Estrojam's Decibelle Music and Culture Festival

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Decibelle (formerly Estrojam) is a 501c3 NFP music and culture festival that promotes equality and was established in 2003. Past headliners have included, Wanda Jackson (First Lady of Rock who toured with Elvis in the ‘50s and ‘60s), Nina Hagen, Concrete Blonde, Cat Power, The Gossip, Peaches, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls and Margaret Cho. The hip hop, post punk, disco, and dance-punk band ESG played their final show on Friday, September 21, 2007 at Chicago's Abbey Pub, during the Decibelle festival.

In 2006, Decibelle was featured in the Chicago Historical Society's, "History of Women's Music" event. In 2008, Decibelle founder T. Khyentse James was awarded the "Outstanding Community Leader" Award from the National Organization for Women (Chicago) for Decibelle's work.

Decibelle has also presented workshops in healthcare, finance, entertainment business, do-it-yourself car maintenance, independent publishing and donates proceeds to beneficiaries that promote social change, human rights, non- violence and cultural arts. Past beneficiaries have included Burma's Shan Women's Action Network, National Organization for Women and Girls Rock Chicago. In 2006, a rock band of 12 year old girls from the Chicago Girls Rock Camp opened for 70's punk artist Nina Hagen. In 2005, The Shan Women's Action Network and the US Campaign for Burma spoke on stage about their efforts to end brutality against women in Burma.

Past Estrojam/Decibelle Artists[edit]


Cat Power

Margaret Cho

Concrete Blonde

Wanda Jackson

Nina Hagen

Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls

The Gossip

ESG’s last show

Thurston Moore

Anne Waldman

MEN (JD and Jo of Le Tigre)

Team Dresch

Miss Kittin

Leslie and the Ly's

The Brazilian Girls


Ice Cream Socialites

Michelle Tea

Lady Tigra

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings,

All Girl Summer Fun Band


Northern State

Kaki King

The Reputation

Kinnie Starr

Theo from the Lunachicks

Cynthia Plaster Caster

Staceyann Chin

Princess Superstar

Laura Love

Bitch and Animal

Ubaka Hill



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