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Joyann Parker will perform twice at “As Only Women Can” — once with her Patsy Cline tribute and another with her band and original music. (Photo submitted)

A women-led music festival is coming to Crooners Lounge and Supper Club’s three stages in Fridley later this month.

From 3 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, Crooners is hosting “As Only Women Can: A Day of Music Led by Women.” The festival will feature 12 acts.

Crooners owner Mary Tjosvold said the festival speaks to the talent of local female musicians.

“We want to show how the performances by women and bands that are fronted by women are incredible,” Tjosvold said.

“As Only Women Can” has a wide range of performances, including jazz, classical and country. Andrew Walesch, Crooners’ music director, assembled the lineup for the event. Each of the performers frequently takes the stages at Crooners, Walesch said.

“I ... started calling the artists and telling them about what we were doing, and people were very excited,” he said.

With all the local talent that regularly headlines Crooners, Walesch described this festival as “an opportunity to see some of the greatest artists in the Twin Cities.”

One singer, Joyann Parker, is performing at “As Only Women Can” not once, but twice — first with her set of Patsy Cline music, which she’s done at Crooners nearly 40 times, and second with original music and her band, The Joyann Parker Band.

Parker said many of the festivals she plays don’t have enough female performers. Typically, those festival lineups hover around 20% women, she said.

“I think it’s OK to swing to that side where you have all women all day long, because we’ve been so underrepresented in the past,” Parker said. “So it’s an honor for me to be in the lineup there.”

Parker’s not just excited about the festival being dominated by female performers, but also about the different styles of music attendees will hear.

“I think people kind of get in a rut and they stick with the music they know they like,” she said. “I think this will be a great experience for them to find some other artists that they might enjoy.”

In addition to 12 musical acts, the festival will shine light on nonprofits that help primarily women and children, including Global Rights for Women, Center for Victims of Torture, Mary T. Scholars and more.

Tjosvold said merging humanitarian efforts and this women-led festival “makes sense.”

“The charitable aspect of this unique festival is a vital and crucial part of the whole experience,” she said. “It makes sense to me link all of this together — our great female artists, our audience and these important causes.”

Tjosvold wanted to put faces to these organizations, she said, so everyone has a chance to interact with and learn about the groups.

Crooners is a place that puts music first and the audiences come to listen to music, rather than just drink or socialize, Tjosvold said. This event is another opportunity for the community to listen to local musicians and celebrate their talent, she said.

“Everybody is listening, everybody is tuned into the performers,” she said. “There’s not people side talking, there’s not people on their telephones. It’s for people who really want to appreciate the incredible talent and to celebrate the work of the performers.”

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

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