Virginia Pride to Be Bigger, Better, and A Total Blast Come September 28th
Virginia PRIDE Fest, Virginia Pride’s annual celebration of the LGBTQ community here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, returns to Richmond this year on September 28th. Boasting a hefty lineup of performers and an extraordinary list of big-name sponsorship, this year’s event is sure to be the most impressive of the festivals history.
Jared Jones of JRED Music, an independent music label based here in Richmond, was responsible for organizing the musicians and performers for this year’s PRIDE Fest.
“The thing I’m most excited about [for the pride festival]”, said Jones, “is that we’re actually having five different performers…in the past we’ve maybe had one or two… and I’m really excited for the acts that we have, I think they’re all extremely talented and I think everyone will enjoy them.”
The performance lineup this year features headliner Ari Gold, an openly gay Pop singer and songwriter from Bronx, New York. GayRVA interviewed Gold earlier this month to discuss his upcoming performance for Virginia Pride.
“Before I got involved with PRIDE I actually went up to New York to see Ari Gold because I produced his latest remix album… and through conversation he expressed his interest to come play in Richmond. So, when the opportunity came about, I definitely wanted Ari Gold as the headliner,” said Jones when discussing how this year’s headliner had been selected.
This year’s PRIDE Fest will also feature performances from Naked Highway, Velo, Billy Winn, DJ Ron Solo and DJ Amy Alderman. The event will be hosted by Richmond native and local Drag personality, Natasha Carrington.
When asked how he had become involved with the festival, Jones explained how he had thought entertainment for the event had been limited in years past. He approached his friend Justin Shaia, Director of Virginia Pride, about the opportunity to organize the performers this year.
“With my connections in the music industry, and all the people I’ve worked with, I thought I could pull some people in that I knew would put on a good show and hopefully draw a crowd.”
Undoubtedly the LGBTQ community here in Richmond has been growing substantially in the past few years, and PRIDE is one of the many examples of that.
“Most people don’t think of [Richmond] as a place that has a strong, vibrant gay community”, said Jones, “and I think PRIDE has played a big part in drawing more people in and expanding the gay community here.”
Jones said this rapid growth is one of the keys to VA Pride’s success. “I think this year there is a lot more support from the community as a whole…and it seems like there’s a lot more corporate interest this year…they’re seeing that Richmond, Virginia is a community that’s worth investing in.”
With several high-caliber sponsors this year, including Capital One, Wells Fargo, and Absolut Vodka, the corporate world has definitely shown its support of not only the Virginia Pride organization but also the entire city of Richmond.
Jones emphasized that this event was in no way exclusive to those who consider themselves members of the LGBTQ community.
“We welcome anybody to come out to PRIDE and experience it,” said Jones, “because really it’s about celebrating anybody who feels different or thinks they’re different…whether they’re gay or straight…it’s about acceptance of everybody.”
Can’t wait to try the official VA Pridefest beer? Check out the RVA locations carrying ‘Saison of Love’
Check out the places you can grab a pint of this year’s VA Pridefest official beer “Saison of Love”September 11, 2015
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