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CONTACT: LAURIE HAAG or ROBIN BUTLER
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Sept. 13, 1999

Sixth Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival to be held in Iowa City Sept. 17-19

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Sixth Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival will be Sept. 17-19 on the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City community.

The volunteer-produced arts festival was created as an outlet for female performers and artists. Pre-dating the popular Lilith Fair by three-years, the main focus of the Iowa Women's Music Festival is on women musicians, and primarily musicians from Iowa and the Midwest. An outdoor stage in Lower City Park Saturday, Sept. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. will feature mostly Midwestern artists, including:

• "Gearl Jam," a collective of teen musicians associated with United Action for Youth

• Up-and-coming Iowa City singer-songwriter Kelly Carrell

• Dawn Lutrell, a bluesy Des Moines performer who was a finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search

• Local favorite Jennifer Danielson, whose second CD, "Human Nature," has just been released

• Chicago-based rocker Cathy Braaten, who describes herself as a "mixture of factory toughness and agricultural stick-to-it-tiveness"

• Blueberry McGregor, a St. Louis-based performer whose first CD, "Heart Stops," has been favorably compared to Ani DiFranco

• A special sneak preview by evening performer Irene Farrera

"Saturday in the Park" will also feature children's activities, including face painting, story telling, and music, as well as arts and crafts vendors and food. The event is free and open to the public.

A Saturday evening concert in honor of Latino Heritage Month features Venezuelan singer-songwriter Irene Farrera, and special guest, Jennifer Danielson. They'll perform in Macbride Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $15 — on a sliding scale, more if you can, less if you can't. Following the concert is a dance at the Iowa City Recreation Center.

A "Coffeehouse" is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 S. Gilbert Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m., featuring music, poetry and performance.

A "Dance and Drag King Show" will also be Friday night at Mabel's, 1578 South First Ave. in Iowa City.

A variety of other concerts by local organizations are also planned.

Rebecca Riots kicks off the festival weekend performing at The Mill in Iowa City Thursday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.

The Emma Goldman Clinic Open House at 227 N. Dubuque St. is set for Friday, Sept. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring music by Amy Carder.

Twyla Tharp Dancers perform at Hancher Auditorium, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18 at 8 p.m. Call 1-800-HANCHER for ticket information.

A performance by Katherine Eberle, soprano, with Ksenia Nosikova, piano, is set for Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall. There is no charge.

Also on Sunday, Sept. 19, Laura Fuentes performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom. The IMU Programming Board is sponsoring this event.

The Sixth Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival is sponsored by Prairie Voices Productions, Women's Resource and Action Center, Council on the Status of Latinos, KRUI and West Music.

Co-sponsors include: UI Opportunity at Iowa program, UI Office of the Provost, "The Stepping Up Project," Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa Coalition for Human Rights, Alternatives, ICON, IC Pride, Old Capitol Screen Printing, The Mill Restaurant, Emma Goldman Clinic, Unitarian Universalist Society Interweave Chapter, Technigraphics, Gradykes, Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Alterations, Lois E. James CPF, Bea Day Plumbing and Trillium Women's Healthcare.

Other supporters include: Prairie Lights Books, The Guitar Foundation, Active Endeavors, Northside Book Market, Discount Records and That's Rentertainment.

For more information on the Iowa Women's Music Festival, call (319) 339-1661.