will interweave music from these trailblazing artists with contemporary music that celebrates today’s evolving feminist and queer music.
Emily Elbert builds her home in between worlds. In music, she connects disparate concepts: traversing wide-ranging styles, expressing both the contemplative and celebratory, and fusing the Earthly with the ethereal. She’s honed her artistry on the road, playing over a thousand independent solo shows from Peru to Palestine – but she has also become a sought-after collaborator, playing in the bands of luminary artists including Jacob Collier, Sara Bareilles, Leon Bridges, Esperanza Spalding, Lorde, Gwen Stefani, and Jenny Lewis.
Lindsay Mulcahy is always searching for queer landscapes: past, present, and future. With a background in community organizing and MA in Heritage Conservation and Urban Planning, her work explores places that hold collective memories, bind communities, and catalyze social change.
This one-day exhibition is organized by Aunt Reggie’s Records as part of the 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival, presented by One Institute.
Aunt Reggie’s Records is an emerging music history project. It documents women and gender-expansive queers who use music as a connector and an agitator with the goal of fostering intergenerational connection and conversation.
Junior High is a non-profit 501(c)3 community arts space prioritizing the safety and expression of female, queer, nonbinary, and artists of color. Our physical space, publication, podcast, and other ventures function on principles of radical empathy, equity, and mutual aid.