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Largest Free Pride Festival in America
Sunday June 26, 2016 at Seattle Center
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Big Freedia

Website: www.bigfreedia.com

 

Big Freedia

Mural Stage Headliner

Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce music is characterized by call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and booty-shaking.

After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series follows the life of a gay choirboy turned Bounce rapper and, after 3 seasons, remains the highest rated original series for the network, and after receiving the GLAAD Media Award in 2013, the show was nominated for the award again in 2014. Season 4 debuted on September 30, 2015.

She headlined Bumbershoot (along with many other big festivals around the country), but this will be her first big free show in Seattle - we can't wait to see what she brings this Pride!





Candis Cayne

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Candis Cayne

Main Stage Headliner

Candis Cayne, a Hawaii native, began her career in New York making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer at Boy Bar in The East Village, where high-production values met tight choreography in a winning formula. One of the hardest-working performers, Candis staged complex production numbers at Wigstock, White Party, and other large-scale festivals. Cayne appeared in the related documentary film Wigstock: The Movie, the dramedy film Stonewall, and the Universal Studios comedy feature To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, for which she also did choreography.

In 2007, Cayne was cast in the groundbreaking role of "Carmelita Rainer," on the hit ABC primetime drama Dirty Sexy Money. Cayne has also recurred on shows such as Nip/Tuck playing the trans character "Alexis Stone" and she is currently recurring on the CBS show Elementary as "Ms. Hudson." She has also guest-starred in Drop Dead Diva and Necessary Roughness. In 2015, Cayne participated and recurred in Caitlyn Jenner's unprecedented docu-series, I Am Cait.

Cayne has always been a vocal activist for the LGBT community working closely with various charities and organizations including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). She lives in Los Angeles.





Kristine W

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Kristine W

Main Stage Headliner

In the rarified and cutting edge realm of the dance music diva – where singers have to hit and deliver notes that thrill, truly touch hearts and souls with the words they sing and compel bodies to find the mighty groove out on the dancefloor – Kristine W has proven herself an Olympian and lasting talent. She is also a native Washingtonian.

She has scored 16 potent #1 dance hits and a record-setting string of nine consecutive #1s on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart over the past 18 years, earning Kristine third place on Billboard's Best of 2000s Dance Club Play Artists rankings and landing this highly-musical and multitalented independent entertainer squarely within a pantheon of legends and major stars. She's releasing a new album this summer and her PrideFest performance will feature much of this new music (plus a lot of our old favorites).

Kristine joined us in 2008 for our 2nd PrideFest and in 2013 to help us celebrate statewide marriage equality. For our 10th annual PrideFest, we wanted to bring back our favorites and Kristine W definitely fits that bill!





Cazwell

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Cazwell

DJ Headliner

NYC-based club stalwart Cazwell is one of our favorites over the last 9 years and we welcome him back for our 10th annual PrideFest.

He tours the world every year playing to enthusiastic crowds and festivals, has had over 10 million combined video views on Vevo / You Tube and has managed over 1 Million download / streams of his independently-released music. Earlier this year, he co-wrote the hardstyle anthem collaboration "This Is Your Life" for Dutch duo Psyko Punkz, David Guetta’s divo Chris Willis and the legendary MC Lyte. Additionally, of note, Cazwell's "Get My Money Back" (from his debut full length, Watch My Mouth) was recently used for an HBO's ad campaign for Eastbound and Down. From becoming a You Tube sensation after a million people viewed the ridiculously popular and oft-imitated "Ice Cream Truck" music video in a single week, to producing a steady flow of singles and videos that capture his engaging charisma, self-effacing humor and personality, Cazwell has earned credibility on and off the floor with a slew of anthemic and danceable hip hop tracks. This big 'ol bag-o-tricks includes future hits like Latin twerk nugget, "¡Spicy!," "I Blocked Your Number," the neo soul-laced "Cats and Dogs," and Caz classics like "Rice & Beans," the disco-sampled "All Over Your Face" and Courtney Love’s personal favorite "I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King."





She from God Des and She

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"She" from God Des and She

Mural Headliner

You know her as being one half of God-Des and She, the hip-hop/pop/soul duo, composed of Alicia Smith (God-des) and Tina Gassen (She). Their appearance on the Showtime hit series The L Word in 2006 launched their music into our lives. We've been proud to host the duo in the past, and are super stoked to bring She, and her new solo materials, to the Mural Stage at this year's Seattle PrideFest. For our 10th annual PrideFest, we're bringing back our favorites from the last 9 years--She is definitely that.





Princess Superstar

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Princess Superstar

Mural Headliner

From a career spanning 15 years, Princess has recorded 6 astonishing albums & has had numerous collaborations with amazing musicians and producers of such musical variety that few can rival. To name a few: Kool Keith, Prince Paul of De La Soul, Chilly Gonzales, The Prodigy (she was featured on their album which went to #1 in the UK,) the legendary Arthur Baker (who made the groundbreaking "Planet Rock" with Afrika Baambata and "Blue Monday" with New Order,) Stuart Price, Armand Van Helden, Moby, and more. Her dance smash with Larry Tee "Licky" was featured in 2 #1 movies in 2011-the Judd Apatow film "Get him to the Greek" with Puffy and Russell Brand and "Hall Pass" She was featured rhyming on Grandmaster Flash's latest album which also featured Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and other hip hop legends.

For our 10th annual PrideFest, we're bringing back our favorites from the past nine festivals. Princess Superstar is definitely a favorite!





Lady Bunny

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Lady Bunny

Main Stage

With her glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs and false eyelashes long enough to embarrass Tammy Faye Baker, multi-talented drag artist Lady Bunny would turn heads even if looking glamorous was her only talent. But “she” isn’t just another man in a dress: Bunny is a successful comedienne, DJ, actress, singer/songwriter and most famously, the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the outrageous drag festival of drag and music which electrified New Yorkers every Labor Day for over 20 years. Wigstock featured almost every queen who ever worked in NYC, but also attracted more mainstream recording acts who just wanted to join in the fun–including Dee-Lite, Debbie Harry, Boy George, RuPaul, John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig, The B-52s' Cindy Wilson, Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Ultra Nate, Kristine W, Barbara Tucker and Vickie Sue (Turn The Beat Around) Robinson. Soon, the festival became known as a hipper version of Gay Pride Day.

Post-Wigstock, Bunny tours constantly, bringing houses down from Cinncinati to Tel Aviv with her bawdy mix of potty-mouthed humor, zany, Laugh-In-style joke routines and X-rated pop parodies. From headlining clubs to gay pride events worldwide, Bunny has been lucky enough to share a stage with many of her idols–including Patti Labelle, Joan Rivers, Bea Arthur, Charo, Elvira, Lynda Carter, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Grace Jones, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holliday, the late great Frankie Knuckles, Loleatta Holloway, Jocelyn Brown, Martha Wash, Larry Kramer and Margaret Cho.





Chandi Moore

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Chandi Moore

Main Stage Guest

An activist, health educator and reality TV star, Chandi Moore is the business. Chandi is a member of Trans Girl in Action Divas, whose goal is, "educating, empowering and enabling the world to see that we are." Chandi told the Huffington Post that Trans GIA Divas "was started by girls who wanted to do more work in the community," and has partnered with other organizations to feed the homeless and "connect the community." Fans have also seen some of Chandi's activism on I Am Cait, as she has encouraged Caitlyn to use her role as a celebrity to shed light on issues facing trans people.

Chandi also works in HIV testing and counseling with Children's Hospital Los Angeles. As a health educator for the Trans Youth Program at CHLA, and has been involved in several health campaigns for the LGBTQ community in LA.





DJ Bret Law

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DJ Bret Law

Fountain Stage Headliner

Based in Seattle but known around the world, DJ/Remixer Bret Law takes his own blend of House, Dance and Circuit and creates a high energy experience on the dance floor like no one else. A 2016 Just Circuit award nominee, he has taken his sound all over the US, as well as playing major international events such as Sydney Mardi Gras in Australia.

Bret has shared the decks with some of the best in the industry including Abel, DrewG, and Joe Gauthreaux, and produced official remixes with his partner Jay Santos for anthems from Toy Armada & DJ Grind, Dragonette & Philip George, Jason Walker and Inaya Day!

The hands-in-the-air vibe is exactly what he shoots for, and it's impossible not to sing along and feel good whenever Bret Law is playing. Don't miss your chance to see it for yourself! Bret Law's monthly podcast "JAMS!" can be downloaded on iTunes or Podomatic. Official remixes can be found on Beatport and iTunes.





DJ Bret Law

Website: KEXP feature page

 

Riz and Rob

Fountain Stage Headliners

Riz Rollins and Rob Green met 26 years ago at the venerable radio station kcmu, now kexp. While Riz was holding down a residency at Re-bar, Rock Candy, Moe's , The Backdoor Ultra Lounge, and so many others, Rob was playing raves, full moon parties and any hippie gathering he could get his feet in! They became a couple in 2000 and have been playing together, and separately, ever since. This is one power music couple that makes this city proud all year round, and we are so excited to welcome them to the Fountain Stage this year.





Chanti Darling

Website: Soundcloud Page

 

Chanti Darling (PDX)

Mural Stage Headliners

Chanti Darling is the brainchild of musician and performance artist Chanticleer Trü, and his collaborators Natasha Kmeto and Damon Boucher. The bands driving inspiration is to bring R&B music back to the forefront of pop consciousness. Not the R&B that you hear on the airwaves of radio stations today but; the funky dance floor jams of yesteryear, the soulful slow burners that seem to have now burned off into the ether, and the once smartly cooed lyricism that once lived in peoples ears crossing into pop music and defying genre.

Still, all at once Chanti Darling's mission is clear. No matter where they take you, they want you to lose yourself to the driving forces that inspire this music. They want you to dance. Nothing and everything is sacred as they take you on a rocket ship that passes through the celestial bodies of R&B. A complete cellular string theory like portal that encompasses Disco, Funk, House, Freestyle, and other moments in the connected history of this music all while bringing an element of futurism. Prepare to feel all the feels.

Enter Chanti Darling. An amalgamation of this vibrantly color-bleeding palette. A reflective piece of this evolution, consciously aware while pushing all of this "influence", rather history and experience, through a lens of futurism.





RainbowGore Cake

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RainbowGore Cake

Fountain Stage

RainbowGore Cake is currently the youngest hired drag queen in America, her first full act was in SF at age 8 in 2010....Now it's 2016 and she bumped it a Up- a -notch by headlining the Int'l Drag Festival in Austin Texas.

Who is RainbowGore?
Born SailorHank in California and moving to Seattle as a 3 year old his mother Kook Teflon quickly became part of the cabaret, circus and queer scene,as a dollmaker and photographer. RG was attending weekly shows with his mom and sister such as Circus Contraption and The Can Can Castaways. Dressing up and performing was practically a daily routine.

Family members such as Vinsantos and Jackie Hell inspired RG to begin performing and creating a drag persona. The biggest influence by far is filmmaker and drag super star Peaches Christ, in which RG has had many luncheons with and has been able to pick her brain about future projects.

RainbowGore has already produced two successful events on her own with top notch entertainment, short films that she directs and edits.

What's in the future for RG? She wants to travel the world and help others realize that you don't have to hide who you are, love yourself and be free no matter how young or old you are! Oh and Sailorhank wants to be the next David Lynch!!!!!





RainbowGore Cake

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Mirrorgloss

Mural Stage Headliner

Mirrorgloss are a genre defying dance rock trio formed in 2012 in Tacoma, Washington, featuring the guitar stylings of Danny Kenny and the unusual dual vocal pairing of best friends Najamoniq Todd and Del Brown. The decision to have two front women was a no brainer. Najamoniq’s vocal take is more soulful as Del’s is much more edgy and together the two complement each other and bring a dynamic that is truly inspiring. The look of the band is as refreshing as their sound, sighting influences as eclectic as Death from above 1979, !!!, Holy Ghost, The System, Chic, The Pretenders and Shalamar, they do wear this inspiration whole heartedly on their collective sleeves. Mirrorgloss’ mix of ballads and energetic dance tunes bring a stage show filled with raw emotion and a few surprises. Though Mirrorgloss are in the process of recording and writing new material to unveil in the coming months, this band is best experienced live!




 
 

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