Fairfield County Pride, produced by Triangle Community Center, is hosting its first-ever Pride Women's Music Festival on June 20 at Tarrywile Park in Danbury with performances from noon to 7 p.m. The festival features five national acts (Dianne Davidson, Tret Fure, Zoe Lewis and duo Crys Matthews and Heather Mae) and four local artists (Arielle Eden, Vicki F, Saffron and That Virginia). Victoria Ferrara, a local reproductive lawyer who performs as Vicki F, is excited about the event and noted the importance of the festival. "No one should have to hide," she said. "We should be proud of ourselves and proud of each other for who we are. We need to love our brothers and sisters whoever they are-gay, straight, queer, trans, old, young, married, single, parents and those that are child-free. Every human being needs support and encouragement to get through life and when we realize this and just go for it-be a supportive, loving, brave and kind human being-the world will be a better place." An authentic punk rocker from the late '70s and early '80, Vicki F and her band, Troupe Di Coupe, were prominent figures in the New Haven punk scene, performing at venues such as Ron's Place and CBGB. She recently returned to music and her songwriting has become more stripped down in arrangement than her earlier work, drawing on inspiration from artists such as Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, and Lou Reed. On March 26, she released her most recent EP, "Perfect Here." "I love writing songs and poetry. I love performing," she said. "I write from my heart and soul, what moves me about living life, about hardships, love, pain and joy. I want to move my audience to go within themselves and explore what moves them about the meaning of their lives, about growing from struggles and exploring and living moments of joy." The festival is going to feature a number of very talented and inspiring women singer-songwriters and with the pandemic shutting down most local venues for the greater part of 15 months, this is a great event to see live music again. "What I look forward to the most is the first moment I walk on stage and start to play my guitar," Vicki F said. "It is literally a thrill. I also am psyched to be part of the energy that this festival and this lineup of singer-songwriters will produce and generate. It is going to be a very synergistic day." Closing out the festival will be Dianne Davidson, a singer-songwriter from Nashville. "It's important that we celebrate the changes and the efforts we've put in over the last year, and Pride events have been going on forever, but different areas are just having their first one," Davidson said. "I like to do these festivals and bring the experience to people who have never been a part of one of these before." During her noteworthy career, Davidson has recorded six albums, toured as a member of Linda Ronstadt's band, and has provided backing vocals for a host of major league performers such as B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett, Tammy Wynette and Barry Manilow. Laurie Scott, who is organizing the Pride Women's Music Festival, reached out to the singer knowing she has had a great deal of experience performing at Pride festivals. "I was thrilled when she called and I gave her some ideas and other people to call," Davidson said. "She's done such a great job getting this together." In her festival set, Davidson noted she will be playing a mix of fan-favorites from her six albums, plus some songs from her newest release, "Perigon." "I'll pick what to play according to the audience, and will try to go 45-50 minutes," she said. "I kind of run the gamut with different kinds of music, going from soft ballads up to blues tunes. I always mix it up, or I'd get bored if I didn't." Scott has also put together a great lineup of some of the most talented lesbian singer-songwriters both on a local and national level. Connecticut's own all-female rock band, Saffron, starts the festival off at noon, playing a diverse mix of upbeat covers and originals. From there, That Virginia, a Brazilian singer who sings mostly about the truth of emotions, humanity and other oddities, hits the stage at 12:40. Vicki F comes next with a 1:20 start time. At 2, indie-pop singer Arielle Eden performs, with selections from her Sagittarius release. An hour later, social justice music-makers Crys Matthews and Heater Mae join together for what promises to be a thought-provoking set. Then at 4, Zoe Lewis, known as "band in a body," will play some vintage jazz tunes complete with world beat grooves. Before Davidson ends the night, Tret Fure, who won national acclaim way back in 1973 with her debut record, will play some of her favorite hits from the 17 albums she's released in her 50-year career. For more information, visit www.ctpridecenter.org\/pride-womens-music-festival. Keith Loria is a freelance writer.