Entertainment

FRIDAY

YOUTH PRIDE DANCE

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Kimora Blac

Kimora Blac

Friday, June 1st, 8:00 pm

Kimora Blac is no stranger to controversy. From gossip about plastic surgery, stories of her being the ultimate bitch, and tales of secret sex tapes…she has heard it all truly making her “The KIM K of DRAG”.

She arrived first as Lady Kimora – young, under-aged, brash, a bit naive, but in love with living the wild Queen lifestyle. Known for sneaking out of her bedroom window in the dead of night to escape the bourgeoisie trappings of her upbringing, and just to have a reason to wear clear, triple platform, stripper heels and a ripped up denim jacket…of course she thought that was it and she was the shit! Over time, Kimora emerged, a slightly more polished, yet still rough-around-the-edges Queen. This era was marked by her arrival in the City of Sin where she joined the working stiffs who needed to hustle just to make a buck. There’s a German philosopher dead a long time now, who said that social conventions don’t apply to those brave enough to break the rules, and that whatever don’t kill you, makes you stronger. There were those who tried to knock her down and hold her back, and there were bumps and bruises, and too many tears, along the way, but she grew up and she grew fierce. Finally, Kimora Blac blossomed into a refined, sophisticated and polished Queen (who still hasn’t lost her playful sass) best known for her appearance on season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH1.
When you really learn to know her, Kimora Blac is a Kindhearted Babe who isn’t afraid to show those moments of tender vulnerability that lie just beneath the surface, a fleeting glimpse of the little girl revealed, at times, buried deeply in her ebon eyes. Her Koy Beauty undoubtedly makes the unsuspecting catch their breath, but don’t be fooled; if you cross her path in the wrong way, if you step on her game, she will unleash the fury of the Kunty Bitch that she can truly be when the scenario calls for it.

Kimora Blac teeters between two divergent personalities: “The Boujee Barbie” and “The Kim K of Drag.” The two are so opposite from one another it’s like a split personality – the two faces of Eve, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “The Boujee Barbie” is always colorful, bubbly and ebullient; she sparkles like crystal. Dressed in sexy, seductive cat suits layered in jewels, diamonds and gold, a few iconic features of “The Boujee Barbie” are: gems, sexy knee-high boots, big boobs, and of course, a lot of ass! “The Boujee Barbie” is the vixen of drag! She loves high-energy songs, sexy lip-sync lyrics, and loves to party with everyone! On the other side of her psyche, lurks “The Kim K of Drag”. She’s muted, chic, indifferent…an unflappable, oh-so-cool, and unbothered version of Kimora Blac. She loves wearing shades of nude, hues of military and olive greens mixed with staples, pieces of greys blacks and whites. She moves effortlessly with the lithe and grace of a tiger through a world that lies beneath her stiletto heels and stretches out at her fingertips, or her claws – she may wander by with a turn of her head and a swish of her tail, or she may turn and devour you – and it will leave you wondering which is better and which is worse. Iconic features of “The Kim K of Drag” are: expensive designer stilettos, Celine sunglasses, a diamond choker, and an over-sized jacket draped over her shoulders; she makes being incognito sexy and always in style.

Kimora Blac’s drag career skyrocketed because of her sense of style, talented performances, charisma, attitude, and most of all, her being the perfect mash-up of a Kunty Bitch, a Koy Beauty and a Kindhearted Babe; the most alluring, endearing entrancing, frightening, and infuriating fem fatale that you could ever meet. She doesn’t just put on a show – she is the show. But most of all, at the heart of her heart, she adores and appreciates anyone and everyone in her presence because sharing drag and inspiring younger queens to shoot for the stars is her passion!

SATURDAY

MAIN STAGE

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Music and Art Collective

Music and Art Collective

Saturday, June 2nd, 1:05 pm

MAC (music art collective) is committed to fostering an environment of support, teamwork and friendship, where kids can feel safe to find their voice. Through music, art, mindfulness and community involvement we believe confidence and tools to successfully navigate life can be learned.

We are honored to be part of this wonderful celebration of diversity and love!

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Cheer Salt Lake

Cheer Salt Lake

Saturday, June 2rd, 2:00 pm

Composed of adults of all ages, body types, races, religions, genders and sexual orientations, Cheer Salt Lake is a 501(c)3 charity that values the beautiful diversity of our community. Cheer Salt Lake’s mission is to serve and raise money for people living with life threatening conditions through the sport of cheerleading.

According to the Outreach Resource Center in Salt Lake City, more than 50% of the homeless youth they serve are LGBTQ. Around the country, the National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that 20% to 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. That’s why Cheer Salt Lake has chosen the 2018 Main Beneficiary to be the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center.

Cheer Salt Lake is also placing extra priority on events for infant life-threatening conditions, such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, in honor of Braxton Rockstead.

Want to support their cause? Or are you even considering joining the team? Come chat with a CSL member when they’re done with their performance, and don’t forget to like them on Facebook.

 

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The Performer Studio

The Performer Studio

Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 pm

The Performer Studio is a non-profit vocal arts school and production company whose purpose is to celebrate diversity by empowering people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to express their singing voice with confidence, and with it create positive change in their lives, their community, and the world. Our Mission is to encourage free expression, self-discovery, strong work ethics, peer support, positive thinking, and skilled performance in a variety of performance venues.

Ghost of Spring

Ghost of Spring

Saturday, June 2nd, 4:10 pm

Ghost of Spring is the musical collaboration between two Bay Area based songwriters (Timothy Owen & C.E. Wright). Over the years, the musical collaboration has expanded into a working farm and recording studio in Utah. Ghost of Spring has come to reflect the place it calls home: The red rock, sage plains, salt flats, endless sky, scorching sun and enigmatic isolation of the Bonneville Shoreline.

Growing up with two gay moms in Northern California, Timothy Owen (vocals, guitar, keys) experienced the warmth and love of a matriarchy but also the irrational hatred of his family from folks who seemed otherwise decent. At the age of twelve, his dreams of personally avoiding the homophobia that was peaking in the early 90’s were dashed on his first day of 7th grade gym class. This juxtaposition of love and hatred informs his songwriting with angry screeds like “Monsters Like Me”, as well as songs of unlikely acceptance such as “Lower than the Desert”. C.E. Wright (multi-instrumentalist) has been an ally for the LGBTQ+ for the entirety of his adult life. In elementary school his best friend’s Dad’s coming out set the stage for his fight for equality both in his everyday life and through political action when he worked to stop a homophobic constitutional amendment in 2006. Songs like “California”, an allusion to the LDS influence on Prop 8, highlight his commitment to speaking out against oppression in all forms.

In the past six years since moving from the Bay Area to Utah, Timothy and C.E. Wright (multi-instrumentalist) have found themselves teaching in public schools across the Wasatch Front. In their professional lives, they have worked to create a vision where every classroom is a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth. Over these six years the duo has worked as educators and musicians to help students of an up and coming generation find and follow their voices as actors, dancers, singers, and writers. Working with this generation of youth has proven as inspiring as it has challenging as it becomes clear that the generation about to come into adulthood is set to shatter more stereotypes, and usher in more inclusion, than any before it.

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Totem City

Totem City

Saturday, June 2nd, 5:10 pm

Based in Salt Lake City, Totem City began with high school friends Luke Leetham (vocals, synths) and Nick Nord (guitar, production). After graduation, Luke met Aaron Jeffers (drums) while attending a local community college and invited him to play with the band. Later that year, Luke invited Ascari Lucero (bass) from another project to join the band, thus completing the lineup. Totem City blends genre elements of electronic, rock, and indie pop for a spicy original sound.

 

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Dallas Wayde

Dallas Wayde

Saturday, June 2nd, 6:30 pm

Dallas Wayde is a 20 year old Recording Artist from Salt Lake City, UT. While bringing you a familiar Top-40 sound, you will find his music at the crossroads of up-beat melodies and emotional lyricism. He released his first full-length studio album “So Young and So Damaged” in early 2018, and it brought in about 50k digital streams in it’s first month. This was a tipping point for Dallas and his team, which go by the title “The Broken Hearts Club”, and they began getting more opportunities for exposure through shows, media, press, etc.

He started his career at age 14 by winning a national kids singing competition called “Kidz Star USA” in 2013. Dallas then landed a contract with, Major Recording Label, RCA Records. There he flew back and forth from Los Angeles studying and perfecting his sound as an artist, and learning how to write hit songs from heavy hitters like Jonas Jeberg, Marlin “Hookman” Bonds, and Mark Feist. Throughout that process, he also learned how to perform at big music events and master his charismatic stage presence. Dallas, now age 15, also got the opportunity to tour the country as an opening act for the top-selling kids band, “Kidz bop Kids”. Dallas then took the knowledge he had gained and spent some time perfecting his craft, while figuring out what direction he wanted to go in the music industry.

The new album “So Young and So Damaged” has now got some strong momentum behind it, and Dallas and The Broken Hearts Club are growing in strides everyday.

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Madame Gandhi

Madame Gandhi

Saturday, June 2nd, 7:45 pm

Kiran, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. She studied mathematics at Georgetown University and worked as the first ever data analyst at Interscope Records before going on to receive her MBA from Harvard. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for artist M.I.A., and as the viral free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now produces music that elevates and celebrates the female voice. In 2016, she released her first EP Voices and in 2017, she toured as the opening act for Ani DiFranco. Madame Gandhi is currently working on her debut full-length album.

Kiran, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is a Los Angeles-based musician, activist and music industry thinker. She has toured professionally drumming for M.I.A and Thievery Corporation and currently DJs, drums and produces music under her own name. Her song “The Future is Female” climbed to #8 on the Viral US Top 50 Spotify Charts following the 2017 Women’s March and her solo EP Voices has received critical acclaim from outlets like FADER, Paper Mag and Milk.

Kiran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Political Science and Women’s Studies from Georgetown (COL ’11) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2015), and has used her degrees to run her own musical project as well as advise music companies Spotify, Stem, Bonnaroo and D’addario. Between 2011-2013, Kiran worked at Interscope Records for two years as their first ever digital analyst, studying patterns in Spotify and YouTube consumption behavior.

In 2015, she ran the London Marathon free-bleeding to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures. She now travels often to perform and speak about modern gender equality, and is also working on her full-length album. Madame Gandhi’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the female voice.

Kiran grew up between New York City and Bombay, India, playing drums and attending The Chapin School. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2011 with a double major in mathematics and political science and a minor in women’s studies.

Upon graduation, she landed a job in Los Angeles as Interscope Records’s first-ever digital analyst. Combining her passion for mathematics and music, her job was to understand music consumption patterns on Spotify and YouTube, predict sales trends based on these new volume metrics and create an internal system for how the label could understand the success of an artist online.

In 2013, Kiran linked up with Grammy-nominated artist M.I.A. and began touring internationally with her as her drummer all across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. That same year, Kiran was also accepted to Harvard Business School’s M.B.A. program, and so when she began school in the fall in Boston, was still touring simultaneously with M.I.A. Kiran’s TEDx talk on “Atomic Living” embodies her belief that by knowing and protecting the things that matter to you most, life’s toughest choices become easier to navigate.

As an activist, Kiran uses her voice, music and written work to empower her audiences to be their best and authentic selves. She believes wholeheartedly in the idea that we must strive to live in a world that is “linked and not ranked”, in which each person has something unique to contribute to one another, and therefore we must equip each person with the environment they need to access their fullest potential. Kiran has partnered with various menstrual health organizations to improve women’s access to affordable and safe menstrual care. She speaks often about how menstruation taboo affects women and girls daily around the world, and was part of the early round table discussions that lead to the elimination of the “luxury tax” on tampons in her home city of New York.

Upon releasing her first-ever electrofeminist solo EP called Voices, Madame Gandhi now tours full-time as a speaker and musician and is working on her next album.

 

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Shea Freedom

Shea Freedom

Saturday, June 2nd, 8:50 pm

In song or as a speaker, you can find Freedom advocating for foster youth, human rights and environmental issues. Born in Los Angeles Freedom was raised in California’s foster care system where he was subject to 28 different placements. Like 68% of foster youth, Freedom emancipated into homelessness. No doubt the early instability would prepare him for the fast paced life on the road. He has found his home on stages across the nation. Freedom has traveled solo all over the United States via thumb and motorcycle, collecting stories from the back of shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico to the festivals upon the shores of Hawaii. Freedom brought the love on tour in 2016 opening for world renowned artist Trevor Hall in Arizona & California.

As a member of the LGBTQ community Freedom was awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award by Black Trans Men Inc and has shared the stage with renowned LGBTQ artist Goddess & She who were featured on the Showtime hit series “The L Word.” at Womens Red Rock Music Festival in Utah   In 2015 Freedom was invited by sisters Chloe & Leah of Rising Appalachia to tour in AZ, CA and CO. You can find Freedom out sharing songs and workshops at festivals alongside artist such as, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Earth Guardians, The Shook Twins, Dustin Thomas, Ayla Nereo and many more influential artist.

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Underground Pop

Underground Pop

Saturday, June 2nd, 9:35 pm

Underground Pop is a collaboration based project, with the main intention to bring underground artistry onto a mainstream platform.

With the use of performance art, pop music, clothing, visuals, etc. Underground Pop is here for you, inspired to make you feel one thing; pure emotion.

REDROCK STAGE

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Mr. Bonetangles and the Tuna Can Ramblers

Mr. Bonetangles and the Tuna Can Ramblers

Saturday, June 2nd, 1:30 pm

Performing a bizarre Vaudvillian variety act, Mr. Bonetangles and The Tuna Can Ramblers are a ragtag group of swingin, washboard scratchin, bass thumping, puppet string pullin, music playing drifters who got together in Salt Lake City with the same vision of making folks dance along with foot-tapping marionettes. They combine an old time sound with the ancient art of puppetry for a live show that is sure to weird you out and make you dance. A fun time!
Featuring:
Samantha Calmes (American Idol semifinalist) on vocals
Shane Kiel on upright Bass
Cool Maxwell on drums
Todd Feeney on clarinet
Craig Hulinsky on folly/sound effects
Wyatt Maxwell on Guitar
Dance performances by the Salt Licks Swing Troupe and others.

Mel Soul and The Messenger

Mel Soul and The Messenger

Saturday, June 2nd, 2:35 pm

Recent Performances – Sundance Film Festival, The Spur, The Cabin, Flanagan’s Bar & Grill, Salt Lake City Marathon, Piper Downs an Old World Pub, Slc.

Upcoming Performances – Utah Pride Festival, (Main Stage), Hotel RL, Slc. Gallivian Plaza,

Mel Soul – Mel Soul is a Local singer and songwriter from Orem, UT. She has been vocally trained by vocal professionals such as Rebecca Chock and Mindy Pack.

In 2009 she had the great opportunity singing with the Provo High School Chamber Singers for an exclusive concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

2012 was when her love of songwriting began. Since then she has worked with songwriter professionals such Rich Parkinson, Shane Adams, Johnny London and most recently for a brief review of her work the well known accomplished singer and songwriter Natasha Bedingfield.

Her goal as a songwriter and performer is to inspire her fans to love themselves to love everyone else.
Everett Lavell Spencer – The Messenger – Has been In the entertainment business for 25yrs. He is a talented professional musician. This past year his performances have included; Travels with ALEX BOYE AND THE TRIBE, Opening Performance at the World renoned George and Dolores Eccles Thearter Downtown Slc.
The Caribbean Christmas Concert for Audio West in Orem, Utah. He was the percussionist for the Kamas Valley Christmas Concert, and for a live performance on Good4Utah/CBS – Good Things Utah, CBS Good Utah4 in Salt Lake City with featured artist Marj Desius.

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Toby

Toby

Saturday, June 2nd, 3:35 pm

“Toby – whose voice seems to know no bounds fronts the one part orchestra, one part bonfire jam, one part circus with ease…”

West Australian Blues/roots/indi artist Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat. Toby is passionate, raw, fun and powerful, with a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.

A prolific and powerful artist, music has always been Toby’s driving force. Toby grew up in Western Australia and bases much of her work here, with strong ties in Canada, the USA and Europe, most notably The Netherlands where her mother’s roots lie. Toby has recently gained her Dutch citizenship and plans to spend more of her time in what she calls ‘her second home’. Over the past seven years Toby has captured the hearts of 1000’s of audiences across the globe. In the meantime, she has 6 albums, 2 live DVDs and several (hard to come by) Eps under her belt. Between her touring and recording, it is a rare occasion that she will spend any given time in one place, setting her up for some great songwriting inspiration. Toby finds her anchor in her family, her life on the road and the people she meets and this shows in her song writing. She was born to perform.

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Early Successional

Early Successional

Saturday, June 2nd, 4:40 pm

Tamarra Evans-Sluga, Sabra Schlyter, and Hillary McDaniel make up folk music trio Early Successional. They all have their own unique take on folk music, that when put together becomes a distinctive blend of strings, keys, harmonies, and catchy beats. They stay true to folk form with story-telling lyrics with a rustic edge.  They embrace they’re queerness and never shy away from expressing their true selves on stage and in song.

 

Tamarra is a proud Salt Lake City native, but got her start performing her songs in Texas coffee shops. She credits the years spent in Texas for her love of folk music. She often sings of love lost and love found, and if you’ve ever dated her, she probably wrote a song about it.

 

Sabra and Johnny have it in common that they’ve “been everywhere, man.” From the East Coast to the West Coast, (where she studied music at Berkley) Sabra has been a part of many musical projects. Piano is her primary instrument, but her talent extends to harmonica, guitar, mandolin, and percussion. Sabra is a truly versatile musician with a passion for the folk genre.

 

Hillary is a prominent figure in the Salt Lake City music scene and has played with many of the local bests. Her passion extends beyond music to activism. She recognizes the importance of empowering marginalized communities, and encourages girls to find their voices through Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls. She also recently spearheaded Salt Lake’s first Rock n’ Roll Camp for Womyn.

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Opaline

Opaline

Saturday, June 2nd, 5:40 pm

Opaline is an artist based in Salt Lake City. Their music and lyrics resemble the myriad of colors and luminescence of an opal.

The focus of the songwriting is confessional poetry interwoven with sonic texture and presented in various genre-bending structures.

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Fists in the Wind

Fists in the Wind

Saturday, June 2nd, 6:10 pm

Fists in the Wind is an SLC based queer punk screaming D.I.Y. sadness party. Matttheratt & PrttyxPrtty play lyrical ukulele rants about salt, social scenes, truck drivers, and friendship.

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Mana

Mana

Saturday, June 2nd, 6:50 pm

Mana is an Iranian American MC. She was born in the US, raised in Iran, and traveled throughout the world. She raps in English and in Farsi. Her music is upbeat, cut-throat, and melodic. She has shared the stage with Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Biz Markie, and many more.

Through her passion she also started Lipstick Revolt, a women empowerment organization that highlights and promotes women.

Her music is inspiring people to reach their goals and to keep a positive attitude. Her music talks about issues that the media ignores and gives voice to those who aren’t but need to be heard. Her style is unique and refreshing in a period where passion is rare. Mana is guaranteed to hit the heart.

 

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Shecock & The Rock Princess

Shecock & The Rock Princess

Saturday, June 2nd, 8:00 pm

Shecock & The Rock Princess

Shecock is a power trio filling the gaps of Rock and Pop, Punk and Grunge, breaking the boundaries of gender and genre. Exhibiting powerful messages of being transgender in the modern world, The Rock Princess’ deep raspy vocals, unapologetic lyrics, and wailing guitar will pierce your mind and soul. Backed by hard-hitting drums and groove-heavy basslines, this group is sure to satisfy but leave you with the desire for more. More Shecock!

The Rock Princess – Guitar/Voice
Mat Benatar – Drums/Vocal
Low End Lucy – Bass

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Utah Vaudeville and Burlesque Collective

Utah Vaudeville and Burlesque Collective

Saturday, June 2nd, 9:00 pm

The Utah Vaudeville and Burlesque Collective (UVBC) is comprised of a variety of artists, performers, dancers, musicians and lovers of unique and one of a kind acts. It was formed by members of the Utah Burlesque community in hopes of establishing an open door hiring process for often under recognized and underserved performers. The UVBC has joined forces with the Art Factory for open rehearsal space every Tuesday and works closely with numerous venues and other art collectives to serve all Utah variety performers.

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Debi Graham Band

Debi Graham Band

Saturday, June 2nd, 10:10 pm

The Debi Graham Band consists of three extremely talented, highly energetic musicians seasoned in their field, each with a unique style, combined to make an illuminating collective. They have opened for major label performing artists Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Sara Bettens (of K’s Choice), Sierra Swan, Mozella, Kinky, The Samples and many more. They have worked along side multi-grammy award winner Ruben Blades on his compilition to aid indie artist exposure. The trio has been featured in the internationally best-selling: CURVE MAGAZINE and have performed live on FOX, ABC and the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL promotional station. They’ve received airtime with CITADEL BROADCASTING and SIMMONS MEDIA GROUP as well as hundred of college stations with the touring assistance of Mountain Dew’s AMP energy drink©. Through out their extensive few years of touring the Northwest, West coast and Southwest regions of the U.S., they have managed to create a extensive, rapidly growing fan base with cult-following loyalties.

DJ/SPOKEN WORD STAGE

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Peculiar Journal

Peculiar Journal

Saturday, June 2nd, 1:10 pm

Peculiar is a queer literary journal showcasing prose, poetry, art, and photography. With our roots in the Mormon stronghold of Provo, Utah, peculiar began as a way to recognize the creative talents of the often-overlooked queer community within Utah’s unique culture. We have published five issues since 2015, and several of those talented wordsmiths will be reading poetry during our set at the Utah Pride Festival.

Wasatch Wordsmiths

Wasatch Wordsmiths

Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 pm

The Wasatch Wordsmiths is an organization that brings spoken word to the Wasatch Front. We host two monthly poetry slams and engage in many community events, activism, and outreach. We strive to make the artform of spoken word more accessible across the Wasatch Front through the diverse lens and perspectives provided from our poets and anyone who may stop by our scene.

Queer Slam Description:
The Utah Pride Festival and the Wasatch Wordsmiths proudly present the 4th annual Queer Poets Slam! A Regional poetry slam competition consisting of America’s best queer poets! The competition is split into three bouts over two days. Saturday, June 2nd, 20 poets will battle it out to be among the top 8 to go onto finals. Sunday, June 3rd, the Top 8 poets will compete in finals for the title of Queer Slam Champion! Between rounds, featured poet, and last year’s winner, Harper Russet, will perform their poems and you do not want to miss it!
A cash prize will be awarded to those who place first – $300, second – $200, and third – $100.
Anyone identified within the LGBTQIA+ community is eligible to compete, including local, out of state, and youth poets.

To register to compete, email tournament director, Tanesha Nicole at wasatchwordsmiths@gmail.com with one of the following subject lines:
Queer Slam Registration – In State Poet
Queer Slam Registration – Out of State Poet
Queer Slam Registration – In State Youth Poet

 

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DJ Schwanny

DJ Schwanny

Saturday, June 2nd, 5:00 pm

Schwanny has been playing music since he was a preteen and made the switch from bass in various pop-punk and metal bands to honing his craft as a DJ in 2013. He aims to combine elements from multiple genres to provide mixes that are bass heavy and make you want to dance. With a special place in his heart for remixes don’t be surprised to hear some oldies with a new twist to them. He brings a stage presence you seldom see with EDM. The passion he brings and the involvment he shares with the crowd makes his sets one of a kind, you don’t want to miss this!

DJ Suzy

DJ Suzy

Saturday, June 2nd, 7:00 pm

DJ Suzy is one of the few female lesbian DJs in the Salt Lake Valley. She prides herself at being able to set the mood in any situation and giving the crowd what they want. She has been in the SLC club and entertainment seen for 7 years. Expect a performance that you won’t want to miss at Pride 2018 from DJ Suzy!

Pulse Regime

Pulse Regime

Saturday, June 2nd, 9:00 pm

USA based trance pusher Pulse Regime (Hayden Warzek) aspires to create a diverse trance repertoire of both uplifting and deep melodies. Having earned support from industry leaders such as Armin Van Buuren, Aly & Fila, and Stoneface & Terminal; Hayden has solidified himself as a growing force in the American trance community. His track “Quiet Of The Storm” featuring UK Singer/Songwriter star, Emma Horan, has amassed upwards of 200,000 Spotify streams; and achieved radio success in Norway, Sweden, Finland. Having an extensive background in music theory and being fluent across multiple instruments and genres, Hayden intends to create a more focused trance package for 2018 and beyond. Be sure to keep an eye out for this forceful act in electronic music!

 

SUNDAY

MAIN STAGE

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Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake Acting Company

Sunday, June 3rd, 12:20 pm

Salt Lake Acting Company is celebrating Utah’s wildest summer long party with the 40th Anniversary of Saturday’s Voyeur!
Pack a picnic and join us for this irreverent romp through 40 years of Utah’s politics and culture. Running June 27th-September 2nd.
Call 801.363.7522 or visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org for tickets and show times.
Shows are like wine, some turn to vinegar but Voyeur gets better with age!

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SONNEI

SONNEI

Sunday, June 3rd, 12:45 pm

Sonnei combines poetic lyrics & silky smooth vocals with infectious melodies and beats to create a fresh sound that is a reflection of their identity. With a stage show inspired by pop icons, Sonnei brings choreography & a vibrant androgynous aesthetic to the mix to highlight & bring life to the music, celebrating gender non conformity & queer pride with every performance.

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Salt Lake Men’s Choir

Salt Lake Men’s Choir

Sunday, June 3rd, 1:25 pm

The Salt Lake Men’s Choir, “Utah’s Other Choir” is one of the state’s oldest member supported arts organization. Started by thirteen men in 1983, the choir has a long history of providing a great variety of choral music to the citizens of Utah. In addition, the choir represented the state of Utah with a performance at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In 2002, the choir participated in the Cultural Festival of Gay Games performing at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia.
Now ninety members strong, under the Artistic Direction of Dennis McCracken, accompanied by Aaron Flood, the choir produces two to three top quality concerts per year. We are proud and happy to “Get Salty” and perform at Utah PRIDE, 2018!

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Talia Keys and The Love

Talia Keys and The Love

Sunday, June 3rd, 2:35 pm

Talia Keys is a genre crossing multi-instrumental “musical powerhouse” bringing you her brand of Soul-Funk-Rock n’ Roll, with unique vocal stylings and a storytelling flow.

Sourcing energies largely compared to the bluesy rawness of Janis Joplin and the fire of Jimi Hendrix. Synergizing that old soul vibe with new school sounds, best described by Katie Bain as “blistering.” Having been “struck by her talent, stage presence and refreshing candor.” – Insomniac: 2014 Best of Electric Forest

As a Salt Lake City native she keeps herself busy playing regionally since 2010, Europe in 2011 and touring nationally for the past four years with her solo project Gemini Mind. – A full electric solo live looping show that captivates and captures the hearts of good people everywhere.

We are very pleased to announce the long awaited new album We’re Here from The Love, dropping April 20, 2018!!! TK & The Love have been playing shows together for the last two years. From music festivals to music venues, original music to full blown tribute shows, TK & The Love are high energy, engaging and unique! Creating music you can dance to and feel.

The Love formed with the release of Talia’s first full length solo album, Fool’s Gold (July 2015). Tracking a majority of the album herself she invited some of Salt Lake area’s finest to recreate it live. Including Dave Brogan (ALO) on drums and Ryan Conger (Joe McQueen Quartet) on keys, shortly after adding Josh Olsen on bass and Lisa Giacoletto on backing vocals.

Talia has accepted the roll of Music Director for Rock N’ Roll Camp For Girls SLC and is very excited to return for their third season. As well as Salt Lake’s first ever 2018 Rock camp for Womyn! Talia is also presenting a new music series with KRCL – Women Who Rock, spotlighting women in music. TK & The Love headlined Vol.1, 2 and 3 featuring local female fronted bands as support. More info on the next installments TBA.

TK is proud to be featured as “a new face” for Salt Lake City’s re-branding campaign, SKI CITY. Licensing her original song “Me”, introducing the campaign as well as singing, playing guitars and drums throughout their commercial. You may have seen it previewing for Warren Miller’s 2016 – Here, There and Every Where, on-line winter sporting events and select cable networks, to name a few. Skiing from the age of six and playing music from the age of nine, it felt like a good fit.

Advocating for human rights Talia uses her music to convey a message of growth, awareness and love. Promoting compassion and respect for our Earth and one another. “Music is very healing. If I can inspire just one person a show, I feel I am doing something right!” – Talia

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Samba Fogo

Samba Fogo

Sunday, June 3rd, 3:40 pm

Drawing on rich cultural traditions and mythology, Samba Fogo offers high-energy drumming and dance programs that bring the joy, celebration, and history of Brazilian Samba to life on stage and in the classroom.
Lead by Artistic Director Lorin Hansen and Musical Director Mason Aeschbacher, Samba Fogo is a versatile company that performs and teaches in a multitude of settings, from outdoor arts festivals to proscenium theatres, schools, summer camps, clubs and community events. Samba Fogo’s high-energy performances and educational programs offer the local community a unique opportunity to experience deep-rooted culture, infectious enthusiasm, and the celebratory spirit that makes Brazil famous.

 

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Jason Maek & Zaena

Jason Maek & Zaena

Sunday, June 3rd, 5:00 pm

Jason Maek & Zaena have become one of the fastest rising American electronic music duos. Their signature sound mixes indie, dance, and pop into a chart-topping sound that spawned hits like “Birthday” and “Get Up”. Bending the boundaries of electronic, their productions delicately blend a very unique skillset of harmonic vocals and hard-hitting rap lyrics.

Jason Maek & Zaena first made a name for themselves by creating the first visual album in electronic music titled ‘Maek Pandamonium’. Awesome Sh*t Ninja called the project, “The most important project in electronic music” back in 2015. The duo followed up the successful formula with another visual media masterpiece, ‘Fashion Week: The Visual Album’. Rolling Stone called it, “The first great music project of the year.” The single “Birthday” rotated on several US radio stations and fueled viral popularity with hundreds of reaction videos on YouTube.

Their live shows are becoming the most sought after in electronic music. Their wild antics, hilarious personalities, and addicting productions have fans interacting with them nonstop and running to see them live every chance they get. Summer 2016 was their first tour which included over 60 shows opening for notables such as Kesha, Chet Faker, and Gallant. They also performed at several festivals like Mamby On The Beach and San Diego Pride Music Festival.

Aside from being featured in countless publications such as DJ Mag, Rolling Out, and MTV, Jason Maek & Zaena are staples within the fashion community holding special performances at fashion weeks in Tuscon, New York, and Paris.

The duo is preparing for the release of their sophomore album titled ‘Freshman’ which already has support from BBC Radio.

Strong Words

Strong Words

Sunday, June 3rd, 6:10 pm

REDROCK STAGE

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Maka MaMas

Maka MaMas

Sunday, June 3rd, 12:00 p

A magical musical duo with strong, tangible, acoustic rhythms, dynamic vocals, that are spiritually inspired & heart centered. Together their music is a high vibrational, organic, earthy, tribal, kirtan medicine for the soul!

Leraine is of Indonesian, Dutch and Portuguese descent. She is an incredible musician and is a firm believer in the healing power of love. Her natural gift and talent for music began at the age of 5. Always encouraged to play and sing from a family of 11 kids.

Her voice has the ability to touch the depths of your soul as it brings in the element of the Divine feminine that promotes trust on the most heartfelt level.

​​​Shen (Jenniffer) is indigenous, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. As a Native American woman I am proud of my heritage. I love how my journey with native spiritualism, music, and yoga complement each other through me, being one with myself, my Creator and all my relations on Mother Earth. I am someone who feels guided, supported & healed by the Divine Feminine!

I am connected to Earth Mother, her vibration of love through the sounds and rhythms of nature, from the wind through the leaves on the trees, to the water in the rivers and streams, the songs of the Earth herself, the music of the ancient ones … the sound of the drum… it is the heart beat of our Earth Mother, this is how it is taught from the First Nations perspective.

Music is such a beautiful way to connect to feelings, memories and emotions of what has taken place here on our Mother Earth and within our ancesrty and our own hearts. This ceremony of music is how I heal and come into right relations with & through Mitakuye Oyasin (All Our Relations)!”

I Am a firm believer in limitless possibilities that lie within every human Being. I Am the Creator of my world. I Am devoted to bring Love Light and Healing into each moment of this beautiful lifes journey with and through the ceremony that is this life with music.

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Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Sunday, June 3rd, 1:10 pm

Born in the “Charm City” of Baltimore,Dee-Dee has been delighting audiences with her mixture of jazz standards, R&B, soul and funk for a quarter of a century. While making sweet sounds Dee-Dee also discovered the acting bug and has performed in countless regional theater productions and discovered her love of jazz while performing to sold out shows in the lead role in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill for Pygmalion Theater Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Folks have been lining up to see her ever since.

Front Row Review glowed “You know how to tell the difference between an extraordinary singer and one who is mediocre? The “ugly” face. You know the kind that Patti and Aretha get when nothing matters in the world (not poise, beauty, makeup, lashes falling off, hair coming undone) except the love affair between artist and song? That is Darby-Duffin.

Darby is immersive with her audiences and if she recognizes you, she is sure to “call you out” and thank you for your support.

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Somebody, Anybody

Somebody, Anybody

Sunday, June 3rd, 2:20 pm

From the heart of the promised land, Somebody/Anybody has been blasting SLC with their high-energy, good vibes since 2015. The five-piece indie rock crew creates an explosion of retro riffs, rooted in a modern rock style that sounds fresh and yet makes you feel like you’ve been listening to their music your whole life. Reaching across genres, Somebody/Anybody crafts poetic joy that can be loved by pals of all ages. Not only is their music magically delicious, but the message is so hopeful and positive.

M’s catchy hooks are a caffeine jolt of happy goodness for your ears and are sure to get stuck in your head for days. Kendra has been tearing up the bass in local punk bands for over 8 years. M and Kendra played in several projects before being joined by M’s brother Russell on drums to form Somebody/Anybody. When Russell isn’t playing drums, you’ll find him drinking a quality beer. Robbie has been playing piano for most of his life and he and M have been besties for over 20 years. Playing music together has been a dream come true for both of them! Local guitar legend Jake Harroun on lead guitar helps round out the band, writing killer riffs that create Somebody/Anybody’s dynamic and entertaining sound.

With less side-effects than your everyday anti-depressant, Somebody/Anybody will get you on your feet, smiling, and feeling ALL the good feels. They plan to have an EP released by the end of 2018. You can find them on Facebook, Soundcloud, and Instagram.

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Sister Wives

Sister Wives

Sunday, June 3rd, 3:30 pm

The Sister Wives band is a rockin’ assortment of blues musicians, each with a diverse musical background. The Wives’ started in January 2003 playing numerous regional festivals, clubs, live television, and private shows in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. The band was named one of the Best New Bands of the Year in the SLAMMy’s. Two of their favorite gigs are The Pride Festival and the Women’s Redrock Musical Festival. Join them on “tourcation” this summer over the 4th of July in the San Juan Islands.

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Ginger and The Gents

Ginger and The Gents

Sunday, June 3rd, 4:40 pm

No frills, just gritty rock n roll, with a whole ‘lotta soul to blow your hair back, hit you in the gut and pluck on your heart strings. Ginger & The Gents puts a contemporary spin on the classic story we know as rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a little salty, and a little sweet but it ain’t no appetizer. It’s a main course, crafted to put meat on your bones. We hope you’re hungry. It’s supper time.

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Phobia The Greatest

Phobia The Greatest

Sunday, June 3rd, 5:40 pm

Salt Lake City’s very own Phobia The Greatest, up and coming artist, is bringing a whole new sound to the music industry, with her 2017 single, $auce God and following 2018 single Blue Band$, The Greatest has much more to offer. Find her on all social media accounts to stay updated for new releases.

Sister Foster Chiiild Presents Lips & Lashes Pride Drag Show

Sister Foster Chiiild Presents Lips & Lashes Pride Drag Show

Sunday, June 3rd, 6:10 pm

Sister Foster Chiiild will be bringing together a group of local drag queens for a performance at the 2018 Utah Pride Festival.

DJ/SPOKEN WORD STAGE

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When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution

When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution

Sunday, June 3rd, 12:00 pm

When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution is a monthly open mic that highlights and celebrates the voices women, queer, trans, and PoC creators. The open mic includes poetry, prose, improv, music, and more. When She Speaks is open to creatives of all types–we believe that the most important thing we can do is share and elevate our voices.

Wasatch Wordsmiths

Wasatch Wordsmiths

Sunday, June 3rd, 1:00 pm

The Wasatch Wordsmiths is an organization that brings spoken word to the Wasatch Front. We host two monthly poetry slams and engage in many community events, activism, and outreach. We strive to make the artform of spoken word more accessible across the Wasatch Front through the diverse lens and perspectives provided from our poets and anyone who may stop by our scene.

Queer Slam Description:
The Utah Pride Festival and the Wasatch Wordsmiths proudly present the 4th annual Queer Poets Slam! A Regional poetry slam competition consisting of America’s best queer poets! The competition is split into three bouts over two days. Saturday, June 2nd, 20 poets will battle it out to be among the top 8 to go onto finals. Sunday, June 3rd, the Top 8 poets will compete in finals for the title of Queer Slam Champion! Between rounds, featured poet, and last year’s winner, Harper Russet, will perform their poems and you do not want to miss it!
A cash prize will be awarded to those who place first – $300, second – $200, and third – $100.
Anyone identified within the LGBTQIA+ community is eligible to compete, including local, out of state, and youth poets.

To register to compete, email tournament director, Tanesha Nicole at wasatchwordsmiths@gmail.com with one of the following subject lines:
Queer Slam Registration – In State Poet
Queer Slam Registration – Out of State Poet
Queer Slam Registration – In State Youth Poet

 

Miss City Weekly Pageant Winners

Miss City Weekly Pageant Winners

Sunday, June 3rd, 3:00 pm

City Weekly is hosting the 9th annual Miss City Weekly Pride Pageant as the official kick-off to Utah Pride weekend! The pageant will highlight the most beautiful, talented and outrageous drag personalities in Utah as they compete for the title Miss City Weekly 2018. It’s a huge party that celebrates Utah’s diversity with the outrageousness that only the City Weekly can bring!

The contest is Thursday, May 31st at Metro Music Hall
Doors at 9, show at 10 PM
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 day of.
21+

The winners will be awarded at the Utah Pride Festival
Sunday, June 3rd on the DJ Stage at 3:00 pm

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Skittish and Bus

Skittish and Bus

Sunday, June 3rd, 3:15 pm

We’re married Salt Lake City DJ and producer duo, Skittish & Bus! We play all kinds of events, clubs, and festivals throughout the west, but being part of SLC Pride is extra special for us. The passion, empowerment and expression in our community is something amazing to belong to. We love sharing our energetic passion for dance music, and while we’ll admit that djing is super fun, the thing that drives us the hardest, is our addiction to a good, positive dance floor. Thinking about how great SLC Pride is at dancing and expression, makes us go weak in the knees. You can expect dancy summertime vibes, remixes of those songs you sing in the shower, and fun takes on the classics. Connect with us wherever you’re social @skittishandbus.

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DJ Legs aka Shireen for Congress

DJ Legs aka Shireen for Congress

Sunday, June 3rd, 5:15 pm

Shireen Ghorbani is running for the United States House of Representatives here in Utah’s 2nd district (runs from Salt Lake City up to Bountiful and Farmington and down to St. George!) and she also knows how to deliver what’s best for people — whether that is shaking it all on the dancefloor or accessing affordable healthcare.