Sound Scene Express

The Girlie Show Turns 5: Celebrating a Half-Decade of Female-Powered Performance

Words and Flyer by Liss Victory
Photos by Ken Kerr
Edited by Melanie Stangl

It may be another 5 months before Ladyfest returns to the Burgh, but you won’t have to wait that long to celebrate talented local women. The Girlie Show is commemorating five years as an independent showcase of female performing artists: founded by women, booked by women, and focused on women in the arts. The anniversary show is happening this Friday, February 2nd, at Hambone’s Pub in Lawrenceville.

Four acts will take the stage from 9 p.m. till midnight: alt-folk artist Shay, singer Victoria Susan, spoken-word artist Joanna Lowe, and singer-songwriter Liss Victory from Victory at the Crossroads.

“In a male-dominated industry, we’re creating our own opportunities,” says Victory. “The camaraderie we build as women supporting women has really grown a strong community over the past five years. I’m really proud of the show, and of my colleagues.”

Working closely together, the “Girlies” create events from the ground up. While traditionally featuring singer-songwriters, special editions of the show have featured comedy lineups, spoken-word performers, full bands, and variety shows. Their efforts work toward the greater cause of equality and providing a comfortable space for women and women-identifying people to step into the spotlight.

Enjoy the show while the women of Pittsburgh’s entertainment industry shatter the glass ceiling and break up the boys’ club. Celebrate the anniversary of this iconic Pittsburgh event for just $5 at the door. Find out more details at the Facebook event page here.

Liss Victory by Ken Kerr

Joanna Lowe by Ken Kerr

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About The Author

Melanie Stangl

Melanie, 28, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and has been contributing both articles and photos to Sound Scene Express since April 2016. Her work has previously been published on Huffington Post Women,, and in the New York University textbook Mercer Street. Her goals include diving deeper into music journalism, traveling the world, and eventually being financially stable enough to own two dogs.

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