I suspect that many of our female readers (and some males) of a certain age likely attended one of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair concerts in the late 1990′s.
The epic traveling music festival stopped at Meriweather Post in each of its three tours. It was a hot ticket for the summer and a major game changer on the music scene, as a celebration of song and solidarity and female empowerment. Lilith Fair is no more, but its spirit definitely continues to inspire musicians today. Carly Troyer of West Towson is putting that inspiration to work for a good local cause.
Lockdown, stress, and isolation during COVID-19 led to a dramatic rise in intimate partner abuse in the United States and around the world. Upon learning about the troubling statistics, Troyer was moved to put her own talents to work and take action locally. She reached out to the Pink & Blues Music Foundation (pinkandbluesmusicfoundation.com) for help organizing a concert to combat domestic violence.
“If Carly’s efforts can inspire other artists to make a difference in the world, then we definitely wanted to be part of this,” said David Riley, president of the Pink & Blues Music Foundation, which works to raise awareness of and fund breast cancer treatment centers and patient care.
The upcoming concert, “Sing Out Against Domestic Abuse,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at The Recher (therechermd.com) music venue in the heart of downtown Towson. Proceeds will benefit the work of Turnaround Inc (turnaroundinc.org), which provides counseling, rape crisis response, legal services, case management, trauma therapy and support services to advocate for and empower people impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking in Baltimore County and City. In 2020, Turnaround Inc received 2,166 calls for service, and reached 10,619 individuals through community engagement.
A strong team of sponsors soon came together to support Troyer’s vision for the Sing Out Against Domestic Abuse event. The who’s who of Towson’s female entrepreneurs and influencers backing the concert includes Deirdre Akin of Triple Crown, Ping Wu of Red Pepper Bistro, Joni Elmore of Kona Ice, Maggie Yang of Paradise Spa, Jenny Newburger of Tease Salon, and Historic East Towson’s President Nancy Goldring.
Troyer reached out to the local music community to secure an exciting all-female lineup of some of the best young musical artists in the area. The diverse list of performers includes Kate Fleming, Mia Ye, Little Lungs/Leena Rhodes, Janet Herbert, Katyrah Love, and, of course, Carly Troyer herself.
“I am so thrilled to be a part of this effort, as well as to enjoy the reopening of The Recher to its rightful calling – live music,” said musician Kate Fleming of Idlewylde.
It’s going to be a great night! Stand up for a great cause and support these awesome performers as they sing out against domestic abuse at The Recher next month. Tickets are available online at etix.com (search phrase “sing out”).