The Empty Bottle is a longtime friend of Ladyfest Midwest’s. For the original festival’s closing night of events, cheap on August 19, 2001, the Bottle hosted Tracy + the Plastics, Metalux, Analog Tara, Occasional Detroit, and the Arches.
The Empty Bottle also helped Ladyfest Midwest to raise funds, leading up to the festival. On March 16, 2001—five months beforehand—the venue teamed with Ladyfest organizers for a benefit show featuring the Puta-Pons, Forcefield UK, the Tuffetts, and the Hamicks. The first benefit went so well, that Ladyfesters organized a second Bottle benefit on May 3, 2001, with the Dishes, Selby Tigers, and Competitorr.