Can’t-Miss Pride Performers This Year

As we head into Pride month, there are dozens of parades and festivals happening all across the country, but it’s the concerts and performers that can really make a Price event spectacular. It’s hard to beat the energy and excitement of watching your favorite performers at an event that celebrates inclusion and equality. It’s also a great way to show support for LGBTQ artists and allies alike.

While there are so many amazing acts to see from coast to coast, here are some performers that you simply can’t miss this year.

Ke$ha (LA Pride): LA Pride this year is going to be hard to beat with its amazing line up of performers. The openly bisexual Ke$ha is headlining, and you better believe that the crowd will be jumping when Ke$sha sings her gay anthem, “We R Who We R.” The singer has a new, more mature look, but odds are there will still be a lot of glitter to be seen. Tickets to the June 13th concert are available as either single day or weekend passes.

Fifth Harmony (LA Pride): This all-female group formed on The X-Factor has been slowly but surely taking over the pop music scene. The quintet has garnered a hardcore and dedicated fan base, which is no surprise due to their talent and social media outreach. Staunch supporters of their LGBTQ fans, Fifth Harmony is a perfect example of majority millennial mindset, where everyone is equal and being gay is no big deal. The group will headline the closing night concert on June 14th.

Ariana Grande (NYC’s Dance on the Pier): Ariana’s rise to fame has been meteoric, and since the Pier Dance is known for attracting some of the biggest names in the business (Cher, Idina Menzel, Demi Lovato, to name a few), they are a perfect match. While the dance is primarily gay male attended, all are welcome over the age of 21. It takes place at the Chelsea Pier, June 28th. Tickets for the Pier Dance start at $25, which for many fans won’t be a “Problem.”

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Ruby Rose (Teaze in NYC): If you prefer an event that caters specifically to the ladies (and who doesn’t!) then check out Aussie actress/model/heartthrob Ruby Rose as she spins along with DJ Whitney Day and DJ Sherlock at the event formerly known as Rapture on the River. Since you will have already binged on Season 3 of Orange is the New Black, you can’t miss seeing Ruby in action. Like the Pier Dance, tickets start at $25, so head on down to Tribeca on June 27th and get your dance on.

Betty Who (Motor City Pride): Indie pop artist Betty Who became an instant sensation when one of her songs, “Somebody Loves You” was featured in the Home Depot engagement video of two gay men that ended up going viral. (It’s now been seen over 12 million times!) The talented ally is headlining the Motor City Pride concert on Sunday, June 7th, in Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

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Sinclair (Nashville Pride): If you are thinking that Nashville Pride would be all about the country music, you’d be mistaken. With acts like The Veronicas, Mya and Cazwell playing, there’s music that will appeal to everyone. However, we are most excited about Sinclair, the out Nashville based singer/songwriter whose alt pop/rock songs pull us in with catchy hooks and thoughtful lyrics. You can buy tickets to see Sinclair perform on June 27th, or pick up passes for the entire weekend’s entertainment.

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Debbie Gibson (Chicago Pride Fest): Feeling nostalgic? Then definitely check out ‘80s bubblegum superstar Debbie Gibson perform at this year’s Chicago Pride Fest. The singer/songwriter has been an ally for decades, and her performances are high energy and filled with her classic hits like “Shake Your Love,” “Lost in Your Eyes” and Electric Youth. The show on June 20th is free and open to the public.

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Michelle Chamuel (North Jersey Pride): Fans of The Voice will be delighted to hear that finalist and out musician Michelle Chamuel will be performing at Pride celebration in Maplewood, NJ. We anticipate Michelle will play some tunes from her recent EP, Face the Fire. The festival on June 14th is free which is an added bonus.

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En Vogue (Milwaukee Pride): Free your mind! R&B divas En Vogue are set to headline Milwaukee’s main stage on Sunday, June 7th and you don’t want to miss a chance to see these ladies live. You better get to practicing the breakdown in “Never Gonna Get It,” because you do not want to be the only one not singing along. You can buy single day passes or ones for the whole weekend, which is recommended because…

Ani Difranco (Milwaukee Pride): Ani D is also playing! The queer musician will take the mainstage on Saturday, June 6th. Cross your fingers to hear some of you favorite Ani tunes like “Both Hands” and “32 Flavors” as well as tunes from her new album Allergic to Water. Out singer/songwriter and American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox is one of Ani’s openers, so get there early to catch all the great acts.

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Mary Lambert (Boston Pride): We love Mary Lambert for all kinds of reasons, but her amazing voice and adorable banter with her audiences are definitely up there. Be prepared to weep when she sings her hit, “She Keeps Me Warm” and then dance around with joy to “Secrets.” The actual June 13th concert is free but superfans can buy tickets to attend a meet and greet with Mary.

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Estelle (Boston Pride): Estelle made a big splash with her tune “American Boy” and with appearances on Fox’s Empire and a new album, she’s set to do it again. Estelle has been very vocal about her support and love for her LGBT fans, and the feeling is mutual. She’ll be headlining the Boston Pride concert, so come for Mary and stay for Estelle.