By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 25, 2018 at 12:16 PM

The annual Riverwest FemFest community music and arts festivals aims to celebrate "the powerful and positive impact women, femmes and feminine identifying groups can have on each other and the community around them," according to its website.

Founded in 2015, the event  which takes place at a variety of venues, including Lakefront Brewery, Rise & Grind, Microlights Microcinema, Art Bar and others  is also a fundraiser to benefit local groups like the Coalition for Justice, Pathfinders and Milwaukee Women’s Center.

The beneficiary groups this year are The Milwaukee Women's Center, Courage MKE and Casa Maria.

This year’s festival runs from May 27 until June 3 and you can see a complete list of venues, events and performers on the festival website

One of the best nights is Thursday, May 31, which will have events across the street from one another in Riverwest.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. the lineup at The Mad Planet, includes Nafrini (8:30), Ava Lake (9:30), WAVY V (10:30) and a burlesque show with Miss Sunshine Ramel and Coco Soleil. DJs Alien Dance and DJ Jen Dub will work the tables.

Meanwhile, at Club TImbuktu you can see Kendra Swanson (8 p.m.), Ms. Lotus Fankh (9), LUXI (10), Sweet Lala (11) and Rocket Paloma (midnight). DJ DRiPSweat, DJ Megz and DJ Rainbow will spin.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.