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Wells Fargo Stage
Featuring local, regional and national talent across diverse and popular genres, the Wells Fargo Stage has entertainment scheduled both days of the Aug. 16-17 Charlotte Pride Festival. On Saturday, R&B singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter headlines at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes takes the stage at 4 p.m. Scroll down for bios and photos of each of our entertainers this year.
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Saturday, Aug. 16
1:00 Miami Dice
3:00 Blake Lewis
4:30 DJ Ghost
5:00 The Scorpio with Bianca Del Rio and Alyssa Edwards
6:00 Pastele & Eryn Woods
7:30 Rye Rye
8:00 Sevyn Streeter
9:00 Block Party
Sunday, Aug. 17
3:00 The Reason You Stayed
4:00 Leann Rimes
5:00 The Scorpio with Sharon Needles
(Stage schedule subject to change)
Charlotte Pride strives to provide an accessible experience for all our attendees and participants. Accessible restrooms, VIP Lounge and stage viewing area will be provided.
Sign language interpreters will also be available for portions of festival entertainment and for Flourish-A Celebration of the LGBTQ Arts. Interpreters provided generously through Fluent Language Solutions.
Sunday Headliner: LeAnn Rimes
Presented by Charlotte Pride
LeAnn Rimes will headline the Wells Fargo Stage on Sunday, Aug. 17.
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LeAnn Rimes made her breakthrough into Country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multiplatinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album’s eponymous leadoff single, “Blue,” became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline’s vocal style. When she released her sophomore studio effort in 1997, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, she moved towards Country Pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade. Rimes has won multiple awards, including two Grammys, three awards from the Academy of Country Music, an award from the Country Music Association, 12 Billboard Music Awards and one American Music award. She has released ten studio albums and three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums, one released in the U.S. and the other released internationally, and placed over 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990-00 decade. In 2011, Rimes released Lady & Gentleman, an album covering popular songs from singers like Vince Gill, who co-produced the album, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. Her latest album, Spitfire, was released in 2013, peaking at number nine on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.
Saturday Headliner: Sevyn Streeter
Presented by The Scorpio
R&B artist Sevyn Streeter will headline the Wells Fargo Stage on Saturday, Aug. 16.
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Sevyn Streeter is an R&B recording artist and singer–songwriter best known for being a member of the girl groups TG4 and RichGirl where she was known as Se7en. In 2012, she changed her stage name to Sevyn Streeter. She has written songs for artists such as Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Trey Songz, Ariana Grande, and Tamar Braxton. Currently signed to Atlantic Records, her debut EP entitled Call Me Crazy, But… was released on December 3, 2013.
Headliner: Bianca Del Rio — Presented by The Scorpio
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Headliner: Rye Rye
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Headliner: Blake Lewis
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Anyone who tuned in to season six of American Idol knew to expect the unexpected of Blake Lewis. The Washington native, who admitted he hadn’t watched a single episode before auditioning in Seattle, arrived in Hollywood without a hint of a plan, other than to be himself. Yet through talent, instinct, creativity and unapologetic brashness, Blake managed to make it all the way to the finale as the first runner-up to Jordin Sparks, each week showcasing a different side to his endlessly eclectic musical identity. His performance of “You Give Love A Bad Name” currently has nearly 3 million YouTube views, and is considered one of the most popular performances in American Idol’s history. Two years later, the beatboxing extraordinaire released a fully realized follow-up to his 2007 debut, Audio Day Dream, which sold more than 350,000 copies. Heartbreak on Vinyl, Blake’s first album for groundbreaking label Tommy Boy, blends his intrinsic pop sensibility with a love of electronic and dance music, which began taking shape long before he hit the Idol stage. “This is me trying to bridge the gap and make a record that I’m truly proud of,” he says. “I’ve got my 80s side and my indie side, my super pop slant and the electronic music that I love. I wanted to make happy, feel-good music.” And, with that said, Blake’s goal has been realized with his single, the title track “Heartbreak on Vinyl,” hitting #1 on two Billboard charts in May 2010: Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart and Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Chart. These chart-topping positions made Blake the first former American Idol contestant to score #1 hits on both of these charts. A music video for “Heartbreak on Vinyl” was named a top 10 video of the year by Yahoo! Music. It also made Masterbeat.com’s “Best of 2010” downloads. Most recently, he has released two new remixes of his track “’Till We See The Sun” by Danny Verde. For Heartbreak, Blake continued to co-write and team up with esteemed collaborators including S*A*M & Sluggo (Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco), remixer extraordinaire Dave Audé (Pussycat Dolls), superstar producer Rodney Jerkins (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears) and Jean Baptiste (Will.I.Am, Black Eyed Peas). The result? A collection that’s rooted in dance music — from break-beat to trance — and oozing electro goodness from every pore. “I want people to rock out in the car and not care that people are watching,” says Blake. “I want the music to take you on a journey.” Hitting close to home is the autobiographical title track, which makes reference to Blake’s favorite Seattle record shop and was inspired by a fateful trip to New York’s Union Square Virgin Megastore — both no longer in business. The song’s double meaning simultaneously implies of a true relationship pulling at his heart that takes a similar turn as the record stores, resulting in a driven dance number. Blake explains the inspiration for its lyrics: “When people would ask me what I’m addicted to, I always said ‘music.’ And while they’d laugh it off like it’s a cliché, I’m actually a complete shopaholic when it comes to records. I’d literally buy 10 albums a week for years, so when I went to that Virgin Records and it said ‘going out of business,’ my heart stopped.” Blake remains an avid supporter of record stores, as he demonstrated when he performed at Seattle’s very own independent record store Silver Platters on Record Store Day. No stranger to the road, Blake appeared as a DJ on the 2009 T-mobile GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Estelle, Katy Perry, and Wyclef Jean among others. From an American Idol blogger for USA Today, to voiceover on Cartoon Network, and countless television appearances – Blake’s multifaceted background demonstrates his diverse talents. He even taught First Lady Michelle Obama to break out her beatboxing skills during a performance at a luncheon in her honor. Blake has entertained at over 60 shows since last year, including numerous charity events, Pride festivals and continues to perform and DJ across the country. He has deejayed alongside the likes of BT, Darude, DJ Dan, Dave Aude, Gabriel N’ Dresden, Bimbo Jones, Robbie Rivera and others.
Headliner: Sharon Needles — Presented by The Scorpio
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Headliner: Alyssa Edwards — Presented by The Scorpio
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The Reason You Stayed
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The Scorpio Review with Tiffany Storm
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