Cat Power, Mary Timony Join Ladyfest Lineup

Singers to play arts and activism conference set for August in Olympia, Wash.

Singer/songwriter Cat Power,

also known as Chan Marshall, has

been confirmed to play the Ladyfest 2000 festival in Olympia, Wash., in August,

organizers said.

Indie-rocker Mary Timony of

Helium and alternative-country

band Trailer Bride also have

signed on to perform at the Aug. 1–6 arts and activism conference, according

to a Ladyfest lineup posted online (www.ladyfest.org) and confirmed by publicist

and Bangs bassist

COLOR="#003163">Maggie Vail.

The festival's roster has now topped two dozen artists, many with roots in the early

'90s riot grrrl punk empowerment movement. Among the acts previously confirmed

are: Sleater-Kinney,

COLOR="#003163">Bratmobile,

COLOR="#003163">Lois,

COLOR="#003163">Sarah Dougher, the

COLOR="#003163">Butchies and the

COLOR="#003163">Need.

On April 29, Sleater-Kinney will play a benefit show at Olympia's Metropolis club to

raise money for staging Ladyfest. Blues guitarist

COLOR="#003163">Del Rey will hold another fund-raiser May 20,

at Olympia's Capitol Theatre.

Ladyfest also marks the first formal gig by

COLOR="#003163">Frenchie and the German Girls, a new band

by Vail and her sister Tobi Vail,

former drummer for the defunct punk band Bikini

Kill.