Angela Bunda decided to step back from her music career in 2015 after the birth of her first child. But since then, the 1999 Washougal High School graduate has been able to maintain a connection to her passion for music thanks to her involvement with The Bitchins, a Portland-based rock/horn band that performs just once per year to raise funds for people affected by a disease that afflicts one of its members.
“This band kind of became my once-a-year getaway. I get to go back to my life before I had kids, where I can wear my fancy clothes and get on stage and sing again,” said Bunda, one of the band’s lead vocalists. “Now that I have three children, I’m out of the music scene day-to-day, but this band is like my salvation. (It gives me a place to) go and still live my old life and have a ball and not have to (commit myself further).”
Bunda and the rest of The Bitchins will hold their annual “Benefit Bash” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Same Old New Gemini Bar and Grill in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with 100% of the proceeds going to Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO), a Beaverton, Oregon-based nonprofit that provides support services to individuals in Oregon and Southwest Washington whose lives have been impacted by Parkinson’s disease.
“You’ll have a great time,” saxophone player and vocalist Phil Hodapp, formerly of Camas, said. “It’s not a concert. It’s a show. You’ll get to participate in the show.”
“When he says it’s a show, it’s not like you sit down and watch a band play and leave,” Bunda added. “There’s interactive stuff. It entertains you and makes you want to get up and join in.”