These females rock, literally.
The annual Women Who Rock concert features Rita Wilson, Sheila E, Orianthi, Lauren Monroe, Jackie Popovec with the Vindys and DJ Femi. They will perform starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stage AE on the North Rim of Pittsburgh.
The evening will be hosted by Pittsburgh’s own woman of rock, WDVE disc jockey Michele Michaels.
The musical evening benefits the Magee-Womens Research Institute. Michael Annichine, CEO of the Magee-Womens Research Institute, said the partnership with Women Who Rock has created an additional voice for women’s health.
He said the funds can continue research that covers women from in vitro to adulthood and into their retirement years.
“The musicians are so talented and the event helps us reach new audiences and the funds raised have a direct impact not only on what we do for women in Western Pennsylvania, but around the world,” Annichine said.
Melinda Colaizzi, founder of Women Who Rock, said the bottom line is fundraising for research aimed at curing cancer and finding advanced medical treatments for other women’s health issues that are under-researched.
“They are doing an amazing job,” said Colaizzi. “They raise awareness of the importance of women’s health. We can use the music of Women Who Rock as a megaphone to promote the Magee-Womens Research Institute and the musicians.
National and local musicians will perform, including the winner of the Rising Star Contest, organized to help the next generation of singers / songwriters.
Last year, the event was virtual due to the pandemic. This allowed the event to reach a global audience, said Colaizzi, which includes a partnership with guitar maker Gibson and his nonprofit Gibson Gives.
He has raised over $ 2.5 million to support nonprofits in their efforts to help musicians. Guests can bid on a personalized limited-edition modern Gibson double-cut semi-hollow guitar. Auction items are available to bid online or at the event.
“It’s good to come back in person,” said Colaizzi.
“There is so much energy in this piece when they perform,” Annichine said. “Women are just as capable as their male counterparts when it comes to music and we want to help find ways to keep them healthy.”
Tickets are available here. Proof of covid-19 vaccination required.