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
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