Something For Everyone
This years Main Stage entertainment line-up features something for everyone. From Grammy winning artists June and Bonnie Pointer to the dance floor hits of the Funky Green Dogs, the local talent of L.Z. Phoenix and the pioneering Argentinean artist Celeste Carballo, Sundays stage performers cover just about every genre and style.
Pride President Joey Cain said:
We have an incredible lineup of performers this yearaward-winning musicians, local favorites and groundbreaking artists. Through their music they have given our diverse communities enjoyment, inspiration, hope and fabulous music to dance to.
Bay Area natives June and Bonnie Pointer, formerly of the Pointer Sisters, will perform classic hits such as Jump and Slow Hand. Celeste Carballo, who came out on Argentinean television in 1989years before K.D. Lang and Melissa Etheridgewill perform her unique blend of blues, tango and rock and roll that scored her latest album a nomination for a Latin Grammy in 2002.
Out gay rapper Deadlee offers a taste of homo hop in the burgeoning gay hip-hop scene as he breaks down the barriers of homophobia in rap music. The female funk band Klymaxx returns to the music scene offering old fans and newcomers alike a positive message from independent women with their R&B/pop hits. Lesbian icons BETTY fly in from New York and show-stopping singer and actress Jennifer Holiday brings her Broadway background and musical artistry to the Main Stage. Joining them on Main Stage will be the winner of SF Prides Pride Idol competition. For more information about the Pride Idol events, go to: http://www.sfpride.org/prideidol/.
In addition to the musical entertainment provided by the headliners will be speakers on topical issues and a variety of other performers, from country and oldies to rap, choral and punk. Commenting, Pride Executive Director Teddy Witherington said:
As well as national and international talent we have a richly diverse local entertainment culture to draw upon. This year we are featuring everything from Empress Snatch to a Native-American ritual to the Transcendence Gospel Choir to local tranny rockers, Pepperspray. We even have a Polka Casserole. The audience is in for a real treat.
For a complete stage lineup, visit: www.sfpride.org/stages/main/sunday.htm
In addition to the Main Stage, Sundays Celebration features 11 other venues, all produced by local community groups. Saturdays Main Stage line-up will showcase jazz and blues.
This year is the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The event theme is "You've Gotta Give Them Hope." The quote comes from Harvey Milk, the City's first openly gay elected official who was gunned down in City Hall 25 years ago, and is the answer he gave when frequently asked why he was an activist. The event is to be held over the June 28/29 weekend. For more information about the history of San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at:www.sfpride.org/heritage/
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