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July 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

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Concert honors legacy of musician Mia Zapata


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Holly Small, of local band Werebearcat! performs a cover of The Gits' "Second Skin" with bandmates Shea Bliss, left, on drums, Kenny Darling, on guitar, and Aron Morgan on bass (not pictured, left) to a raucous crowd at The Comet Tavern, Sunday, July 7th, 2013. The show was a tribute for Mia Zapata, lead singer of The Gits, and raised over $1,200 for Seven Star Women's Kung Fu studio. Zapata was brutally murdered 20 years ago, on July 7, 1993, after leaving The Comet. Her killer was sentenced to 36 years in prison. Zapata's legacy lives on in her music, and through self-defense awareness efforts started in the Seattle music scene, like Home Alive, a local anti-violence organization started in her memory. "It's just really amazing and wonderful and awesome," said Small, glowing after their two-song performance. Several local bands played very short sets of two or three cover songs apiece, with minutes in-between to load in and out. Small, a jazz singer, said that as a vocalist, she wanted to do justice to Zapata's complex lyrics and energetic delivery. "It's just a really great thing to be a part of," she added, echoing the positivity and good memories around her.

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