Sarah McLachlan-founded estrospectacular Lilith Fair will return in the summer of 2010, rebranded as a “Tour,” but just as lady-licious as ever before. The headliners announced today represent a pretty impressive cross-section of women in music: Lilith vets like Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and Erykah Badu stand alongside newcomers Colbie Callait, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Sara Bareilles. Folkies like Zee Avi and the Indigo Girls will nuzzle up to the freakier bosoms of Janelle Monae and Metric. Mainstream country gets great representation from Sugarland and Miranda Lambert. And the diversity apparent in any tour that carries both Mary J. Blige and Tegan and Sara is to be applauded. Here’s the only question: Will anyone go?
I didn’t attend the first round of Fairs – was too busy being a camp counselor in the woods of Arkansas, where the sheer number of Indigo Girls songs I learned to play on my acoustic guitar probably made such attendance unnecessary – but I always regretted not standing with my sisters on those fertile fields. And given my experience watching various hairy dudes headline gender-unspecific music festivals over the past few years, I can only imagine these proceedings will smell better. Although I did go to art school, and am aware of all the ways I can be wrong about that.
Most of all, I’m psyched at the potential Lilith 2.0 has to refocus today’s young women on the dearly-departed notion of girl power, especially since so many of them currently spend their time pining for vampires. There are a few more acts I’d like to see added – fingers crossed for No Doubt, and I can’t help but think Taylor Swift would both increase tour ticket sales and pick up some new songwriting material along the way – but all in all I think it’s a solid lineup and a worthy venture. So long as McLachlan steers clear of outfits like the one above.
What do you think, Mixers? Dates have yet to be announced, but will you be attending Lilith Tour 2010? Who would you like to see added to the dance card? And does this concept have any shot at returning to its ’90s ubiquity?
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