Pride's stage has been graced by national recording artists such as DEV, Thea Austin (SNAP!), and God-Des & She, as well as regional and local favorites like Cougar Hunter, Night to Remember, Sugar Shot, Mike Conley, Unlikely Alibi, Sum Morz, JaRay, Kristen Ford, Ellis, Edison, SIR, LVNMUZIQ, & more. In addition to the bands/ singers, Pride always puts on the best drag show in the area Saturday night from 9:30p-midnight.
Pride 2017 Entertainment:
7-8:30pm Sum Morz- You will not hear the same old standards from this band. You can bet your sleeping bag on that one! What you can expect is the unexpected. They will take you back to the old school, cabbage patch you into the 80's, rock you into the 90's, hip hop into today, and there are also sum surprises.. Those you just have to be there for.. No need to give away ALL the good stuff! 9-10:30pm Night To Remember Night To Remember may be a new band, but it's members are veterans to the live music scene. The core rhythm section (guitar, bass and drums) have been playing together for 7 years and the guitar and bass player have been together for 15 years. The band's members have played numerous weddings and private events in numerous projects and have decided to come together to create the one of the area's best event bands with a totally unique and very diverse sound. Night to Remember covers a wide range of artists from the Motown era up to current hits. The common thread is that all of the music they cover is popular dance music. 11-Midnight D.j. Trend DJ TREND (aka Scott Demarko) has been crafting his signature sound over a decade mixing funk, disco, electronic house, hip hop, and mashups for major events, shopping malls, concert tours, private parties, upscale weddings, clubs and more! Trend specializes in crafting the perfect blend while maintaining a fusion and joy for the audience at hand and carefully telling a story of music, tone, and feet moving rhythm. In other words, the energy is always rising as the beat keeps on playing!
12-12:45pm Finding Friday- No matter what style of music you like, there's a little something here for every music lover. Hear both covers and originals with killer harmonies! Each of the Fort Wayne based musicians perform with several local popular bands including Jen Fisher and Missy Burgess, both long-time Fort Wayne Pride performers. 1-2 Kristen Ford-Kristen Ford plays indie rock as a one woman looping band. Each show is a different experience, as this singer-songwriter plays drums, guitar, and layers harmonies and melodic parts on top of each other in real time, using effects pedals. One part woman, one part machine, this looping artist loves live performance. She carries this frenetic energy into the studio, which is showcased on "Rend & Render''. An apocalyptic concept album which is a snapshot inspired by America, 2016.Her live energy show has brought her to 48 states, 6 countries and 3 continents. She currently resides in Nashville, TN. 2:15-3 Chris Worth- Chris Worth as a solo performer, plays the keyboard while singing a variety of diverse songs from rock, country, R&B, Motown, jazz to the genre of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Chris's voice is exceptional and he has a range that truly amazes. He is a real crowd pleaser who delivers a great show. He performs at various venues in Fort Wayne, IN and throughout the country plus wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events. 3:15-4:15 Blu Janes- A positive explosion of real instruments, live looping, and a flow curated over years of mixed tapes and a deep love of classic rap, is a new page in the book of hip hop. The Blu Janes is more than a musical collaboration, but a soundtrack for those voices under represented and a bridge between cultures assumed black or white. You are all invited to be The Blu Janes- regardless of Gender, Race, Class, Religion, Sexual Orientation or Geography, this is our time. The Blu Janes has arrived.
The Blu Janes are a driven duo, while pursuing solo careers in different cities, manage to collaborate via satellite (such as "America"- written, recorded and filmed in different locations) and while passing through the same city (such as Man's World- written, recorded and filmed in Pittsburgh PA). Their debut 5 song EP is coming in the spring of 2017, which was recorded in Houston, TX with "wiz kid" producer Chris Rockaway (Dre Dre, Ron Artest).
4:45-5:30 Alise King Detroit Native, Alise King is a 3 time Award Winning POWERHOUSE vocalist with IMPECCABLE stage presence! She is the TRUE definition of SOUL! Alise King has sung The National Anthem for The Detroit Tigers as well as opened for Funk Legend George Clinton & Parliament Funk, Kelly Price, Bobby Brown, CeCe Peniston, Chante Moore, DRU Hill, Klymaxx, NEXT and The Emotions.
In 2015 Alise won Best R&B Female artist of the year by The Detroit Black Music Awards. In 2016 she won Best Soul Artist by The Detroit Honor Awards and she also won “Best Local Artist” by The Best in Black Awards. She is currently nominated for 5 Detroit Music Awards and will be going on tour in June. She is working on her debut album “In The Key of Soul”
6-7pm Edison- singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton, multi-instrumentalist, Dustin Morris, and Grammy-nominated guitarist, Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers) - is an indie rock trio from Colorado which has quickly emerged as a musical force. Although they've only been a band since late 2014, they've already built a substantial national fan base thanks to their high-energy live shows and tireless touring efforts. In addition to countless club gigs, they've earned attention at such music industry conferences as SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Folk Alliance International. "We've been on the road nonstop for over a year", Slaton notes. "We didn't have a lot of releases out there so we decided to hit the road and meet as many people as we could and foster those relationships." That strategy worked, winning the band a devoted national audience as well as support slots with the likes of Iron & Wine, Langhorne Slim and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats. Edison released their debut LP "Familiar Spirit" (09-16-16) after signing with Rhyme & Reason Records. 7:30-8:15pm Johnathan Celestin- At the tender age of 20, Singer/Songwriter Johnathan Celestin moved to New York City with $200 and a dream. Since then, Johnathan Celestin has performed on several Broadway Tours and has written and sung for international recording artists, and companies like McDonalds, Old Navy, and Target to name a few.
Johnathan Celestin released his debut EP in 2012, while attending Columbia University and has since toured the country promoting his music and message. He has received nearly a million view on YouTube from his original music and covers.
8:30-9:15 Dj TAB- Tabatha Walsh aka Dj T.A.B. has been a key element in the Fort Wayne area's nightlife for 7 years. She mixes hip hop with a new electronic feel. She has produced many great nights at clubs such as Babylon, Piere's, and Early Birds. She is growing as a producer and will be releasing her first single this Pride!
9:30-Midnight FW's Finest Drag Show- Some of the area's top queens and kings perform in front of thousands during the largest drag show of the year!