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Jill Sobule

In 12 albums and nearly three decades of recording, Jill Sobule has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Early hit songs included "I Kissed a Girl”—the first song about same-sex romance ever to crack the Billboard Top 20, and no relation to the later Katy Perry tune—and 90s alt-rock anthem “Supermodel,” which was featured in an iconic scene in the film Clueless. Jill has shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Cyndi Lauper, and Warren Zevon.

Over the years, Jill has been active in numerous social and political causes, performing at prisons as part of Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors project, playing dates with Lady Parts Justice’s “Vagical Mystery Tour,” and curating Monster Protest Jamz Volume 1, featuring protest songs by Tom Morello, Billy Bragg, Amanda Palmer, Jackson Browne, and many other great artists—as well as Jill’s own pre-2016 election song, “When They Say We Want Our America Back, What the F#@k Do They Mean?,” which traces the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in America.

Recently, she has also been writing for the theater. In 2018, NYU produced her musical Times Square, based on the 1980 cult film of the same name, and in 2020 the Pittsburgh City Theater will debut her one-woman show F*#k 7th Grade, about what she calls “the worst year of my life.” Her latest record, Nostalgia Kills (released on Jill’s own Pinko Records), features new versions of several of Jill’s best songs for the stage, including for Times Square, the off-off-Broadway musical Prozak and the Platypus, and a new adaptation of Yentl, for which Jill wrote the gorgeous ballad “Tomorrow Is Breaking My Heart.”

Nostalgia Kills explores its titular theme through a collection of songs that ponder the past without ever lapsing into easy sentimentality, explores issues our society is still collectively struggling with (LGBTQ rights, teen mental health, our unhealthy obsession with staying young), and gently skewers our tendency to dwell on the past at the expense of addressing the present.

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Julie Wolf

Julie Wolf is a music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, music director and teacher. She has appeared on stages around the world and on numerous critically acclaimed recordings. She has collaborated with Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker, Bruce Cockburn, Amy Ray, Dar Williams, Rumer, and Wayne Horvitz, among many others. Recent highlights include television performances with Carly Simon (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The View, and Live with Kelly and Michael), recording a duet with Carly Simon for the release of Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, producing Bruce Cockburn, working with Joan Baez and producing records for multiple artists of varying genres.

She has music directed with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse, and most recently she was honored with a 2015 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Direction for her work in the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre production of Girlfriend (book by Todd Almond, music by Matthew Sweet, directed by Les Waters). Her original music for the 2009 documentary Sweet Crude was nominated for Best Original Score at the Maverick Movie Awards and received special mention in Variety.

Based in Oakland, California, Julie is a part of a vibrant creative community that includes musicians, dancers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, teachers, healers and activists. She runs Julie Wolf Music, specializing in music production, composing for film and dance, sound design, and music/audio editing. Recent producing credits include Katie Cash’s Gift Horse, Cris Williamson’s Motherland, Gina Breedlove’s Language of Light, Rachel Friedman’s My Marching Band, The Lost American JazzBook (winner of Jazz Vocal Album of the Year at the 14th Independent Music Awards), A Fragile Tomorrow’s One Way Ticket (winner of Best Cover of the Year/15th Independent Music Awards), and Lucia Lilikoi’s Vessel. Julie also teaches music and production clinics, workshops, and private students.

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Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina Jalees can be seen in the upcoming CBS series Carol’s Second Act, as well as her quarter-hour special on Netflix in The Comedy Lineup. She is currently a consulting producer on Netflix’s Big Mouth. Most recently, she was an executive story editor on Search Party at TBS and The Mayor at ABC and co-producer on WB’s Harley Quinn. Prior to that she worked on Powerless for NBC and wrote on the staff of NBC's multicamera comedy Crowded. On camera, Sabrina has appeared on Search Party, Transparent, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Last Comic Standing, Adam Devine’s House Party, and Best Week Ever. As a stand-up, Sabrina has toured North America, England, and South Africa and played the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival several times. She is also the host of My Sexy Podcast and stars in Just for Laugh’s digital series.

Vickie Shaw

Comedian Vickie Shaw is one of our favorite entertainers with Olivia. She has made women of Olivia laugh for over 20 years. Her "take no prisoners" (she's southern) style of comedy is incredibly hilarious and she takes you on a gut-busting journey of extreme humor. She has traveled the U.S. and the world (mostly with Olivia) making people all over the globe laugh until they cry! You've seen her on television, Comedy Central, four comedy specials on LOGO, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and movies (Laughing Matters More), as well as benefits, fundraisers and numerous Pride events all over the U.S. You don't want to miss this incredible entertainer.

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Wendy Moten

Wendy Moten was born to sing! This multitalented American singer-songwriter, with her fluid and stylish vocals, has thrilled audiences on stages around the world from London to Paris, St. Petersburg to Tokyo, Rio to New York, and beyond.

Wendy’s voice tells a deeply soulful story that touches and inspires all who hear it. She started singing early in her life, at her father’s church in Memphis, Tennessee, and, from the first note, captured the hearts of everyone. Her early musical influences included Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, and Aretha Franklin.

In the late 1990s, Wendy signed with EMI Records, where she recorded three solo albums, several singles, and the Billboard hit ballad “Come In Out of the Rain,” which was a Top 10 hit in Europe. Her self-titled debut EMI album also included the up-tempo tracks “Step by Step” and “Nobody but You.” Wendy toured as the opening act for Michael Bolton during his North American tour and was the toast of Japan, where she performed at the famed Budokan.

Shortly thereafter, Wendy recorded the Grammy-nominated single “Whatever You Imagine” for the animated film The Pagemaster, starring Macaulay Culkin, and released her second EMI album, Time for Change with its popular tracks “Forever Yours” and “Your Love Is All I Know.” After receiving rave reviews in the US, the album went global and became one of Japan’s and Europe’s best-selling albums.

Along with her solo albums, Wendy has recorded duets with top-selling artists, including Michael McDonald (“No Love to Be Found”), Julio Iglesias (“Just Walk Away”), and John Oates (“Let’s Drive”), among others. She was the featured vocalist on the Buddy Guy projects and on Paul Allen’s Everywhere at Once duet with Derek Trucks, “Healing Hands.” Her recording of the Stevie Wonder hit “All I Do” is featured on the Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s CD For You, produced by Grammy-winning producer Paul Brown. Wendy’s voice has been deemed one of the natural wonders of our age, an instrument of infinite diversity. Wendy is currently on tour with Julio Iglesias, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and Vince Gill.

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Mimi Fox

Internationally renowned guitar virtuosa, composer, and recording artist Mimi Fox is a six-time DownBeat magazine International Critics Poll winner and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent guitarists on today's scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player magazine hailed Mimi as “a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them.”

She has performed and recorded with a who's who of great artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Joey DeFrancesco, Charlie Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall, and Stevie Wonder, among countless others. She performs at prestigious concert halls worldwide; recent sold-out shows include those at the Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, and Newport Folk Festival.

With her 11th album as a leader, This Bird Still Flies, Fox delivers a seamless but far-ranging album that’s breathtaking it its beauty, emotional immediacy, and stylistic reach. The all-acoustic recording captures a commanding artist in full—transforming folk tunes, jazz standards, original compositions, and popular songs into exquisitely crafted improvisational vehicles. The new reviews rolling in could not be more glowing: “Utter mastery, four stars!” from Downbeat Magazine; "A Tour de Force from one of the preeminent practitioners of our time" from Midwest Record; "A dazzler from start to finish...remarkable" from Jazz Times; and "Wonderful...glows like a candle" from Jazz Weekly.

As a composer, Mimi has written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films, and dance projects and received grants from prestigious funders, such as Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council. Mimi has repeatedly received grants from the William James Association and California Arts Council to give concerts and workshops in California prisons as part of the highly successful California Arts in Corrections program. A devoted educator and clinician, Mimi has taught master classes worldwide while serving as head of the guitar program at the Jazz School in Berkeley and an adjunct professor at New York University.

Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Mimi is a consummate improviser who seizes the imagination of her listeners with her passion, soul, and unerring ear for beauty.

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Chaunte Wayans

Chaunte Wayans is a comedian, writer, and actress who proudly represents the new generation of the Wayans’ legacy making its mark in Hollywood. She can be seen in the upcoming Netflix series AJ and the Queen, and was recently seen in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, alongside Lea DeLaria, Dana Delaney, Ana Villafane, and Adina Verson. Her film and television credits include 50 Shades of Black, Hollywood Misconceptions, Dance Flick, TLC's Trading Spaces, Bounce TV's Off the Chain, and Nicktoon's animated series The Boo Crew.

As a comedian, Wayans has toured nationally wowing audiences with her unique brand of comedy featuring for comedic veterans such as Katt Williams, Russell Peters, and her uncles Marlon, Shawn, and Damon Wayans. Her comedic talent allowed her to grow a large social media following, garnering over 10 million content views, and becoming featured on programs such as MTV’s hit sketch comedy series Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N’ Out, 50 Cent’s 50 Central on BET, and Katt Williams’s comedy special Kattpacalypse. In addition to acting and comedy, Chaunte has been showcased as a writer as part of CBS’s annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.

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Lucy Spraggan

2019 is proving to be another hugely successful year for Lucy Spraggan. She’s already released her fifth studio album, Today Was a Good Day, played Glastonbury and SXSW, toured Europe and Scandinavia with Melissa Etheridge, and completed her own US and UK headline tours. Now Lucy continues that momentum by announcing a 32-date tour of the UK and Ireland, which commences in October 2019.

The lead single from Today Was A Good Day, “Lucky Stars,” has now had almost 1 million streams and was playlisted at Radio 2, contributing to her incredible statistics of over 52 million YouTube views and 245 million streams on Spotify. Other highlights on the album are “End of the World.”

Lucy started out as a singer-songwriter performing at open-mic nights around the country. At just 19 years old, she took the brave decision to perform her self-penned hit “Last Night (Beer Fear)” on the X Factor and secured a Top 20 single and Top 30 self-released album whilst still competing in the show. That journey resulted in her becoming the most Googled musician of 2012.

Through relentless touring, her innate songwriting ability, and an ever-growing fanbase, Lucy has now achieved an incredible five consecutive Top 30 albums.

“Today Was a Good Day” marked a new chapter for Lucy musically and personally. Produced by Jon Maguire (Calum Scott, Kodaline), Lucy sounds at her most confident and accomplished. Reviews included OK magazine calling the album “Her most accomplished sound to date,” The Sun magazine saying, “These 14 tracks prove she is a songwriter with a talent to be cherished,” Radio 2 calling the album “As much poetry as it is songwriting,” and CelebMix saying that it’s “a glorious 14 track reminder of just how talented a lyricist Spraggan is…. Artists like Lucy Spraggan don’t come around often.”

Aima the Dreamer

Aima the Dreamer has been rockin’ crowds from Oakland to Barcelona as a vocalist and MC for over a decade or two with groups such as Femme Deadly Venoms, J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Goddess Alchemy Project, and Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows, & Beats Hip-Hop Symphony project. All of this in addition to her own solo project has given her a variety of outlets with which to harness her energy as not only a talented MC and vocalist, but also as a strong, feminine woman who easily holds her own amongst a male-dominated industry.

Aima has opened for and been on the bill with such greats as Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, Nneka, Robert Glasper, Mc Lyte, and Les Nubians, to name a few. She has taken her lifetime of experiences and lessons learned and brought them together in a perfectly blended mix of music that reflects a woman who is independent, sexy, strong, spiritual, and intelligent. Coupled with her exquisite rhymes and flows, Aima the Dreamer’s mixtape gives the music world a taste of an artist who knows what she wants. With plans for a full-length album in the works, there’s no doubt she will get it.

Catch Aima the Dreamer hosting and promoting events in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, as well as performing with her group Femme Deadly Venoms, set to release their upcoming album early next year.

DJ LadyRyan

LadyRyan, a San Francisco Bay area favorite, has been rocking crowds coast to coast for close to a decade. Her music and voice have been riding the wave of partygoers in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

LadyRyan’s passion for music started at an early age: singing in her church choir at 6, sampling and making beats at 20, and—ultimately tapping into her true passion—buying her first set of turntables at 23. She is known for the energy exchange she shares with her crowds in every song selection and tune she sings.

LadyRyan’s talent crosses the board from vinyl to digital, mixing her deep knowledge of breaks, soul, Latin, hip hop, funk, reggae, Afro-beat, and Top 40 into a meld of classic joints and new releases that build the dance floor. She has played with and opened for artists such as George Clinton, Tracy Chapman, Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Camp Lo, Chef Jarobi of ATCQ, The Internet, Foreign Exchange, Cakes Da Killa, Stic Man of Dead Prez, Flying Lotus, MC Lyte, Goapele, Nina Sky, Peanut Butter Wolf, Rich Medina, and Princess Nokia.

In 2011 LadyRyan cofounded Soulovely, a seasonal outdoor monthly party packing in hundreds of people at one of Oakland’s most popular clubs, The New Parish, and in 2016 she was awarded the East Bay Express Readers’ Choice Best of the East Bay. She has held long-standing residencies at some of East Bay's most popular clubs and breweries.

This traveling DJ has many accolades and upcoming events. Be sure to check her schedule to catch a vibe in a city near you!

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