We Color Live celebrates their fifth annual Color Me Bushwick this weekend with 24 bands starting this Friday through Sunday. Held in Pickthorn Salon’s back room, the three-day concert will celebrate its fifth year as well as co-founder Chelsey Pickthorn’s recent recovery from breast cancer.
“We’re starting an engine again,” Pickthorn told me. “There’s been big changes in my life with regards to diet and my double mastectomy on top of not being able to keep up with a lot of my [hair] clients.” After the Oregon native was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the age of 32, her best friend and business partner Jocelyn Simone was by her side during four and a half months of chemotherapy. In support of Pickthorn’s mounting medical bills, Simone produced a 100-strong benefit concert last October that featured Seattle band Thunderpussy, whose debut album was produced by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
The two were proud to say that Pickthorn is now cancer free and that they could now concentrate on Color Me Bushwick. The music comes at no cost during the three days along with refreshments from Partida Tequila, Cutty Sark and Old Blue Last plus plenty of samples from Pickthorn Salon’s hair care partner, Italy’s Davines. Pickthorn has carried their products since its founding and together they have found notoriety in magazines such as Vogue.
Pickthorn and Simone talked up their headlining bands Grim Streaker, HNRY FLWR, and Jennifer Vanilla in addition to mainstays The Nuclears and Marcela Avelina. All of the artists were offered hair appointments by Pickthorn including Belle Mare member Sam Barbosa, who told me after his cut that “a lot of my friends have played in past years and I’ve been hearing about it for a long time. I’m really excited to be a part of it and of course, get a new look.”