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. 15-16, 2015. We’re just now beginning to announce our entertainment line-up, complete with local acts from a variety of genres and national entertainers. Be sure to come back regularly for future updates!
The Prancing Elites
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Currently the stars of an Oxygen Media hit TV show, “The Prancing Elites Project,” the members of this African-American, gay and gender non-conforming team dance to the beat of their own drum with the uplifting, inspiring and humorous experiences and life stories. The dance team, comprised of Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox and Timothy Smith, is challenging societal norms while overcoming several obstacles with passion and wit on their journey to be their authentic selves. Their Oxygen series delves into the personal lives of these five best friends in Mobile, Alabama as they fight to be accepted in the female-dominated dance culture of J-Setting.
Currently excluded from competitions and banned from participating in several hometown and national parades, The Prancing Elites seek other ways to showcase their talent from dancing in the stands at college football games to performing on a boat cruise. Despite professional rejections, family disapproval and tensions, personal health crises and heartbreak, the group won’t let anything stand in their way as they continue to lift one another up and band together in the face of adversity. Hoping to build a name for themselves outside the walls of Mobile, this dream team is determined to see their name in lights and go wherever the music takes them.
Read more about Shadina
Shadina is the God Daughter of the Legend Otis Williams of The Temptations! She has been burning down the stage at Prides across the country: Cleveland Pride, LA Pride, Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Delaware, Tucson, Brooklyn, Harlem, Boston, Toronto Canada pride, Long Island and Rhode Island, as well as Capital Pride in Washington, D.C. Shadina also performed on BET’s “106 & Park,” and at Madison Square Garden, The House of Blues, The Apollo, BB Kings at Time Square, Capitol Mall, Macy’s national department store tour, Six Flags America, Ohio State University, Towson University, Radio One Stone Soul Picnic, Staples Center, Verizon Center and many more. She has shared the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Cher Lloyd, Emeli’ Sande, Icona Pop, Alicia Keys, Danity Kane, Mary J Blige, the Pussy Cat Dolls, Keisha Cole, Brandy, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, old school hip hop legends and more, just to name a few.
Read more about Messenger Down
Driven by a passion for their sound, a mission to bring something fresh to the current music scene, and the occasional smoothie, Messenger Down is turning the industry on its head. After three years of successful history and debut release, “The Gentleman’s Guide to Keeping Away From People Like You,” and sophomore effort, “What Should Have Been Said,” the Charlotte, N.C.-based band still has more in store than the world is ready for. Consisting of Garrett Foster, Connor Vogt, and Arun Bose, Messenger Down is pulling all the stops with songs that hit harder and infectious hooks aimed to leave any listener on the edge of their seat.
Stay tuned for more entertainment announcements.
Last updated: June 15, 2015
2015 Charlotte Pride Emcees
Malachi Read more about Malachi
"There is no truth. There is only perception. — Gustave Flaubert. While long having been a staple of the LGBT community, Malachi redefines drag by pushing the boundaries of gender-illusion and what one comes to expect in gay performance art. Eschewing the traditional trappings of tall wigs, elaborate makeup, and kitschy lip synch routines, Malachi blends provocative outfits and dance moves with innovative remixes of popular songs — tailoring each of them to resonate emphatically with the crowd. His performances are high-energy and addictively captivating. In fact, it is not uncommon to walk away from such events and subconsciously replaced they song’s original lyrics with those of his latest track. From “Ratchets” to “Power Top,” you will never be more entertained than when watching Malachi give you life.
Big Mamma D Read more about Big Mamma D
Burlesque Matriarch & Award Winning Vocalist Big Mamma D, "The Naked Chanteuse" and the Biggest Showgirl in the South! Deana Pendragon has been performing in some capacity all of her life (although she went to college to be a doctor!!). She is the producer and creatrix of the shows, the school, and personally trains all of the girls. An established costume designer and seamstress, she has worked with The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and others around the Carolinas. She is the founder of The Great Southern Exposure Burlesque and Variety Pageant. She can also be found the the book "It's All That Glitters" and the burlesque documentary "Tease in the Tar Heel State". She's politically active and has been an annual emcee for Charlotte Pride since 2008. Class, Costuming, and Charisma make her a Quaintrelle Juggernaut covered in rhinestones.
Joanne Spataro Read more about Joanne
Joanne Spataro is a humorist and essayist. Her work has appeared in The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and The Charlotte Observer. She was recently selected as one of the winning entrants in this year's Wildacres Writing Residency Program.
Stay tuned for announcements on more guest emcees and hosts.
Charlotte Pride presents the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Pride festival and other events in the Queen City. The annual festival is the largest LGBTQ Pride event in the Carolinas and the largest between Atlanta and Washington, D.C.