2019 Wells Fargo Stage
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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. 17-18, 2019.
Special Wells Fargo Stage Events
Mark your schedules now for special events at the Wells Fargo Stage this year.
Opening Ceremony with Local Dignitaries
Saturday, Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m.
Featuring the official opening of the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade weekend, with the presentation of the colors, interfaith moment, and special guests to be announced soon!
Champions Of Pride Awards
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.
Charlotte Pride will honor this year’s Champions of Pride Award recipients, Charlotte Pride Scholars, Parade Grand Marshals, and a special guest speaker to be announced soon.
Charlotte Pride Parade Awards
Sunday, Aug. 18, 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 Charlotte Pride Drag Court
2:30pm — Nekeith
2:45pm — Basic Instinct
3:00pm — UNISEX
3:30pm — Courtney Lynn & Quinn
4:00pm — Chasers Drag Review featuring Abhora of Dragula Season 2
5:00pm — Champions of Pride Awards, Scholarship Recipients & Grand Marshals
5:30pm — Special Guest Speaker
6:00pm — Malachi and DJ Bryson
7:00pm — Asia O’Hara of RuPaul’s Drag Race
7:30pm — Kameron Michaels of RuPaul’s Drag Race
8:00pm — MAX
8:30pm — TT The Artist
9:00pm — Betty Who
1:30pm — DJ SPK
3:00pm — Kotic Couture
3:30pm — Kristen Merlin
4:00pm — Gia Woods
4:30pm — Amara La Negra
5:00pm — Parade Awards
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Wells Fargo Stage Emcees
Lolita Van Dank
Wells Fargo Stage DJs
DJ Bryson Rider
Wells Fargo Stage Entertainment
To understand where Betty Who currently stands in her career, it’s best to imagine her as she often stood as a kid: solo, in front of the bedroom mirror, belting out hits, dancing like everyone’s watching. Because as the Australian pop queen walked away from her record deal and into her first independent album, she had a single mandate: “I am going to be the most me I can be.” That is, in part, why her third full-length statement is simply called Betty. It’s pure her: a brilliant swirl of pop — ’80s, Y2K, and hyper-modern strains — that encompasses everything from intimate artful fare to darkly sexy bangers to full-on wedding reception shout-alongs. What’s more, these are songs about grown-woman emotions delivered by someone who rediscovered the drive and verve that fueled her rise through music in the first place. As Betty says, “It all came back to joy.”
Amara La Negra
Amara is the embodiment of the woman of today who was created with a hint of the past and a twist of tomorrow. With a Spanish and Caribbean background, the songstress describes herself as eccentric, vibrant, and ambitious. Amara La Negra, born Diana Danelys De los Santos, is an international entertainer, singer/songwriter, actress, model, and esteemed philanthropist. She is a woman of dimensions who feeds her soul with the love and passion she inhales from performing across the world. In the Dominican Republic, the country she proudly represents, she’s mainly known for her 2012 dembow hit entitled “Ayy” feat. Jowell & Randy, Los Pepes and Ricky Lindo. Yet Amara La Negra’s career expands beyond this one song.
Gia Woods breaks every rule. The 21-year-old queer Persian songstress can provoke one moment and comfort the next. Casting a striking and exotic presence, her undeni-able sex appeal translates beyond music and into each performance and visual, while thoughtful songwriting and impressive instrumentation threads the vision together. En-amoring the LGBTQ community out of the gate during 2015, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist now stands primed to become breakthrough talent in 2019. Her 2019 debut EP for Disruptor Records introduces a singular style representative of her enigmatic experience and bold persona.
TT The Artist
From church to the club, Baltimore’s Club Queen TT The Artist creates a well-blended sound of Baltimore club, Miami bass, hip hop, and electronic dance music. On the rise to the world music platform, the Baltimore transplant born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL has worked with influential djs and producers in the dance industry such as grammy award winning producer Diplo, Anna Lunoe, Baauer, Gladiator, Steve Aoki and more! Her collaboration with Diplo on his single “Dat A Freak,” was later sampled by J Lo on her hit single “Booty.” Following her debut guest performances at 2016 Coachella, Made In America and SXSW music festivals, she was hand selected as a supporting act for electronic musician and performance artist Peaches worldwide tour. She has also opened up for the legendary Dj Uncle Luke and the Nola queen of bounce music, Big Freedia for Red Bull Music United States of Bass series. Her songs have been featured in major tv, film and commercials such as Netflix’s Nappily Ever After and HBO’s hit series Insecure season’s 1-3 landing her a feature with Emmy nominated actress Issa Rae. There are no limits to her vibrant, party-starting, cross between melodies and fiery raps. Eyes set on new horizons, TT The Artist paints a new spectrum of colors to the music scene through her upcoming record label Club Queen Records, a black owned, independent, women focused record label and premier platform for women of color in hip hop, pop, dance and rnb genres. Today, she expands her talents to directing and filmmaking as she prepares to debut her first feature length film Dark City Beneath The Beat, a musical documentary about the rising Baltimore club and dance culture.
As an iHeart 2019 ‘Best New Pop Artist’ nominee, MAX has been labeled by Billboard as a top pop-star to watch and a “Young Pop-God” by GQ. Born in New York City, the multi hyphenate artist, actor and dancer has toured the world multiple times over, been featured in a Dolce and Gabbana campaign with Madonna, and starred in critically acclaimed films and television shows. With the breakout success of his 2016 full-length album, Hell’s Kitchen Angel, MAX yielded an inescapable smash in the form of his hit-single “Lights Down Low”. The song generated half a billion streams globally, earned double platinum certifications in the US and Canada, gold in Holland and Australia, the song soared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reached #7 at Top 40 radio, #1 on Shazam, and #1 on the Billboard Adult Pop Radio airplay chart.
Asia O’Hara is one of the most multi-talented drag queens working in the industry today, able to turn her hand to costume design, dance instruction, performance and pageantry. In 2018, Asia competed in Season 10 of the hugely popular TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race. She made an impact with her elaborate and imaginative looks, including a TweetiePie-inspired yellow feathered costume, and an avant-garde mermaid outfit with a fish mask. Asia has won many accolades throughout her career, including the coveted title of Miss Gay America 2016. This role saw her performing all over the country, working on community projects, and projecting a positive image for the LGBT community. Taking inspiration from glamorous Aztec and ancient Egyptian goddesses, Asia O’Hara always exudes a strong sense of legacy and power. An expert entertainer, Asia has toured extensively, commanding the attention of audiences worldwide with her powerful performances and striking looks.
Kameron Michaels was born Dane Young in Massillon, OH and soon moved to Nashville with his family as a child. Growing up in a rural area gave Kameron the drive and cabin fever required to become the crazy queen she is today, with her journey beginning at the tender age of 18 at the Cabaret: Episode 2. There, Kameron went from go-go dancing to hosting her own shows with Nashville regulars. She’s traveled throughout the Southeast, preaching her message of unadulterated fun, self-acceptance, and personal growth and is always looking for the next adventure drag will take her on!
Kristen Merlin is a Nashville based singer/songwriter who has been taking the musical world by storm with her energetic performances and powerful vocal abilities. She was on NBC’s Emmy award-winning show The Voice – Season 6 – finishing fourth overall. After touring across the US with The Voice post season, Kristen went into the studio and released her debut EP – Boomerang. This 5 song collection soared to #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Kristen’s brand new album – Humans Being – reached #4 on the charts and brings a new vibe to the country music scene. Along with being a hit on National television, Kristen has had the pleasure of joining major artists on stage such as – Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Bryan White, Kristian Bush, Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, as well as International Superstar – Shakira. She is surely one to watch as she rises to the top!
Kotic Couture is an emerging rapper from Baltimore City via Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with influences from a broad range of artists such as Missy Elliott, Lisa “Lefteye” Lopez, and M.I.A, it’s clear to see Kotic wasn’t built to fit a mold. Growing up outside of Baltimore it was the world-famous dance club “The Paradox” that gave Kotic their introduction to Baltimore and the music scene. Couture’s sound is hard to categorize into a genre; just think if the underground house music scene and hip hop’s founders had a child, it would be Kotic. Opening for artist such as Azealia Banks, Cupcakke, Dai Burger and TT The Artist and being a featured performer on the Main Stage at Baltimore Pride twice (2014 & 2018) and performing at Baltimore’s biggest art festival Artscape; Couture is no stranger to the big stages. Lydia Woolever of Baltimore Magazine was quoted saying “There are few artists in Baltimore these days with better lyrical finesse than Kotic Couture.”
Courtney Lynn & Quinn
Courtney Lynn and Quinn’s worlds collided in Los Angeles for a brief time in the summer of 2012. The musical sparks began flying, but it wasn’t until 2015 when the two met again in Phoenix where late night writing sessions would quietly lay the groundwork for their musical future. With growing confidence in their abilities, they traveled further east to Charlotte, NC in 2016, with a promise to delve deeper into their musical pursuits.
Chasers Drag Review
Featuring the best of the best drag entertainment from Chasers! With Abhora, star of Boulet Brother’s Dragula Season 2 and Current Reigning Drag Queen of The Year, Vegas Van Dank, Misster, Skylar Michele Monet, Erica Chanel, Angela Lopez, Riley Malicious, and Rosè Zaye.
Nekeith is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and dancer. While being raised in High Point, NC he began his career at the age of 15. He released his first mixtape ‘Unbelievable’ in 2012 under the stage name of Newprettyboii and performed in multiple venues to broaden his artistry. Nekeith graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with honors and is the founder of D.O.P.E (Dreams of pursuing entertainment) an organization at UNC Charlotte. On March 8, 2016 Nekeith released his debut single and music video titled ‘Bank’ and released his “Brutally Honest Mixtape” in December 2016. Nekeith opened for singer K. Michelle and highlighted his LGBT Rap at the 6th Annual Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta Georgia. In the Fall of 2017 Nekeith Released his second mixtape titled “No Homophobia” that featured a remix of the smash hit “Rack It Up” by Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj. The music video for the remix to “Rack It Up” went viral gaining over 100k views and brutally provoking conversations about the LGBTQ community in Hip Hop. In 2018 Nekeith released his first EP album titled New Era and performed on BET Freestyle Friday and was crowned as one of the top 10 finalist. Recently on June 25th Nekeith released his new album titled Androgynous Queen.
With over 100k Views and stream downloads, Nekeith is just getting started on his legacy.
UNISEX is the only LGBTQ+ rock cover band in Charlotte. Delivering a tasty variety of tunes to the Carolinas and beyond. We are all about diversity, unity and bringing folks together that just wanna ROCK! Founder, hairy beast and proud trans man Mac on vox. Lost hippy child, smooth character and Rainbrow Brite fashionista Froman Howard on bass. Andi, proud trans woman and raunchy rocker chick with a wicked sense of humor on Lead Guitar. And last but not in the least, brother pastor church aka Bruce Vayne aka the Batman on drums. We are UNISEX and we are FEARLESSLY AUTHENTIC!
Basic Instinct is a dance group based out of Charlotte NC. The group consists of three members Dee Smith from Brooklyn, NY, Gereme McConnahughey from Charlotte, NC, and Stephon Fonseca from Washington, D.C. Basic Instinct has danced for artists like Dawn Richard (member of Danity Kane), Fantasia and Teairra Mari along with meeting these artists, dancing granted them the opportunity to meet and interact with artists such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Tinashe, Christina Milian and Lil Mama just to name a few. All three members have individually accomplished things like performing at the world famous Apollo theater, opening for acts like Trina and Rkelly. The members’ background consists of attending performing arts schools, graduating college and even recently being involved in the W.E tv series “Angel Brinks The Real Bling.” These three best friends came from three completely different walks of life only to come together to do what it is that they all have a passion for and to make people smile along the way.