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Lilith Fair in the 90s

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Tours and Festivals - Roundtable

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We revisit Lilith Fair with a roundtable of performers and concert-goers to discuss the musical and cultural impact of the festival

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While the 90s were dominated by the touring festival as opposed to the current day destination festival, the first half and second half had decidedly different approaches. Lollapalooza took a variety of artists from across genres with the intention of exposing artists across differing fanbases, whereas the Warped Tour, Ozzfest, H.O.R.D.E. Tour, and Lilith Fair each narrowed their focus. In the case of Lilith Fair, the simplistic history is that it was a female-centric folk tour, headlined by the likes of Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Suzanne Vega, and Sheryl Crow. In reality, over the course of three years, the festival provided a much broader spectrum of female artists, including Queen Latifah, Bonnie Raitt, Letters To Cleo, Liz Phair, Dance Hall Crashers, K's Choice, Luscious Jackson, Nenah Cherry, The Pretenders, Missy Elliott, The Cardigans, Susanna Hoffs, Juliana Hatfield, and many many more. To help us revisit we invited back a pair of performers (Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo and Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson) and a pair of attendees (friend of the show Matt Shiverdecker and show announcer Katie Minneci), along with special call-in guests performer Tracy Bonham and attendee John Cornish.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Angel (Live)¬†by Sarah McLachlan with Emmylou Harris
  • 17:20 - Naked Eye (Live) by Luscious Jackson
  • 24:49 - Surrounded (Live)¬†by Chantal Kreviazuk
  • 34:05 - The One (Live)¬†by Tracy Bonham &¬†telephone interview
  • 41:27 - Not An Addict (Live)¬†by K's Choice &¬†memories with John Cornish
  • Outro - Here And Now (Live) by Letters To Cleo

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