PALM SPRINGS — Organizers of Greater Palm Springs Pride have released the entertainment lineup for Pride 2018.
Under the theme of Youth Power for Change, this year’s Pride event is dedicated to youth and all they are doing to make the world a safer, more respectful place. Inspired by youth-led movement-building efforts that are awakening critical conversations for social change, this year’s lineup will host a diverse group of young and eclectic artists including dancers, singers, musicians, activists, comedians and DJs from Nov. 2-4 and will take place in downtown Palm Springs.
The free two-day entertainment festival features Madame Gandhi, an LA-based electronic music artist and activist who produces music that elevates and celebrates the female voice performing her hit song “The Future is Female” from her EP “Voices.”
Joining us for the Arenas Block Party on Saturday is Subliminal Radio with the 1-year anniversary of “Holly’s House” featuring Holly Adams of KCRW, local DJs Glitter & Sand, and LA-based DJ Gage Hanks, who will carry revelers into the sunset with sweet tunes and live body painting by Whorlow Jones.
Performing for the first time at Palm Springs Pride is DYSON, a multi-platinum artist and songwriter, pint sized powerhouse from the UK. She’s known for her seductive vocals on the hit single “Sex Like Me” with Loud Luxury. Also joining us for the first time is LA-based singer-songwriter Tom Goss who’s sure to keep the crowd entertained by mixing tender ballads with energetic folk/pop. The Little Giant Acorn Foundation of the Arts and Everyman will be serve some major funk throughout the weekend.
The free two-day Pride festival also features the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles who is leading the way in the choral world by being visible, bold, and proud. They are an entertainment chorus of transgender, gender nonconforming/gender non-binary, and intersex individuals who use their voices to bring awareness, understanding, power, and victory for the trans community.
Festival Emcees include LAs hottest trio — Sarah Hudson, who is the brains behind Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” Jesse Saint John and Ferras, the desert’s hostess, social ambassador and Walk of Stars recipient Bella da Ball℠, on-air personality Alexander Rodriguez from On the Rocks Radio Show and GlitterBomb LATV, your favorite gay uncles, Pauly & Monks and local celebrity, Nicholas Snow of promohomo tv.
An assortment of electronic, pop, hip hop, and rock ‘n’ roll entertainment artists will perform, including soulful pop singer from Detroit, Alise King, alternative pop singer Kayla Starr and 17-year-old genius from San Diego, Elisia Savoca. DJ sets will be presented by Paul Cowling, DJ Femme A, DJ Galaxy, Ray Rhodes, DJ Casey Alva, Heabnasty, Filipe Brino, and DJ Vaughn Avakian.
For DC comic fans, there will be a special appearance by Amy Pemberton, who voices Gideon on Legends of Tomorrow. Amy also has played lead roles in the West End productions of Footloose, Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages. Actress Tracie Thoms from Rent will make a special appearance and perform Saturday on the Museum Stage.
With 100+ performances, the diverse lineup of artists will offer entertainment for everyone, including a dance workshop on Saturday morning with Australians hottest choreographer, Billie Casey, teaching the winning number in the Pride x Nanoloaf competition, and the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus who close the Pride Stage on Saturday night.
An assortment of electronic, pop, hip hop, and rock ‘n’ roll artists will perform, including special appearances by rapper-singer songwriter Rhyan Besco, pop artists HYM and his dancers bring the heat from Los Angeles, Isaiah Grass, Jacob St. Aubin, alternative pop singer Kayla Starr, and electro-psych duo from the Mojave Desert HEAD. Direct from New York, Luka will sing his Pride anthem “Les Be Honest” and Nikki Paige will bring her soulful and poetic lyrics to celebrate queer pride and represent black girl magic.
The lineup includes a dance performance by Simeon Den and fabulous drag performances by Lola, reigning D.A.P. Queen of Desert, Diva and Miss Rusty Waters and the Ladies of Risqué. Cisco returns to Palm Springs with his Latin hip hop, and additional DJ sets by Jon Doss and Jonathan Aleman.
All performances take place outdoors on the US Bank stage, the Museum Stage and the Pride Stage sponsored by Desert AIDS Project. ASL will be provided for the deaf community at the US Bank, Museum and Pride stages.
The Pride Stage sponsored by the Desert AIDS Project is located at Belardo and Andreas and will feature up to 150 entertainers November 3-4. The performances will include the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Desert Rose Playhouse, Steven Michael Dance Machine, drag king Jesse Jones, drag queens Anita Rose, Candace Camera, Tommie Douglas, Cher-Javier, Marina Mac, Divas On The Dance Floor, Anita Treadmill, Iowna Mann, Kitt, Champagne Showers, Angelique Va Gorgeous, and many more; female vocalists, JB, Carol Kamenis, Keisha D, Francesca Amari; Eve Holmes; male vocalists Jerome Elliott, Doug Graham, Allan H. Jensen, Dan Westfall, Sean Taylor Jackson, Steven Michael, Kevin Miller, Willie Rene Guerrero, Larry Bennett, Jason Hull, Tony Romano, Robbie Wayne, and more. Bella da Ball℠ is the emcee and hostess for this stage.
Some of the special highlights of the various days and performances include:
Jerome Elliott a four-time winner of the Desert Theatre League in acting, directing and cabaret performance and has performed in major cabaret venues around the country.
Douglas Graham has performed in the National Touring and Broadway companies of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’, A CHORUS LINE, CATS (as the Rum Tum Tugger), Andrew Lloyd Weber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and CHICAGO with Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen. He has shared the stage with the world famous Rockettes and appeared with Sandy Duncan in Radio City’s “5-6-7-8 Dance”.
Additional features of the Pride Festival include a Children’s Headquarters (CHQ) space for games and crafts, the Youth Zone operated by Safe Schools Desert Cities and sponsored by Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, and HIV/AIDS testing by Get Tested Coachella Valley. Art of Pride featuring LGBT artists, the PSP Village, a VIP tent with free access for all festival attendees and the Recovery Oasis presented by Sober in the Sun. Arenas Rd will be home to DJs, drag, live performances & electronic dance music all weekend. The downtown space will feature a new 36’ stage, 18’ video wall and a tennis court-sized shade structure. Over 150 exhibitors, non-profit organizations, food, and beverage vendors will be on hand near the Arenas Rd and Museum Stages along with the Beverage Lounges, featuring the Effen Vodka, Bud Light, a DeKuyper premium liqueur bar and Sauza Margarita bars.
The Festival is a free community event held on Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Baristo Road and on Arenas Road. Donations will be accepted at entry points to keep Pride free.