Fire dancers, rare music performances and twice the art in store for this weekend’s LadyFest Dayton


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Fire dancers, rare music performances and twice the art in store for this weekend’s LadyFest Dayton

A look at last' year's LadyFest Dayton.

Seven years in and LadyFest Dayton is still going strong. 

The annual two-day salute to the contributions of women in the arts will take place this weekend at the Yellow Cab Building in the Oregon District.

As always, local musician Paige Beller and her team of do-gooders have been in constant idea mode to make this year’s festival of music, visual art, comedy and poetry even more entertaining than all its predecessors. Here are four things that should do just that.

1.) FIRE!

The Reverend Tommy Gunn heads up the FreakShow Deluxe sideshow. Contributed

LadyFest welcomes FreakShow Deluxe, a self-described “raucous freight-train - full of sexy performers, stunning visuals and a sense of humor.” The traveling sideshow comes complete with fire dancers who will be performing in the lot near the acoustic stage this year.

Last year’s Ladyfest, hosted at the Yellow Cab Tavern, took place over two days and featured more than 30 musical acts, visual artists, burlesque dancers, comedians, an adult and children’s fashion show, and much more.  Both men and women of Dayton came together to support this celebration of women in the arts. Allegra Czerwinski

Beller and her crew have brought on twice as many visual artists this year. They’ve also opened up the festival to artists under the age of 18, so you will actually witness Dayton’s artistic future.


Erika Wennerstrom plays the Continental Club Friday. TINA PHAN/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Tina Phan/American-Statesman Staff

It’s no secret that LadyFest brings out some of the Dayton-area’s top groups featuring women every year. But this year offers musicians you’d normally have to travel a good ways to see otherwise, such as Erika Wennerstrom. The Dayton transplant relocated to Austin, Texas and has thrilled audiences nationwide with both her band Heartless Bastards and her solo work.

Other out-of-towners at this year’s event include Lung (Cincinnati), The Jettisons (Lexington, Kentucky) and Mary Lynn and Counterfeit Madison (Columbus).


The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton's Food Truck has a following of happy fans. Connie Post

This year’s version of LadyFest also offers twice as many vendors. More crafts, clothes, trinkets, gadgets and everything in between will be available to ogle and purchase. Of course, it can’t be an event at the Yellow Cab without some food trucks to feed the hungry people. 

Included in that mix will be the beloved Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, as they make one of their final appearances before retiring the truck. So it will be one of your last chances to get a little Wicked in your life.


What: LadyFest Dayton

When: Sept. 1 (7 p.m.-1 a.m.), Sept. 2 (5 p.m.-1 a.m.)

Where: Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

Cost: $7 each day/$12 both days


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