Lilith Fair dazzled the music industry from 1997 to 1999, showcasing the talents of female artists across the United States. More than a decade later, Lilith Fair makes its triumphant return to the world of Summer concerts with a 2010 tour like no other. Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana welcomes Lilith Fair to the stage Tuesday, July 20, promising an Indianapolis music event like no other. Tickets to this Indianapolis performing arts event range from $26.50 to $76.00 with a special Lawn 4 Pack offer at $17.75. The concert starts at 2:30 pm and features eleven extremely talented artists offering powerhouse performances.
Founded by Sarah McLachlan andn others, Lilith Fair consists solely of female artists and female led bands. In its initial three years, the concert tours raised over ten million dollars for women’s charities across North America. It got its start when female singer Sarah McLachlan became frustrated with concert promoters and radio stations in that refused to features two female musicians in a row in 1996. Going against the grain, McLachlan booked a successful tour for herself and her colleague Paula Cole. At least on of their performances went by the name Lilith Fair and featured McLachlan, Cole, Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey (formerly of Crash Vegas). The next year, McLachlan capitalized on the idea of an all female concert line up and founded Lilith Fair.
The tour took its name from the medieval Jewish legend that Lilith was Adam’s first wife in the garden of Eden. The folklore tells of Lilith, who was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam. She left Adam after she refused to become subservient to home, fleeing the Garden of Eden after she mated with archangel Samael.
Taking inspiration from this legendary figure, Lilith Fair created its own path in the mainstream music world, fighting against sexism and general close mindedness. In its first official year, Lilith Fair grossed $16 million, earning a place as the top grossing of any touring festival at the time. Despite pejorative nicknames like “breast fest” and “girlapalooza,” the tour was a success. Now its back in 2010 to make headlines once more with an all star line up.
The 2010 revival kicked off Canada in late June. After a month on the road, this phenomenal concert experience comes to Indianapolis arts. The Indianapolis leg of the international tour features eleven talented acts in an all afternoon and night concert experience. They are Vita Chambers, Chantel Kreviazuk, Cara Salimando, Miranda Lambert, Court Yard Hounds, Kate Nash, Mary J. Blige, Amanda Lucas and Audrey Cecil, Sarah McLachlan, Suzanne Vega and Melissa McClelland. Read on to learn more about these talented ladies.
Vita Chambers is a fifteen year old singing sensation from Barbados. Discovered on the World Wide Web, this singer songwriter offers a big, powerful, honest, smart, observant, distinct and original voice. “My parents say I sang right out of the womb,” says Vita, “but I had my first lessons about four years ago – operatic training, the first year. I had such a big range of music that I liked, that I just wanted to sing, no matter what the genre was. The lessons gave me confidence – the ability to hear myself, me, and not copy someone else’s style.” Her pop songs blend elements of rock with fresh young lyrics. Don’t miss her at Lilith Fair.
A mother of three boys, this singer gets up early to make sure her kids have been fed and dressed, leaving her plenty of time to focus on her day job, which currently finds her writing songs for Faith Hill’s next album. As she balances mommy-hood and being a sought after songwriter and performer, this Wonder Woman. With songs features on Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, Uptown Girls, Serendipity, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Seven Pounds, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Army Wives and many many more, this mother has hit her stride finding success all over the place.
At only eighteen years old, Cara Salimando is just happy to be part of this incredible experience. Though she has been quietly working and performing her whole life, she is still relatively new to the music world. Her debut album was released this Summer. Clocking in at only 4’11”, Cara’s giant voice never fails to stun audiences. Whether she tickling the ivories for some moody piano music or living inside an elegant sting production, Cara loves where she is at: near music.
“I mean every word I say in every lyric of every song on this record, and every record I’ve every done,” declares Lambert. “I would never take back one word or lyric or point I’ve ever made, because it’s part of who I am. And there are plenty of artists who wouldn’t do so much of that, if that’s the kind of music you’re into. But if you’re into honesty, I have the records for you!” Miranda Lambert is a spitfire on and offstage. This phenomenal talent has rocked the country world and intends to continue rocking all the way through her Lilith Fair engagement.
Court Yard Hounds
Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson are Court Yard Hounds. As two thirds of the country music sensation The Dixie Chicks, it took these two sisters a couple of decades to move into the spotlight. This duo finds time to feature the ever present harmonies of their former band in a whole new light. “When Natalie first wanted to take a break,” says Maguire, “I remember this real feat in me like: When are we getting back on the road? This is what I know! What will I do? I don’t have a college degree!” But this simple unexpected turn of events has led to extreme artistic freedom as the pair continue producing music together. Don’t miss them!
Kate Nash is an English Singer with quite a reputation over seas for her quirky reputation and distinctive voice. This original red headed singer offers a sound similar to Regina Spektor with a style all her own. Since 2007, she has been a sensation on the UK music charts, and now hopes to take the United States by storm as she plays Lilith Fair!
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige needs no introduction. This soulful singer has been a mainstay of the R&B world since her debut in 1992. With a total of nine studio albums, Blige has had countless number one singles on the music charts over her career which spans nearly three decades. A Grammy Award winning artist, Blige was named one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Don’t miss her as she brings that special something to Lilith Fair this Tuesday.
Amanda Luca and Audrey Cecil
“Amanda Lucas and Audrey Cecil are singer songwriters. They play guitars; really play them. They play other things too. They harmonize to the moon. They laugh. They work hard. They love it. You can tell. . . You can tell because when you watch them, they make you love it too. You’ll find your foot tapping before you realize it’s doing it. You’ll find yourself lost in lyrics before you know what they mean.” Get lost with Amanda Lucas and Audrey Cecil at this year’s Lilith Fair!
Since founding Lilith Fair in 1996, McLachlin has learned to play by her own rules. This Grammy Award winning artist has just released her first studio album since the double platinum masterwork Afterglow in 2003. Laws of Illusion is a work of love for life, for music, for family and for fans. With a soothing sound McLachlin reflects not only on her successes, but also her failures. “My marriage collapsed a couple of years ago, and it was a long dark road. . . Finally coming through that knowing that life is going to be okay, like will go on, and that there’s actually a possibility of love happening again is. . . just deliriously heady stuff.” Join McLachlin at Lilith Fair as she looks at love “from both sides now.”
Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk music revival in the early 1980s to become known as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she was on the front wave of the contemporary folk or neo folk movement as she played clubs in Grennwich Village. Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye, Suzanne’s songs have always focused on real life. Join her for an amazing show at Lilith Fair.
Don’t miss this Indianapolis event at Verizon Wireless Music Center Tuesday, July 20. Located north of Indianapolis downtown in Noblesville, Indiana, the Verizon Wireless Music Center has prime Indianapolis real estate. Before the show grab food at any of these Noblesville restaurants or Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, enjoy cocktails from any of these Noblesville bars or Indianapolis bars.
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Tuesday, July 20 at 2:30 pm
Verizon Wireless Music Center
12880 East 146th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46060