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  • NWMF Orchestra Director, Nan Washburn
    NWMF Orchestra Director, Nan Washburn
    At NWMF Nan Washburn has conducted Kay Gardner’s Ouroboros, Mary Watkins’ The Initiate, and Nkeiru Okoye’s Phillis Wheately among many others.
  • Ruth King
    Ruth King
    2024 Featured Speaker, Ruth King
  • Miss Brown to You
    Miss Brown to You
    These musicians perform with passion and humor and total commitment to the emotional power of the music they love.
  • Drum Chorus Directed by Rani Biffle-Quimba
    Drum Chorus Directed by Rani Biffle-Quimba
    Rani was a member of the NWMF’s first drum chorus and has participated in this festival as a workshop presenter, assistant director of the NWMF drum chorus, assistant facilitator for drum jams, and in performances with Sistah Ngoma.
  • Ukulele Chorus Director, Jori Costello
    Ukulele Chorus Director, Jori Costello
    Jori Costello, Director of the NWMF Ukulele Chorus
  • Vocal Chorus Director, Renée Janski
    Vocal Chorus Director, Renée Janski
    Director of the NWMF Vocal Chorus
  • Rainbow Girls
    Rainbow Girls
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Melba’s Kitchen
    Melba’s Kitchen
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Holly Near with Jan Martinelli and Tammy Hall
    Holly Near with Jan Martinelli and Tammy Hall
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • NWMF Orchestra Ensemble
    NWMF Orchestra Ensemble
    2023 Orchestra
  • Deidre McCalla
    Deidre McCalla
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Be Steadwell
    Be Steadwell
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Dianne Davidson
    Dianne Davidson
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Mimi Gonzalez
    Mimi Gonzalez
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • SONiA disappear fear
    SONiA disappear fear
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Tammy L. Hall
    Tammy L. Hall
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Indigie Femme
    Indigie Femme
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Nancy Day
    Nancy Day
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Janell Banks
    Janell Banks
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Jesse Powers
    Jesse Powers
    2023 NWMF Performer
  • Kofy Brown Band – 2022
    Kofy Brown Band – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022
  • Sarah Bush Dance Project – 2022
    Sarah Bush Dance Project – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022
  • Big Bad Gina Band – 2022
    Big Bad Gina Band – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022 Award-Winning “Amazon Warrior Princess” Goddess Groove! It’s Folkin’ Rockin’!
  • Mimi Fox – 2022
    Performed on the Spotlight Stage and with the NWMF Orchestra in 2022 Mimi is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.
  • Suzanne Westenhoefer – 2022
    Suzanne Westenhoefer – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022
  • Melanie DeMore – 2022
    Melanie DeMore – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022
  • Sandra Valls – 2022
    Sandra Valls – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022 Sandra Valls is a comic, actor, singer, writer, and badass.
  • Kristen Merlin – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022
  • Pamela Means – 2022
    Pamela Means – 2022
    Performed on the Spotlight Stage in 2022 "Within the music industry, I've been compared to both Tracy Chapman and Ani DiFranco. I've also been described as a cross between Suzanne Vega and Jimi Hendrix. And, heir to the legacy of Nina Simone. But, really, I'm just me." - Pamela Means
  • World on Fire – 2022
    World on Fire – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022 "World On Fire” is anything but a conventional modern poetry reading.
  • Hardened and Tempered – 2022
    Hardened and Tempered – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022 Hard enough to hold an edge; soft enough not to break—Austin, Texas duo Kristin Davidson and Carolyn Phillips live that balance and express it in their music.
  • SeekHer7 – 2022
    SeekHer7 – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022 SeekHer7: collaborative, conscious, collective gatherings with meditation, music, movement, learning, co-creating, deep listening, respectful, safe discovery and above all, boundless joy.
  • Sistah Ngoma – 2022
    Sistah Ngoma – 2022
    Performed on the Spotlight Stage in 2022 A dynamic women's multicultural drum, song, and dance group
  • e nina jay – 2022
    e nina jay – 2022
    Performed on the SheRocks Stage in 2022 e nina jay, winner of the 2019 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artists Contest 
  • Nancy Scott with Millie Marlow – 2022
    Nancy Scott with Millie Marlow – 2022
    Performed on the Spotlight Stage in 2022 For over 40 years she has been creating songs ranging from folk to blues blended with a touch of country that draws upon her daily experiences and expresses her soul. 
  • Judith Casselberry, Ph.D.  Keynote Speaker – 2022
    Judith Casselberry, Ph.D.  Keynote Speaker – 2022
    Featured Speaker in 2022 Amazon Rise Again
  • Bonnie Morris, Ph.D. – Keynote Speaker – 2022
    Bonnie Morris, Ph.D. – Keynote Speaker – 2022
    Keynote Speaker HOW WOMEN WON THE VOTE: lessons from feminist foremothers.
  • 2021 Virtual Festival – Sarah Bush Dance Project
    “Spirit & Bones is a call to action, a call to join together and build loving community,”
  • 2021 Virtual Festival – Kofy Brown Band
    2021 Virtual Festival – Kofy Brown Band
    Kofy's music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song.
  • 2021 Virtual Festival – SeekHer 7 – Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro
    2021 Virtual Festival – SeekHer 7 – Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro
    SeekHer7: collaborative, conscious, collective gatherings with meditation, music, movement, learning, co-creating, deep listening, respectful, safe discovery and above all, boundless joy.
  • 2021 Virtual Festival – Giwayen Mata
    2021 Virtual Festival – Giwayen Mata
    Giwayen Mata’s mission is to celebrate our lives as women and uplift our communities and our planet while perpetuating the cultures of Africa and the Afrikan Diaspora through the study, creation, teaching, and presentation of artistic media including dances, rhythms, songs, poetry, and prose around the world.
  • 2021 Virtual Festival – The Blu Janes
    Positive hip hop for your soul to your soles.
  • e nina jay
    e nina jay
    Poet and the 2019 Emerging Artist Competition Winner
  • NWMF Orchestra Ensemble
    NWMF Orchestra Ensemble
    NWMF Orchestra presents The Women's Composers Series
  • Sandra Valls
    Voted by Latina Magazine as one of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots
  • Carly Calbero
    National Women’s Music Festival’s 2018 Emerging Artist
  • Lourdes Pérez
    Puerto Rican-born composer, poet, decimista, oral historian, vocalist and guitarist Lourdes Pérez is known for her “achingly beautiful contralto voice” and her ability to write emotionally rich songs about people, places, history and ideals.
  • The Diva Jazz Orchestra
    Hard-charging. Powerful. Immersed in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. That’s DIVA – an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile musicians who just happen to be women. They can’t help it – they were born that way. Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA exudes the excitement and ...
  • Lisa Vogel – Featured Speaker
    Lisa Vogel – Featured Speaker
    Founder and producer of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
  • Elvira Kurt
    …she does it all without caffeine!
  • Crys Matthews
    Crys Matthews
    Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August 2017, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn For ...
  • Heather Mae with JJ Jones
    ...an artist who startles your senses on many levels, engaging the part of your brain that makes you shake your hips, but also raise your fist in solidarity.
  • Suede
    Suede
    One part Rat Pack, one part Rosie Clooney, Suede is the "Diva la Difference" - sassy, smooth and simply intoxicating.
  • Gaye Adegbalola
    Gaye Adegbalola
    Gaye is a storyteller, a modern day griot.
  • Karen Williams Alive
    Karen Williams Alive
    Comic, Emcee, Host, Motivational Speaker and Humor Eductator
  • Tret Fure
    Tret is truly a Renaissance Woman!
  • Jennifer Berezan
    She is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist.
  • Natalia Zukerman
    Natalia Zukerman
    The Women Who Rode Away
  • Valerie Coleman with Carla Carter
    Valerie Coleman with Carla Carter
    NWMF Orchestra Presents The Women's Composers Series
  • Brynn Albanese & Susan Gaddert
    Brynn Albanese & Susan Gaddert
    NWMF Orchestra presents The Women's Composers Series
  • Jorjet Harper, Dr. Carla Carter and Nedra Johnson-Featured Speakers
    Jorjet Harper, Dr. Carla Carter and Nedra Johnson-Featured Speakers
    PAVING THE WAY: BLACK WOMEN WHO INSPIRE ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
  • kg lang – A Tribute to Women’s Folk Rock
    kg lang – A Tribute to Women’s Folk Rock
    kg lang - A Tribute to Women's Folk Rock
  • Nan Washburn/Orchestra Program
    Nan Washburn/Orchestra Program
    Nan Washburn is one of the most innovative and dynamic conductors working in the U.S. today. For her engaging performances and fresh approach to concert programming, critics have hailed her work as having "perspicacity, nerve, imagination and all-around savvy."
  • Tea with Alice and Me
    Zoe tells the story of, Alice Paul, the great teacher of Nonviolent Direct Action and the incendiary thread of tea in the American Women’s Revolution; Seneca Falls: 1848 to Washington DC 2018.
  • Cris Williamson
    Cris' music, it was like hearing honey dripped on a cello... Cris has been a whole lot of women's heroes!
  • Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rūtz
    The Rutz combine their four distinct voices to present a humorous, informative, harmonious, uplifting and entertaining show. An a cappella blues quartet complimented by percussion and occasional guitar.
  • Lucie Blue Tremblay
    Celebrating the release of her new CD "Counting My Blessings"
  • Poppy Champlin
    “Poppy was a freakin’ ball of comedic thunder,” says one fan
  • We Aren’t Dead Yet
    Dianne and Deidre recorded for Olivia Records and all three played at hundreds of venues, including women's and folk festivals nationwide. They’re all middle-aged but they aren’t dead yet.
  • Sharon Katz and The Peace Train
    Sharon Katz and The Peace Train
    From South Africa, bringing music of unity.
  • Kristen Ford
    Kristen Ford
    Kristen's live shows are not to be missed, wherever the road shall lead.
  • Katy Guillen and The Girls
    Authentic, authoritative rock band...rooted heavily in the blues!
  • Leela and Ellie Grace
    “Leela’s and Ellie’s singing is clear, pitch- perfect, and expressive. ‘Soaring’ is a word that comes to mind.”
  • Nia & Ness
    Winners of the 2017 NWMF Emerging Artist Contest
  • Audra Sergel
    Lives to tell stories of life, love, and beauty through her music.
  • Kate Peterson
    You may remember her as one-half of the pleasantly aggressive folk duo Nervous but Excited - Kate is going to bring the same love + a soul-refined sound to the NWMF stage.
  • Summer Osborne
    Emerging Artist Coordinator - changing the world by changing people’s minds about themselves…
  • Black Women Who Changed History – Featured Speakers
    Black women of achievement have been overlooked or deliberately ignored in the “mainstream narrative” of history. Indeed, the names and stories of countless black women who contributed to their societies in ways that should be recognized and remembered are entirely lost to us today. This multimedia presentation will honor the lives and work of a ...
  • kg lang
    From Melissa Etheridge to the Indigo Girls, from Brandi Carlile to all things Lilith Fair, St. Louis based acoustic trio kg lang is a striking tribute to the women’s folk rock genre. With soaring vocals by Kristen Goodman and intoxicating harmonies and instrumentation by Cindy Minnis and Laura McMurray, kg lang will evoke fond memories of your ...
  • Babe! An Olympian Musical
    Babe! An Olympian Musical
    The 2017 National Women’s Music Festival showcased Babe! An Olympian Musical
  • Zrazy
    Zrazy
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Suzanne Westenhoefer
    Suzanne Westenhoefer
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Linda Tillery & the Womanly Way Reunion Band
    Linda Tillery & the Womanly Way Reunion Band
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Ferron with Barbara Higbie
    Ferron with Barbara Higbie
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • MazzMuse
    MazzMuse
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Pura Fe’
    Pura Fe’
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • HEAR In NOW
    HEAR In NOW
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Women of the Harlem Renaissance
    Women of the Harlem Renaissance
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Barbara Higbie
    Barbara Higbie
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Violet and the Undercurrents
    Violet and the Undercurrents
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Irene Tu
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Chelsey Danielle
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Carole Walker and Helen Yee
    Carole Walker and Helen Yee
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Jorian Oxygen
    Jorian Oxygen
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Margie Adam
    Sweet Friend of mine - it took so long to find you...
  • Renee Janski
    Renee Janski
    National Women's Music Festival - July 6-9, 2017
  • Alive
    Alive
    "infectious rhythms, stunning vocals, innovative arrangements, intelligent and heartfelt original compositions"
  • Mary Watkins
    Mary Watkins
    Her music reflects many styles – jazz, gospel, country, rock, classical and pop.
  • Nan Washburn
    Nan Washburn
    ... her engaging performances and fresh approach to concert programming, critics have hailed her work as having "perspicacity, nerve, imagination and all-round savvy."
  • Nedra Johnson & the Fat Bottom Girls
    Nedra Johnson & the Fat Bottom Girls
    4 Tuba players and a rhythm section - Blues based, with a repertoire that includes R&B, rock, funk, gospel and jazz. "This is womyn's music baby."
  • Mazz Swiff with guest Silva Bolognesi
    Mazz Swiff with guest Silva Bolognesi
    often reversing the traditional roles of their instruments while approaching melody, harmony and rhythm in a fresh and often surprising way
  • Suede
    Suede
    Think sophisticated pop/jazz, think naughty blues with a sizzling trumpet, think love songs that will make you swoon
  • Andrea Gibson
    Andrea Gibson is not gentle with their truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led them to the forefront of the spoken word movement.
  • Marga Gomez
    Marga Gomez
    “If film and television producers want to take more risks in their depiction of lesbian life they should go directly to the caustic musings of Marga Gomez.” New York Times
  • Ubaka Hill
    Ubaka Hill
    Ubaka creatively weaves percussion, poetry and song to inspire a positive uplifting atmosphere...
  • Carolyn Gage
    ...she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history.
  • Sharon Katz and The Peace Train
    Sharon Katz and The Peace Train
    A mission of peace.
  • Vickie Shaw
    Vickie Shaw
    The funniest comedian EVER! She said so herself!
  • Kristen Ford Band
    Kristen Ford Band
    A ball of energy on stage, pushing joy into the crowd and getting the audience to echo back this enthusiasm.
  • Summer Osborne
    Summer Osborne
    She masterfully amalgamates the human condition, spirituality, truth, love and healing.
  • Crys Matthews
    blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance
  • Violet and the Undercurrents
    Violet and the Undercurrents
    “..Sophisticated folk-rockers ..”
  • Kiya Heartwood
    Director of the Folk Orchestra
  • Linda Tillery
    Linda Tillery
    A women's music icon...
  • June and Jean Millington
    Alice de Buh will join June and Jean for a Mini-Fanny Reunion at National. Filling out the band will be Janelle Burdell.
  • Cris Williamson
    A voice in the soundtrack of the Women's Music Movement.
  • Laura Love with Big Bad Gina
    Powerhouse combination of the funk bassist and the brilliant acoustic to radical electric trio!
  • Melanie DeMore
    Melanie DeMore
    Weaves the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals and her own original music.
  • Zoë Lewis
    A worldbeat-vaudeville extravaganza!
  • Nedra Johnson
    Nedra Johnson
    She is unapologetically queer and graciously thankful to the women’s music scene.
  • Alix Olson
    Alix Olson
    "...an ingenious poet, a serious thinker, a funny person..."
  • Lucie Blue Tremblay
    Lucie Blue Tremblay
    She is one of Canada’s beautiful voices and songwriters.
  • Tret Fure
    Veteren singer songwriter.
  • C.C. Carter
    C.C. Carter
    Poet, Teacher, Activist and Artist
  • Tory Trujillo and Sweet Song
    Comprised of musical powerhouses, Tory Trujillo, Rachel Alexander and Kara Barnard.
  • Ngaire
    A musician that takes on the responsibility to help create space for all of us to connect back to ourselves, back to nature and back to each other.
  • Jori Costello
    "Songs of My Soul" A play written and performed by Jori
  • Alix Dobkin
    "Womyn's music legend..." — Spin
  • Ruth Barrett
    Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Author, Priestess and Educator
  • Kristin Lems
    Founded the National Women's Music Festival in 1974.
  • Jamie Anderson
    Jamie Anderson
    Laughter is a big part of Jamie’s live performance.
  • Miriam Davidson
    Festival Choir Director
  • B. Wahru Cleveland and Rani Quimba
    B. Wahru Cleveland and Rani Quimba
    Leaders of the Drum Chorus
  • Edwina Lee Tyler
    Edwina Lee Tyler
    Percussionist, composer, vocalist, dancer and actress, Edwina blends these entire elements into more than just a performance, but into jubilation.
  • Orenda
    Orenda
    Orenda is Gayla Drake, Natalie Brown, Laurie Haag, Kimberli Maloy, Kim-Char Meredith and Lojo Russo
  • Irene Keenan Jr
    Americana Rock Vocal Powerhouse
  • Dos Fallopia
    Dos Fallopia
    Twin Sisters of Different Cul-de-sacs (aka Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch, Seattle sketch comics)
  • Supervillain Fire Drill
    Ska music from Madison, Wisconsin!
  • Kristen Ford Band
    strives to be a new breed of rock
  • Lucie Blue Tremblay
    serenades listeners with a rich, warm voice that can soar from a throaty purr to strong, crystal tones, her songs combining a soft melodic essence with a depth of feeling that is riveting,
  • Summer Osborne Band
    Summer Osborne Band
    I do this because I believe I have something to say And I believe what I have to say is worth sharing
  • Beth Kille
    19-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award winning artist
  • Gaye Adegbalola & the Wild Rutz
    Gaye Adegbalola can engage, provoke, and inspire just about any audience.
  • Mama’s Black Sheep
    Mama’s Black Sheep
    one guitar, a bunch of drums, two amazing voices, a dash of humor, a touch of love, and some outrageously strong musicianship
  • Kiya Heartwood
    Kiya Heartwood
    soulful confessions, political broadside, and a wicked groove.
  • Cheryl Wheeler
    Cheryl Wheeler
    brilliant, hysterical performances and beautifully crafted songs
  • Hills to Hollers
    Hills to Hollers
    LAURIE LEWIS, LINDA TILLERY, and BARBARA HIGBIE
  • Catie Curtis
    Catie Curtis
    “Folk-rock goddess”

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