Main Stage 2011
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Roster of talent on the Main Stage for the 2011 Celebration, which took place on June 25 and 26 of that year.
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Main Stage Press Kit Submission InformationIf you wish to have your press kit considered for the Main Stage at San Francisco Pride’s 41st Annual event on June 25-26, 2011, please submit the following information:
- Contact Information (PROMINENTLY
- A one or two line statement about why the performer would like to perform at Pride
- CD or DVD of the performer’s work (no vinyl, cassettes, or emailed links to mp3 files
- Discography (if any)
- Recent press
- Return SASE, with appropriate postage, if you wish the package returned
March 17, 2011 DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PT).
If you are submitting information for more than one performer, please do so separately so that we may consider each performer individually. Here is the address to send information to:
San Francisco Pride
ATTN: Main Stage
1841 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
|12:00||DJ Shawn P|
|1:30||DJ Frank Wild|
|3:00||DJ James Torres|
|4:30||DJ Joseph Lee|
DJ Shawn P has been playing here in san francisco for a little over 10 years now and this is his first appearance on the main stage at SF pride. He has had the privilege of working at the asian stage for gay pride sunday for 5 years and has played amazing venues such as the world famous END UP....ASIA SF....TRIGGER...LOOKOUT AND THE CAFE to name a few. His style is happy vocal dance music and he just wants the world to have fun and dance!!!!
Born in New York City,
Frank now splits his time between home-bases in San Francisco and Berlin with club residencies in both
cities. Frank continues to expand his musical boundaries in New York, Seattle, Washington, DC,
Toronto, Cologne, Frankfurt, Zurich, Copenhagen, Madrid, Brussels, and Miami Beach. He has hit
the air-waves as well with residencies and weekly shows on several online musical venues.
Club-goers in San Francisco have singled out Frank by voting him one of their city's top DJs. One of his devotees says: "Frank Wild ..... nothing but great energy pumps out of the speakers coercing me to stay on the dance floor."
Frank is on the roster of San Francisco's legendary club, The EndUp, where he has received rave reviews for his after-hours, sunrise and T- dance sets. He also plays regularly at Club 8 for an after-hours party called Thick, one of his signature events. In 2010 Frank was the featured DJ at CODE in Washington DC , PornStar in San Francisco, Fantasy Ball in Toronto, and PIG, the main event for Folsom Europe in Berlin. Also last year Frank debuted in Madrid and London; he also played the main dance stage at San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair for the second year in a row. This year he debuted in Zurich, Switzerland. He is just back from Washington DC where he DJed at two events for DC Leather Pride Weekend. He will also be spinning in Madrid for Gay Pride; in San Francisco he will be a featured DJ at the famous Bay of Pigs party during the annual Up Your Alley Weekend.
DJ James Torres
DJ Joseph Lee
|11:05-11:50||DJ Paul Goodyear|
|12:50||Tales of the City|
|1:00||Mark Leno & Trevor Project|
|1:05||Bishop Flunder & the City of Refuge Choir|
|1:40||Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers|
|1:55||Foxee and Liam|
|3:25||Linda Perry/Deep Dark Robot|
Since she first stepped on stage at the Comedy Store in the ‘70s, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen satire and rollicking stage shows. “Give the dame her due,” writes the New York Times, “It's invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.”
Bernhard, who writes and develops all of her own material, has produced numerous one-woman shows over the years, among them: Without You I’m Nothing—which was released as a feature film— Excuses for Bad Behavior, Giving ‘Til It Hurts, Hero Worship, the Love Machine, and Everything Bad and Beautiful, which ran for two months off-Broadway, before Bernhard toured with it, making numerous stops across the U.S. and in Europe. “A performer of stunning originality. Funny but foxy, super smart and slightly mad!” proclaimed WCBS. “Bernhard is a very funny woman by nature, a rocker by sheer determination and an actress you've seen in eclectic offerings,” says the Washington Post.
Bernhard’s one-woman Broadway show, “I’m Still Here … Damn It!,” was hailed by the New York Times as “an angst driven, foul-mouthed poison-laced joy ride that banks and careens frenetically through the worlds of fashion, celebrity, rock, and religion. In her own voice, unfiltered, [Bernhard] is a living, breathing bonfire.” The show, which initially ran for five months off Broadway, went on to play sold-out runs in Boston and San Francisco, and was filmed for an HBO special.
Bernhard first earned film accolades in 1983 when she appeared in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy.” Other film work includes “Inside Monkey Zetterland,” “Track 29,” “Hudson Hawk,” “Dinner Rush,” and “Dare.” And she is about to begin filming on two new projects.
From 1991-1996, Bernhard portrayed Nancy Bartlett on “Roseanne,” and she has had guest starring or recurring roles on numerous other shows, among them; “Ally McBeal,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The L Word,” “Will & Grace,” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She has appeared numerous times on “Late Night with David Letterman,” and has
Show,” “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and Showtime’s “The Green Room,” among others. She has appeared regularly on the Howard Stern show since the ‘80s. And was the host of “Sandra After Dark,” for HBO, and “Reel Wild Cinema.”
In addition to her original songs, Bernhard performs covers from Led Zeppelin to Laura Nyro; Burt Bachrach to Britney Spears. “One moment, her voice is lulling you into a wistful sigh; the next, she's knocking you back several rows with it,” proclaimed the SF Weekly. Her albums include: “I’m Your Woman,” and most recently she collaborated on the world music album “Whatever it Takes,” featuring African musicians such as Papa Wemba and TK. She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters. She participated in the “Stormy Weather Benefit '98,” organized by Don Henley, which also featured Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell and “The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares.” Bernhard has also lent her talents to benefits for organizations including: The Ali Forney Center for LGBT Homeless Youth, and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.
Bernhard has written three books: Confessions of a Pretty Lady (Harper&Row, 1988), Love, Love and Love (HarperCollins, 1994), and May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra? (William Morrow, 1998). And she is currently at work on her fourth collection. Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview,
Hailing from Elva (a tiny, then-Soviet occupied town of 5,000 people in the forest) Estonia , Kerli always dreamed she would leave and experience the world. Her musical journey took her to the Baltics where she won an American Idol-style talent competition at 14, which ultimately led to her signing at Island Records. Kerli’s single “Walking On Air” was downloaded over 550,000 times during iTunes’ "Single of the Week" promotion in July 2008 – the largest in iTunes history. In a unique partnership, Kerli and AOL teamed up to debut her electro-pop track “Army Of Love”, produced by Jean Baptiste (Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Beyonce), and co-written by Kerli. Kerli notes, “This song and video really set the tone for my new album. I am very happy that I can launch it with such a strong partnership with AOL and reach so many people. I hope that the message - creating an Army of Love that will bring Integrity, Love and Unity into the world -- will inspire young people in all areas of their lives.”Kerli’s vision of Integrity, Love, Unity permeates her writing process and her life. She launched a community four years ago to live these concepts herself and with her fans. These three components are represented by the “moon dots” that she and her fans (Moon Children) wear. For more info on the Moon Children, check out www.iamamoonchild.net.Kerli describes her first cd as the “struggle” while the new release will be about “overcoming that struggle, and going through the tunnel and into the light.” She explains, “The first album was really all about painful and introverted experiences, while this album really reflects how one goes through that pain and rises above it, to be the best that you can be.”
As ever, singer/songwriter/producer Linda Perry defies those who would categorize her, with the creation of the musical venture Deep Dark Robot. The band, a Los Angeles-based group whose music she describes as inspired by “dirty French garage pop,” features Perry and drummer Tony Tornay (formerly of desert rock band Fatso Jetson). Of the band’s title, Perry says, "Deep Dark Robot is an artificial agent trying to be human." She adds, "Aren't we all just trying to be human?"
Deep Dark Robot‘s debut album, 8 Songs About a Girl, released in March 2011 on Perry’s own label, Custard (Crash Kings, James Blunt, Little Fish, Big Elf). The album continues to garner critical praise as well as an ever-growing social media following.
8 Songs About a Girl tells an honest story that is very personal in nature. Perry reveals, “The songs were inspired by a girl who put my heart on a roller coaster and didn't let me off.”
What led the launch of Deep Dark Robot was Perry’s desire to get out of the studio and go on tour. Says Perry, “It was time for a change.” Deep Dark Robot recently completed its US tour, having performed in 23 cities with additional dates to be announced soon.
In addition to her performances with Deep Dark Robot, Perry, one of the most sought after names in the music business, continues to develop numerous artists under her the Custard label, as well as write and produce songs for countless recording artists.
Kat Graham stars as Bonnie Bennett, in The CW’s drama “The Vampire Diaries.”
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Graham speaks four languages, and was exposed to different cultures from an early age. Her father, Joseph, was a music executive. Her grandfather was a United Nations Ambassador from Liberia. The family moved to Los Angeles, California when Graham was 4 years old.
Graham began doing commercials at the age of 6 and went on to do guest starring roles on a number of hit TV shows, “Joan of Arcadia,” “Like Family,” “Grounded For Life,” “Lizzie McGuire,” “CSI: Las Vegas,” “The O.C.,” “Malcolm in The Middle,” “Strong Medicine” and “Hannah Montana.”
At the age of 15, Graham was chosen by choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Lil’ Bow Wow. That experience led to other stints as a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Jamie Foxx, and choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.
In addition to her acting and dancing abilities, Graham wrote and sang a song titled “Derailed,” which was featured in a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie. At 17, she was selected by the Coca-Cola Company as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the “Fantanas” (as Capri/Strawberry), Graham simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. She recently finished a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas, and her voice is featured on Will.I.Am’s solo release “Songs About Girls” (“I Got It From My Mama”) and “The Donque Song,” featuring Snoop Dogg. She’s currently putting the finishing touches on her first album, and in 2010 released her first single, SASSY. Her second single I WANT IT ALL, was released in 2011. This song is produced by mega producer, J.R Rotem.
Graham was seen in the film “17 Again,” with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, and in “The Roommate,” with Leighton Meester. Her upcoming film projects include a starring role in Universal’s “Honey2.”
Big Freedia (pronounced “Free-da”) is the undisputed “Queen Diva” of Bounce Music, and performs six or more times a week in various venues throughout her home town of New Orleans.
Bounce Music is an original urban music rising up from the intimate and fun-loving nature of the New Orleans housing projects which dominate the city’s street culture, and Freedia performs a derivative of Bounce reserved for self-proclaimed “Sissies” (a locally used name for biological men with varied and ambiguous sexual identities) that has risen to prominence in recent years and features explicitly gay and cross-dressing musicians and themes. Big Freedia, like other “Sissy” artists, has achieved mainstream success with several New Orleans hit singles such as “Gin in My System” and “Azz Everywhere!” from her albums “An Ha, Oh Yeah” (1999) and “Queen Diva” (2003). Freedia began her musical career almost 15 years ago at the Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, where she was enlisted as choir director from her Sophomore to Senior years. She sees her performance as a Bounce artist as an extension of this work, often interacting in a call and response/teacher and student, fashion with her audiences.
While also running a successful decorating business (for which she counts the Mayor’s office as a client), Freedia recently developed a musical about her life entitled “Catch That Beat” which featured cameo appearances by a who’s who of New Orleans Bounce artists alongside the story of her upbringing in New Orleans 3rd Ward. Since 2009 Freedia has begun traveling outside the city regularly with her dancers and live DJ, Rusty Lazer, playing to audiences on the East and West Coast alongside (or onstage with) artists such as Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, Japanther, Monique and many more. Big Freedia has always acted as a mentor for many younger artists and is currently at work on her third album. This year Freedia performed on the West coast with New Orleans band Galactic, recreating her collaboration on the critically-acclaimed 2010 album “Ya-Ka-May”, and at North By Northeast alongside Kid Sister, De La Soul and her New Orleans neighbors Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Freedia will be performing at FYFest in Los Angeles soon, and will share the stage with Major Lazer at MusicfestNW in Portland this September. Later appearances are planned for the Windish Agency Showcase at CMJ and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.
Formed in 2008, Jessica 6 is a hypnotic Brooklyn-based trio that pushes the boundaries of nu-disco and R&B. “It all started when Nomi [Ruiz] brought over a kick-pattern and a song she’d written called ‘Fun Girl’,” recalls Jessica 6 bassist Andrew Raposo of the band’s conception. Ruiz (the band’s front woman), Raposo and Morgan Wiley, Jessica 6’s keys and synth master, originally met while performing with Hercules and Love Affair. “We were enjoying listening to each other's music beyond Hercules. It was really just about having fun,” says Raposo who first met Wiley in college before joining the now defunct DFA produced hip-hop act Automato together. “Then Nomi came in with hundreds if not thousands of songs her laptop.”
What started as playful, improvised studio sessions soon turned into a tight sound none of the three musicians could ignore. Ruiz, who had been contemplating another solo album, soon realized, along with Raposo and Wiley, that the three were best matched as band. “It’s kind of like Fleetwood Mac,” Ruiz says of the energy and extreme connectedness shared by Jessica 6’s members (sans the romantic warfare, of course). Raised in Sunset Park on the melodies of Janet and Michael Jackson, as well as the power anthems of Mary J. Blige, Ruiz immediately bonded with Wiley and Raposo over freestyle and underground hip-hop--nuances of which punctuate Jessica 6’s debut LP.
A reduction of folk, Britney Spears circa ‘Blackout,’ Cuban-mafia fashion and the works of Dario Argento, Jessica 6 is a cross-pollination of various dark, campy and dramatic themes. “We were staying up and watching a lot of horror movies about breaking taboos and the irreligious, while at the same time looking to sweet romances and high-camp,” Raposo says of the album’s evolution. The band's moniker, of course, pays tribute to a lead character in the hyper-sexed cult-classic "Logan's Run." 'Jessica 6' is the film's rebellious heroine who flees from an authoritarian underground world in search of freedom and autonomy.
For the members of Jessica 6, this musical endeavor has been a similarly liberating experience. It is proof that, unlike a core belief held by the oppressive government in "Logan's Run," life does not in fact end at 30. Jessica 6 may bear all of the fresh, optimistic undertones of a recently conceived live act, but its members' respective industry experiences make for an especially mature sound and exceedingly tight live show. “We developed our personal relationship live, on stage” Raposo says of the band’s ties. “Morgan and I have been playing together for over a decade, and Nomi was next to us every night with Hercules for over a hundred shows.” It’s this familial likeness that not only lends the band’s members the freedom to push boundaries and bounce inspiration off one another. It makes for an emotionally-charged and entrancing live performance--Jessica 6 signatures which are not lost on the band’s very evocative premiere LP.
Luciana's got the power to shock and seduce.
Her brand new single "I Like That" pulsates with sexy electro energy that's as infectious as it is incendiary. With a sultry moan, the UK singer snakes through the song with a haze of bombastic beats produced by Static Revenger and Richard Vission, fueling an anthem that's ready for the clubs and the arenas.
Available now at iTunes via Violent Lips Records/Geffen, the song is the perfect introduction to Luciana's sound. Simultaneously electrifying and eclectic, the music drips European panache and gutter punk attitude. Throwing caution to the wind, she creates the perfect soundtrack for any tryst on the dance floor. "I Like That" is dirty, dangerous and daring—just like everything Luciana does.
About her sound, Luciana exclaims, "I describe it as 'dirty electro.' It's a bit naughty, but it never gets boring. Nice is vanilla. You've got to be a little nasty. I want to assault your senses."
The assault begins with "I Like That," but she's already got an arsenal of songs planned for her forthcoming full-length. Fans have gotten just a taste of what to expect with her features on Bodyrox’s “Yeah Yeah” which reached number 2 in UK and her recent collaboration with Taio Cruz on “Come on Girl” which recently went top-5 there. And they just keep coming. She is also on British rapper Lethel Bizzle’s hit song “Go Go Go”.
"I Like That" has already become a veritable sensation around the world. Germany has embraced the song in countless clubs, and it's slowly slinked into US hot spots and airwaves. The video premiered on VEVO in July and hit heavy rotation on MTVu. On YouTube,"I Like That" has received a staggering 4 million plays.
There's a reason it's caught on like wildfire. "The song is about being in the moment, whether you're on the dance floor or having sex," Luciana reveals. "You have to embrace every minute, and that's the inspiration behind the lyrics."
The track could be the audio equivalent of an Andy Warhol painting. Luciana spouts off iconic images from the modern Zeitgest including Gucci, Polaroid, graffiti, dollar bills and all kinds of candy within the landscape of her own propulsive ditty.
"You can take an image from every line," she goes on. "Everything I do is visual as well as auditory. When I'm writing, I see the video. When I'm painting, I can see words. In my head, everything is multimedia."
Luciana's no stranger to the game—or to hit songs for that matter. She was first signed to Chrysalis in the UK at 18. However, she made an initial splash in the United States with her band Shooter. Their hit single for Columbia, "Life's a Bitch," began to show signs of a rock 'n' roll edge. However, in 2006, Luciana truly cultivated her sound. Her fiery dance track "Yeah Yeah" with Bodyrox became a smash success in the UK and numerous other territories. Most importantly, it paved the way for her proper U.S. solo debut.
Given her presence overseas, Luciana got the call to Los Angeles to write songs for Nicole Sherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls in 2009. However, Interscope immediately flipped over Luciana's tunes, and they wanted to sign her.
"They loved the attitude, and they saw the bigger picture," says Luciana. "Their passion was so infectious, and we're going to take everything to the next level together."
That next level will showcase Luciana's intricate writing style. She continues, "I've got all of these notebooks filled with phrases pieced together. Some of the phrases don't make sense alone, but they do make sense in the end. I call it 'Ad Hoc' writing. The words form a picture. It's always so simple, but everyone remembers the hooks."
That writing style has also helped fuel incredible cuts from international superstars like Kylie Minogue. Luciana was behind "Cupid Boy" from Kylie's latest release Aphrodite. Her hyper-charged lyrical poetry continues to dazzle producers and fellow artists alike.
"It's very electric," she laughs. "It's really important to make the listener think. I'm writing all the time; it's just observations. It starts to make sense when you piece it all together. It's like a piece of artwork in words."
From fashion to photography, Luciana continues to challenge herself, while imbuing her own stamp on each endeavor. That unique aesthetic permeates everything that she does as well. "Whether I'm taking a photo or writing a lyric, it's always done with love."
Because of that love, she's going to shake the whole scene up. Luciana comes to quite the conclusion. "To me, it's all about naughtiness. I love a bit of cheek and dirt. People feel that because it's honest. People need someone to shout along with, and I'm there for them. Come and shout with me."
The whole world will be shouting along with Luciana loud and clear. What they'll be screaming is obvious—"I like that."
A renowned DJ/Producer, Paul Goodyear is “the international DJ”. Originally from Australia and having lived in London, Barcelona and now San Francisco his playing style is diverse and unique. A master of the journey Paul is comfortable playing marathon sets. He credits his lasting success as a DJ producer and re-mixer to his ability to constantly evolve and move with the times.
Paul has played at many prestigious venues and alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. Examples of venues that Paul has headlined include the Folsom Street Magnitude party (San Francisco), Pines Party (Fire Island New York), Zouk (Singapore), The Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, The End Up (San Francisco), XXL (London), Gus Presents (San Francisco), Gay Pride (LA, SFO and Madrid), Reflexx (Amsterdam), Arq and Home Nightclubs (Sydney), and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parties where he has been a resident fixture since 1991 often playing for upward of 20,000 people. Some of the DJs he has played alongside include Peter Rauhofer, DJ Paulo, Hex Hector, DJ Abel, Boy George and K-Klass.
In the studio, Paul has established himself as a chart topping re-mixer and producer. He has appeared in the U.S. Billboard Dance charts on numerous occasions including the No. 1 spot with his mix of Kristine W’s version of “The Boss” as well as having other chart topping hits like the very recent "Twist of love" by Kimberly Davis. Other artists that have benefitted from Paul’s mastery in the studio include Taylor Dayne, Whitney Houston, Linda Clifford, Boogie Pimps, Toni Braxton, Deborah Cooper, Karen Young and Full Intention. Not only a re-mixer, Paul has written a number of original tracks sometimes alone and sometimes with collaborators such as Tony Moran and Love Tattoo. Examples of Paul’s studio work can be found on labels as diverse as Sony BMG, DMC, Universal, Nervous NYC, Star 69, and Pete Tong’s Essential Recordings.
No one trick pony, it would seem ridiculous to put Paul Goodyear into a box. Hearing him on the dance floor you will hear a mix of hypnotic tribal, edgy electro and loads of top-notch house with inclusions of his own productions and remixes.
Micah Tron is an ORIGINAL Hip Hop artist who has graced the stages of popular venues such as Supper Club, Club Six, and Yerba Buena Center of the Arts. She represents the young and talented independent female artist, but most importantly, the queer.
She is here today accompanied by her fellow native San Franciscan’s DJ “Jeanine the Fean” and dancer “Jocquese Whitfield” who’s voguing style put’s Madonna to shame.
So fellas grab your man, ladies grab your girl, or in some cases grab both, and get ready to grind to the sound that is…MICAH TRON
Photo credit: Aleksandra Trofimova.
Terra Lopez formed Sister Crayon in Sacramento, California in 2007 as a solo act, utilizing just a classical guitar and a loop pedal to weave atmospheric melodies into her dreamlike, fleeting lyrics that float through walls like lingering apparitions. Despite her music’s dark (sometimes aggressively sad) nature, there’s a sweetness and wisdom about Lopez that immediately strikes a chord with audiences.
With the addition of Dani Fernandez (who crafts beats on the MPC 1000), the band took on a rich texture that lent a hip-hop grittiness to its ethereal ambience. When Jeffrey LaTour (Keys + Guitar) and Nicholas Suhr (Drums) joined Sister Crayon, the band, as a four-piece, became whole. They recorded their first EP, Enter Into Holy (or)ders, a mesmeric and enchanted collection of songs that tweak conventional structures, using experimental production and employ a collective eye for the avant-garde.
Sister Crayon signed with Manimal Vinyl Records in November, 2009 and opportunities rushed in, with projects like the We Were So Turned On - A Tribute to David Bowie, (Sept. 2010) which also features A Place to Bury Strangers, Devendra Banhart, MGMT and Warpaint. Sister Crayon has appeared on the Urban Outfitters Compilation LSTN #8 and their Manimal debut full-length album Bellow (inspired by the French writer and criminal Jean Genet) was released in February 2011. They recently finished shooting a music video for “I’m Still The Same Person,” the first single off Bellow. Their previous video, “(in) Reverse” was shot by director Robert Ascroft in late 2009.
Success aside, what you get with this band is sincerity, thoughtfulness, intense beauty, wisdom, joy, and (perhaps, best of all) music that should be at once pondered and cherished. - Josh Fernandez/SPIN.com
It is sometimes said in the music industry that the convergence of multiple genres can sometimes be befuddling to the ear, and not very easy to pull off, even by the most talented of musicians. However, every once in a while the stars align and something extraordinary happens. Such is the case with the multi-dimensional sound of Stiletto Ghetto. A music project exhibiting a diversity of musical styles spanning rock and funk, to blues, soul, and even disco, with a audio-visual component that can be described as nothing less than a musical extravaganza for the ears and eyes.
The current project, born in 2010 in San Francisco is the brainchild of Nicolas and Louis and has been a work in progress since the duo partnered up in High School. Guitarist, and Multi-Talented Musician, Nicolas’ tight guitar licks, and experimental approach are his musical purport into the developments of modern society. A musical conundrum descending into the unfathomable depths of human emotion, he brilliantly integrates his own unique styles of blues, funk and rock, intersecting hypnotic beats by Louis, mind boggling vocals from vocalist Safiya, and grinding intelligent bass grooves from Marcus.
While the all-embracing project is heavily influenced by 70s and 80s rock, the French duo also draws inspiration from old blues/soul/funk legends like Albert King, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. Because of the project’s non-common diverse mastery it is difficult to place their latest EP “First Takes” in any particular “Sounds Like” category – However, if one were compelled to do so it would have to be Guns n Roses, Led Zeppelin, Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
If MC Lyte had Janis Joplin and Macy Gray singing her hooks, and Lenny Kravitz wailing on guitar, her band might sound like RWCB—but only if they brought in some Reggae and Calypso influences every once in a while just for fun. Northern California based RWCB is a seven member band performing blended original rock, blues, and hip-hop music with three female lead vocalists sharing time.
RWCB is no stranger to the stages of premiere music clubs in town and performs annually at larger outdoor festival venues in California and Nevada. As the house band for Head Hunters in Sacramento for several years, RWCB has developed a substantial local following and recorded two full-length albums.
Now in its 31st year of fabulousness & volunteerism, CHEER San Francisco is proud to present the first-ever CHEER San Francisco Stage! The world’s premiere all-volunteer performance group, CHEER SF brings its unique high-flying stunt & high-energy dance routines around the globe, including at last summer’s Gay Games VIII in Germany where the team helped to generate thousands & thousands of dollars in overseas philanthropic donations.
Since 1980, CHEER SF has raised & distributed more than $200,000 to local & international service agencies that assist community members living with such life challenges as HIV/AIDS & Breast Cancer. Plus, as the world’s most loved cheerleaders, CHEER SF was selected not only to perform during primetime on NBC & USA Network this past year but also to open for Britney Spears at her recent SF mini-concert!
During this year’s “In Pride We Trust” celebration, CHEER SF is excited to share its extreme athleticism & gravity-defying acts to raise money for AIDS Emergency Fund. Joining CHEER SF are sister teams CHEER LA, San Diego CHEER Elite, CHEER Sacramento, Folsom CHEER Elite, Sacramento Sirens CHEER Elite, & Dallas Pride CHEER!
Cast members from A.C.T.’s world-premiere production of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City take to the main-stage to perform songs from the new musical, penned by Jake Shears and John Garden of the Scissor Sisters, and the Tony-award winning writer of Avenue Q. Visit A.C.T.’s booth throughout the day to win tickets, prizes, and meet members of the cast.
Derrick Barry has been a performer all his life. Born and raised in Modesto, California, he began training as a gymnast at the age of 5. After competing for 7 years, at 12 years old, he decided to trade in gymnastics for the Theatre. Derrick showcased his acting abilities in over 20 productions between junior high, high school and college. At the age of 19, he moved to Hollywood to further his passion for the performing arts. Halloween 2003 piloted his new found career of impersonating pop princess Britney Spears. In june 2004, Derrick Barry's talents carried him to the entertainment capital of the world. Derrick became the youngest cast member in the 23 year history of "An Evening at La Cage" at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He departed from "La Cage" in the Fall of 2008 after garnering international attention with his Britney Spears act on America's Got Talent.
Derrick Barry is currently on an international tour which follows Britney Spears' Circus. He is also focused on his acting career, including a documentary release in the near future and his first full-length motion picture. He was most recently cast in music videos for pop sensation Katy Perry and hip-hop artist Eminem. Derrick also continues to entertain through his comedic videos known as "The Experiences." He looks forward to a long career in the entertainment business as an actor, comedian, singer, dancer and female impersonator.
Butch County is a five-piece band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2008, they are perennial favorites at the legendary gaybigaygay fest and are featured in the book of the same name published by Monofonus Press. They have been spotlighted on the AfterEllen’s Chick Factor podcast, and Queerty called them “one of five great, gay bands to see at SXSW” in 2009.
Lead singer Katy Koonce is a veteran of the experimental queer performance project Raunchy Reckless and the Amazons. In her review of SXSW 2011, punk rock icon Exene Cervenka called Koonce “super tough,” and said that she can “really belt out a tune.”
Every posturing rock front man needs a fleet-fingered virtuoso to back him up. Rachel Savoie is a prodigy on lead guitar. She reinvents the masturbatory guitar solo with the sexy confidence of a doe-eyed ingénue.
At the heart of Butch County is a precise and powerful rhythm section. Drummer Keri Cinquina and bass player Julie Carlton have been performing together since the 90s, when they zigzagged the country with a nationally touring act called Denim and Lace.
Kris Frederiksen’s backing vocals push the band to new heights, while her rhythm guitar completes the band’s big rock sound. Kris’s prominently displayed muscles moved Exene Cervenka to compare her to a “young Joan Jett.”
Yes, it’s true about who you know in Hollywood but sometimes it's merely fate working her mysterious magic. That’s exactly what happened when five worlds collided. A mutual producer friend spearheaded the initial introduction of ultra-hot European lead singer Dhana and LA local producer/keyboardist Gregg. Shortly after, followed the discovery of drummer Jason, guitarist Matt and bassist Brian.
Named after the bouncy dolls seen in the back of taxicabs, Taxi Doll was formed to bridge the gap between pop-rock and electronic music.
Inspired by a mix of Garbage, Chemical Brothers and Blondie, the band quickly popularized a sound that is often referred to as “Rocktronica”.
“We’ve been so lucky to have all come together so quickly. I know it can take a long time to form a band, but we all love the same bands, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Blondie, No Doubt, Garbage, etc. We used to meet on Melrose to hang out and talk about music, I guess you could say Taxi Doll was formed there.”
Soon thereafter, major labels came calling and Universal got behind Taxi Doll and their single “Waiting,” which climbed all the way to #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Charts and #1 in Music Week (Europe). The new single “Be With You” recently reached the top 10 on the Billboard Dance Club chart and #5 in the UK pop charts.
Their debut full-length, "Here and Now", proves that Taxi Doll isn’t just a one-track dance band. Drawing inspiration from bands like Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, Republica and, of course, Garbage, the album is a cohesive collection of songs that feature Dhana’s crystalline vocals layered over crisp guitar licks, sweeping production and catchy melodies.
Straight out of a Kansas City Trailer Park comes a true, American original: Wendy Ho. One part skilled singer, one part comedienne, one part white rapper, and one part flamboyant entertainer. Crass, sexy, soulful, and ballsy, she is the definitive sexually liberated musical comedienne. Whether she’s spitting her own lyrical miracles, or jacking someone else’s song into her own poetic piece of perfection, Ho owns it. Her brash and undeniable musicality has drawn comparisons from Bette Midler to 2Pac. Equal parts dirty feminist rapper, soul singer, and musical parodist, Ho sounds like Lil’ Kim and Aretha eatin’ Peaches on a Lonely Island. Ho was born in Toledo, OH and raised in Kansas City, KS by her high school sweetheart parents. A born misfit, she was drawn to all things urban while growing up surrounded by white trash, and was kicked out of high school choir for sounding “too black.” This fascination with the street moved her ass to New York City and straight up to Harlem in the summer of 2002. When life got hard, Ho turned to drugging, dealing, and running hustle to keep her afloat during the lean times. Stealing ladies’ handbags from coat rooms at parties inspired her track “Bitch, I Stole Yo Purse!,” which became the #1 Funniest Video of 2008 on the MTV/LOGO Network, and was spoofed on FX’s Nip/Tuck with Jennifer Coolidge playing their version of Wendy Ho.
Amidst the accolades for her sexy and stoopit comedy, what sets her apart from other musical comics is her undeniable vocal chops. Wendy Ho can sing. Her combination of comedy and real musical talent caught the attention of producer Craig Levy, aka Little Pioneer, in the Fall of 2004. Their collaboration birthed The Gospel According to Ho in the spring of 2007 and delivered 10 tracks including the torch song “Fuck Me,” “Cocaine,” recounting her former drug-addiction, and “The AIDS Gamble,” a PSA warning of the dangers of flossing. This irreverence and balls-out femininity struck a special chord with the gay community, inspiring drag queens around the world to perform her songs and celebrate Ho. With a rainbow hurricane of gay support behind her, Wendy Ho owned 2009, performing across North America and abroad, with venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Montreal, Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and her hometown of Kansas City, as well as an Atlantis gay cruise to Rome, Greece, and Egypt. She also appeared on Showtime’s series I Can’t Believe I’m Still Single, where she met the show’s director of photography Stas Tagios, who became her fiancé after he popped the question on the cruise. Love led to relocation, with Wendy moving westward to Los Angeles, where she currently performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and many a West Hollywood gay bar.
And the music don’t stop. Working again with Little Pioneer, Ho recently dropped Number Two, a free download mixtape packed with fresh song jacks, freestyles, mashups and remixes, including the dirty disco anthem “Poop Noodle.” The “Poop Noodle” video, meanwhile, is delighting and disgusting thousands of viewers daily on YouTube. Loaded with eleven original songs (no samples this time around),, Ho’s new full-length album Yes, I’m a Ho! has recently been released to satisfied hobags across worldwide. Featuring edgy, musically and thematically diverse tracks like “I Can’t Afford It (I’m Gonna Have to Abort It)” and “Gurl, Putcho Tampon In,” Yes, I’m a Ho! is a soon-to-be-notorious classic hip-hop/r&b record combining tongue-in-cheek delivery with in-your-face prophecy. Off the leash in the studio just as much as she is on stage, Ho consistently creates outrageously raunchy, entertaining and thought-provoking experience with songs that push buttons and masterfully jump genre lines.
Ho is an artist. Ho is a state of mind. Ho redefines women in music with true liberation. She is funny and sexy, never sacrificing one for the other. A pretty bitch, a witty feminist, a self-possessed, self-assured mashup of street and trash who makes you laugh while she makes you think. The responses she evokes from audiences are as diverse as her roots, but at the core there is no question about who she is. Wendy is all woman. All Ho.
Brenda Reed is a San Francisco-based award winning singer and actress whose talents and accomplishments are as impressive as the musical journey that has brought her to San Francisco's Swishcraft Music. At the very young age of 12 Brenda knew that singing jazz was one of her true passions. These passions lead to extensive live performing with various accomplished Jazz groups, and to the eventual release of her first Jazz CD, "Lush Life" in 2003. A headlining gig at San Francisco's prestigious Plush Room soon followed.
In addition to a successful music career, Brenda is an active member of the theatre where she won the TBA Critic’s Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a musical (“Chess”) in 2001. Hooking up with the Blues scene in her native Sonoma County soon followed, where she sang for The Bonafide Blue, recording the hit “On the Edge of a Dream” in 2008. Brenda played numerous high profile Blues Festivals, which included opening for Elvin Bishop and Volker Strifler in Sonoma County. Brenda eventually ventured into the world of nightclub dance music after meeting Bay Sounds Studio's and L.F.B founder Leo Frappier. In 2010, Swishcraft Music's founder Matt Consola began to assemble an accomplished pool of distinguished singers to launch his new 2011 record label. Introduced by L.F.B, Brenda's fiery voice, which straddles the bluesy/soul & rock fence made her the perfect choice to cover the legendary 80's blues/soul & dance icon, Alison Moyet, as Consola reinterprets Moyet & Yazoo's 1982 Upstairs’ at Eric's ballad "Midnight" into a fiery up-tempo dance track that is currently burning up the dance charts.
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) exists to restore and recover the role of Two Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two-Spirit people. Two-Spirit refers to the commonly shared notion among many Native American tribes that some individuals naturally possessed and manifested both masculine and feminine spiritual qualities.
Liam Mayclem is an Emmy Award-winning host and a producer for CBS 5's Eye on The Bay, which airs nightly on KPIX. He has travelled the world for the show. He has also cooked with top chefs like Jamie Oliver, Jacques Pepin, and Martin Yan. Every bit the music fan, Liam's fave event each year is The Grammys, which he covers for CBS5 TV. He has interviewd a who's who in music including BB King, Ringo Starr, and Sting.
Celebrity Grand Marshals:
LaKisha Hoffman, Winner of the Amazing Race
Yigit Pura, Winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts
Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal:
Bishop Yvette Flunder
National Organizational Grand Marshal:
The Trevor Project
Local Organizational Grand Marshal:
GLBT Historical Society and History Museum
Community Grand Marshals:
Dr. Aaron Belkin
Terry Stewart, Esq.
Rev. Roland Stringfellow
Graylin K. Thornton
Honorary Grand Marshals:
Led by Bishop Yvette Flunder and celebrating their 20th anniversary of providing a Gay affirming ministry to the San Francisco Bay Area community, the City of Refuge Restoration Choir has been recording gospel for 15 years to inspire, uplift, and give hope to all.
Mark Leno & The Trevor Project speak from the Main Stage about taking a stand for LGBT youth and against bullying.
Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers
Every year The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers is called upon to "kick off" numerous public and private functions all over the West Coast. Based in Portland, The Last Regiment delivers a high energy, heart pounding and visually awe inspiring syncopated drum corps performance. Whether you're celebrating a grand opening, private party, street fair, charitable or athletic event, our music engages audiences of any age and inspires enthusiasm in even the most stoic bystander!
The Last Regiment is one of the few remaining syncopated drum corps. It was formed in September 1998 by Greg Odell in the hopes of continuing a style of drumming that incorporates both military style rudiments with "street beat" rhythms borne out of Long Beach, California.
When you hear it from a distance it captures your attention like the pulse of the city and draws you closer. When you see the drums flashing in front of you, the excitement is inescapable. The syncopated cadences, street beats and explosive rhythms of the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers can make any event unique and unforgettable.