October 14, 2000 |
Back in rock 'n' roll's dim, dark past, "girls and guitars" were as commonplace as fish on bicycles. Just how long ago and far away that time now seems was evident Thursday at "Women Rock! Girls & Guitars," a concert taped at the Wiltern Theatre for airing Oct. 22 as a two-hour TV special on Lifetime, part of the cable channel's ongoing breast cancer awareness efforts.
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August 23, 2000 |
Ask Stephanie Haynes about the state of jazz singing these days, and she responds with a pause, a noncommittal murmur and a couple more hesitations before answering. "Well, it's not exactly what I'd like to hear," she says. "And when Teri Thornton died, it took away a good part of the quality singing that was left." Haynes typically doesn't elect to mention that her singing, highly praised by critics for years, continues to be one of the great pleasures of the genre.
August 22, 2000 |
Lenora Zenzalai Helm is an exciting, cutting-edge vocalist and composer, profoundly committed to her art and deadly serious about being an advocate for women's equality in the male-dominated jazz world. So when a horny male club owner hits on the strikingly beautiful singer, offering a gig for sex, she's appalled and speaks her mind right away. It's little wonder that she's the president of International Women in Jazz, an organization dedicated to improving the welfare of women in jazz.
August 8, 2000 |
There were some tough decisions to make at last week's feminist art festival, Lady Fest. The six-day event, which ended Sunday, gave its 2,000 predominantly teen and twentysomething female attendees the opportunity to learn how to knit, play the guitar, start a grass-roots revolution, cook vegan, sing, sew, defend themselves, fix their cars, create alternative menstrual products, travel solo, launch businesses and swing dance. It was like one-stop shopping for the aspiring renaissance woman.
August 7, 2000 |
When Bratmobile singer Allison Wolfe yelled during the band's performance here, "I'd like to dedicate this next song to all the dumb boys in the world," her fans screamed in agreement. The Riot Grrrl movement may have long ago been declared dead by the media, but a revival looked to be afoot judging from the couple thousand teen and twentysomething women who swept into town last week for the first-ever Lady Fest.
July 13, 2000 |
Lilith has left the building. But her three rewarding and influential years advancing the careers of scores of female pop and rock musicians opened a door of opportunity that four of her younger sisters are about to walk through. In fact, a new tour dubbed the Girls Room, which features a rotating lineup of singer-songwriters Tara MacLean, Shannon McNally, Amy Correia and Kendall Payne, was born at a Lilith Fair show last summer outside of Boston.