- Crys Matthews, Musician
DC’s Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres has won her 2 honorable mentions at the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and extensive radio play. A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
- Brinjal Band, World Music & Bellydancing
World Music band Brinjal plays pulsing and lyrical songs from nations real and imagined, with a large dose of the exotic rhythms and enchanting melodies of the Middle East. We create our own songs, improvised on the spot, and are accompanied by the beautiful dancers of Aubergine. Welcome to our warm and wonderful world.
- Joyce Rebar, Comedian
Joyce Rebar has been performing standup comedy for over 8 years. She has opened for Mimi Gonzalez and Jennie McNulty at Women’s Week in Provincetown, has done comedy on Olivia cruises, and has been in the World Series of Comedy national standup competitions four times. She has also been hugged by Bob Saget, but we’re not quite sure if that’s good or bad.
- Tyler Vile, Poet
Tyler Vile is a poet, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD. She performs regularly in the Baltimore-DC area, including at DC’s Sparkle and Capturing Fire. She has written for Punk Globe Magazine since 2007, and is featured in The Best of Punk Globe anthology. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer, is available free online. Never Coming Home, available now on Topside Press, is her first full-length book. One day, she will become the world’s greatest transsexual yenta.
- Little Waist, Fairy Lady Punk
Little Waist is a trans and queercore trio from Brooklyn, NY. The band was founded in 2012 as a solo project for singer/guitarist Audrey Zee Whitesides to write about personal experiences with navigating being female, queer, and trans, and the traumas that emerge from those identities. Little Waist’s 2014 EP Some Kinda Comfort documents the full band that formed around this. Vulnerable gay shouting for sad girls and more.