It's over - Thank you! See you next year?
(Pssst - save the dates! September 7—9, 2018)
We are beyond heartbroken to report that SisterSpace community member Jessica Palmer-Nelson passed away on October 13. Jessica was a SisterSpace planner, volunteer, and friend, and she will be greatly missed by all. Read more about Jessica
We don't usually open our super-cheap "Tax Time" registration until the beginning of the year, but we received such a great response to the 2017 Weekend that we opened registration for 2018 early. Prices won't get any lower than this, so if you love women, women's music, women's culture, and want all of it at bargain-basement prices, go ahead and get in now.
In order to make this Weekend be the very best it can be, we have accumulated a long shopping list. We are trying to defray some of the costs by reaching out to the community to see if anyone has any of the items needed and would be willing to donate them to us. Click here to see the list. In lieu of in-kind donations, we could also use gift cards towards suggested stores. In return, your name will be published in our program on our Contributors page (not to mention also being held dearly in our hearts). Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!
You will find old favorites and brilliant new discoveries at SisterSpace 2017! Join us for FOUR stellar stages, THREE divine dances, TWO poppin' pool parties, TWO beautiful bonfires, dozens of wonderful workshops and other activities, and hundreds of women!
This year's performers include:
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.
Vicci Martinez is a recording artist known for passionate performances, powerhouse vocals, and forging her own path —independently releasing music and touring the country prior to being a finalist on the first season of NBC’s The Voice in 2011. On the show, she was mentored by CeeLo Green and together they released the single “Come Along” for her major label debut. Vicci Martinez has shared the stage with BB King, The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Train, and more. She is currently writing and releasing music independently to allow her time to get involved in projects focused on inspiring and educating youth in the arts.
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.
Ashley is a black, queer singer/songwriter based in Philadelphia. The music of Ashley Phillips / APSoul can be described as soulful, spiritual storytelling that is both universal and timeless. Her early influ ences come from music from the early 90’s - “Equally influenced by the sounds on the radio and my mother’s record collection, my sound draws from my affinity of 90’s Pop/R&B and Dance, and 80’s soul,funk and disco.”
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.
Kei Slaughter (they/them) is a Soul-folk sonic storyteller conjuring bokou magik from deep New Orleans roots. Expansive in genre and gender, they bring the gospel of freedom frequencies to a community of listeners becoming participants in their own radical authenticity.
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!
Kia McCall-Barnes, also known as Kia Comedy, is an Atlanta based LGBTQ comedian who is currently touring with her signature “Queer Comedy” shows. She has performed with many prominent comedians, including Luenell, Comedian Shang, and TK Kirkland, and she is also the host of SVTV Network’s “Queer Comedy Jam,” which features some of the country’s best LGBTQ comedians
Debra D'Alessandro is an activist, educator and entertainer with a wide range of performance and broadcast experience. An award-winning broadcaster, she is host and producer of Amazon Country. Founded in 1974 Amazon Country is the nation's longest running lesbian/feminist radio program. Debra has hosted the show since 1996, and has received two Philadelphia Gay News Lambda Awards and a 2003 OutMusic Special Recognition Award for her work on Amazon Country.
The Di-Cent Show is an edutainment radio show that will educate you on social awareness community resources to empower and uplift those in community. The D-Cent Show is The Platform for The People while Keeping It Di-Cent on the Grind! Check ou Di every Thursday from 6-8pm EST.
Ms. Rhythm Speaker and Music Over Matter (MOM)Jan Jeffries (aka Ms. Rhythm Speaker) is the founder of Music Over Matter. MOM is a diverse group of women sharing Soulful Beatz Rhythms and vocals while inviting audience participation. Members are Marcy Francis: bass player, sekere, jun jun drum & vocal; Auset Ankh: yoga instructor, sekere & jun jun drums: Karen Rayan: our chief gourd grower, jembe & conga player; Jan Jeffries: jembe, congas, trap drums, tap dancer, vocals. Jan Jeffries returns joyfully to SisterSpace; in past years she performed with Voices of Africa, and Monette Sudler Trio, and she also led the Women's Million March in Philly this year. MOM: That other thing you feel inside. No, No, Not talkin' bout your pride. The gut feelin', It lets you know From the stomach to the heart, Through your soul, That beat that gave you & me Life, Yeah, Life.Talkin' bout MOM The rhythm within yourself. Restoration Music, Helping People.
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!