The 2017 SisterSpace Weekend is coming on September 8-10, 2017. Registration is open NOW.
Join Holly Near, Be Steadwell, Heather Mae, and more fabulous artists at this year's Weekend!
We have more exciting artists yet to announce, but the following performers are CONFIRMED for SisterSpace Weekend 2017! Watch this spot (or follow us on Facebook) to be the first to know about additional artists as they join us. (NOTE: Amythyst Kiah, one of our previously announced performers, has cancelled due to the fact that she was invited to tour with the Indigo Girls. While we're sad we won't see Amythyst at SisterSpace this year, we're happy that she's received such an amazing opportunity and look forward to seeing her at the Weekend in the near future!)
Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be transforms a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.
Heather Mae was once just a folk songwriter with a ukulele but after recovering from vocal nodules – which left her unable to sing for two years – she is stretching the limits of her music and her voice. Her newest EP, titled “I AM ENOUGH”, is a collection of five anthemic songs that encourage the listener to search for the best version of themselves while also shaking their hips to a new wave of pop – think Tegan & Sara, meets Sara Bareilles, with the vocal tenacity of Etta James.
Pandora Scooter is a powerful spoken word dynamite dyke artist whose performances draw audiences in and leave them feeling great. She's performed across the nation at Pride Centers and Festivals and Universities. She's shared the stage with the incomparable Lily Tomlin, Melissa Ferrick, Alix Olson, Bitch, Crys Matthews, Antara, Sonia and Disappear Fear along with many others. She is thrilled to be back at SisterSpace!
G.U.T.S. (Give Us The Strength)
Tiik.Angela.Ebony are G.U.T.S. (Give Us The Strength), a passionate, Washington DC based, power-risk, post-punk trio. They have one album out and one on the way. GUTS music builds on their years of varied experiences and ultimately grows out of that mystical place between classic rock/punk and new rock. G.U.T.S. has played venues from Virginia to Connecticut in clubs, festivals & backyard BBQ's.
FIERCE is a five piece, all-girl band based out of Lancaster, PA. Their music consists of classic rock and blues to modern rock, pop and dance hits with some originals thrown in to showcase their writing talent. The group has been in existence since November 2011. While some of the members have changed over the years, the group’s intensity remains strong. The current line-up features former members of the bands Dirty Girls, Sisterbeat and Deja Vudoo.
Sha'Ifa Mami Watu
Philadelphia poet Sha'Ifa Mami Watu is the creator and driving force behind Rough Ground, a Community Workshop-to-Performance Experience. In describing the poetry of Sha’Ifa Mami Watu, the playwright Robert Bashiri Price wrote that, “In an age of lies and falsehoods, the truth becomes exotic…”. Rough Ground is that exotic place where truth crystallizes into something precious. It is a safe, creative space where dancers, visual artists, vocalists and indigenous drummers first workshop in their disciplines and then perform with the poet, interpretations of her poetry. It is a place where the truth of a single artist, becomes a collective story - retold by a community of artists.
Janie Womack and Jody Echterling
Janie Womack and Jody Echterling have both been making music since they were kids. Both are self-taught, accomplished musicians who’ve been performing in the Central Pennsylvania area for many years in various groups, Jody as a rock drummer/vocalist and Janie as a vocalist/guitarist. Together they’ve created a unique sort of acoustic act – music of many colors; from 50’s to current, country to pop, blues to old standards, ballads to alternative – a little something for everyone! The combination of their cohesive vocals, “strings and beats”, and zany interaction makes for an evening of captivating entertainment!
It's not too early to submit your workshop ideas for the 2017 Weekend. Workshops at SisterSpace are collaboratively built by the people attending the Weekend. Our goal is to put together a schedule of workshops that are as interesting and diverse as the many women who attend. In the past, SisterSpace has offered workshops focusing on sexuality, feminism, relationships, body painting, self-improvement, financial planning, car maintenance, salsa dancing, and more! Find out more about how you can volunteer as a workshop presenter.
Help us get the word out about the Weekend! If you're able to take some of our fliers to any local parties, bars, or other lesbian-oriented spaces or events, email us at email@example.com. Also - if you are involved with a lesbian organization, community, publication, etc. and are interested in working out some sort of ad swap or cross-promotional arrangement, we're all ears! Let us know what you have in mind, and let's talk. We look forward to hearing from you!