Women's FEST 2020 Entertainers
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Together they write, arrange, record, and perform music which over the course of 25 years has become a vital part of the lives of their legion of devoted fans around the world. With 12 original studio albums, three live records, the iconic duo continues to challenge itself creatively, over and over again.
Chely Wright is an American country music singer and LGBTQ activist, winner of 1995 American Country Music Top New Female Vocalist award, and the subject of the documentary film, Wish Me Away. Wright has released seven studio albums on various labels, and has charted more than 15 singles on the country charts; she’s performed all over the world, as well as at the Grand Ole Opry.
Comics Lisa Koch, Vickie Shaw, and Roxanna Ward, have performed separately and together all over the world, on Olivia cruises, and in every imaginable venue. Individually and together they are hilarious as they do stand-up, sing, play piano, and entertain.
A singer and songwriter, returning to FEST by popular demand. Blending her musical abilities with a love for performance, Sayles’s capacity to blend various genres such as pop, jazz, soul, and country provides even the most diverse audience with something that appeals to their musical taste.
Viki Dee has a musical career spanning more than 25 years. She performs in Delaware, Maryland, California and more, while calling Rehoboth Beach her home base. Dee has participated in Rehoboth’s annual Jazz Fest, composed music for television shows, and draws large crowds wherever she performs.
DJ Jamie Fox
A seasoned Master of Ceremonies, wedding specialist, radio/TV professional, and nightclub DJ. An expertly skilled professional, Fox is a very popular crowd-pleasing entertainer who brings her unique blend of high energy and originality to our welcome party.
An author and “sit-down comic,” who has been barnstorming the East coast with her hilarious show, Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay. The show is based on Jacobs’s five published books, and features the fights against aging and for marriage equality. Now she’s taking on the topic of preserving our historic, hilarious, and very lesbian culture.
Keynote Speaker Eleanor Smeal is one of the co-founders of The Feminist Majority Foundation, a former president of the National Organization for Women, and publisher of Ms. Magazine. Known as a political analyst, strategist, and grassroots organizer, Ms. Smeal has played a pivotal role in defining the debate, developing the strategies, and charting the direction of the modern day women's movemnet.
Toni Van Pelt
Keynote Speaker Toni Van Pelt, a longtime feministy and secular humanist activist, was elected president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 2017. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chairwoman of the NOW Poilitical Action Committee, and serves as the principal spokeswoman for all three entities. Her motto is "When we take action, we win!".
Liz Bradbury, a prize winning, exhibiting artist, was also a tenured SUNY professor and Director of the Jamestown Artisans Center. As an LGBTQ activist she has worked for the rights of the community and is currently director of the Training Institute of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Community Center in Allentown, PA. She has presented over 125 LGBTQ cultural competency trainings in the last three years.
Mariah Burton Nelson
Mariah Burton Nelson is a nationally recognized thought leader on women, gender, and sports. She is the author of seven books and many publications. She is also a former Stanford and professional basketball player. She lives in Arlington, VA, and Rehoboth Beach with her wife, Katherine.
Alexis Clements is an award-winning writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She co-edited the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance work, Conversation. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic and has been a guest speaker at several colleges and universities. She recently co-founded Little Rainbows: Storytime and the Lesbian Herstory Archives and is currently serving on the Executive Board of CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies.
Regina Lombardo is ATF's first female Acting Director. Previously, she served as the Acting Deputy Director, with Head of Agency responsibilities. Her duties included day-to-day operations for the entirety of ATF, which is charged with enforing laws and regulations related to firearms, explosives, arson, and alcohol and tobacco trafficking.