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Japanese Breakfast Kick Off Tour in Seattle

Posted by March 3rd, 2018 No Comments »

Japanese Breakfast Live @ Neumos
Feb. 15, 2018 / Seattle, Wash.
Words and Photos by Rachel Bennett

It’s awesome to see a show stacked with all women-fronted bands; it’s even more awesome when the main opener and headliner are both Asian American women who own the hell out of the stage. The awesomeness reaches an intergalactic stellar level when tickets sell out over a month before the show, and people start selling their souls on the Facebook event page just so they can see these badass, talented women shred.

Such was the case for the sold out show at Neumos on Feb. 15, which was the beginning of a long spring and summer tour for Japanese Breakfast.

“I missed this,” front-woman Michelle Zauner said as she stared out at the packed room.

Japanese Breakfast

The performer celebrated her return to the road by sharing hilarious stories, drinking tequila, and infusing her songs with delightful energy and joy.

The night was a showcase of many strong women musicians; Meg Duffy of Hand Habits kicked off the show with incredibly moving, soulful vocals, and Jay Som followed up with effortless guitar playing and a grounding stage presence that commanded the crowd’s attention.

Each set had its own vibe and its own delicious sound to offer, but all three women similarly held the stage with a fearless comfort and humor that indicated they were exactly where they were meant to be: making a name for themselves in the rock and roll world.

To read more in-depth about Asian American women’s place in the rock and roll world, check out this article from VICE.

See more of Rachel’s photos from this show on our Flickr page.

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