Bikini Kill

Brontez Purnell

Higher Ground Ballroom

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***The Bikini Kill performance previously scheduled for July 16, 2022 has been rescheduled to April 10, 2023. All previously issued tickets will be honored at the April 10, 2023 show.

If you’re unable to make the April 10, 2023 performance, please contact the HG box office before September 21 to coordinate a refund. Thanks again for your continued patience and understanding.



$39 advance | $43 day of show

Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90’s via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.

The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EP’s, two LP’s and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released, while their first two records came out as a full length CD/Tape and their singles were posthumously collected on CD.

Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.

Bikini Kill reunited in the Spring of 2019 with original members Kathleen, Kathi, and Tobi who were joined live by Erica Dawn Lyle. They sold out multiple shows in Los Angeles, NYC, and London as well as headlining Riot Fest in Chicago.


Brontez Purnell is a writer (5 books-including 3 recently published on the UK’sCipher Press), dancer (Brontez Purnell Dance Company), film (Writer for the tv series “Queer AsFolk” and Showtimes “America Gigolo”) and musician. He has been making DIY/ punk music for 25 years. Starting with his all-black hardcore band TheSocial Liesin his native home state of Alabama in the late 90s he went to start TheYounger Lovers in 2003 as a solo bedroom demo project where he recorded all the instruments himself. Purnell (a punk and rock n roll aficionado since his early teens)moved to the Bay Area in the wee hours of the 2000’s to become an aspiring dancer, writer, as well as musician. The sound of The Younger Lovers takes a foothold from Purnell’s equal love of all melody based rock forms-indie, Blues, garage,surf, riot-grrrl, soul and punk-all distilling into a singularity of sound that is as unique as it is audacious. Purnell joined the ranks of punk/electro-clash/riot-rrrrlband Gravy Train!!! And toured alongside Le Tigre, Jr.Sr., ESG and a host of other influential bands. His love of the form is deeply informed by a family tradition and lineage of three generations of blues musicians and a developed love for guitar from his Grand Uncle J.J Malone who moved from Alabama to Oakland in the 60’s and went to be an executive for the famous Fantasy/ Galaxy Records in Berkeley as well as worked alongside Etta James, Credence Clearwater Revival, Al Green, and Big Mama Thorntonto name a few and passed guitar knowledge on to his grand-nephew. (Malone also had some recordings on England’s famed “Red Lightin’”Records.) After taking a pause with the electronic scene Purnell returned to rock n’ roll self recoding all the tracks for the first 3 Younger Lovers Lp’s (NewestRomantic-2008, Rock Flawless-2011, + Sugar In My Pocket-2013). 2017’s “Young Brothers LP” is a pointed departure from original releases marking the first time Purnell has recorded with band mates Rich Gutierrez andEzra Rabin-(now with Sean Teves switching out Gutierrez on drums).Brontez Purnell (though still backed by long time YOUNGER LOVERS ALUMNUSTeves and Rabin) has newly started going by his solo name. He has an upcoming single on Sub Pop’s Single Club Feb of 2023 and a forthcoming LP “ConfirmedBachelor” coming out March 2023 on the UK’s “Upset The Rhythm”.


Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston RoadSouth Burlington, VT, 05403