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Featuring local, regional and national talent across diverse and popular genres, the Charlotte Pride Stage has entertainment scheduled both days of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Aug. 26-27, 2017.
Special Wells Fargo Stage Events
Mark your schedules now for special events at the Wells Fargo Stage this year.
Opening Ceremony with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Saturday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m.
Featuring the official opening of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade weekend, with the presentation of the colors, national anthem, interfaith moment, and special guests including Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and more.
Champions Of Pride & Parade Awards
Sunday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m.
Featuring the presentation of this year’s Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Award recipients, Parade Grand Marshals, inaugural Charlotte Pride Scholarship recipients and announcements on this year’s parade awards.
Wells Fargo Stage Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 26
12:30 PM • Opening Ceremony & National Anthem
1:00 PM • Youth Entertainment
1:40 PM • The Miss & Mr. Prides of Charlotte
2:55 PM • Buff Faye
3:10 PM • Kassandra Hylton
3:30 PM • Blame The Youth
4:00 PM • Chasers Drag Review, featuring: Shangela & Alexis Michelle
5:00 PM • Sandra Valls
5:20 PM • Matteo Lane
5:35 PM • Sam Jay
6:00 PM • LOS 5
7:30 PM • Keke Wyatt
8:00 PM • Deborah Cox
8:45 PM • Cazwell
9:15 PM • DJ Bryson
Sunday, Aug. 27
12:30PM • DJ Ian
2:15 PM • Miss Day of the Dead
2:30 PM • Brenda Guzman
3:00 PM • The Girls of RuPaul’s Drag Race, featuring: Kennedy Davenport, Cynthia Lee Fontaine & Eureka, hosted by Delighted Tobehere
5:00 PM • Charlotte Pride Scholarships, Champions of Pride Awards & Parade Awards
Please note: Katastrophe’s scheduled performance on Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to unforeseen personal health concerns for our artist. We wish Katastrophe well and hope he starts feeling better soon!
Wells Fargo Stage Emcees
Delighted Tobehere Malachi
Big Mamma D | Patti O’Furniture | Tiffany Storm | Shelita Bonet Hoyle
Wells Fargo Stage Entertainment
Deborah Cox possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. The Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum R & B/Pop recording artist and actress is currently blowing the roof off theatres starring in the Rachel Maron role originally played by Whitney Houston in the new musical “The Bodyguard”. She made her Broadway debut in the leading role in Elton John and Time Rice’s musical “Aida”, receiving rave reviews. In 2013, she yet again demonstrated her wide range through her emotional portrayal of Lucy in the revival of hit Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde”. Last year, Deborah starred as the legendary Josephine Baker in the original musical “Josephine” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Since beginning her career as a background singer for Celine Dion, Deborah has recorded six award winning and critically acclaimed albums and has written for and been recorded on numerous soundtracks. As with Whitney Houston, Deborah’s first recording contract was with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Clive Davis and that self-titled debut album went platinum, earning her an American Music Award nomination. She later collaborated with Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Day” for Whitney’s greatest hits CD.
From her second CD. One Wish, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” – which held the record for the longest running #1 R & B single. After 14 weeks at the top of the charts, Deborah earned a Billboard Music Award nomination for R & B Single of the Year, an NAACP Image Award nomination, A Soul Train Award, A Lady of Soul Award and 3 Juno Awards including a Best Female Vocalist Juno nomination.
The Canadian born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including twelve #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Deborah has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to various social issues. She is a recipient of the California State Senate Award and the New York State Senate’s Civil Rights Award for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and Equality.
Fresh off a massive year where they were named the winner of the MACY’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition, LOS 5’s stock has continued to rise into greater success into 2017 and beyond.
LOS 5’s newest 80’s-inspired pop single “Satisfaction” was released to radio on May 5, 2017 with an exclusive world premiere on The Elvis Duran Show. In June, they released a live, acoustic video cover of the worldwide smash hit “Despacito” that has garnered over half a million views on YouTube. The band is also gearing up to release their Spanish EP Somos Meet Los 5 later this year which will include the single “Acapulco,” as well as the inspiring “Nada,” and the Maffio produced “Ladron.”
In early 2017, LOS 5 was honored to perform their aforementioned Spanish-language single “Acapulco” live at the Tianguis Turistico Mexico conference for an audience that included the President of Mexico along with international delegates from 88 additional countries.
In March 2016, they were named Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month on NBC’s The Today Show and performed live on Univision’s Despierta America TV show twice. In May they released their debut EP Meet Los Five. Later in the year, the band performed at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Fiesta Latina Miami, and December’s massive Jingle Ball concerts in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. These performances helped the band’s single “Kings & Queens” to a trending position at US Top-40 radio and established the song as a listener favorite on Radio Disney.
LOS 5 — currently residing in Los Angeles by way of Mexico, Argentina and Brazil — is made up of lead singer Juan Pablo Casillas (Aguascalientes, Mexico), rap vocalist Matt Rey (Buenos Aires, Argentina), lead guitarist Ismael Cano, Jr (Querétaro, Mexico), bass guitarist Hector Rodriguez (Monterrey, Mexico) & drummer Tomas Slemenson (São Paulo, Brazil).
Keke Wyatt is a hit R&B singer, songwriter and actress who garnered national attention in 2001 for her successful collaboration with fellow R&B singer Avant. In 2002, her rendition of “Nothing in This World” led to a nomination for the Best New R&B/Soul/Rap Artist award at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. After a number of charting collaborations and solo releases, in 2012 she starred as a cast member in TV One’s R&B Divas: Atlanta, which featured the lives of five 1990s chart-topping R&B singers. Keke has released four studio albums including Soul Sista (2001), Who Knew? (2010), Unbelievable (2011), and her latest and recent release, Rated Love (2016). All of these albums charted prominently on Billboard, as did her first and only EP release, Ke’Ke’ (2014). Keke has also released a number of charting singles, with her lead single “Sexy Song,” from the album Rated Love, peaking at number 29 on the Adult R&B Songs chart. After getting involved with a number of non-profits, Keke has served as a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In February 2017 on Valentine’s Day, Keke released her “Covers Album” and just released her new country single called “Summertime” that is available right now every where.
From becoming a YouTube sensation after a million people viewed the ridiculously popular and oft-imitated “Ice Cream Truck” music video in a single week, to producing a steady flow of singles and videos that capture his engaging charisma, self-effacing humor and personality, Cazwell has earned credibility on and off the floor with a slew of anthemic and danceable electro-hip hop tracks. This not-so-random white dude gathers an impressive and illustrious list of collaborators include Richie Beretta (Major Lazer, Jillionaire), Justin de Nobrega (Die Antwoord), Nicky da B (Diplo), Peaches, Jesse Novak (M.I.A., Santigold), Big Dipper, RedTop (Beyoncé, Goldfrapp), Manila Luzon, DJ Fresh Direct and others to make for a ridiculously fun mix of electrified club music and old school hip hop. He tours the world every year playing to enthusiastic crowds and festivals, has had over 11 million combined video views on Vevo/You Tube and has managed over 1 Million download / streams of his independently-released music. Learn more at www.cazwell.com.
The Girls of RuPaul’s Drag Race, hosted by Delighted Tobehere
Kennedy Davenport placed in the Top 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7. She is from Dallas, Texas and attended the BFA Dance program at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. Kennedy has won several pageant crowns and is known for being a polished, professional queen, who is well-renowned for her incredible dance numbers and lip synching skills. Kennedy is a high energy entertainer that loves the art of female impersonation and who believes in good entertainment!
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Cynthia Lee Fontaine is a Puerto Rican-American drag performer. She started doing drag in 2006 in Puerto Rico before moving to Texas. She is one of 12 contestants to compete on the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Cynthia was sent home on episode 3 “Ruco’s Empire” after losing a lip sync of ‘Mesmerized’ by Faith Evans to Robbie Turner. Cynthia returned to the competition on the second episode of Season 9 as the “fourteenth queen” of the season, and finished in the Top 10.
Eureka is originally from Johnson City, Tennessee. She is one of the 14 queens who competed on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Standing 6’4 (and that’s without heels, ya’ll) Eureka represents for all the big girls as the PLUS SIZE DRAG SUPER MODEL OF THE WORLD! With her live action, plus size, fun-loving, Barbie-style, high energy, nothing-but-smiles spirit, working or simply being in the company of Eureka is a roller coaster of uplifting confidence and discovery of self joy.
Blame The Youth
Blame the Youth is a Charlotte-based band includes the talents of a lead vocalist/guitarist Phoebe, lead guitarist Alexa, drummer Kynadi, and bassist/ backing vocals Amber. In their music, they talk about the norm and the taboo, and they explore them in ways that will intrigue your ears and make you crave more.
They are inspired by Erykah Badu, Haitus Kaiyote, The Contortionist, Animals as Leaders, James Blake, and a host of other artists. The band describes themselves as “an eclectic mix of alternative and soulful sounds with a little rock and jazz.” Honestly the best way to find a description their music is to experience it. They recently released their first single, Earworm, via Bandcamp and Soundcloud and are currently working on an EP.
Chasers Drag Review, featuring…
Alexis Michelle was a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, finishing in the Top 5. Alexis, the original Subway Fish, is a native New Yorker who has yet to do jury duty. A theatrical gal at heart, she is New York City’s premiere theatre queen, and you can find her singing, lip-syncing and shaking her Raymour & Flanigan memory foam ass all over the world after finishing Top 5 on Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race!
Shangela was a contestant on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and finished in the Top 5. Shangela is a comedian and reality TV personality who also competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2. She was the first contestant eliminated in season two, and returned as a surprise contestant in the third season. Shangela has had several TV appearances, a one woman show in Las Vegas & continues to perform across the globe.
PRIDE LOL Comedy Hour
Sandra Valls is a comic, actor, singer, writer, and badass. She is a funny, high energy, smart, sexy, outspoken Latina, best known for her powerful, electric, stand up comedy performances in Showtime’s, THE LATIN DIVAS OF COMEDY and PRIDE: LGBT COMEDY SLAM!, hosted by Bruce Vilanch. She has a unique mix of physical comedy and ridiculously brilliant story telling The Los Angeles Times calls Sandra “Talented and Hilarious” as well as voted one of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots.
Matteo Lane is a New York City-based comedian originally from Chicago. He in the new Comedy Central series THE COMEDY JAM, and recently performed on Comedy Central’s LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS and ADAM DEVINE’S HOUSE PARTY. He can be seen on MTV’s GIRL CODE and MTV2’s GUY CODE, and the IFC holiday special AT JOE’S PUB alongside Tony Hale and the Dap Kings. Matteo is also currently developing an IFC digital series that he will both write and star in.
This Boston native, LA-based African American lesbian is creating a buzz in the comedy scene with her new, refreshing perspective. Sam Jay is featured on season 3 of Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.” In 2015, she was named to the Comedy Central Comics to Watch list in which she was invited to perform at the renown New York Comedy Festival. Her fresh, unique and warm approach makes Sam Jay a comedian worth seeing.
Last updated: Aug. 9, 2017