Arts and Humanities
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Sat June 21, 2014

Who Will Play the First Louisville Outskirts Fest? Tara Jane O'Neil, Antietam, and More

Tara Jane O'Neil
Credit Megan Holmes

Organizers of the new Louisville Outskirts Festival have been busy staging fundraiser shows for the inaugural festival celebrating women and music planned for October 10-12. Last night, for the organization's third benefit show, the guys got involved - all-male groups (how often do we get to specify that?) Xerxes, Coliseum and Anwar Sadat took the stage at The New Vintage to raise some money for the nonprofit, and organizers made their first of several announcements about lineup and venues for the October event.

Outskirts will be a multi-venue festival, and confirmed stages for shows and Rockshops, the music workshops for girls ages 10-18, include The New Vintage, Dreamland and The Cure Lounge. 

Related: Outskirts Festival Organizers Say Louisville's Finally Ready for a Women's Music Fest

Organizers Stephanie Gary and Carrie Neumayer (also known as one-half of the Louisville-based post-punk outfit Julie of the Wolves) have said that they want to show how complex and multifaceted women's music is today. The lineup so far (more announcements to come later this summer) ranges from Rodan and Retsin alum Tara Jane O'Neil and indie rock veterans Antietam to Cincinnati-based hip hop boundary-blurring artist Abiyah and former Touch and Go mainstay Shannon Wright, who recorded her 2013 record "In Film Sound" here in Louisville at Kevin Ratterman's La La Land. The festival's already shaping into a wide range of sounds, from the old-timey charm of Maiden Radio to the otherworldly improv loops of experimental vocalist Cher Von. 

(Shannon Wright "Caustic Light" from Sabotage Film Group on Vimeo.)

Here's the lineup so far, in alphabetical order:

There's more -  many of the musicians on the list above will be designing and teaching workshops for girls interested in becoming the next generation of headliners. 

  • Suki Anderson (Sandpaper Dolls)
  • Miranda Cason (Twenty-First Century Fox)
  • Natalie Felker (The Fervor)
  • Erin Fitzgerald (aka A Girl Named Earl)
  • MaryLiz Guillemi (Twin Limb)
  • Lacey Guthrie (also of Reading Group)
  • Katy Hartman (Lady Pyramid)
  • Carly Johnson
  • Becca Lindsay (Julie of the Wolves)
  • Cheyenne Mize (also of Maiden Radio)
  • Laura Quimby
  • Anna Lee Roeder
  • Meg Samples (The Deloreans)
  • Sarah Soltau
  • Dane Waters

Additional instructors will also include:

  • Sarah Arenas
  • Leila Coppola (Vibrolas)
  • Cassie Green
  • Joan Shelley (also of Maiden Radio)
  • Amber Estes Thieneman (Sandpaper Dolls)
  • Terri Whitehouse (Opposable Thumbs)