Monday, May 10, 2010

Lilith Fair Comes to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Aug. 7

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 4:29 PM

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With all the flooding and whatnot lately, I forgot to post the lineup for this year's Lilith Fair tour, which comes to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, Aug. 7. Of course, the other reason I forgot to post the lineup is that it fucking took forever for them to tell me who's playing the Nashville date, and after months of getting emails that said "So-and-So is definitely playing at some point on the tour, in some city!" I just started tuning them out. Way to start the most annoying music trend of 2010, Bonnaroo! Anyway, this year's LF marks the tour's return after a decade-long hiatus, and matriarch Sarah McLachlan is still the main attraction.

Rounding out the Nashville appearance are the legendary Loretta Lynn, folktronic troubadour Beth Orton, former Dixie Chicks (i.e., the ones who didn't say that thing about G.H.W.B.) Court Yard Hounds, vaunted folk duo Indigo Girls, smoky emoter Lissie, lovesick teen popster Priscilla Renea, Nashville's own Bitter Song-stress Butterfly Boucher, and the best thing to hit sci-fi R&B and earth in general in a while, Janelle Monae. The final time slot is up for grabs, though, and will go to whichever female solo artist or female-fronted band wins the online contest. If you live in Tennessee or Arkansas, you can either upload your hottest track or sign up to judge at this link.

This year, one dollar from every ticket will go to a charity in each of the host cities, and you can vote on which charity gets the Nashville loot. The finalists are Magdalene/Thistle Farms, Renewal House, Nashville Rescue Mission, Sexual Assault Center (listed under its former name, Rape and Sexual Abuse Center of Davidson County) and Women on Maintaining Education and Nutrition.

Sarah McLachlan is pro-choice and even promised to never play a venue again if they didn't allow volunteers from Planned Parenthood to set up a booth at a '97 LF show near Houston. So, there was a bit of controversy when some crisis pregnancy centers were nominated to receive the Lilith Fair money — they were soon dropped.

Anyway, while I'm kinda bummed some of the marquee names (Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Cat Power) aren't on the Nashville show, it's still a pretty strong lineup. I mean, have you seen Janelle?

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