A woman's work 

Concert review

Benchmark’s Women Rock Benefit
Bodner Studios
Saturday, June 5

Imagine Frida Kahlo-style prints, a statue of the Virgin Mary, wire sculptures reminiscent of the Bitches Brew album cover and 1920s flapper girls trotting around amidst psychedelic lights, drapes and throw rugs. Sound like a Bjork video?

Everyone who attended “A Woman” last Saturday at Bodner Studios glimpsed this reality, some bought artwork and one person won a 1961 Picasso sketch, auctioned off at $3,800 for the Julian Center, which received almost $7,000 from Saturday’s gallery.

Those who mingled after the auction also heard some of the area’s best female talent. Bedecked in a harmonica stand and acoustic guitar, Heidi Gluck (The Pieces, Some Girls) took gallery-goers to Nashville and back with a sweet mezzo voice and slightest touch of twang. Heidi got personal and continued the set in the audience during a power failure.

Courtney Kaiser, also of Julianna Hatfield’s Some Girls, performed next and sang poetic lyrics with a smooth alto voice that sounded at times like Mazzy Star. She brought the patio party back inside the gallery and shared the stage for a song with Heidi and her fellow bandmate, Vess Ruhtenberg.

Arcade finished the night with energetic rock that drew go-go dancers to the front. Muncie’s female quartet wove opposing guitar riffs, vocal harmonies, bouncing rhythms, reverb and distortion into a tapestry that had tints of Beat Happening and Sonic Youth. The 30 or so midnight minglers heard powerful crescendos of noise that relaxed into danceable surf that raged and receded throughout the set.

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