We are so blessed, humbled, and honored to host this caliber of talented artists this year. We can’t wait to celebrate their music together.
/// 2023 LINEUP ///
Dirty Shine’s a state of mind and ZZ Ward’s back porch blues meets hip-hop vibe is exactly what you get when her performance unfolds on stage. Playing a raw, powerful blend of genres, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist ZZ Ward takes the tropes of music and gives them a makeover with an edgy, modern attitude. With two critically-acclaimed albums in her back pocket, ZZ has launched multiple sold-out headline tours, performed at high profile festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo.
Her release of ‘Baby, Don’t,’ is the latest of a series of new songs released over the past year, including ‘Giant’ and ‘Tin Cups’ which carry the theme of equal parts warrior and vulnerability delivered by her powerhouse vocals and with plenty of sass.
Born and raised in Calgary, Devon Cole sang in choirs and has written songs since her pre-teens, but she headed off to Kingston for a psychology degree, performing at open mics and gigs in her free time for fun. After graduating in 2020, she was getting ready to study advertising when all the pandemic-related downtime pushed her to realize that she didn't want to commit to a non-music career without ever releasing a song.
Her single ‘W.I.T.C.H (Woman In Total Control of Herself)’ quickly racked up millions of likes on TikTok and plays on Spotify with its infectious chorus and its rallying feminist-anthem leanings. And with her recently released hit single ‘Call U After Rehab,’ Devon Cole’s just getting started. She packages social truths in replay-worthy pop bops and has maintained her momentum with powerful and heartfelt anthems.
LAUREN RUTH WARD
Lauren Ruth Ward explodes on the stage in front of you with a voice that cuts through any room or space. A gutsy, raspy-voiced singer/songwriter in the vein of Janis Joplin or Courtney Barnett, Ward has dabbled in music all her life. But it was in 2016 when she met her guitarist Eduardo Rivera—who helped her hone her songwriting and add some rock edge to her sound—that she really began hitting sound booths and stages with her vibrato howl of a voice.
Lauren and her band re-create rock and roll music with nuances of the 60s, allowing Ward to release a powerhouse of raw, visceral emotion of strength and vulnerability in their live show. They’ve got a hell of a collection of music out, including a recently released single Mindseye, Suburban Ego, and Messiah.
Emmy’s years of consistent singing and writing since childhood reflect in her otherworldly artistic abilities today. Her voice is a smooth, mysterious combination of technique and fiery R&B passion. Emmy blew up and started a global trend when she posted a TikTok of herself singing the hook of her biggest hit 'I AM WOMAN' to her 5,000 followers. The idea for the song came to Meli in a dream, in which a black cat was scratching at her.
It inspired her to embrace her femininity and step into her personal power–and power is certainly behind her voice when she performs. She has a debut album in the works, but her singles are sensational.