VA Pride 2013 Line Up Released! Sir Ari Gold, Naked Highway, VELO, Billy Winn, to Headline
Fresh from the inbox, Virginia Pride has announced the headlining entertainment for this years pride festival on Sept. 28, 2013.
Here’s the press release from VA Pride, let us know what you think of the lineup!
VIRGINIA PRIDE will present VA PRIDEFEST 2013 at KANAWAHA PLAZA on SEPTEMBER 28, 2013. For more information visit WWW.VAPRIDE.ORG
SIR ARI GOLD
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Virginia Pride is thrilled to announce that Sir Ari Gold will be headlining PrideFest 2013 at Kanawha Plaza on September 28, 2013. Gold is an Award Winning Billboard Top 10 recording artist, an Outmusic Award Winner and received the honor of being on OUT Magazines OUT100 Most Influential list. His single “Love Will Take Over” bumped Madonna out of LOGO’s top stop and became the first out artist to debut at #1, which led to a nomination from the NewNowNext Awards. His hit single “Where The Music Takes You”, featuring Sasha Allen from this seasons NBC show The Voice, was voted LOGO’s #1 Video Of The Year and was the Grand Prize Winner (in all genres) at the 12th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. He has garnered praise from music industry greats such as Clive Davis who said “he writes from the heart” and icon RuPaul calls his work simply “brilliant”. People Magazine says his music “takes the listener to fresh places” and “Packs Born-This-Way swagger”. Gold started his career in show-business at the age of five and recorded over 400 TV jingles, as well as voices for characters on Jem and the Holograms, Cabbage Patch Kids and singing with Diana Ross on her Swept Away album. Ari attended Yale University and graduated with honors from NYU. Gold has been involved with charity work for the HRC, amFAR, Live Out Loud, Ali Forney Center, ACLU, and GMHC on HIV/AIDS awareness research, homelessness and human rights. His latest album, a remix retrospective titled “Play My F**kn Remix” is available now on iTunes. To learn more about Sir Ari Gold visit WWW.ARIGOLD.COM
Not since Peaches has an artist turned electro sexuality on its head like NYC’s Naked Highway. The groups unique fusion of Dance/Electronica and New Wave has also created a demand for remix work from major label acts such as Rihanna (“Breaking Dishes”), Lady GaGa (“Lovegame”), The Presets (“If I Know You”) and INXS (“Mediate” feat. Tricky), the latter a Billboard Top 20 Dance Chart entry. As a live act, Naked Highway unleashes a visual spectacle of their infectious music with costumes, choreography and charisma! This has led to high-profile international appearances at the SONAR FESTIVAL (Barcelona, Spain), CMJ MUSIC MARATHON (New York), NORTH BY NORTHEAST (Toronto, Canada) and MIAMI WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE, as well as tours across the United States and Europe.
Hot. Talented. Current. These are all words critics have used to describe up-and-coming vocalist VELO. After winning a local talent competition in Seattle, Washington, VELO embarked on a yearlong nightclub tour where he performed for audiences at ElektroPop at the Baltic Room, PrideFest at Seattle Center, Julia’s on Broadway, and more. VELO, an openly gay man and proud Latino male, is taking his message of love to the masses. “Every time I perform I am making a political statement that as a gay Latino male, I too can be visible,” VELO said. “I like all the different types of Gay men that make up the spectrum of our community…”
A singer, songwriter and entertainer hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Billy Winn is a powerhouse talent! He initiated his pursuit by attending Pittsburgh’s performing arts schools, writing songs, and performing in local talent competitions. After high school he moved to Washington, DC, where he began working as a backup singer, before becoming apart of an Indie-Soul singing group. After the group disbanded, Billy began recording his first project and wanted to define a signature sound. This summer he released the single “Future X Boyfriend,” a sexy Electro/Pop dance number that continues to gain exposure and attention for the burgeoning Pop performer. Billy describes his musical sound as, “A blend of Electro/Pop beats with a sexy urban edge.” He notes his influences as Prince, Aaliyah, and Janet Jackson.
DJ RON SOLO
If you’ve danced on one of the many nightclub dance floors in Richmond, Virginia over the past few years than you’ve experience the energy, magic and grooves that DJ Ron Solo is best known for. Solo is originally from Lansing, Michigan and served as a resident DJ as various clubs in the Detroit area (The Works, Menjos). His unique mixing and energy landed him in Richmond, Virginia in 2011 where he became the resident DJ at Nations of Richmond. Following the closure of Nations, DJ Ron Solo was asked to become a resident DJ at NU Nightclub. Solo has taken on many new ventures since departing from NU, such as broadcasting his popular mix-shows to internet radio fans and much more! DJ Ron Solo is sure to bring an exciting, energetic mix of music to PrideFest 2013.
This years PrideFest 2013 would not have been possible without the hard work of Richmond native Jared Jones. Jones is a producer/remixer/record label owner who has produced/remixed such acts as RuPaul, Taylor Dayne, La Toya Jackson, Manila Luzon, Levi Kreis and more. “I am beyond excited for the VA PrideFest 2013 lineup. Not only are these performers talented and high energy, but it is exciting that all of them come from the LGBT community,” said Jones. “Everyone has been hard at work to make this an amazing Pride celebration for all and there is something for everyone in this year’s entertainment lineup.”
Oh man, looks like everyone here in Richmond has tons of #RVAPride! This project had humble beginings, but you all have been amazing in helping it spread. Take a look at some of our favorite #RVAPride photos from this past weekend’s VA Pride Fest. (And don’t forget to go back and tag your photos from [...]October 1, 2013
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