LGC01More than a dozen years ago, bassist and composer, Kim Clarke spearheaded The Lady Got Chops Music & Arts Festival in celebration of Women’s History Month. The annual event supports and highlights the talents of women musicians and takes place at different venues throughout the city.Clarke, who has traveled the world, performing most notably with the late Joe Henderson Quartet, hoped to mirror and share  the type of festival experience she felt so fortunate to have been a part of overseas. Now in its 13th year, the grassroots celebration has showcased the musical contributions of more than 170 women.

The 13th Annual 2015 Lady Got Chops is currently underway and features seventeen musical acts in three boroughs, at eight different venues between six neighborhoods. Five of those performances have landed at Harlem on Fifth (formerly Shell’s Bistro) – a quaint neighborhood restaurant and live music venue located on Fifth Avenue between 131st & 132nd.

The LGC is happening there every Tuesday in March. Earlier this month, they celebrated with performances by Noel Simone Wippler and the legendary Bertha Hope with her trio. With three dates remaining, you can still catch performances by the Nora McCarthy Quartet (3/17), The Julie Bluestone Quartet(3/24) and the Cheryl Pyle-Roberta Piket Duo (3/31). Cover $10. No reservations required. Harlem on Fifth is located at 2150 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10037.

For more information about The Lady Got Chops Music and Art Festival visit ladygotchops.com