Women's FEST 2018 Entertainers
Janis Ian draws influence from Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Odetta. She wrote her first songs at age 12, and quickly graduated to the New York folk circuit. At just 15, she recorded her self-titled debut album containing the song, “Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking).” The single took off after conductor Leonard Bernstein invited Janis to perform on his TV special. Soon she topped the charts, going on to a long career in performing, song-writing, LGBT and social justice advocacy and writing. She has been nominated for Grammys nine times and her songs “At Seventeen” and “Society’s Child” are in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Jessica Kirson is a comic who will knock you out! Her wide variety of characters bring a diverse energy to her routine. She’s been seen on The Travel Channel, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Fresh Faces, Last Call With Carson Daly, two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appearances on The View, and has appeared on The Joy Behar Show. She won the Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian” in NYC. Her YouTube channel “The Jessy K Show” has more than 100 videos with a combined total of over 2.5 million views.
Bettenroo is a dynamic, versatile, duo with undeniable vocal strength. Lori Jacobs and Anne Davey’s flawlessly blended harmony is complemented with the instrumental versatility of guitar, bass, and occasionally percussion. Bettenroo has an extensive list of tunes from popular covers across five decades to their own signature originals. They are guaranteed to keep you engaged and entertained.
Crys Matthews hails from D.C. and just released a new album titled The Imagineers, songs about love and life, plus another release, Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers tackling social justice themes. She’s been a top 10 Finalist (out of 5,000 entries) in the NewSong Music Competition, winner of the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs showcase, and winner of an official showcase artist slot at Folk Alliance International for 2018.
Julia Scotti is a stand-up comedienne who made it to the quarterfinals of Season 11 of America’s Got Talent. She began her career as Rick Scotti in 1980, appearing on Comedy Central. She won Showtime’s Funniest Person in America contest for New Jersey, losing in the finals to Ellen DeGeneres. In 2000, she stepped away from comedy to teach and began her transition. She returned to the stage in 2011 and has been named one of the top five transgender comics in the country by The Advocate.
Philly's Andrea Nardello has garnered favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge and Shawn Colvin for melding pop songwriting smarts with a confessional and literate songwriting style, exploring relationships, romance, and her family life. Nardello's refined accessibility draws from folk, rock, soul, and even the swagger of hip-hop. She can tug at your heartstrings with her softer tunes and get you dancing on your feet with her upbeat songs and powerful voice. Fans ride an unforgettable emotional roller coaster during her live shows. Nardello won the prestigious Philadelphia Songwriter's Project Contest and won Tri-State Indie's "Acoustic Artist of The Year." Nardello is always willing to help, offer her time and believes that music is a universal language that helps heal and connects us all.
Viki Dee has a musical career that has spanned over 25 years and a busy Delaware and Maryland performing schedule. Viki has long called Rehoboth Beach home base and her appearance at the Women’s FEST Opening Party is legendary. She has been featured at Rehoboth's nationally known Jazz Fest, composed music for television shows and draws huge crowds wherever she performs. Get ready to rock with Viki!
DJ Nan , local entrepreneur and entertainment producer is best known for keeping everyone on their feet dancing the night away. Nan has been spinning DJ magic and producing large scale women's events for over 15 years. She is owner of the Rehoboth event space Java Jukebox, working to support women in the community.