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Oh my Golly, Not Exactly the Pixies! @ The Echo

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That's right, because you love The Pixies so much, here's a chance to experience Not Exactly The Pixies.

Tomorrow night, local musicians (most of whom have not performed together before practicing for this event) will come together at the Echo, to perform songs from the legendary band, The Pixies. The artists include members of local bands Fishbone, Tribe 8, Shatto, The Larks, EZ Tiger, Romeo Crestwood, Bedroom Walls, The Stranglers, Wild Colonials, and several others. DJ Baby D will be on the decks. Needless to say, the night will be replete with talent.

Oh, and it gets better. This event is a fundraiser for the Downtown Womens Center, an inspiring organization that provides housing, food, and counseling for over 2,000 women annually.

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Doors open at 9pm, the cover is $10 (with all proceeds going to the Downtown Womens Center).

The idea was masterminded by Los Angeles resident Jen DeMartino, after a successful fundraiser last year featuring a tribute to Fugazi.

Jen DeMartino (pictured below) reflected on the evolution of the tribute events:

"I organized my first fundraiser last year, and it was a tribute to Fugazi and a fundraiser for Art Share, which is a non profit that offers free art classes to inner city kids. I think it's so important to encourage kids from an early age to pursue creative endeavors. Basically the thought behind last year's event was that Fugazi was and still is a band that has had a profound effect on me growing up, it was a way to channel my energy, and it was completely educational music for me too. And a way to get out the anger! So since they no longer play together I really just wanted to find a way to hear their music live, so I put the word out and got a bunch of musicians on board -- most of whom I didn't even know before the event.

So we all had such a great time together on the last fundraiser that i wanted to do another one. Everyone from the last round agreed they'd love to tribute the Pixies next, as they are another band that had such a huge influence on all of us. Additionally I chose the Downtown Women's Center because I've always wanted to do something for them."

And who wouldn't want to? The Downtown Womens Center is quite a beautiful and unique organization. From their website:
Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides 40,000 meals, 47 permanent supportive housing apartments, and a wide array of health, education, and other supportive services to more than 2000 homeless and very low-income women each year. The Center meets our mission by offering a warm, friendly atmosphere that encourages homeless women to commit to their own betterment and healing process. Our supportive community and much-needed resources allow homeless women to reconnect with their sense of self, reclaim goals lost in the day-to-day struggle for survival on the streets, and move toward self-sufficiency. In the local Skid Row community, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only resource that is exclusively for and singularly dedicated to serving the unique needs of this population. DWC is committed to providing every individual woman with the personal support she needs in order to acknowledge her self-worth and dignity. Each woman is cared for and treated with a high level of respect. The Center is nationally recognized as a prototype for unique and effective programs serving homeless women.

Established in 1978, DWC operates out of two beautifully renovated, adjoining buildings located at 325 S. Los Angeles Street: The Day Center - meals and a wide array of resources for homeless women on a drop-in basis, and The Residence - 47 single unit apartments providing permanent, affordable, supportive housing to formerly homeless women.

In addition to providing a safe, supportive environment and nutritious meals on a daily basis, DWC offers a wide range of programs and services, including case management, healthcare, literacy, and arts workshops. Because we care for the whole woman, DWC strives to create a warm, respectful, and supportive community for all who walk through our doors. The DWC community enjoys a variety of social activities, including outings, monthly themed birthday parties led by the volunteer-run Birthday Guild, and holiday celebrations.

Innovative, humane, nurturing and empowering. So, bring your friends and your donations Thursday night, and enjoy some serious Los Angeles talent doin' the Pixies. Oh my Golly!
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