Alt-rock band Bulletproof Stockings is set to play famed New York venue Arlene’s Grocery tonight. But their mosh pit is going to look a whole lot different than the venue’s typical concert. That’s because there will be absolutely zero men allowed.
Led by Dalia Shusterman and Perl Wolfe, the band is observant of a Jewish law called kol isha, which says men shouldn’t listen to women singing who are not part of their immediate families. Women are allowed to sing, but the band opts to perform only for women to avoid any conflicts.
Perl Wolfe and Dalia G. Shusterman
The band members are part of a Hasidic sect called Chabad Lubavitch, based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Their name is meant to reclaim a derogatory term used to describe the opaque tights some Hasidic women wear.
Though the band members dress modestly, covering their knees, elbows, and hair (with wigs), they don’t hold back when they perform. Here’s a sampling of their songs:
Arlene’s Grocery protested at first when the band requested an all-female audience. They had to canvas the streets to find women who promised to pack the venue, according to the New York Post. After the major effort, the venue was convinced. “They have a right to uphold their religious views,” manager Julia Darling said.