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Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne and Fiona Apple to Headline Girl-Centric Girlfrenzy Fest

August 21, 2007 9:26 AM ET

Eight years after the third and final Lilith Fair came to a close comes Girlfrenzy, an all-day all-girl concert featuring Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne and Fiona Apple. The first annual Girlfrenzy will take place on Saturday, October 27th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, with a portion of ticket profits going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event was created by Right Arm Entertainment, the same company that presented the first annual Rock on the Range featuring Evanescence, ZZ Top and Velvet Revolver in Columbus, Ohio, earlier this year. Girlfrenzy will also feature performances by newcomers Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles, plus Antigone Rising, with promoters expected to announce more femme-centric acts in the coming weeks.

Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair ran from 1997 to 1999 and had a similarly charitable bent, donating a portion of ticket profits to local charities in the cities the event hit. Although that fest became known for folkier acts like the Indigo Girls and Suzanne Vega, the tour also featured Liz Phair, Missy Elliott, the Pretenders, Christina Aguilera and Luscious Jackson. Crow and Apple are both Lilith Fair alumni, too.

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