OAK BLUFFS, MA - On October 19th, 2019, a local annual music and arts festival will take to the street in downtown Oak Bluffs to raise awareness and funds for CONNECT, a local non-profit which aims to reduce domestic and sexual violence and assist victims in need on Martha’s Vineyard.
The event will start at 5pm with music, shopping, and food on Circuit Avenue, and end at 1am at The Ritz cafe, featuring local female musicians throughout the day and night.
LADYFEST is an annual music festival held on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, MA and presented by The Ritz Cafe on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. It was co-founded by Rose Guerin and Kelly Feirtag in 2017, with special assistance by The Ritz Cafe owner, Larkin Stallings. The event features female musical artists from many genres including rock, soul, and pop, who are mostly based on MV. The event includes several stages, with the main stage anchored at the bottom of Circuit Ave in front of The Ritz, with a secondary smaller acoustic stage in Healy Square.
This year’s festival will include food vendors, island artisans, shopping, and awareness of local initiatives. Previous performers include Sabrina Luening, Kate Taylor, Barbara Dacey, Delanie Pickering, Jemima James, Rose Guerin, Siren Mayhew, Lucy Mayhew, Barbara Hoy, Emily Hunsaker, and Jessie Leaman.
LADYFEST partners with the island’s own CONNECT To End Domestic Violence. The mission of CONNECT is to reduce domestic and sexual violence on Martha’s Vineyard by changing the social norms through education, advocacy, and community mobilization. This also includes providing crisis intervention services, counseling, and support services for victims.
A portion of profits goes directly to CONNECT, with funds assisting victims with housing, bills, groceries, and any other needs.