2018 Wells Fargo Stage
Photo Credit: Jennifer L. Hogan (HoganImaging.com)
Featuring local, regional and national talent across diverse and popular genres, the Wells Fargo Stage has entertainment scheduled both days of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Aug. 18-19, 2018.
Special Wells Fargo Stage Events
Mark your schedules now for special events at the Wells Fargo Stage this year.
Opening Ceremony with Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles
Saturday, Aug. 18, 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 Vi Lyles and more.
Champions Of Pride Awards
Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m.
Featuring the presentation of this year’s Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Award recipients and recognition of this year’s Parade Grand Marshals and Charlotte Pride Scholarship recipients.
Charlotte Pride Parade Awards
Sunday, Aug. 19, 5 p.m.
Wells Fargo Stage entertainment winds down and closes out with the announcement and recognition of this year’s Parade Award winners!
Wells Fargo Stage Schedule
12:30pm — Opening Ceremony & National Anthem
1:00pm — Youth Entertainment
1:30pm — The Miss & Mr. Prides of Charlotte
2:30pm — Dexter Jordan
3:00pm — Basic Instinct
3:20pm — The Vanity House
3:30pm — Quisol
4:00pm — Chasers Drag Review featuring Coco Montrese of RuPaul’s Drag Race
5:00pm — Champions of Pride Awards & Scholarship Recipients
5:30pm — Special Guest: Mayor Annise Parker
6:00pm — Malachi and DJ Bryson
7:00pm — Aja of RuPaul’s Drag Race
7:45pm — In Real Life
8:00pm — Ultra Naté
8:30pm — Superfruit
9:00pm — Cupcakke
1:30pm — DJ SPK
2:30pm — DJ Ian Benjamin
3:30pm — Laith Ashley
4:00pm — J Sutta
4:30pm — Leslie Grace
5:00pm — Parade Awards
Wells Fargo Stage Emcees
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Superfruit is comprised of Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi from the 3x Grammy Award winning a cappella group Pentatonix. Superfruit was launched in August 2013 and have since amassed nearly 375 million views of their music and comedy videos. Their musical content has ranged from artist medleys to one-take musical performances, such as “Frozen” and “La La Land.” Their Beyoncé Medley was hailed “Flawless” by Huff Post and endorsed by Beyoncé herself. Buzzfeed declared that “Superfruit has turned your hip-hop faves into Broadway Masterpieces” with their “Hip Hop Goes Broadway” videos, the first garnering more than 9 million views. In 2016, Superfruit released an animated video for their original song “Bad 4 Us,” which Perez Hilton praised as “a disco soul jam!” In 2017, the duo’s full-length studio album – Future Friends – debuted #9 on Billboard’s Album Chart (#6 on its Digital Chart) alongside a high-energy performance of “Hurry Up” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Superfruit’s 14 Future Friends music videos (one for each album track) have amassed nearly 20 million views.
Since signing her first recording contract at the age of 16 in 2011, Leslie Grace has become a prominent force in Latin and Tropical music. Her self-titled 2013 album was an immediate success, debuting at #4 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart. The full length collection was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Tropical Album.
Leslie has been nominated for five Premio Lo Nuestro Awards (winning in 2016 for Best Tropical Artist), three Billboard Latin Music Awards and two subsequent Latin Grammys, including two in 2015 for Best Contemporary Tropical Album (Lloviendo Estrellas) and Best Tropical Song (“Como Duele el Silencio”).
Collaboraing with acclaimed composers, she later released the single “Aire” feat. Maluma. The music video for the track gathered one million views in its first week, marking a new milestone in Leslie’s career. She joined Maluma on a 14-city tour across Mexico.
In 2018, gearing up for the release of her second full-length album, Leslie released her new single, “Duro y Suave” ft. Noriel, which has dominated sales and popularity charts all over the continent.
Jessica Sutta’s introduction to the global pop scene was made as a member of one of the best selling girl groups of all time, The Pussycat Dolls. PCD became a worldwide phenomenon, selling millions of copies of their albums and scoring multiple massive hit singles. As part of the group, Jessica was Grammy nominated, won two Billboard Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and has toured and performed at sold out stadiums around the world with Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, and The Black Eyed Peas. Jessica has built a reputation as an individual fan favorite and glamour icon with a heart of gold. She has been in pursuit of a career as an entertainer all her life. The Florida native started dance lessons at age 3, excelling to the point she became a Miami Heat cheerleader even before graduating high school (she later made captain of the squad). The leap from Pussycat Doll to solo artist with “Show Me,” on Hollywood Records earned Jessica Sutta a #1 on Billboard’s infamous Dance Chart along with countless high profile shows and appearances this past year. This is not Sutta’s first #1 single in the solo spotlight. Jessica was the first Pussycat Doll to top the Billboard Dance Chart as a solo artist and has had other chart toppers, such as her #1 Club track “Make It Last” with hit producer/remixer Dave Audé and the #1 Dance Singles Track, “White Lies,” produced by Paul Van Dyk . Jessica Sutta’s much anticipated single “Again” released on March 26th on Citrusonic Stereophonic receiving fan and media praise. Billboard Magazine called “Again” an intriguing next step and MTV Buzzworthy compared the single to the Kelly Rowland/Guetta track “When Love Takes Over.” “I’ve had a love of dance music for as long as I can remember,” she says.” Jessica’s upcoming single “Lights Out” (releases August 20, 2013) gives her fans their next dose of Miss Sutta and leads up to additional releases and collaborations in 2013 with some of dance music’s finest! She recently inked a partnership deal with YouTube’s DanceOn network to create and promote quality content around her music.
Elizabeth Eden Harris (born May 31, 1997), known as “CupcakKe,” is a rapper and songwriter born and raised in Chicago. Elizabeth began rapping at the age of 14, starting off doing church poetry, she received the nickname “CupcakKe” and she later began to rap. First song “Gold Digger” went viral on internet in 2012. Songs as “Money” (2012), “Figgas Over Niggas” (2013) and “Yo Lost” (2014) gained attention. In 2015 she broke the internet with her sexually charged anthems “Vagina” and “Deepthroat” and in February 2016 she released her first album entitled “Cum Cake.” “People were thinking, ‘She’s so vulgar. She’s bold. We’re going to get a mixtape that’s nasty.’ And then they come to find out there are only three songs on the mixtape that are [explicit],” said CupcakKe for Columbus Alive about the album. “Cum Cake” gained attention of music publications such as Complex and Paper Magazine, which premiered the single “Pedophile,” where she details the story of being a minor who was involved in a relationship with an older man. In June 2016, CupcakKe announced her second album entitled “S.T.D” which was considered one of the Best Rap Album of 2016 by Rolling Stone Magazine. The same month, The Fader Magazine commented about CupcakKe being one of the 21 rappers to feel excited about. Pitchfork commented CupcakKe’s career thus far may be defined by her ability to turn out great raunchy anthems, but she is capable of so much more.
I am Ultra Naté and am based in Baltimore, Maryland as a singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and promoter.
I have released eight studio LPs [1990-2013] and travel around the globe performing and spinning
live for a variety of audiences. I’ve been writing my own songs since the beginning of my career. This was pivotal in establishing me as an artist with a distinct style all my own. I was one of the first artists in house/dance music signed to a major record deal with Warner Brothers in the UK in 1989 and I have more than 25 years of experience making groundbreaking music having collaborated with a wide array of artists such as: The Basement Boys, Nellee Hooper, D-Inflience, Mood II Swing, Nona Hendryx, Lenny Kravitz, N’Dea Davenport, DJ Class, NERVO, Tony Moran, StoneBridge, Todd Terry, David Morales, Michele Williams (of Destiny’s Child), Boy George, Morgan Page, Quentin Harris and others! My sound embraces a variety of genres including house, soul, disco, electro pop, R&B/hiphop and rock and I am honored to be considered an icon of the Dance and LGBT communities worldwide.
In Real Life
Hollywood Records proudly introduces America’s band, In Real Life, the only boy band in history voted together by America — featuring five young men culled from many hopefuls on ABC’s competition series, “Boy Band.” The five young men are Sergio Calderon, Michael Conor, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos and Brady Tutton. As individuals, the members of In Real Life – whose percolating, empowering debut single, “Eyes Closed,” was an instant Top Ten hit on iTunes – have back stories as varied and impressive as their skills. Cleveland native Michael, 19, started playing violin at six and later became transfixed by the hip-hop grooves and rhymes of Jay Z, Eminem and Nas. Twenty-year-old Drew grew up in the Bronx, the son of musical parents. His dad DJ’d, while his mom sang in church. Drew says he has been inspired by master showmen such as Bruno Mars, Michael Buble and John Legend. California native Sergio, 17, also cites church singing and contemporary pop stars, among them Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth, as influences. The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio is also an accomplished soccer player whose athletic prowess drew the interest of college recruiters. Chance, 20 and also from California, began singing with his late father, “who would write songs that my sister and I would sing.” Chance left school and earned his GED after sophomore year to join a band with a contract; when the band broke up, he became a certified emergency medical technician and planned to eventually work as a firefighter to support his own now-two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, who watched Boy Band faithfully, looking up from her toys whenever her dad was featured. Brady, at 16, is the youngest member of In Real Life, though his resume hardly suggests inexperience. A classically trained singer who also listened to Adele, Ne-Yo, Luther Vandross and The Weeknd, Brady has worked professionally on TV and the stage, where his numerous credits include productions of The Sound of Music and Oliver! (in the title role). Plans for the future include a holiday single and eventually an album, which will showcase the group as creative artists as well as performers.
Chasers Drag Review featuring:
Stacy Layne Matthews | Aja | Coco Montrese
of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame
Stacy Layne Matthews is a native of North Carolina and former cast member of Season 3 of Rupauls Drag Race. She has been a part of female impersonation for 16 years. She has been very active in theater doing over 60 theatrical productions. 3 of those being in Nyc off Broadway. She has won numerous pageant titles including Miss Illusion Continental Plus, Miss Universal Large and Lovely, Miss Capital City ohio and many more. She is very excited to be a part of Pride here in Charlotte and cant wait to share her talents with a place and a city of people she loves so much.
Aja is a Brooklyn based Drag Queen who is a unique polymerization of sex, 90’s ballroom culture, & kawaii harajuku inspiration. From queer events to bars/clubs/holes in the wall to even a TV near you, this queen will leave you mesmerized with her precision, wit and eclecticism.
Coco Montrese originally from Miami, Florida, was born in 1992. She performed in many different cities in the USA. Held the title of Miss Gay America 2010. Top 5 of Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 5. Now residing in Las Vegas Nevada and being part of such an amazing cast in the “Most Outrageous Female Impersonator Show” Frank Marino’s Divas Show in Las Vegas Nevada. Performing at the number ONE GAY CLUB in AMERICA and with Great Pleasure to call home LIAISON!
From Charlotte, NC, Dexter Jordan is a multi-dimensional talent. Not only is he a singer, but a gifted songwriter, and aspiring model. He has had few comparisons to artists such as John Legend, and Bilal. His major performance came in 2009 when he won first place at the “Showtime at the Apollo” on Amateur Night. In 2017, Dexter’s music on SoundCloud made over 100,000 views from listeners around the world. Dexter’s goal is to change the music industry with his unique style. Also, he would like for his music to help every listener that comes in contact with his artistry.
QUISOL is an artist and cultural organizer from Charlotte, NC with roots in the Philippines and Puerto Rico. Since 2012, frontperson Joseph Quisol has been creating music and playing shows in Charlotte and around the South, originally with Jameilyara Moore, Daniel Quisol, Walker Smith, Sam Luther Allison and Evan Zemaitis in the band YARA.
Collaborating with long-time friends, Nik Maldonado (percussion) and Kevin Washburn (saxophone), Randall Davis (bass) and Michael Gonzalez (congas) were added to the mix and the group co-founded Queen’s Collective to host pop-up shows across the Queen City.
QUISOL independently released the project in February 2018 while Joseph was completing his Ed.M. at Harvard University in Art in Education where he studied under Vijay Iyer and Esperanza Spalding. Spalding is now mentoring Quisol as part of the LAB Grant he was awarded to fund his debut album LATINXFUTURE, set to be released March 22, 2019. QUISOL’s music is rooted in revolutionary love and decolonial praxis.