Female-powered tribute to Tillie’s overlooked GF honors NJ women musicians while raising funds for women-operated empowerment charities

Tallie Fest is an inaugural female-powered event co-produced by Brittney on Fire and Makin Waves in tribute to Asbury Park icon Tillie's overlooked girlfriend, as well as the many talented women based in Asbury and throughout New Jersey. In Gaelic, Tallie means princess, so in tribute to her, the three-day, three-venue festival will shine a light on 22 female and female-fronted music acts as a means to raise funds for two impactful women-operated Asbury-based charities. Food for Thought feeds the homeless and hungry with a free holiday dinner on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter at Langosta Lounge and runs a food truck to raise funds for nonprofits, while employing inner-city youth. Asbury Park Women’s Convention promotes women and their rights year-round and presents an annual empowering event every March during Women’s History Month.

Tallie Fest will take place Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 with evening performances at Langosta and Asbury Park Yacht Club and Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 with matinees at The Saint. Admission at the 9:30 p.m. to midnight shows at Langosta and APYC is free, but half of the weekend entertainment budget will be donated to Food for Thought, which also will benefit from a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction for color prints of co-sponsor Eric Schiabor’s Tallie poster, and a canned food drive. Tickets for the noon to 5 p.m. shows at The Saint are $10 for 21+, $15 for 18 to 20 years old. Half of those proceeds will benefit Asbury Park Women’s Convention, as will a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction for Tallie prints, while a canned food drive will benefit Food for Thought.

Check out the entire weekend schedule.

Most Tallie Fest artists are featured on a Spotify Playlist.

The Saint shows will be emceed by Asbury comic Jess Alaimo, co-founder of Asbury Park Women’s Convention.

In addition to Brittney on Fire, Makin Waves, Eric Schiabor, Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park Yacht Club and The Saint, Tallie Fest is sponsored by the Asbury Park-based Blank Tank Design website designer, Asbury-based graphic designer Madison Van Houten of Telegraph Hill Records; KW Threads; New Jersey Stage magazine and its website; The Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey’s oldest alt-weekly; The Penguin Rocks online radio, its “Radio Jersey” show, and WRAT 95.9’s “Jersey Rock” program and podcast.

Tallie Fest is an expansion of the annual Makin Waves Hunger Benefit, which during the past two years has raised $2,500 and more than 200 canned goods to help Food for Thought produce its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the hungry and the homeless at Langosta Lounge.

Since its inception in 1988, Makin Waves has helped raise or donated $146,000 to charities, including Asbury Park Music Foundation, Elijah’s Promise, Little Kids Rock, The Rex Foundation and Planned Parenthood. Brittney on Fire also has raised and donated thousands of charitable dollars to various organizations.

For more info contact Bob Makin at makinwaves64@yahoo.com or 732-998-9339 and Brittney Dixon at Brittneyonfire@gmail.com.