June 18, 2008
2008 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Main Stage Line-Up
A Diverse Line-up Featuring Crystal Waters, Meshell Ndegeocello, Inaya Day and Kat DeLuna Promises to Entertain and Engage

SAN FRANCISCO - 18 June 2008 ‑ The San Francisco LGBT Pride Main Stage's programming pairs speakers from the frontlines of the LGBT civil rights struggle with up-and-coming, cutting-edge performers.

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee announced on June 20th  the Saturday and Sunday line-ups for the 2008 Main Stage. Among the headliners rank a mix of talented women of color including Meshell Ndegeocello, Crystal Waters, Inaya Day, and Kat DeLuna. Also, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Celebrity Grand Marshal Cyndi Lauper will make a special appearance on the Main Stage.

In addition, leaders of the marriage equality movement, Kate Kendell, Executive Director of NCLR and Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California, will join the exciting line-up of Main Stage Speakers. Molly McKay, activist for Marriage Equality will also speak on Saturday and Sunday.

"As the biggest stage at the largest LGBT gathering in the nation, San Francisco Pride's Main Stage melds the diversity of our community with cutting-edge entertainment,” said Lindsey Jones, Pride’s executive director. “In the wake of the California Supreme Court's landmark decision in favor of marriage equality, the community has even more reason to come together June 28 and 29 to hear about and get active in the ongoing struggle for LGBT equality while taking in the unique sounds of our Main Stage performances."

“Since the first Gay Pride picnic 38 years ago, San Francisco Pride has continued to lead the way in fusing the celebration of LGBT culture and diversity with the LGBT civil rights movement,” said Board President Mikayla Connell. "It could not be more fitting that our Main Stage stands at the base of the stairs of San Francisco City Hall where the legal battle for marriage equality in California began in February 2004. This year our Main Stage line-up of speakers and performers will continue that tradition and take San Francisco Pride to a new level of entertainment and activism fused into one amazing celebration of this historic year in the struggle for LGBT civil rights." 

Meshell Ndegeocello
R&B funkstress Meshell Ndegeocello headlines the Main Stage's Saturday, June 28 at 3:40 p.m. and is making her first appearance at an LBGT Pride event.

Crystal Waters
Crystal Waters is a dance music singer and songwriter who enjoyed three major pop–dance hits in the 1990s: "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless), "100% Pure Love," and "Say ... If You Feel Alright." She takes to the Main Stage Sunday, June 29 at 4:05 p.m.

Inaya Day

Inaya Day, who will appear on the Sunday Main Stage at 4:55 p.m., has been at the forefront of the dance scene since 1996. 

 

Kat DeLuna

DeLuna's musical blends hip-hop, R&B, merengue, pop, Latin, jazz, electronica, and dance.  You can catch Kat on the Main Stage at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Information about Pride's Main Stage acts and the most current artist set times are available at sfpride.org.

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Main Stage Line Up
(As of June 19, 2008, and subject to change)

Main Stage Saturday Line-Up 

June 28, 2008 (times subject to change)

12:00 PM

 

Nikki Starr MC & Song

 

12:10 PM

 

Andre dos Santos Morgan

 

12:45 PM

 

The San Francisco Opera

 

1:45 PM

 

The Glide Ensemble

 

2:15 PM

 

The Lollipop Guild - An Ensemble of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

2:50 PM

 

Terese Genecco & Her Little Big Band

3:25 PM

 

Cheer SF

3:40 PM

 

Meshell Ndegeocello

 

4:45 PM

 

Fogo Na Roupa

4:55 PM

 

Marriage Equality

 

 

Main Stage Sunday Line-Up

  June 29, 2008 (times subject to change)

12:00 PM

 

BAAITS:  Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits Ceremonial Blessing

12:10 PM

 

Welcome

 

12:15 PM

 

DJ Junior B

 

12:40 PM

 

Charo

 

12:45 PM

 

Carole Pope

 

1:00 PM

 

Liam Shy & Unwoman - A Tribute to Harvey Milk

1:15 PM

 

Margaret Cho, Grand Marshals & Pride Board 

1:30 PM

 

Cyndi Lauper

1:40 PM

 

Marriage Equality & San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents The Three Tenors

1:55 PM

 

Cheer SF

 

MC

 

Tim Gaskin & John Weber

 

2:05 PM

 

Josh Klipp

 

2:15 PM

 

LGBT Elected Officials

2:20 PM

 

Chantal Chamandy

2:30 PM

 

The Ethel Merman Experience

2:55 PM

 

Kate Kendell & Geoff Kors

 

3:00 PM

 

Troy and the Crew

 

MC

 

Cameron Eng & Margo Gomez

3:05 PM

 

Melange  Lavonne

 

3:25 PM

 

Lord Martine presents Fashion

3:50 PM

 

Christian George  

 

MC

 

Heklina & Cockatelia

 

4:05 PM

 

Crystal Waters

 

4:25 PM

 

Rubber Side Down

 

4:55 PM

 

Inaya Day

 

5:15 PM

 

Kat DeLuna

 

5:50 PM

 

Kent James

 

6:10 PM

 

Lady Gaga

 

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Office (415) 864-0831
Email:
brendanb [at] sfpride.org

San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831   Fax (415) 864-5889