We’re in FULL PRIDE frenzy. After Savannah, Athens and South Georgia Pride, we’re eagerly awaiting this year’s Atlanta Pride Festival. Atlanta Pride officials released the full entertainment lineup for Pride. With local, regional and national artists taking the stages, there’s bound to be something for everyone this year.
Saturday’s Bud Light Stage
Juliana Fitch: They say Juliana Fitch “sounds the way a good bourbon tastes”. This Atlanta based singer-songwriter has a full, smooth voice that effortlessly glides through her Americana/Folk style. She’s has been making splashes with her Double EP Apples/Blossoms released in 2011. Check out “Say the Word” from Apples below. Performs at 2:15
Jessica Bettes: The Chicago native won the likes of Madonna, Missy Elliot and Jermaine Dupri over when she won Road to Stardom in 2005 and Bettes premiered the video for her new single “Hold On” last month on BET’s 106 and Park. Check out video for “Hold On” below. Performs at 3:00
Renee Wahl: Wahl will be sure to melt your heart and make you tap your toes with her brand of Alt-Country. Her debut album Cumberland Moonshine features musicians that have played with the likes of Patty Griffin, Shelby Lynne, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Wynonna Judd and more. Wahl’s the real deal. Check out “Keeping You For Mine” from The Bluebird Cafe below. Performs at 3:45
Sayer McShane: Kristin Sayer and Carolyn McShance are from the Raleigh NC area by way of Detroit.Known as “The Best Little Showband” Sayer McShane will keep Atlanta grooving with their blues-steeped soul covers, such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” or original tracks such as “Just a Woman”. Performs at 4:35
Unbreakable Bloodline: Hailing from Albany, Georgia, Unbreakable Bloodline fuses Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock and more into a unique sound that has earned them the honors of opening for SOS Band and George Clinton. You can hear samples on their Facebook page. Performs at 5:25
Saturday’s Coca-Cola Stage
Justin Utley: We didn’t see Justin’s pictures on those Morman billboards scattered throughout Atlanta last year but that is probably because the singer-songwriter severed ties with the Morman Church speaking out against their conversion therapies for LGBT members. Utley is ready to bring tunes from his latest album Nothing This Real when he takes the stage at Atlanta Pride. Check out “It is What it Is” below. Performs at 2:00
Sexual Side Effects: David Atlanta recently featured The Sexual Side Effects as part of its Queer Bands That Rock feature and they’ve been rocking Pride festivals throughout the South all summer long. SSE is a fresh mix of pop sensibilities with glam rock; this is one show you’ll be sure to catch. Check out “All She’ll Ever Hurt” below. Performs at 2:50
Kat Graham: Graham initially became a fixture of the Atlanta community because her hit television show The Vampire Diaries is filmed here but she became a staple of the LGBT community when her fresh hit “Put Your Graffitti On Me” began tearing up clubs and making cowbells cool again. Check out “Heartkiller” lyric video below.
Performs at 3:45 Update: Kat Graham will perform with Starlight Cabaret on Sunday!
Demizes: You’re probably already familiar with Demizes because he has brought his soulful voice to Pride before but just in case you can check out his cover of Beyonce’s “Best Thing You Never Had” below. Performs at 4:15
Crystal Waters: Waters had a string of dance mega-hits in the 90s and 2000s which included “100% Pure Love” and “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” . Currently she can be heard as the featured vocalist on Yolanda Be Cool’s single “Le Bump”. You can check out the video for “Le Bump” below. Performs at 5:10
Kristine W: With 16 #1 Billboard Dance hits, Kristine W may be on her way to number 17 with the release of new single “Everything That I Got” from her upcoming New and Number Ones CD. You can check out the Bimbo Jones Dub remix to her new single below and our full Kristine W interview here. Performs at 6:05
Rita Ora: Ora, who began singing at a young age, initially came into the public eye in Britain through her appearance in the film Spivs in 2004, as well as during her time as a contestant on Eurovision: Your Country Needs You in 2009. She eventually caught the eye of Jay-Z, who signed her to his Roc Nation label.
With her debut American single, “How We Do (Party),” making its way up the charts, Ora is preparing to release her debut album, Ora, stateside in September. Check out “How We Do (Party)” below. Performs at 7:05
Erasure’s Andy Bell: Bell, one-half of award-winning British synthpop duo Erasure, has solidified himself both personally and professionally within the LGBTQ community with timeless music, a fearless attitude and his dynamic personality. This is Bell’s second visit to Atlanta in just over a year. Last year, Bell reunited with Erasure bandmate Vince Clarke for their first U.S. tour in five years preceding the release of their latest album, Tomorrow’s World. Performs at 8:05
Next: Sunday’s lineup
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