Meet Peace, Love & Women Music Festival Producer Lynn DiVenuti

| August 30, 2017
Lynn DiVenuti performs with DeLaran at the Flamingo Resort

Lynn DiVenuti performs with DeLaran at the Flamingo Resort

The Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Music Festival on September 17 was created to offer a venue for seasoned and upcoming women performers to showcase their music. Everyone who loves great music is invited to this community event that is one of the hottest tickets of the summer. Five of Tampa Bay’s critically-acclaimed, professional women performers and women-fronted bands will take the stage in an energetic musical showcase from edifying original rock-and-roll sounds to award-winning get-on-your-feet-and-dance R & B grooves.

Festival producer Lynn DiVenuti, a performing musician for 45 years, knows first-hand how hard it is for women musicians to get ahead in the male-dominated music world. Following a career as a Chef and performing musician that took her from the DC area in 1972 to San Francisco, Berkeley, Maryland, Mexico, Maine and New Orleans, she finally settled in Florida. Lynn has been well known to local audiences since the early nineties, when she performed regionally and at the first Gulfport Art Walks. Now she makes her home in Gulfport with her partner, Amy Oatley, and her plan is to help women performers make their mark on the Tampa Bay music world and beyond.

From 1980-1988, Lynn was the Head Chef at the Dry Dock Restaurant in Solomon’s, Maryland, where she traded in her apron for her Les Paul guitar to perform her blues, jazz and indie music every night after dinner, sometimes well past 2 am. Rated the Best Restaurant in Southern Maryland by the Washington Post during her tenure there, the Dry Dock was a popular hangout for DC celebrities including Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and famous news anchor Walter Cronkite.

Lynn continued serving her signature French Creole cuisine and live music at her own restaurant, DiVenuti’s, at the Point Lookout Marina from 1988 to 1992. DiVenuti’s was also frequented by many of DC’s notorious celebrities including broadcast journalist Ted Koppel, Greenpeace leaders and the Blue Angels pilots before heading out to the Chesapeake Bay.

Not long after she arrived in Florida, Lynn opened Magnolia’s R & B Café in St Petersburg in 1996. At Magnolia’s she introduced her customers to many local women musicians including Lisa Noe, Leslie Kille and the late local rocker Robin Tracy.

Tickets are available for the Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Music Festival at two local outlets: the Historic Gulfport Casino office and the Gulfport Beach Bazaar. Festival producer Business Brainstormers has announced that 10% of net event proceeds will be donated to Gulfport’s iconic Blueberry Patch, a non-profit arts & music organization. Festival tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Order tickets online at with a small convenience fee.

Festival headliner The Souliz Band, fronted by local legends Sugar and Spice, earned a place in the winner’s circle at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Souliz delivers a tight, high energy set of R&B, Southern Soul, Blues, and Classic Rock-n-Roll. Also on the lineup will be indie rock singer-songwriter Geri X, funkalicious rock-and-roller DeLaran with Elysian Sex Drive, plus classic blues and jazz from The Patty Sanphy Band, and the complex and inspiring blues of the Julie Black Band. For the first time, the Festival will kick off with two amateur vocalists chosen from the ProSuzy “Let Your Light Shine” open mic series – Colette and Dani, who will debut on stage to a concert audience.

Rain or shine, the Festival will go on in the air conditioned comfort of the newly renovated Historic Gulfport Casino, that offers a full bar, plenty of room for dancing, and great acoustics. Local restaurants Little Tommies Tiki and Manatees on the Bay have signed on to provide tasty Festival foods inside so Festival-goers don’t have to leave the comfort of the Casino.

FMI: Contact Festival Producers Business Brainstormers, Inc. at 727-289-9365 or email


Filed in: Music Scene

Comments are closed.