Saturday, June 9: Emerging Artist Showcase

Hear artists Negative/Positive and Khem in the Emerging Artist Showcase on Saturday, June 9  at 1:00 p.m. at the Wom!nz Spot Lounge.



When Ava Antonie, Ava Gessner and Lola Flores met at the first annual GirlsRock MKE camp in the summer of 2013, they were three young kids just looking to have fun and make some noise. The girls were 8, 9 and 10-yrs old, respectively, and not once did their age make them think they couldn’t do something big.

From their very first show in a local bar on a school night six months after becoming friends and band mates, Negative/Positive has offered beguiling lyrics and three strong role models for wannabe rockers of all ages and genders.

Their self-contained battle cry is a string of catchy, indie rock singles featuring Gessner’s nimble vocals and guitar, Flores’ throbbing bass, and Antonie’s big beat.

The girls, Milwaukee Public School students, continue to create their own music without the aid of outside composers or adult assistance. After saving the profits from t-shirt sales over a period of two years, they recorded and released their first album, Lumanescent, in August 2016. Their EP features five original singles with self-penned lyrics that reference experiences they love and things they despise.

The girls are currently working on a second EP, titled Dried Spaghetti.  

Connect with Negative/Positive on Facebook, Instagram and Bandcamp.



Queer clairvoyant alternative lofi R&B artist, KHEM, spills their soul to audiences in various forms of original songs, covers and spoken word poetry. KHEM makes music for the oppressed, poor and melenated. The young brown Laotian artist is new on Milwaukee’s music and poetry scene and is ready to break binaries.

The artist has performed live at various QTPOC events and was a student feature at UWM’s Lyrical Sanctuary performing spoken word pieces, “Dear Yaoi and Yuri fans,’ “Stained Letters” and their own medley of Khalid’s “Location” and Yuna’s “Decoration.” Their music and poetry is currently inspired by influences Willow Smith, RIna Sawayama, Yaeji, Janelle Monae, and HER.  Common themes in their music are casual emotional vulnerability. erasure, social issues, mental/emotional health and reclaiming identity.

KHEM hopes to create safe spaces and music that are comforting for queer and trans youth. The galaxian nonbinary poc is dropping an upcoming 2018 EP of music and poetry, including new tracks. 

KHEM is prepared to share and create a liberating, chill, fun and comfy experience for all expressions!

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