With Boston’s vibrant local culture and distinguished musical institutions such as Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, it’s not hard to find upstanding musical acts to see live. And the Hub’s female musicians continue to thrive, whether it’s in rock and bluegrass or hip-hop and rap. Catch these talented performers on a stage near you.
Della MaeFriday, Oct. 26, 8 pm25 1/2 Court St., Plymouth - Plymouth/Brockton Commuter Rail Line, street parking How to Get There Cost: $30/ticket
Formed in Boston in 2009, all-female string band Della Mae is well known for their charismatic shows and for bringing their own original style to the bluegrass and Americana genre. They toured 30 countries and almost every U.S. state in six years, then took a break as a band. The four members are: Celia Woodsmith on vocals and guitar, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle and vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin and vocals, and Zoe Guigueno on bass and vocals.
For their Fall 2018 tour, in line with the band’s mission of showcasing top female musicians, select appearances will feature special guests including Grammy Award-winning banjo player Alison Brown, Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival, and original Della Mae guitarist Avril Smith.
Carissa Johnson and the Cure-AllsSaturday, Oct. 27, 8 pm87 Washington St., Salem - Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line, street parking How to Get There Cost: Free
Carissa Johnson started playing music at age 15 and made her mark in Boston’s punk rock music scene writing her own songs and performing in bars and lounges. She formed a band in 2015 with Steph Curran on guitar and Nick Hall on drums. Carissa and the Cure-Alls self- released their third EP, Talk Talk Talk, this year. The energetic, in-your-face instrumentals combined with Johnson’s throaty vocals make for a lively show.
Dutch ReBelleSunday, Oct. 28, 3 pm80 Beverly St., Boston - Haymarket T stop, street parking How to Get There Cost: $100/general admission ticket
Vanda Bernadeau (aka Dutch ReBelle) was born in Hinche, Haiti, and grew up in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan. Ever since she was a young girl, ReBelle had a knack for freestyling and writing poetic lines. She pursued rapping full time after graduating from Pennsylvania State University and released her debut mixtape, Beauty vs. The Beast, in 2010 with bangers like “I’m Ill” and “Beantown Shit.”
Her newest song, “Supafly,” released in August, is a confidence-boosting rap anthem with a smooth R&B sound.
Yoko MiwaFriday, Nov. 9, 8 pm400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston - Central Square T stop and 70 bus, street parking How to Get There Cost: $25–$90/ticket
Originally from Kobe, Japan, jazz pianist Yoko Miwa came to Boston in 1997 to attend Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. The classically trained musician, who also studied at Japan’s Koyo Conservatory, has remained in Beantown ever since. Miwa regularly plays at jazz clubs in the city and around the world with her self-titled trio, and has released seven CDs, including one recorded in Japan. Her most recent album, Pathways, came out last year.
Sidney GishSunday, Dec. 16, 8 pm52 Church St., Cambridge - Harvard Square T stop, limited street parking How to Get There Cost: $15–$18/ticket
Originally from New Jersey, songwriter and producer Sidney Gish secured her spot on the Boston music scene while attending Northeastern University. Her upbeat and eccentric second album, No Dogs Allowed, caught the attention of several music critics. Despite touring nationally with Australian rock band Camp Cope, Gish is back at Northeastern completing her senior year. A quirky melding of various genres, she appeals to a wide audience.