Pride's stage has been graced by national recording artists such as Thea Austin (SNAP!), Amanda Perez, and God-Des & She, as well as regional and local favorites like Cougar Hunter, What She Said, Sugar Shot, Mike Conley, Unlikely Alibi, Sum Morz, JaRay, Kristen Ford, Ellis, Yellow Dead Bettys, 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 2016 Entertainment:
Pride 2016 Headliner
DEV National recording artist, DEV, headlines FW Pride's Friday kickoff party! DEV was discovered by the The Cataracs in 2009. Shortly after Dev's song "Booty Bounce" was sampled in Far East Movement's hit single "Like a G6" which reached number 1 in the US, and sold over four million downloads in the country. Dev was signed to Universal Republic in October 2010, and released her debut single "Bass Down Low" in November 16, 2010. Her debut album The Night the Sun Came Up was released in the United States on March 27, 2012. The second single, "In the Dark", peaked at number 11 in the US chart, making it her most successful solo single to date. In 2014, DEV released two EPs, Bittersweet July and the second part as a follow up to part one. She's a radio host of the popular radio Beats 1 by Apple, founded in 2015. DEV has been featured on tracks with Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Timbaland, Afrojack, as well as on the New Boyz's hit song "Backseat". Her music has been on movies like "Pitch Perfect", "The Internship", "Grown Ups 2" and "Daddy's Home" along with several TV shows. Dev will start promoting her second studio album which is set to be released in mid 2016 with an opening single called Lowkey. 7:15-9:15 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 5 years and the guitar and bass player have been together for 13 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.
9:45-10:15pm DEV (See bio above)
10:45-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!
12-12:45 CODEX CODEX, formed in early 2016, is a duo made up of members Sam Tolson and Angel Tipping from Toledo, Ohio. With their own interpretation of the word, their life stories and memories have sculpted them individually as people, binding them in similarities and forming them into CODEX. Creating a new journey in the Alternative Pop music scene, they set forth on sharing their music with their current and future fans.
Sam Tolson is a 23 year old Ohio based Singer/Composer and Producer. She began her music career as a solo artist, releasing her first song, Above It, on iTunes in 2012. At this time, she began composing and writing full time. Sam has also been studying for her BA Degree in Music Business over the last year. With her solo career, she has traveled to countless cities, even internationally, performing her music. She has nearly 150,000 Youtube views and over 400,000 streams online.
Angel Tipping is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Toledo, OH. She released her first single, Someone Else's, in 2013 followed by Goodnight Lullaby shortly after in 2014. It didn't take long for Angel to become a familiar face in her hometown after making it to the finals in the city's Singer/Songwriter competition. This opened the door for invites to perform all over Toledo and beyond. In 2015 alone, she played over 200 shows in 30+ venues, including shows in Vietnam.
1-1:45 Jon & Missy Jon Durnell and Missy Burgess, formerly of What She Said, are both very active in the local music scene, each performing with different bands and as a duo. The long time supporters of Pride are Fort Wayne music staples and we are excited to have them return to our stage. 2-2:45 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! Pride favorites Jen Fisher and Missy Burgess have teamed up with a couple of other local musicians to kick off Saturday’s Pride celebration right! 3-3:45 Dasan Valentine One small kid with a GIANT voice. A powerhouse vocalist with over 4 octaves of range, vocal acrobatics, belt, falsetto, and whistle register, Dasan Valentine has been considered as a male version of our great vocalists among Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. Just a small kid with a big dream, Dasan is currently an unsigned artist releasing his first LP entitled "Daybreak." With a personality and looks big enough to match the pipes, Dasan Valentine is the entire package to fall in love with musically and personally. Click here to watch to Dasan's newest video 4-4:45 Alise King The Detroit Native, Alise King better known as The Soulful D.I.V.A is a POWERHOUSE vocalist with IMPECCABLE stage presence! Her dynamic voice takes you on a journey and her outstanding live performance leaves you wanting more. She is the TRUE definition of SOUL! Alise refers to herself as a D.I.V.A... a Divine Instrument Vocalizing Her Ability. Alise has performed opened for artist such as El Debarge and George Clinton. Playing venues such as Cobo Hall, Hart Plaza, The Music Hall and More! Alise has won multiple competitions even being crowned The Detroit winner of The BET Apollo Live! In 2015 Alise was crowned “Best R&B Female Artist by The Detroit Black Music Awards. She is currently working on her debut album titled... In The Key of Soul. Click here to watch Alise King 5:15-6:15 SIR SIR, based out of Denver, Colorado, is a sexy-emotional-rock-pop band led by powerhouse vocalist, Sarah Angela, who has a voice to be reckoned with and an arsenal of powerful songwriting to back it up. SIR has headlined Red Rocks Amphitheater, showcased at South by Southwest and released music produced by Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, Flobots, Less Than Jake). The band has just emerged from a winter recording in Los Angeles at renowned studio Serenity West (Jason Derulo, Justin Timberlake, Adele) and will be releasing their first LP later this year. Watch their new video to the song "Go". 6:45-8 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! 8:15-9:15 DJ TAB DJ TAB (Turbulence And Bass) is back to pump up the crowd Saturday night with the hottest music out there! You can see her at various clubs across town. She continues to refine her skills and is ready to bring the energy to 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!