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Philadelphia, PA – Singer/songwriter Ginger Coyle has announced that she will be hosting a quarterly event at Underground Arts focusing on female artists of many genres. S.H.I.F.T. SHOWCASE will debut Friday, April 26th. Coyle was inspired to create this event during her 2 month stay in Los Angeles where she was a contestant on the current season of NBC’s The Voice.
“There was a lot of down time and we couldn’t go anywhere unsupervised during our seclusion at the hotel. I made friends with a great group of female artists and we killed a lot of time in each other’s rooms making music and sharing ideas. Even though we were all contestants of the same show and essentially each other’s competition, there was never that stigma when we would have our daily meetups. Upon my return to the City of Brotherly Love, I started to feel a void. All of the women I met and had spent everyday with were now in their own worlds, scattered throughout the country. I wondered if I created an event here in Philadelphia if it would bring women together to celebrate their artistry and inspire other women – instead of compete against each other. I proposed the idea to Underground Arts and S.H.I.F.T. was born!”
Two of the artists Ginger met in Los Angeles will be joining her for the S.H.I.F.T. debut — Chelsea Shag, a jazzy songstress from Atlanta, and Jess Lamb a pop/rock artist from Cincinnati. Also performing: Philly’s own Katie Barbato, Echo Victory and Sheila Hershey. Ladybud Magazine publisher and NORML Women’s Alliance board member Diane Fornbacher will be performing freestyle poetry. Ginger Coyle and her band will close out the evening.
In between musical sets, there will be poetry readings, a flamenco-fusion dance performance by Irene Reinke, and a screening of Sadie, the web series by director Nicole Agostino. There will also be paintings exhibited by Julia Day, photography exhibited by Lisa Schaffer, a silk graffiti installation by Aubrie Costello and body painting by Michele Iacovitti Peraino. Local artisans will be vending their handmade products and all of this will make for an extraordinary evening.
A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go Girls Rock Philly, a volunteer-based non-profit music and mentoring organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women from the greater Philadelphia region through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Black Box Theater of Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St. Philadelphia, PA
Doors open: 7:30PM
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