This March, The Iridium will host four weeks of fierce female performers in celebration of Women’s History Month. HERSTORY, HER VOICE at The Iridium will feature an eclectic mix of musicians and women thought leaders, with Grammy-nominated neo soul singer/songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello kicking off the month with three shows March 1 through March 3.
“As one of the only female booking agents at a music venue in NYC, it has been an aspiration of mine to highlight and bring together strong women in the music industry,” says Grace Blake, General Manager and Senior Booker at The Iridium. “More specifically I have been wanting to bring an all-female lineup to the room, and what better time than now?”
HERSTORY, HER VOICE at The Iridium will also provide a forum for discussion of women’s issues within the music industry with panels and guest speakers on March 6 and March 20. Topics that will be addressed include “Finding Your Voice at Any Stage of Your Career in the Music Industry” and “Working with Emotional Intelligence (EI) in the Music Industry.” The full lineup of panelists and moderators will be announced in the coming weeks.
Other highlights of HERSTORY, HER VOICE at The Iridium include a special performance by blues singer Beth Hart on March 7, to be filmed live for public television’s critically acclaimed music series Front and Center; She Rocks “Icon” Award winner Jennifer Batten and the all-girl quartet Lez Zeppelin featuring Steph Paynes on March 8 and 9; and Isreali singer Yael Deckelbaum on March 26 and 27. Yael’s song “Prayer of the Mothers” was the anthem of the “Women Wage Peace” movement’s 2016 March of Hope, unifiying Isreali and Palestinian women in protest of the escalation of violence in the region.
Closing out Women’s History Month will be pianists Holly Bowling on March 30, and Judith Owen on March 31. Holly is known for her unique renditions of jam band classics by Phish and the Grateful Dead, and Judith will be performing songs from her new album Somebody’s Child before heading out to play New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with her band Krewe de Jude.
Meshell Ndegeocello – March 1-3
Liz Longley – March 4
“Finding Your Voice” – A Music Industry Panel – March 6
Beth Hart: A Front and Center Television Event – March 7
Jennifer Batten & Lez Zeppelin featuring Steph Paynes – March 8 & 9
Shemekia Copeland – March 17 & 18
“Working with EI” – A Music Industry Panel – March 20
Aziza Miller – March 21
Meiko – March 23
Dana Fuchs – March 24 & 25
Yael Deckelbaum – March 26 & 27
Anais Mitchell – March 28 & 29
Holly Bowling – March 30
Judith Owen – March 31