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First Girl Fest Northwest rocks Portland

The first annual Girl Fest Northwest (GFNW) music festival, of which PDX Magazine is a proud sponsor, was an intimate event that featured an eclectic array of music. The showcase, ranging from hip-hop to folk-infused techno to raw unadulterated punk, drew a crowd just as diverse as its musical lineup. Young and old, hipsters and slickers, gathered on Aug. 2 at Lola’s Room of the Crystal Ballroom to celebrate, promote, and embrace women in music. For the event’s organizer Madison Sturdevant, the idea has been percolating as long as she’s been writing about the Northwest music scene. “While writing about music, I was consistently frustrated by the attitude toward female musicians in the scene,” explains Sturdevant, who currently writes for the Portland-based premiere Hip-Hop lifestyle magazine, We Out Here Magazine. “I saw hardly any female artists receiving the opportunities or recognition received by men they worked alongside. Also, there are many expectations put on female artists that aren’t put on men. You have to act a certain way, behave a certain way—definitely look a certain way. GFNW started off simply as a showcase for female artists, where they could perform and the focus would be 100 percent on their music”…

Inaugural GirlFest NW to highlight female contributions to music on Aug. 2

Last year, local musician Madison Sturdevant felt there was a lack of support and opportunity in our local community for female musicians. From her involvement in the local scene, Sturdevant noted that “music created by girls and women was given less of a chance, and that expectations placed on female artists to look and sound a certain way were heavier than those placed on men.” She started GirlFest NW to change that. This Saturday, August 2, the inaugural GirlFest NW will take the stage of Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom (1332 W Burnside St.) in downtown Portland. The festival not only welcomes music lovers of all ages, but of both sexes too. While the musicians on stage are all ladies, both men and women are invited to come and show their support for the festival’s impressive lineup. The night will include performances by Bed., Blossom, Little Warrior with guest Goldini Bagwell, Daughters of the Dead Sea, Tuff Shet, and Neko + Kahlo. Highlights include Portland-based Little Warrior, which creates a unique sound by experimenting with recording and production techniques, and Daughters of the Dead Sea, a rock-punk outfit hailing from west Seattle, reuniting just for the festival. Tickets are available…