Kimya Dawson Rocks the 777


Simone Spilka

Quick Attack, Quinn Tuffinuff, Defiance, Ohio and Kimya Dawson performed a concert at the University Religious Center on Wednesday, January 19. The event was held to raise awareness about the interfaith cooperative household that will be taking over the 777 Camino Pescadero space in fall and was hosted by the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative.

The future co-op aims to fulfill the URC’s mission to encourage interfaith understanding in Isla Vista and at the University of California Santa Barbara. The co-op also hopes to provide a neutral location for productive and challenging dialogues between representatives of groups often considered adversarial.

The space will be renovated into a communal house that provides an alternative style of living for eligible students, staff, and faculty where its new members will establish the vision of the co-op.

“They will be going on retreats, but since they are moving into a new house, they are creating the culture of the house themselves,” said Membership Services Coordinator Josh Redman.

This was the first event the SBSHC held at the URC to familiarize community members with the soon-to-be transformed building. The evening began at 6:00 p.m. for those interested in picking up fliers from local organizations, purchasing homemade hats from an IV local who works with recycled goods, or eating snacks donated by the IV Food co-op and Goleta farmers’ market.

Students shuffled into the venue and took seats on the floor while waiting for the music to start forty minutes later than expected due to a set of missing drumsticks. But the delay didn’t stop excited students from forming a mosh pit once the local Santa Barbara band, Quick Attack, took the stage. The four members, who met last year at other music shows, jumped at the opportunity to perform with larger name artists.

Taking the stage next was the quirky Quinn Tuffinuff, the one-woman acoustic guitarist who described her work as a compilation of quiet, little, hippie songs. Tuffinuff sang for a brief time between her jokes referencing college life, including comments like “I study hangin’ out and makin’ out. Do you guys have that here?”

After Tuffinuff’s mellow performance, Defiance, Ohio, composed of a drummer, two bassists, and a violinist attracted more people to the venue and brought the tempo back up. The highly anticipated band came arrived to a built-in fan base. Many students had seen them before and were looking forward to having the opportunity to hear them in such an intimate setting.

By 10:00 p.m. the entire venue had filled and people reclaimed their seats on the ground for Kimya Dawson, most commonly known for her appearance on the Juno soundtrack, and whose chilled demeanor brought back the relaxed atmosphere of Tuffinuff. Suffering from laryngitis, Dawson was happy to play calmer songs such as “Walk Like Thunder,” and “The Beer,” from older albums, and she encouraged audience participation.

The sick artist took song suggestions and then encouraged the audience to help sing along.

“”If you know it you should sing it, because I’m dying up here,” she said.

Dawson definitely got laughs as she cracked a joke at one of her own songs.

“This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever written,” she said as a prelude to the well-known song “Tire Swings.”

After asking for assistance, Dawson’s wingman, Pablo Das, took over and stole the show by singing a song he wrote about Proposition 8. The audience was hugely responsive to his willingness to give a voice and face to the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender community.

“Our vibe is mainly authenticity. We really like to push the edge, to show us in a space of vulnerability that allows us to invite people in,” Das said.

Photo By: Gabrielle Dimaranan


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