Melissa Etheridge
| May 16, 2024 |

Melissa Etheridge to Headline 2024 Women Who Rock Benefit Concert Presented by Gibson Gives

Folk-rock singer-songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge takes to the stage in Pittsburgh

Looking for a fun night and a way to make a difference in the world? Be sure to mark your calendars for the Women Who Rock™ Benefit Concert sponsored by Gibson Gives. Save the date for Wednesday, August 28, 2024, at STAGE AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the renowned Melissa Etheridge will headline the night’s festivities.

“The Women Who Rock benefit concert is all about raising funds for life-saving women’s health research, which is underfunded and understudied,” says Etheridge. “I went through my own health issue 20 years ago; I’m still cancer-free now, and I know how important it is for women’s health to be studied specifically and independently.”

Tickets are currently on sale, with all proceeds going towards the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, which emphasizes lesser-studied research on women’s health.

This yearly concert, supported by Gibson Gives, is an event dedicated to women’s health and reproductive science. With contributions and impactful donations, Gibson Gives has raised more than $4.5 million and facilitated $46 million in funding for crucial organizations. 

Photo: Melissa Etheridge is the headliner for the Women Who Rock Benefit Concert

What is the lineup for the Women Who Rock event?

The Women Who Rock Benefit Concerts spotlight an all-female music lineup as part of WWR’s dedication to supporting women in the music industry. They promise an event full of music and empowerment.

Melissa Etheridge will take center stage for the night for a cause that is important to her. She emerged on the rock music scene in 1988 with her self-titled debut album, which garnered rave reviews and a spot at the 1989 GRAMMY® Awards ceremony. Later, her popularity soared with hits such as “Bring Me Some Water, ” “No Souvenirs,” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” which earned her a GRAMMY Award in 1992.

Etheridge achieved success with her album Yes I Am (1993), which featured popular songs like “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” the latter of which won her another GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Performance. She continued her journey with Your Little Secret in 1995, highlighted by the hit single “I Want to Come Over.”

Photo: Margot Bingham, emcee for the evening

The GBU Life Stage will showcase DJ Femi, a performance by this year’s WWR Rising Star Contest Winner, and a special segment celebrating SURVIVORS WHO ROCK, presented by UPMC Magee Womens Hospital. Michele Michaels, the radio personality from iHeart Radio 102.5 WDVE, will be honored with the 2024 WWR Impact Award during the event.

Actor and singer-songwriter Margot Bingham will serve as the emcee. Margot is recognized for her roles as Max in “The Walking Dead,” Evie in “New Amsterdam,” and Sara Jumper in “Lawmen: Bass Reeves.” 

Attendees of the Women Who Rock concert can enjoy a Pink Carpet entrance sponsored by UPMC Health Plan. Take advantage of the Beauty Bar, which offers complimentary beauty services and giveaways. Additionally, there will be a social sharing photo-booth, the Rockstar Silent Auction, and a limited number of VIP tickets that grant access to the VIP Lounge, Gifting Suite, and Pre-Show Happy Hour.

Photo: DJ Femi will perform at the benefit

How will the Women Who Rock Benefit Concert contribute to women’s health?

The Women Who Rock Benefit Concert supports lesser-researched areas of women’s health studies. Melissa Etheridge, an advocate for women’s health and breast cancer survivor, emphasizes the importance of research focused specifically on women’s health. Having battled breast cancer herself in October 2004, Etheridge is dedicated to aiding women facing challenges.

The Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) is currently involved in 319 studies covering 292 medical conditions, with 162,000 individuals participating in clinical trials worldwide. These studies encompass subjects ranging from breast and gynecologic cancers to the exploration of COVID-19 treatments and initiatives for women-controlled HIV prevention.

Women Who Rock™ Benefit Concert

All funds raised during the Women Who Rock Benefit Concert will go towards supporting MWRI’s research endeavors. Over the years, these donations have played a role in advancing various projects aimed at improving women’s health.

Gibson Gives has been the leading sponsor of this event since its inception. Gibson Gives is committed to promoting musicians through music education and global health and wellness initiatives.

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