Jennifer O’Connor and Kaia Wilson team up for a tour

Portland-based musician Kaia Wilson is best known for her bands Team Dresch and The Butchies and the riot grrl/queercore record label Mr. Lady, which she helped start up in the ’90s. A true queer icon in the music industry, she’s also a pro at table tennis and competed in the Gay Games last year.

Kaia has joined up with out indie musician Jennifer O’Connor for a a small East Coast tour kicking off today in New Haven, Conn. Jennifer (who is from Brooklyn, New York) has four full-length albums under her belt, including the 2008 Matador Records release Here With Me. So during the tour, Kaia and Jennifer will perform their own songs (old and new) as well as taking the stage to do some performing together.

If you won’t be able to make it out to any of the shows, you’ll at least be able to read about their tour right here on AfterEllen.com, as Jennifer will be sending us tour blog dispatches from the road. Here are the dates and when you can catch them:

Wed., May 11 at Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT – 9 p.m., 21+
Thurs., May 12 at PA’s Lounge, Boston, MA – 9 p.m., 21+
Fri., May 13 at Flywheel Arts Collective – 8 p.m., all ages
Sat., May 14 at Monkey House, Winnoski VT – 7 p.m., all ages
Sun., May 15 at Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ – 5:30 p.m., all ages
Mon., May 16 at Black Cat Backstage, Washington, DC – 9 p.m., all ages
Tues., May 17 at Cafe Vivian, Princeton, NJ – 7 p.m., all ages
Thurs., May 19 at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, Philadelphia, PA – 9 p.m., all ages

And if you attend the Cafe Vivian show at Princeton, there will also be a discussion on the queercore and riot grrl movement in the ’90s. Can’t wait to read about that myself! Check back tomorrow for a blog entry from Jennifer, and visit her website for more information/music.

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