Five years ago, Fabi Reyna had a crazy idea. "Pissed off at an industry that glorified rock douchebags and amp-straddling bikini babes" (as we wrote in our profile of Reyna earlier this year), the then-21-year-old decided to launch her own print magazine. Titled She Shreds, it became the world's only print publication devoted to women guitarists and bassists.
In 2018, She Shreds is thriving—no small feat in today's media industry. Fifteen issues in, it's featured coverage of women who've transformed musical history, Q&As with everyone from Mitski to Kim Gordon to Courtney Barnett, international scene reports, song tabs, and gear reviews. And to celebrate its fifth birthday, it's throwing (what else?) a blowout concert at Revolution Hall on Saturday, October 27.
On the lineup: headliner Nai Palm, front woman for futuristic Australian soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote; 23-year-old Francesca Simone, lead guitarist for Beyoncé; Sávila, Reyna's own cumbia-inspired trio (featured in our September issue); and Black Belt Eagle Scout (a.k.a. Portlander Katherine Paul), who draws on post-rock, riot grrrl, and the rhythmic pulse of tribal drumming to aching, entrancing effect.
That's not all that's on deck. Prior to the show, Reyna will moderate a panel with the performers, who'll also be joined by Portland-raised jazz musician (and four-time Grammy winner, nbd) Esperanza Spalding. That discussion—which will focus on guitar music as a “tool for visibility, strength, and power"—goes down from 5–6:30 p.m. at Strum, the new-ish guitar shop and bar across the street from Revolution Hall. It's free, but make sure to RSVP.
And if all that doesn't have you convinced, proceeds from ticket sales will also benefit two local organizations: Brown Girl Rise, a free program that supports girls of color in Portland through social justice, health, and culture activities; and the nonprofit Bienestar, which provides affordable housing for low-income families and farmworkers.
Happy birthday, She Shreds. Here's to five (hundred) more years.
8 p.m. Sat, Oct 28, Revolution Hall, $10–20