Femmefest announces its initial slate of performers
Saintseneca will perform at Strongwater on Aug. 31 as part of FeMMeFest (Meghan Ralston photo)
FeMMeFest, which didn't even exist a matter of weeks ago, is starting to take final shape.
The newborn music fest formed in response to Fashion Meets Music Festival's selection of controversial R&B singer R. Kelly as headliner of its inaugural event, and planning hasn't slowed since Kelly and FMMF mutually parted ways in the wake of public backlash.
At the time, FeMMeFest organizers posted a statement that read, in part, "We have already begun the path to positive action, and we see no reason to stop now."
Most recently, Saintseneca, which was scheduled to play FMMF before withdrawing due to Kelly's inclusion, announced it would be performing at FeMMeFest, headlining a show at Strongwater on Sunday, Aug. 31.
FeMMeFest is slated to take over a network of local venues Labor Day weekend, and all proceeds will be donated to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
A full schedule of performers and set times is forthcoming, but organizers have confirmed the following events (editors note: the concerts are staggered between afternoon and evening performances):
Friday, Aug. 29
Nick Tolford & Company
Cafe Bourbon Street/The Summit
West Virginia White
DJ Scott and Erin Void
Pagan Babies (Hole cover band)
The Something Somethings
Saturday, Aug. 30
Used Kids Records
Two Years Later
Dead Set Ready
Ace of Cups
Neon Angels (The Runaways cover band)
Alternative Fashion Mob appearance
Sunday, Aug. 31
Seventh Son Brewing
A brunch-time celebration of organizers' favorite women in music, featuring DJs Lazzarus and Bratt
Damn the Witch Siren
DJ Moxie Martinez
Columbus Burlesque Collective