Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Rebirth of Lilith Fair
I remember, back when I was just coming out, an amazing music festival that blew through my hometown. It was called Lilith Fair and it was revolutionary for its time. Only women performers, the best on the planet.
With clarity, I remember watching Jewel, the Indigo Girls and Sarah McLachlan sing "Water is Wide" a capella together 20 feet away from where I was sitting. I remember running from the bathroom as Martina McBride took the stage and laid down a "Broken Wing" that had most people around me in tears. I remember being near a fence that lined the backstage and seeing Natalie Merchant making her way to perform. She walked over to the chainlink to the few of us waiting in line for a hot dog and said "People actually live here?" It was summertime in Arizona and she was right: it was hard to believe people survived in 115 degree heat. Playfully, Natalie said she was melting.
Those are just a sprinkle of the wonderful memories I have from the the original round of Lilith Fairs from the late nineties, but they won't stop there, the legacy in continuing this summer with Lilith Fair 2010. It will include many of today's hottest female artists. To name a few: Tegan and Sara, Sugarland, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlisle, Corinne Bailey Rae, Beth Orton and more! For a list, go here.
Many vintage favorites will join the tour again, too: Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Mary J. Blige, Heart, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls.
Lilith Fair Summer Tour 2010
If you don't know anything about Lilith, Sarah McLachlan (and others) started this estrogen-charged traveling music festival. For the 2010 summer tour, the cities have been released as well as many artists names, but no dates or venues confirmed. Become Sarah's fan on Facebook to keep up to speed on all-things-Lilith. Thank you Sarah!
I found Water is Wide on YouTube!!!!!!!!!!!!