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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. 20-21, 2016.
Special Wells Fargo Stage Events
Mark your schedules now for special events at the Wells Fargo Stage this year.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 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, a tribute to Pulse Orlando victims, and special guests including Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and North Carolina House Rep. Chris Sgro.
Champions Of Pride & Parade Awards
Sunday, Aug. 21, following the parade
Featuring the presentation of this year’s Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Award recipients and announcements on this year’s parade awards.
Wells Fargo Stage Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 20
12:30 PM — Opening Ceremony & National Anthem
1:00 PM — Youth Entertainment
2:00 PM — Community Entertainment
2:45 PM — Trey Pearson
3:10 PM — Lovesucker
3:45 PM — Dust and Ashes
4:30 PM — Jujubee and the Chasers Drag Review
5:30 PM — VASSY
6:30 PM — Eden xo
7:30 PM — K. Michelle
9:00 PM — DJ Little Betty
Sunday, Aug. 21
2:00 PM — DJ Bryson
3:00 PM — Community Drag Showcase
4:00 PM — Champions of Pride & Parade Awards
4:30 PM — Shangela
4:45 PM — Adore Delano
5:15 PM — Miss/Mr. Latin Pride & Miss Charlotte Pride
5:30 PM — Miss/Mr. Charlotte Black Gay Pride
5:45 PM — Kassandra Hylton and Buff Faye
Wells Fargo Stage Emcees
Delighted Tobehere Big Mamma D
Malachi | Joanne Spataro | Lola Lovelace | Lana Cane
Wells Fargo Stage Entertainment
Personal and creative growth intersect on K. Michelle’s third full-length album, More Issues Than Vogue (Atlantic Records). The chart-topping and award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, television personality, and mogul didn’t just realize her sound, but she also realized herself.
“When I start an album, I’m normally heartbroken and thinking about a man,” she admits. “I wasn’t in that place. So, I had to say, ‘Instead of focusing on a guy, it’s time for me to give to myself.’ I started to realize my accomplishments and try to accept my flaws. The music became more upbeat. You still have records speaking on pain and getting over it, but you’ve got a lot of boasting from me. I’m feeling myself and liking the person I’ve become. I’m more confident as a musician and a woman.”
K. Michelle has certainly got every reason to be confident. The Memphis, Tenn., native’s second album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, bowed at #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #6 on the Billboard Top 200, eventually becoming the “best-selling female R&B album of 2014.” Rolling Stone placed it among the “Top 20 R&B Albums of the Year,” while Complex, Washington Post, and more extolled it. Only a year prior, her major label debut Rebellious Soul earned the distinction of becoming the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001, also coming in at #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200. Alongside those achievements she received a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist.” In early 2016, the second season of her VH1 reality show, K. Michelle: My Life, opened to an audience of over 3.2 million viewers up 7.5%, and she made history becoming the “first African American to receive an endorsement deal from Jack Daniels.”
“Too Cool To Dance,” the debut Top 40 single from artist Eden xo, is fresh proof that being cool and getting down are not mutually-exclusive concepts. The infectious song fuses musicianship reminiscent of early 80’s pop with a decidedly au courant lyrical edge. While Eden’s single is currently climbing Billboard’s pop radio charts, it’s been anything but an overnight success for this pop prodigy.
Eden’s former band, Jessie and the Toy Boys, landed the coveted opening slot on the North American leg of Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour. Nearly every night in a different U.S. city, “Jessie” and her Toy Boys found themselves sandwiched between the likes of Nicki Minaj and Australian twin DJs Nervo as well as championed by underground pop music bloggers. According to Eden, the Britney tour was like “going to the best college and getting a degree in badassness.” When it was all over, Nicki Minaj capped it off with this gushy tweet: “My love! You slayed everyone’s life every single night!”
Ultimately, the glitz, glamour and endless stream of adoring tweets ended abruptly. Without an audience of thousands to slay on a nightly basis, reality came crashing down and Eden fell into a serious post-tour depression. Fortunately, no head shaving ensued, but after a period of deep introspection, Eden found her way out of the darkness, and the inner strength to pick herself up and start over yet again. She stripped away the façade of the Toy Boys and found new inspiration in songs about love, pain, dreams and second chances. With the newfound support of a major label deal courtesy of Virgin Records, and legendary producers such as Ron Fair (Fergie, Christina Aguilera), French house phenom Fred Falke (Daft Punk), K Pop hit-maker Will Simms, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and Jesse Shatkin (Sia), Eden has finally found her voice.
A certified RIAA Platinum and Gold recording artist of many talents, VASSY knows how to individualize herself against the tide of followers. Originating from Australia with Greek heritage VASSY’s vocal roots lie in an array of different genres. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, her music speaks for itself and her progressive popularity in dance music is massive. Conquering the DJ world with her authentic sound has lead to a #1 Hit with David Guetta & Showtek on their track “BAD,” which is certified seven-times double platinum, as well as winning an IDMA Award for Best Featured Vocalist Performance. “BAD” has had over 600 million views on Youtube, downloaded 2 million times and streamed via Spotify over 200 million times.
Her collaboration with Tiesto & KSHMR on their track, “Secrets,” hitting over 80 million Spotify plays and 90 million Youtube views. “Secrets” went straight to number #1 in 20 countries and reigned atop the Billboard Club Charts and Beatport charts. August 22 will see the release of her newest single “Nothin To Lose” produced by Tiesto. In addition to her hit dance collaborations, VASSY has been featured in campaigns for Frozen, Victoria’s Secret, Target, Grey’s Anatomy, and more. VASSY’s captivating voice is soulful and enchanting, and will lure you into any track she sings. The versatile artist has even ventured into indie-pop on her song “We Are Young,” channeling a vivacious tone that will put you in high spirits, and reached Number #1 on the Billboard Club Charts. The album features reggae-infused numbers like “Wanna Fly,” the boisterous up-tempo gem “In the Sun,” with frequent collaborator Tim Myers (formerly of One Republic) and an inspired reworking of the New Radicals’ classic, “Get What You Give.” “We Are Young” encapsulates VASSY’s effortless dexterity as both versatile singer and songwriter.
Even with her music career taking flight VASSY, has always prioritized her philanthropic work with charity groups and civil rights organizations. She is an active ambassador for the NOH8 campaign (an anti-discrimination association that supports equal rights for all human kind), a spokesperson for Green IT (a campaign to help educate people on how to protect the environment), works with Studio Samuel Foundation helping girls in Ethiopia and supports Playground of Dreams which encourages youth to transform their dreams into reality by fostering creativity, confidence and unique purpose in the world. VASSY also volunteers and teaches music workshops at AVIVA, a teenage safe house and orphanage for girls in Los Angeles. Be it through her music, volunteerism giving back to the communities – VASSY’s goal is to inspire people to fight for their dreams!
Whether she’s singing, writing, or producing music, VASSY has an immensely credible portfolio to admire.
Sharon Needles is the the reigning season four winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and professor on RuPaul’s Drag U. She has performed throughout North America on an eighty-city tour, popping out of caskets everywhere. Needles went on to host Logo TV’s weekly horror picture show FEARce! and with her amazing live singing voice and vocal range, she received excellent reviews for her role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Woodlawn Theater in San Antonio, Texas, as well as a sold out run at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, playing the lead in the original play Silence of the Trans. Alongside the Scissor Sisters, accolades again in another full-capacity show. She posed nude-ish for the UK fashion magazine IDOL… just had to get that in there… ah, don’t even think about it… that’s not what we meant… and made the cover for OUT’s most influential entertainer in America, dubbed Stylemaker of the Year in the publication’s annual OUT 100. Needles released a twelve-track studio album on January 29, 2013, fulfilling a lifelong dream of collaborating with her idols: Ana Matronic, Jayne County, Amanda Lepore, RuPaul, renowned theremin player Armen Ra, and partner Alaska Thunderfuck, a season five star of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Produced by Tomas Costanza, PG-13 is a stellar debut.
Dust and Ashes
Dust & Ashes is an Americana/Folk quartet hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their dynamic range combines the intensity of wall-of-sound-barn-burners with the sincere intimacy of heartfelt ballads.
This all female group exploded onto the local music scene in 2014 with their fresh take on folk music, a genre which their fans affectionately nicknamed “Swamp Stomp.”
Lush vocal harmonies, heavy rhythms, and unique instrumentation (including cajón, musical saw, banjo, flute, viola, and myriad auxiliary percussion) support the traditional acoustic guitar played by Heather Himes, the band’s gender queer lead. Himes’ songwriting is inspired by Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Ryan Bingham, Brandi Carlile, Scott Avett, Dallas Green and James Vincent McMorrow, among others.
The band originated in Charlotte, North Carolina and now tours playing shows in large cities and music festivals, including the main stage at Charlotte Pride.
Shangela is drag queen, comedian, and reality television personality who competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race Seasons 2 and 3. She was the first contestant eliminated in season two, and returned as a surprise contestant in the series’ third season. She was among the top five contestants before her elimination in the eleventh episode. Since RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shangela has had several television appearances and continues to perform across the United States and Canada. Shangela grew up in Paris, Texas, and was raised primarily by his grandparents because his mother was in the military and relocated often. She began dressing in drag to get A’s in creative projects for English classes in high school. After high school, Shangela attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with honors. She briefly worked in public relations before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 contestant Alyssa Edwards is Shangela’s drag mother.
Jujubee, presented by Chasers Charlotte NODA
Jujubee appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race when he was 25, finishing the season in third place. Jujubee, along with fellow contestants Raven, Pandora Boxx,and Morgan McMichaels served as drag professors on RuPaul’s Drag U, a spin-off of Drag Race that premiered on the Logo network in June 2010. He was also nominated for a 2010 NewNowNext Award for “Most Addictive Reality Star.” In August 2012, it was announced that Jujubee was one of 12 past Drag Race contestants selected to join the cast of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race that premiered on the Logo network in October 2012. Paired with contestant Raven to form Team Rujubee the duo managed to make it to the finals which aired that November, where he landed in third/fourth place with fellow contestant Shannel. Jujubee later appeared in the music video “Queen” by Mimi Imfurst’s band Xelle, along with other RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants.
Since 2002, Everyday Sunday has sold hundreds of thousands of records, and amassed millions of streams. He has scored 5 #1 U.S. singles and 20 Top 10 hits. His song “Wake Up! Wake Up!” was the most-played Christian rock song of 2007, and his 2009 album, “Best Night of Our Lives,” broke onto the coveted Billboard 200 chart. Pearson has toured in all 50 states and 20 countries, playing with top Christian musicians such as Toby Mac, Switchfoot, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp and others.
Recently, Trey Pearson, the founder and owner of Everyday Sunday, has come out of the closet to make national news. His announcement started a national conversation with a television appearance on The View. It has been covered by The New York Times, Billboard Magazine, CNN and more, as he became the most trending topic worldwide on Facebook.
It’s never been easier to make a record. In fact, with the number of technological advancements available, you can even produce a song on your computer or your tablet without actually playing any instruments. Which means that it’s never been more difficult to unearth an authentic sound. Lovesucker has beaten the trend. With their new EP, “The Harlot’s Jubilee,” the duo of Crystal Crosby and Zoltan Von Bury have created five cuts, each distinctive in their own way. And taken as a whole, the EP gives its listeners nothing but raw, organic honesty, while driving home its signature blues funk and Southern Gothic that have brought the band a growing number of loyal fans. Lovesucker returns to Charlotte Pride’s Wells Fargo Stage after a rousing performance in 2015.
STAY TUNED! More entertainer announcements coming soon!
Last updated: August 19, 2016