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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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Self-proclaimed as a “clown in a dress,” Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock), Season 6 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” emerged on the New Orleans’ gay entertainment scene in 1998 and nearly immediately became a premiere nightlife entertainer. As an experienced costume designer, comic and theatrical performer, Roy seamlessly merged his multifaceted talents to create the beloved Drag Queen persona, Bianca Del Rio. The combination of her talents remains largely unchallenged; Bianca has been awarded some of the highest honors in her field. Appearing on major television networks including MTV, A&E and the Travel Channel, she quickly was invited to perform at many national nightlife circuit and party events, and has become synonymous with gay Mardi Gras events. As an experienced entertainer Bianca soon transplanted herself to NYC. Having worked in the city before, she immediately found acceptance and success at some of the most renowned gay and straight venues in the country. Bianca performs weekly at various NYC bars, clubs and eateries while continuing to travel nationally for special events. Bianca Del Rio’s impeccably quick-witted comedy, effortless fashions and unique ability to make audiences cry from laughter while she tatters their self-image to shreds, keeps everyone beckoning for more. For more information please visit thebiancadelrio.com
Headliner: Rye Rye
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￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Rye Rye began performing at the age of 16 and met the musician Blaqstarr, working with him on her early material. Her song, “Shake It To the Ground,” was produced in collaboration with Blaqstarr and was a club hit in 2006. A later meeting between Rye Rye, M.I.A. and Diplo resulted in a tour with M.I.A. in the fall and winter of 2007. Rye Rye is the first artist signed to M.I.A.’s record label N.E.E.T., an imprint of Interscope Records. Her debut album, Go! Pop! Bang! was later released and she has appeared in several other artists’ songs. In April 2012, her single “Boom Boom” was released and reached number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
Read more about Luciana
Luciana, ‘The Queen of Electro’ is one of the world’s most prolific electronic & commercial music recording artists. She has stood at the forefront of the electro nu-wave movement with a supercharged sound that has infiltrated dance floors across the globe, particularly the United States where she consistently rises to the top of the Billboard dance charts.
Headliner: Blake Lewis
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“Blake Lewis DJ’d at Cobalt for New Years Eve in Washington, DC. I’m use to booking national talent, but he was extraordinary. Blake not only played to the crowd but also threw in live vocals while djing. Prior to his gig he took it upon himself to talk to my clientele instead of sitting in the green-room. He was beyond easy to work with. No diva attitude with this guy!” — Mark Rutstein, VP Cobalt, Washington, D.C.
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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The reigning season four winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race and professor on RuPaul’s Drag U, Sharon Needles 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 announced a forty-city world tour, extending her “Every Night is Halloween Ball” into Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States in 2013. Sharon Needles remains on the cusp of an international career as a performer, model, and songwriter. Her versatile talent will take her to new endeavors in television, stage, and music.
Headliner: Alyssa Edwards — Presented by The Scorpio
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Alyssa Edwards is the drag mother of fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Shangela. Edwards appeared in the 2008 documentary Pageant. In November 2012, Logo announced that Alyssa Edwards was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Also on the show was former friend and pageant rival, Coco Montrese. As part of the show, Edwards sang on the “We Are the World”-inspired song “Can I Get an Amen?” The song’s proceeds helped benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Her mantra is “Imagine, Create and Inspire! Don’t Dream It…….Be it!”
Read more about Eryn Woods
With her unique style and youthful voice, singer Eryn Woods is ready to dominate the world with her eclectic brand of pop punk. Her music has already been featured on Vh1 and MTV and she has worked closely with designers Betsey Johnson, JoyRich, and DimePiece amongst others. As the queen of the “Kupcake” brigade — a term she coined to define her “sweet, fun and diverse” fan base — Woods’ musical and fashion influence on young Kupcakes is spreading around the globe.
Read more about Pastele
Pastele is an edgy hybrid of reggae pop and indie art, draws her inspiration from disparate influences such as Gwen Stefani and Andy Warhol, Bruno Mars and Keith Herring. She prefers the term, “Hip-Pop.” The net result of her undoubted talents are wonderfully infectious songs, unique concepts and a finely tuned melodic voice that is as equally at home over speaker speaker shaking hip-hop beats as guitar driven melodic chords. “The tracks are my canvas and my voice paints the picture,” she says fittingly. Born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey to a music family Pastele performed throughout her childhood and by the time she was 16 her songs (which she sang as part of the group Candy Coated Chaos) were being used by MTV on their wildly popular shows “The Hills,” The City” and “Jersey Shore.” However, while suburban teens were hearing her music on TV, Pastele was also drawing inspiration from the art scene at the highly regarded Fashion Institute Of Technology in Manhattan. Helping Pastele bring her vision to life are a string of cutting edge up and coming producers from New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles.
Read more about SHIPROCKED!
For seven years, SHIPROCKED! has been the wildest weekly event in underground Charlotte. Every Thursday night at Snug Harbor, host and D.J. Scott Weaver spins a killer variety of rock & roll and dance music and a cast of hot go-go pirates gyrate the night away! Resident punk-drag artist, Bethann Phetamine brings the rockin’ show with a healthy dose of camp, and Cherry Von Bomb and Shirley Sweet add the burlesque glamour and special guest performers, live music, and monthly theme parties add to the fun!
Read more about Miami Dice
MIAMI DICE is the atmosphere and beat-oriented project of Shaun Olson, also drummer and founding member of indie/psyche/shoegaze outfit Cement Stars. An Italo disco-influenced dance project, MIAMI DICE incorporates vintage synth sounds, laid-back beats, minimal vocals and a vibe that evokes the neon-lit after-hours world of the late 70’s and early 80’s. 2013 saw Olson’s Cement Stars bandmate JoshFaggart (a.k.a. Le Joshua ) join the live show on drums, and next, Scott Weaver (a.k.a. Chaka Wolf Fever, formerly of the bands Babyshaker and Snagglepuss) on trumpet and percussion. “MIAMI DICE, a band that plays Italo-disco that could have come straight off of the “Manhattan Gigolo” soundtrack.” – Yes Weekly.
The Reason You Stayed
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In the summer of 2013, The Reason You Stayed, an all girl rock band, formed together through Ballantyne School of Music. We are based in Charlotte, North Carolina. We have played venues such as Amos’ Southend, The Chop Shop, as well as other venues. The members of the band are Ashlee Vassei on vocals, Paolina Massaro on guitar/vocals, Savannah Ruff on lead guitar, Shelby McVicker on rhythm guitar, Caitlin Cassell on bass/vocals, and Sydney McVicker, aka Grape, on drums.
The Scorpio Review with Tiffany Storm
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Miss Tiffany Storm is based in Charlotte and she has performed at numerous showbars throughout the Southeast United States (including the legendary Oleens). She is the current Wednesday Night & Friday Night Show Hostess for The Scorpio (www.thescorpio.com) in Charlotte, the largest showbar in the state. She has held the following titles:
Miss NC America 1997
, Miss West Virginia USofA At Large
, Miss Central Station – Emeritus
and also the 25th Silver Anniversary Miss Gay America Lady Barbara Award recipient., Miss Gay NC America Pageant, Miss Gay America Best State Pageant Set Design for 2008/2009/2010 for The Miss Gay NC America, Best Drag Performer for the 2010 QNotes QList! Tiffany Storm leads The Scorpio girls in an afternoon review at Charlotte Pride.