Headlining night one of the Femme-Fronted Fest at Highland Park’s ever-awesome Hi-Hat is Jessica Gerhardt, in her words a ukulele–playing, singing and songwriting Catholic feminist, who also claims that the mermaid is her spirit animal. The indie pop artist’s influences include St. Vincent, Fiona Apple, Florence + the Machine and the Talking Heads and, if recent single “Morning Moon” is anything to go by, she wears her heart on her sleeve and allows her voice to soar. Also on this bill is Cassandra Violet, Brianna Ibarra and Haleigh Bowers, while Fascinoma, Katie Jo, Astyn Turr and No No Nightshade perform on the Sunday.

The Femme-Fronted Fest takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12 at the Hi-Hat.

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