Three St. Petersburg area women have formed Three siSters Productions to “put as much stability in the hands of local female and LGBTQ singer-songwriters,” says Co-founder Toni Thomas.

“We use the term ‘siStirs’ as a play on words because we are women who like to ‘stir’ things up,” she smiles.

Thomas is a geriatric physical therapist and real estate agent who donates a portion of all sales to local LGBTQ organizations.

The St. Petersburg local grew up in the area, although was transferred to Seattle for several years. Now back home in St. Petersburg, she’s brought her love of music with her.

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Organizers of Three siStirs Productions: Fabiola Garcia (left), Valerie Rochon (middle), Toni Thomas (right).

Her co-organizers, Fabiola Garcia and Valerie Rochon, connected with Thomas through the Southeast Michigan Women’s Festival.

Garcia is the Produce Manager for Sanwa and Rochon owns Rocycle, an IT recycling company and IT asset management company.

Although their backgrounds and career paths differ greatly, they share a love for music and supporting area  LGBTQ musicians.

“Three and a half months ago we decided to host a women’s focused house concert,” says Thomas. “We thought, ‘What a cool thing it would be not just to support female singer/songwriters, but to support LGBTQ women.'”

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Ashley Foust sings and plays guitar during her debut performance. (Image by Rachel Stevenson)

The trio hosted their first of many house concerts last night, featuring newcomer Ashley Foust, performing as “Foust the Music,” and pop rock and blues artist Jessica Rose Powell, a frequent performer at the Dunedin Brewery.

The singer-songwriters kept attendees entranced and entertained during the kick-off celebration.

Thomas hopes the organization grows over the next few months. She also encourages all women within the LGBTQ community to come out to future concerts. “All the letters are large to us,” she emphasizes, “especially the T.”

Next month, Three siStirs Productions will host Meg Shannon on August 12th.

House concerts are by donation only, with a suggested donation amount of $15-20. The money goes directly to the artists.

Visit the OUTCOAST events calendar for more information about upcoming events and concerts.