Lilith Fair To Feature Fiona Apple, Jewel & More

Fiona Apple will perform at some of the Lilith Fair summer tour dates.

Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair, billed as a "celebration of women in music,"

just keeps rolling up marquee female-fronted acts almost as fast as

Lollapalooza repels them.

The Lilith Fair main stage line-up is nearly

complete, and, in addition to McLachlan, who will play all the dates, will

feature select appearances from Fiona Apple, the Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, the

Indigo Girls, Jewel, Paula Cole, Aimee Mann and Mary Chapin Carpenter,

according to an informed source. And, according to the Lilith web site, Neneh

Cherry and Lisa Loeb are expected to drop in for at least a few dates.

Confirmed second stage acts include Victoria Williams, Kelly Willis, the

Wild Colonials and Parisian quartet Autour De Lucie. Although no dates have

been announced yet, the approximately 35-date tour is expected to make its way

across the U.S. and Canada in July and August.

Like its more

testosterone-fueled counterpart, Lilith will contain the now-requisite

concourse of non-music distractions, although the source suggested that this

tour will be geared towards a "gentler lifestyle." Bottom line: expect to see

more clothing and silversmith booths than tattoo and piercing

stations...



Under the heading "Community" on the Lilith web site, we

found the following description of what Lilith is all about: "Lilith is about a

sense of community, caring, and helping others. Throughout the tour everyone

involved in the Lilith Fair will be working with local groups to promote causes

important to the community and Lilith Fair...this is what the Lilith Fair

really is all about."

The office word is that the Fair doesn't "exclude

men, it simply celebrates women," according to founder McLachlan. The

singer/songwriter tested the waters last year with a four-date mini-Lilith. On

the web site, McLachlan also notes that, "Three years ago promoters were really

scared to put two women on the same bill. Now, the climate has changed

dramatically. We've proved it can be done. This tour is a huge step in the

right direction for women's rights, but it isn't a soapbox for extremist

feminism. It isn't about dissing men, it's about quality in every aspect of

life between men and women -- so that's part feminist, part humanist. I just

think everybody is equal."

McLachlan will have a new, still-untitled,

album out in June, which she is currently completing in a Montreal studio with

producer Pierre Marchand, who handled production on her last album, Fumbling

Towards Ecstacy.