- Seth Woolcock
- Contributing Writer
When someone thinks about great female bands, a short list may come to mind. Bands such as the Supremes, The Go-Go’s and The Pussycat Dolls influenced “girl power” more than anyone.
The music industry calls for more female bands, and “Ladies Night” answers. The band was formed in 2015 by Elyse Louise. Up to that point in her career, she had only been in male dominated groups.
The band will begin its first mini-tour this month. With appearances at venues such as Arlene’s Grocery in New York and James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy in Pittsburgh, Ladies Night will be including Indiana’s The Brown Hotel in their tour on Sept. 18.
Louise said her main objective was to create a band to empower other ladies in the arts. Trombonist Natalie Cressman, trumpet player Lessie Vonner, guitarist Spencer Geer, keyboardist Brett Williams, drummer Manny Guevara and bassist Beni Rossman join Elyse.
Rossman said the band has experienced great professional growth within the last year.
“We’re definitely ready,” Rossman said. “We have come a long way from performing mostly covers to performing our own music.”
“It all comes back to Elise’s big idea,” Rossman said, “empowering women in music in the historical cities where we perform so much that women will become the new norm in the music industry.”
Last Coachella, only 60 female artists performed, compared to the 168 male artists at the event, according to The Huffington Post. Elyse and Ladies Night are trying to change things.
Rossman expects “good vibes, good music and dancing – all this while being in a groovy atmosphere.”
Tickets can be purchased for the event for $5 by visiting www.brownhotel.net or by calling 724-463-0881. Tickets also are available at the door for $7. To hear Ladies Night’s music, visit
www.Ladiesnightfunk.com or their Facebook or SoundCloud pages.