Every year we look forward to the biggest and most important lesbian party in the world, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend- more affectionately known simply as “The Dinah.” The all-girl party and music festival surpasses Coachella for its ability to find and book emerging talent, so we get to enjoy a first look at the next big female star. This year is no different. Founder of The Dinah, Mariah Hanson (check out our 2017 interview with her HERE) has chosen some powerful female voices in the lineup this year. Here’s what’s in store.
Snow Tha Product
This MTV VMA award-winning Latina lyricist and emcee with Hip-Hop, Pop and R&B sensibilities, is exactly the rapper we need right now. The SoCal native, who records in both English and Spanish, has been involved in some pretty high-profile music collaborations working with the likes of Ty Dolla $ign.
Born Claudia Alexandra Madriz Meza, the outspoken daughter of undocumented immigrants, was also featured on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” from the Hamilton Mixtape.
She has been recognized and respected throughout the hip-hop industry for carving her own lane. Her reputation as a spitfire performer has her nonstop energy shows selling out from the West to East Coast.
Snow Tha Product hopes to one day become a role model for future generations and a voice for all Latinos.
“I’m so excited to feature Snow Tha Product on our 2018 Dinah Line up. I believe this is the last time people will see this artist in a more intimate venue as she is going to blow up in 2018. She also brings such a feel-good vibe to the event, singing about living life on our own terms. I applaud female artists who are making it happen for themselves especially in a male-dominated industry,“ says Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend.
Hailed as one of the acclaimed MCs in American hip-hop today, 2018 double Grammy Nominee, Rapsody, is confirmed to take center stage at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend (March 28 –April1, 2018). The breakout star will be closing the festival on the main stage at Sunday’s hugely popular all-day event held at The Hilton Hotel in downtown Palm Springs, CA.
Snow Hill, North Carolina native, Rapsody created more than a massive buzz at the close of 2017 with the release of her lyrically poetic solo album dubbed Lalia’s Wisdom. The smoldering album, in which she expertly spins out stories of love, resilience and female empowerment, features an impressive list of monster names including rap heavyweight Kendrick Lamar.
The sensational artist and poet was awarded not one but two Grammy nominations for her musical efforts – Best Rap Album for her sophomore album, “Laila’s Wisdom,” and Best Rap Song for her single, “Sassy”.
Continuously defying the odds, Rapsody joins an elite category of only four other female emcees including Missy Elliott, Eve, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, who have earned a solo album nominated for Best Rap Album (since the academy added the category in 1996).
Joining a small exclusive group of artists, she had the privilege to be invited to the White House by former President Barack Obama and Herbie Hancock to perform at the International Jazz Fest. She graced the stage alongside soul diva Aretha Franklin, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, and Terri Lyne Carrington in honor of the late Prince.
“I want to be an artist that shows women that they do have a choice to be respected off their talent alone and not because of … looks or gender. The only thing that matters is that you are dope.”
She joins The Dinah 2018 line up as the perfect example of a powerful woman defining her career her way, on her terms.
“Every year The Dinah showcases powerful women who are claiming success on their own terms. We are proud to have an artist of her caliber join our roster – someone who continuously proves to be an original trendsetter breaking gender stereotypes and positively influencing fans and women around the world. Rapsody stayed true to vision and lights the way for others to do the same. A perfect example of female empowerment and proof that doing it your way is not only possible, it’s preferred,” says Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of The Dinah.
The voice of a new generation, this female daredevil is making a lot of noise and already blazing an inspiring trail for us all to follow.
“I want music to make feminism culturally relevant. I want my music to make gender equality culturally even more relevant,” says the young artist.
A champion of sisterhood and female empowerment, Madame Gandhi practices what she preaches. The electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles who has gained recognition as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.
Gandhi grew up between New York City and Bombay, India, playing drums and attending The Chapin School. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2011 with a double major in mathematics and political science and a minor in women’s studies. While in D.C she also immersed herself in the vibrant music scene, once playing Bonnaroo as the drummer for the famed Thievery Corporation.
Between 2011-2013, she worked at Interscope Records for two years as their first ever digital analyst, studying patterns in Spotify and YouTube consumption behavior.
In 2013, Gandhi linked up with Grammy-nominated artist M.I.A. and began touring internationally with her as her drummer all across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. That same year, she was also accepted to Harvard Business School’s M.B.A. program, and so when she began school in the fall in Boston, was still touring simultaneously with M.I.A.
In 2015, she caused a media frenzy when she ran the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures.
She has since emerged as an activist and TED Talk speaker, who has fused her passion for music, technology and feminism into a solo music project, which she calls Madame Gandhi.
She recently opened for Ani DiFranco on her Rise Up tour; her South by Southwest performance was named one of SPIN magazine’s favorite of the entire event; and she just performed on an episode of Amazon’s new series “I Love Dick.”
“The Dinah has always been infused with a subtle but powerful social message. Finally, in the last few years, our very own internal messaging is resonating with the social and cultural landscape in the most exciting of ways, opening the door for The Dinah to stand out even more in its representation and celebration of all voices from all walks of life, “ says Mariah Hanson. “During this gigantic world-famous festival, we meld our differences into a collective consciousness that for five days defines our world as a diverse and inclusive place where we all can be who we are, as we are. We know our attendees feel that magic and bring that experience home with them. Our goal is for them to also realize they can live that ideology every day of their lives. Madame Gandhi embodies this messaging and we are so proud to present her as one of our headliners.” – Mariah Hanson
“Occasionally, I pick an artist I know is going to break out, and I am thrilled to announce Jessie Reyez headlines Saturday Night at The Dinah. ” said Hanson, who added, “With the addition of Jessie Reyez we have one of the most exciting and stellar female line-ups in Dinah history. She is one of music industry’s most exciting emerging artists and a perfect example of a trailblazer in the #Metoo movement. We couldn’t be more proud to showcase her at an event like The Dinah that epitomizes the definition of Women Empowerment.”
We think you’re going to love Reyez, and here is what we know about the Colombian-Canadian singer and songwriter.
Jessie Reyez first released her debut EP “Kiddo”, which was famously championed by Sir Elton John on Beats 1 radio. The album garnered over 20 million streams, and the singer then went on to stun audiences with a breathtaking performance of her heartbreak anthem “Figures” at the 2017 BET Awards. She haas appeared on Calvin Harris’ “Hard to Love” off Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1., and made her talk show debut last summer as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“A pioneer in the fight against sexual harassment, she bravely stood up against industry sexism and is now sitting with a record deal with Island Records,” her press agent told AfterEllen. “Reyez made a lot of noise when she released the eye-opening song “Gatekeeper” and companion short film of the same title – a gut-wrenching, dark and uncomfortable 12 minute short film she co-wrote with director Peter Huang, narrates and acts in. Released last April, the song has become newly resonant standing as a precursor of the #Metoo movement. Reyez herself embodies the meaning of “living on your own terms” and “taking charge”; and continues to blaze an inspiring trail for many young aspiring female artists to follow.”
Brooke whizzed into Internet fame with a raw, no-nonsense delivery, a penchant for dirty talk, and a string of outlandishly stylized, provocative music videos including the 2012 banger “Das Me”. She is notoriously known for her cameo appearance in Grimes’ hit single “Genesis, “ which gained viral success, quickly racking up millions of views, and gained her a cult following online.
Inspired in part by ’90s rapper Lil’ Kim, Brooke’s own musical career stands out with her uniquely blunt, irreverent sound and hyper-sexual, highly explicit songs presented in colorful videos.
The provocative artist made a couple of guest appearances on Charlie XCX’s tracks including the singles “Cloud Aura,” and “I Got It” featuring Cupcakke and Pablo Vittar.
She released her own Opulence EP in 2014 that features the popular single “Rubber Band Stacks”. The SoCal native went on to ink endorsement deals with Diesel industries and Mac Cosmetics, leading to her selling out both runs of her Mac collaboration.
Throughout 2016 & 2017 she released a string of Spotify singles “Happy Days”, “Nasty”, “Changes” and the pop hit “Living Out Loud” featuring mentor Sia, which went to #4 on the dance charts following a remix package.
Alsace Carcione, is an independent female hip hop artist, songwriter, and entrepreneur born in Portsmouth, Virginia currently residing in Dallas, Texas. She is best known for her crazy adlibs, witty intellects and inspirational word play. Alsace released her first mixtape entitled The Appetizer before the Meal: B.A.M.F (2009), which was followed by Embryonic Paradigm (2012) and Cryptic Conundrum (2015).
Her new album New Normal is set to be released on April 20, 2018 which includes the lead singles Flight and Born Legend. She has also released several amazing music videos entitled Time Travel (2013), Ain’t Goin’ (2014), Black America (2015), Been Grindin (2016) and Flight (2017). In 2015 AlsaceCarcione was crowned Dallas’ “DDFW Master of the Mic” by judges Erykah Badu, D.O.C., and Dourrogh. Among her greatest accomplishments is her own clothing line with the trademark “Be What The Ordinary Fear” which launched in 2014.
Alsace Carcione has opened for artists such as: The Game, Rapsody, Pharcyde, Tech N9NE, Snow the Product, Slum Village, God-Des & She, Luke James, Devin the Dude, Jarren Benton, Bodega Brovas, Pharaohe Monch, Big Daddy Kane, Murs, May Day and Ces Cru etc. She also was afforded the opportunity to open for Joe Budden on the “All Love Lost” tour in 2016.
In 2017 she was nominated for “Best Hip Hop/Rap artist” in Fort Worth weekly.
Stephanie Rice uses her music to share her powerful story of resilience through emotional, compelling performances. After coming out to her parents ten years ago, Rice found herself estranged, completely alone and unwanted. She bounced back, moved to Houston from her hometown of Texarkana, graduated with a degree in Biology at the University of Houston, and entered the professional medical field where she conducted groundbreaking research involving HIV.
Throughout Stephanie’s time as a scientist, she continued aspiring to share through songs her observation of life, love and pain. In 2016, she decided to commit to music full time, completing her debut album, Dear Misery with a band she formed and fronts, Colonial Blue. The album received regional praise, including being named one of the top 12 best albums by the Houston Chronicle.
After making it to the top 11 finalists of The Voice, Stephanie left the show empowered with validation and support from fans around the world, including her coach and mentor, Alicia Keys, who called Rice “the purest artist on this show… you are a producer, you are a musician, you play multiple instruments, you are a writer, you are exactly what an artist is supposed to be.”
Ariana and the Rose
Ariana and the Rose writes, sings, and performs a coming-of-age story, one that resonates with current music lovers who seek communities where they can totally be themselves. Think a cosmic fusion of Kate Bush and Robyn: strong women of synth-pop and alternative rock, grandiose but grounded. Her honest synth driven songs have accumulated over 3.5 million streams and her vivid and experiential music videos have amassed over 2 million views.
Ariana’s breakthrough EP Retrograde features singles “Supercool” and “How Does That Make You Feel,” two synth anthems, celebrating the strength and duality of the female spirit, both tracks gaining notoriety and praise from outlets such as Vogue and Nylon. Ariana’s songwriting is also showcased on “Love You Lately” with electro-R&B duo RKCB. The heartbreak song has been supported by the likes of Noisey, applauding Ariana’s ability to “capture the sting of relationship disintegration.”
Ariana kicks off 2018 featuring on Feenixpawl & Harley Knox single “Bones” that will no doubt stake its claim as one of 2018’s most infectious pop-dance crossover anthems. While touring across the UK and the US supporting and sharing stages with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Peaches, Jack Garratt, and Allie X, and performing at festivals including The Great Escape and SXSW, Ariana has been working on music and a show that truly represents herself.
Her unique brand of performance that transcends the traditional boundaries of a concert is truly showcased in Ariana and the Rose’s immersive live music party ‘’light + space,’’ a galactic multi-sensory disco. Nylon Mag captured Ariana’s galactic grandiosity when they said, “Pop culture craved a technicolored synth pop powerhouse in the making, and Ariana and the Rose dropped in from her special place in the cosmos to quench it.” Her purpose is clear: step into her starry universe, and leave your inhibitions at the door.
We suggest you run don’t walk to The Dinah this year, as it commemorates its 28th year of being the longest-running and largest lesbian event in the world, and is now considered a champion of women artists and hitmakers of all walks of life. Tickets go fast, so get yours HERE. And don’t forget you can WIN a FREE TICKET to the Saturday pool party!
For more information and to see the full lineup of performers go to: www.TheDinah.com