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2014 Twin Cities Pride music lineup to feature Betty Who, Steve Grand, dozens of local acts

Photo courtesy Betty Who

Today the annual Twin Cities Pride festival released its 2014 music lineup—and there will be a lot of music to hear over the weekend of June 28-29. Pop star Betty Who, country singer Steve Grand, pop/Motown/disco legend Thelma Houston, and R&B icon Thea Austin will hit Loring Park for the Pride in Concert show at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 28. Tickets for that headlining show are $10; in addition, over 80 local and regional artists will perform for free throughout the course of the weekend at the four stages: Loring, Rainbow, Stonewall, and Power to the People.

The four headliners span a variety of genres and backgrounds. Betty Who is an emerging Australian-born singer who topped dance charts with her 2012 debut single “Somebody Loves You” and hit number one on the iTunes pop chart with her 2014 EP Slow Dancing. Steve Grand garnered attention with last year’s self-funded music video, “All-American Boy,” which generated more than 1.5 million views within its first two weeks. As one of country music’s first openly gay stars, he serves as an advocate for the equality movement.

Unlike Who and Grand, Thelma Houston is no newcomer to the music scene: she’s been performing for over 50 years. Her hits include “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976), which became a hit again as a dance remix in 1995; her 1984 album Qualifying Heat featured collaborations with superstar Minnesota producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Thea Austin is a European favorite who’s known for her 2001 dance hit with Chris Cox and DJ Irene, “I’m Addicted (You’re the Worst Thing for Me).”

Among the local artists playing free sets throughout the weekend are Mayda, Bomba de Luz, Southside Desire, K.Raydio, Katy Vernon, Desdamona, Lioness, Toki Wright, and Heidi Barton Stink. Dance and spoken word performances will also be part of the mix.

2014 marks the 42nd year for the Twin Cities Pride festival, one of the biggest GLBT pride celebrations in the country each year. In addition to the music, the festival will feature a parade, an art show, and plenty of food and drink. The organization describes its mission as being to “create experiences that bring the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.”

Here’s the complete music lineup.

Emcee Foxy Tann

Saturday, June 28
12 noon All God’s Children MCC Music
12:45 p.m. Junebug
1:45 p.m. Keri Noble
2:45 p.m. Hollow Boys
3:30 p.m. Mayda
4:15 p.m. Candy Shop
5:00 p.m. Pride in Concert [Ticketed Event]
Featuring Betty Who, Steve Grand, Thelma Houston and Thea Austin
with emcee Bradley Traynor (myTalk107.1) and House music DJ/Producer Rich B

Sunday, June 29
12:30 p.m. Freedom Jazz!
1:15 p.m. Roxxy Hall Band
2:00 p.m. Bomba De Luz
2:45 p.m. Southside Desire
3:30 p.m. K.Raydio
4:15 p.m. Erin Schwab and Metro Jam
5:15 p.m. Boogie Wonderland

Emcee Evie Blank

Saturday, June 28
12 noon Rachel Kurtz
12:35 p.m. Jeremy Neiderer
1:10 p.m. Barb Ryman
1:50 p.m. Sleeper and the Sleepless
2:45 p.m. g’Beau
3:40 p.m. Haley E. Rydell
4:25 p.m. Pennyroyal
5:20 p.m. LADYBOI

Sunday, June 29
12:30 p.m. Three Nuns and a Gun
1:05 p.m. Stop Drop
1:50 p.m. Elena
2:35 p.m. Katy Vernon Band
3:30 p.m. Reina del Cid
4:25 p.m. The Courtney Yasmineh Band
5:20 p.m. Stoked Beyond Boredom

Emcee Helen Back

Saturday, June 28
11:00 a.m. Dragged Out
12 noon Taiyo and Friends
1:00 p.m. Jacksee
2:00 p.m. B.J. Armani’s Cabaret
3:00 p.m. Harrie Bradshaw
and The Party Girls
4:00 p.m. The DesMoines Girls
5:00 p.m. Peaches

Sunday, June 29
11:30 a.m. St. Cloud Drag Troupe
12:30 p.m. Real Queens of Eau Claire
1:30 p.m. Matt Iverson
2:30 p.m. Nick
3:00 p.m. Imperial Court of Minnesota
4:30 p.m. Ida Slapter-Back Troupe
5:00 p.m. Helen Back

Emcee Michelle Be Mix

Saturday, June 28
11:00 a.m. Michelle Be Mix
11:15 a.m. Ro walker
12 noon Sylivia Smith
12:30 p.m. Liz Lassiter
1:00 p.m. Kevin Kaoz Moore
1:15 p.m. Heidi Barton Stink
1:30 p.m. Stranger Babies
1:45 p.m. Dai Peacock Dance
2:00 p.m. Dra Muzic
2:30 p.m. Gaybriel Trendz
2:45 p.m. Sol Ras
2:50 p.m. Level Heads
3:45 p.m. Stephani Booker
4:00 p.m. Jasper
4:15 p.m. King Fuvi
4:30 p.m. Kemille
4:45 p.m. Tish Jones
& Be Heard Young Poet Finalists
5:00 p.m. Still Hot and Sonic Rain
5:30 p.m. Lyeric Lashay

Sunday, June 29
11:00 a.m. Epiphany
11:15 a.m. Blaklite
11:30 a.m. Adja Gildersieve
12:15 p.m. Desdamona
12:30 p.m. Be Steadwell
1:00 a.m. Hot Damn
1:45 p.m. Lioness
2:15 p.m. Andrea Jenkins
2:30 p.m. UNL Drum and Dance
3:00 p.m. Lil One
3:15 p.m. Ira Levi and Tamechi
4:00 p.m. Nicole Smith
4:15 p.m. Sota Boyz
5:00 p.m. Toki Wright
5:15 p.m. B.Dot Crock

Ellie Fuqua is a freshman at Macalester College. She plans to double major in international studies and media and cultural studies, and hopes to pursue journalism as a career.