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Dianne Davidson & Tracy Nelson

When Dianne Davidson was 15 years old, she marched up to Tracy Nelson, who was performing with her band, Mother Earth at Vanderbilt University stadium and pronounced "You're gonna need to know me." That prophesy has been borne out with decades of both friendship and professional collaboration.

While they are individually both powerhouse vocalists and tender song interpreters, together they work magic, back and forth and in and out of each song with respect and intense sharing, in a way only two women who are sure of themselves can do.

These two are legends in the Nashville Music Community and work together whenever they can. This is a rare pairing, not to be missed. Dianne and Tracy will be joined by an all-star stellar band.

TRACY NELSON

“Tracy Nelson isn’t so much a singer as she is a force field — a blues practitioner of tremendous vocal power and emotional range.” — Alanna Nash, Entertainment Weekly
“ . . . a bad white girl . . .” — Etta James, from her autobiography, Rage To Live

She has one of the signature voices of her generation. That natural gift has always guided Tracy Nelson’s soul; indeed, allowed her to both write and seek out the deeper songs regardless of niche or genre. A fierce singer of truth, a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly destroyed audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few female singers who has had hit records in both blues and country genres, performing with everyone from Muddy Waters to Willie Nelson to Marcia Ball and Irma Thomas, with Grammy® nominations for both her country and blues efforts. John Swenson, writing in Rolling Stone, asserted, “Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation.” With Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove), her 26th album in just over five decades, she has circled fully, back to the original music from South Side Chicago that mesmerized her teenaged mind in the mid-1960s.

DIANNE DAVIDSON

"Dianne Davidson actually gave me the chills" — Rolling Stone

Some singers today need a team of backup singers and a ten-piece band. Dianne Davidson could stand on stage with nothing but her voice and her songs and you’d hear more depth and power. She’s played her rock/blues/R&B songs in everything from Carnegie Hall to prominent Nashville venues. There’s a reason Variety called her a “… (a) chillingly powerful vocalist.”

Audiences love her between-song patter as much as her songs. In addition to solo concerts, she’s opened for Neil Young, the Moody Blues, and many more. She’s sung backing vocals in the studio and on stage with a host of well-known musicians — Linda Ronstadt, the Earl Scruggs Review, Jimmy Buffet, David Allen Coe, and too many others to list.

If you want solid songs presented with an impressive set of pipes in an emotion-packed performance, look no further than Dianne Davidson.

Vickie Shaw

Comedian Vickie Shaw is one of our favorite entertainers with Olivia. She has made women of Olivia laugh for over 20 years. Her "take no prisoners" (she's southern) style of comedy is incredibly hilarious and she takes you on a gut-busting journey of extreme humor. She has traveled the U.S. and the world (mostly with Olivia) making people all over the globe laugh until they cry! You've seen her on television, Comedy Central, four comedy specials on LOGO, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and movies (Laughing Matters More), as well as benefits, fundraisers and numerous Pride events all over the U.S. You don't want to miss this incredible entertainer.

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Roxanna Ward

Roxanna is a beloved member of the Olivia family. Her debut with Olivia was on an Alaska cruise in 1992. Since then, she's joined us several times a year! Her brilliant comedy, writing, musicianship and singing endears her to audiences everywhere. A woman of many talents, Roxanna is a mother, high school teacher, producer, writer and director. Her past credits include work with Dolly Parton, Kirk Douglas and many others. The late Phyllis Hyman, and more recently, Suede, have both recorded Roxanna's song "Remember Who You Are." Whether you are seeing Roxanna for the first time or tenth time, she always makes you laugh and warms your heart.

Sweet Baby J'ai

Recently inducted into the California Jazz & Blues Museum Hall of Fame, Sweet Baby J’ai joins us for a magical journey into the wilds of Alaska! Few entertainers can command a stage like the indefatigable Sweet Baby J'ai. She is a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress and festival producer. Known for her sensual and powerful vocals, J’ai has won three Bravo “Entertainer of the Year” awards, two Blues and Soul Magazine “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” awards, two “Best Actress in a Leading Role” awards, and was honored as a Living Jazz Legend by the Los Angeles City Council.

As a U.S. Jazz Ambassador, J’ai has received rave reviews both domestically and internationally for her expansive mix of jazz, blues, and soul, and has successfully sold her albums worldwide. The New York Times described her voice as, “…part cream, part honey and all soul,” while LN Magazine said, “She echoes the great talent of Billie Holiday and Etta James." The Russian Ulyanovsk Times referred to her as “the brightest representative of the world jazz scene…performing jazz, blues, funk, gospel, soul, pop, and even R&B equally brilliantly!”

Sweet Baby J’ai continues to play a critical role in inspiring young female artists around the world, spreading joy wherever she goes!

Mouths of Babes

“If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.” — Huffington Post

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the modern folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and supported the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams on the regular. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before. Their sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, tear-jerker ballad and irreverent ditty.

The key to the Mouths of Babes magic is in the contrast. Rarely is a sound or a show as balanced as it is with these two, and the differences in both their songwriting styles and personal presentation makes for an unusually satisfying yin and yang. They easily switch off lead vocals and play a wide array of instruments, with Ty holding down lead and rhythm guitars and Ingrid playing upright bass, ukulele, and percussion. Fans have quickly fallen in love with Mouths of Babes’ realness and humor as much as with their music. At live shows, audience members snort with laughter, cry into their date’s shoulder, and make confessions at the merch table.

Not surprisingly, both entertainers come from notable musical families, and their influences (namely, 60’s folk music and Motown) are deeply embedded in Mouths of Babes’ sound. Ty’s father, Ron Greenstein, is a member of the legendary folk harmony trio The Chad Mitchell Trio (where John Denver got his start), while Ingrid’s uncle Tom Eyen wrote the world-famous, Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls. As MTV.com notes, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree: “The songs Mouths of Babes writes and performs together fuse blues, folk, and soul, and the depth of emotion found in their lyrics is reminiscent of all that’s moving about the Dreamgirls soundtrack.”

Their highly anticipated first full-length album, Brighter in the Dark, showcases their eclectic Americana sound as well as award-winning songwriting. The title track, “Brighter in the Dark” was selected as a finalist in the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Folk category. The self-produced album features original songs with contrasting themes of light and dark, tragedy and comedy, personal and political.

"Mouths of Babes could never have predicted how necessary [Brighter In The Dark] is in a post-Trump world. The album title is fitting. We need music that shows people struggling against social expectations, that reminds us that we all have the resilience we need to make it through." —No Depression

"Hands down the best new music I've heard in years. It's damn near perfect. The instrumental performances, the arrangements, the production, and OMG the songwriting and singing. The opening tune 'Thing with Feathers' gave me goosebumps. Twice. This is the kind of music that makes you glad to be alive." —Michael Mullane, Cafe Veritas

"This pair of road warriors sounds refreshingly new and breathes new life into a seemingly overcrowded genre. Those who enjoy acoustic music rich in passion and fervor would be wise to check [them] out." —Submerge Mag

DJ Rockaway

Born and raised in Queens, NY, DJ Rockaway has been bringing her passion and love for music to dance floors for over a decade performing for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From nightclubs on both the east and west coasts, to private weddings and events, she is a regular DJ on Olivia cruise and resort vacations and DJ’s for national non-profit events such as NCLR, HRC and Equality California, to name a few. She is the founder of PLAY San Francisco and PLAY San Jose, which are monthly events for women who love to dance. A true New Yorker (just listen to her talk), DJ Rockaway’s unique mix of music styles – dance, hip-hop, R&B, house, club, retro – allows her to play to all who love to dance and feel the music. For DJ Rockaway, music is more than a blend of sounds, music is an experience – she wants you to feel it, live it, escape into it.

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DJ Mixxtress

Fire in the soul and beats in her blood. Seattle’s premier female DJ Mixxtress will not be tamed. She has wowed us with her flawless turntable skills, and musical versatility for over a decade. Her fast paced mixing style, expert scratching skills and energetic stage presence has made her one of the most in-demand female DJs.

A fan of the open format realm, dabbling in hip hop, house, EDM, flashes of funk and Latin flavors, a mix from DJ Mixxtress speaks directly to the soul, breaking boundaries. For this DMC finalist, placing 3rd on the ranks erupted the Mixxtress Empire, taking her to higher places as the first female on the west coast to place in a DMC DJ battle. As a turntablist and all round cannonball of music across every genre, the inferno from this artist became undeniable very quickly.

She has shared the stage with luminaries like DJ Spinderella (Salt n Peppa), Ryan Leslie, Cassie, Bill Bellamy, Scratch Bastid, and Shortee. She’s in demand across Seattle’s hottest nightclubs including Trinity, Amber, Q Nightclub, and more. From underground massives to high profile events, Mixxtress has performed for corporate giants such as Nike, Microsoft, NFL, NBA, American Express—and worked with celebrity clients such as Kendall & Kylie Jenner, Rebecca Minkoff and Jimmy Choo. Mixxtress also teaches DJ lessons for The Scratch Dj Academy co-founded by RUN DMC’s Jam Master Jay. Most recently, Mixxtress has been busy traveling the globe. She’s currently Royal Caribbean’s resident celebrity DJ and is a resident at Black Market Nightclub in Manila, Philippines.

Her high energy sets mixing old with the new has her hyping up crowds locally, nationally, and internationally. DJ Mixxtress has proven she has the tracks on cue, demeanor on point, and the ability to transform any event in a unique way through her skills on the turntables.

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Dr. Bonnie Morris

Bonnie J. Morris is a women’s history professor and the author of seventeen books. She has devoted over 34 years to documenting the women’s music movement, first publishing Eden Built By Eves, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and then The Disappearing L (2016). Her 2018 volume The Feminist Revolution was selected by Oprah’s Book Club and the American Library Association as a top pick for women’s history. Dr. Bon organized the first-ever exhibit on the women’s music movement at the Library of Congress (seen by over half a million visitors) and arranged for some of Olivia’s albums to be housed in the Smithsonian. She received the Ruth Rowan Believer award from the National Women’s Music Festival in 2017, shortly before moving to California to teach at Berkeley; in her extra time she writes prize-winning lesbian time travel novels and keeps an eye on the Olivia archives.

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