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Each year Fort Wayne Pride's stage features a variety of local, regional and national performers.  The two day festival has acoustic performers, bands, DJs and it ends with the area's largest drag show! Check out this year's entertainers below and we can't wait to see you at Pride 2020 July 24th & 25th! 
2020 Performer Bios
Friday Main Stage:
7-8:15 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 for me to give away ALL the good stuff! As summer gets closer, and you start making your entertainment plans, this band will have you beggin' for sum more, and best of all, you won't have to feel guilty about this pleasure.

8:45-10:15 Night to Remember- 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 is popular and will keep you dancing all night! This local band performs throughout the area at events big and small. They are a Pride favorite and excited to return this year!


10:45-12 DJ Nephew- DJ Nephew is a hip hop, house, and R & B dj that calls Fort Wayne home. He loves turning parties into great memories and is ready to take the Pride stage for the first time.

Saturday Main Stage:
12:30-1:15 Mad Scatter- The Mad Scatter is an improvisational vocalist, who explores fusing jazz, alternative, indie, & soul into her own unique sound. She has 20+ years experience in the industry, but recently leaped into the jazz scene in 2014. 

The Mad Scatter's stage name came about due to her impromptu vocal "scatting" technique, originally made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald. The Scatter explores the spaces in between the music similar to Gretchen Parlato. Her influences are Prince, Erykah Badu, Anita Baker, D'Angelo, Alanis Morissette, Yael Naim, Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell, however one should "expect the unexpected" & brace for a trip down the rabbit hole.... musically of course!

You can find Mad Scatter music on all digital platforms!" More info click here

1:30-2:15 Jess Thrower- Jess Thrower is a Fort Wayne singer/song writer. A multi-talented artist, she’s a singer-songwriter and a guitarist. She performs original works as well as cover songs. While she doesn’t claim a particular genre, she says many consider her sound to fall under “Americana" or “Indie.”  Jess is a bit of a unicorn when it comes to the local music scene. She’s among the few solo female artists pursuing her craft full time.  But like a lot of creatives, she has spent years coming into her own musical style and identity. Her trajectory hasn’t exactly been linear, which also makes her story relatable. Most weekends, you can find her performing at local venues like coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and wineries. She has built up a following and enjoys the creative outlet that comes with the shows.


2:30-3:15 Mike Conley- Mike performs as a solo acoustic act, a duo with cellist Jane Heald and in his Rat Pack-era jazz quartet, The Beef Manhattans. Mike's style is reminiscent of cool 70s/80s tunes that are sure to bring back memories, sprinkled with a few originals and more recent, modern tunes.


3:30-4:15 Yadin KolYadin Kol is a captivating self-taught guitarist, singer, and songwriter who began his music career in 2016. As a passionate and soulful performer Yadin takes listeners on a musical journey where love and faith balance the ills and injustices of society. Yadin’s records provide a combination of his sensational guitar playing, and raw mellow vocals. His sound has a rhythmic undercurrent that bears testament to his retro-leaning, neo-soul style. His conscious-stirring lyrics come from his southern roots and urban life experiences. The soul searing stanzas and provocative rhythms from his first single 'True Love,' for instance, challenge the one-dimensional definition of beauty, and commands the listener to break free from the shackles of social stigma and repression. Yadin’s unrelenting hope for the disenfranchised, and faith in creation are recurring themes in his music. His influences include blues, soul, jazz, pop, R&B, hip-hop, and gospel. Yadin’s dream is that his music will unite, heal, and uplift people in light, love, and happiness.  As more and more opportunities arise Yadin remains humble, continuing to cultivate his artistry, and master his craft. Erykah Badu once said, “Music and the music industry are two different things.” While Yadin cannot predict the outcome of his efforts to establish a global presence in the music industry, he affirms with great conviction that music will remain an indispensable key to his existence.


4:30-5:30  elle/ The REMNANT- elle/the REMNANT is an all female indie/folk band based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their songs, all originals, reflect their lives, their hearts, their struggles, their pain and their beauty. They are inspired by nature, poetry, literature and most especially, the humans around and with them who inspire them to more beauty and greatness. They believe that music should nourish you like good, home-grown food, inspire you like the bigness of the brilliant starry sky, and tell you a true story worth the hearing.


6-7 Marielle Kraft When you hear Marielle Kraft’s music or experience her candid live shows, you feel as though you already know her. The indie pop singer/songwriter, based outside of Philadelphia in Delaware, displays craftsmanship beyond her years, following suit to artists like Alec Benjamin,
Maisie Peters, and Taylor Swift.
Self-taught, the Rhode Island native began playing guitar at 16 and soon writing songs that strike chords with listeners everywhere. Her gift for storytelling is evident through her use of salient detail, raw emotion, and poignant word choice to describe moments “exactly as they feel.”


7:30-8:30  New FameAdrienne Mack-Davis and feleciacruz have spent the last 6 years traveling the world living a life of shows, service and self-development. With over 1000 performances and 50 workshops in 8 countries and countless cities/states the ladies have finally found their DJ. Skulz is from Saigon, Vietnam and has an incredible ear for genre blending, his virtue, unsurpassed work ethic and enthusiasm in every moment made him an instant part of the team. For three years the three have been working together creating a show and sound that weaves in and out of freestyles, DJ sets and original music by songstress Adrienne Mack-Davis backed by feleciacruz are always pushing a positive message throughout a combination of hard hitting hip-hop, dance, trap, reggae and dancehall tunes these three high energy artists are sure to leave you feeling like you can fly and wanting more!


​9:15- Winner of Pride Idol Performs

9:30-Midnight Drag Show- Two dozen performances by current and former FW Pride title holders as well as special guests. (List coming soon)

Saturday Community Stage:
12:45-1:30 Alyssa Enright- Alyssa Enright is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Churubusco who has been entertaining crowds around the Fort Wayne area with her fresh take on new releases and music from the 90’s. She plays the guitar, ukulele, and piano, and has a unique bold voice that brings her music to life.

​1:45-2:30 Damon Mitchell- "A well-crafted cross between The Beatles and Death Cab for Cutie." That's the intriguing description of Damon Mitchell's music recently given by a well-respected music industry photojournalist. And, after listening to this 23 year old's debut release, said synopsis makes perfect sense. Damon's hook- laden, musical-wares cleverly combines influences from the past and present in a unique concoction that will undoubtedly become his signature.

  Damon is a songwriting, singing, southpaw six-stringer - recently appeared on stage as a guest guitarist/vocalist with America on their timeless hit, "Horse With No Name." Furthermore renowned drummer, Tris Imboden (Chicago, CS&N),is one of many notable guest artists on Damon's CD - proving that this young artist's respect for his influencers is clearly reciprocated. "There's unity amongst players within multiple genres on this record," Damon understates!

  Produced by award-winning and much respected bassist, Dave Martin, at Sweetwater Studios, we'll let Mr. Martin have the last word on this exciting, new, fast emerging entertainer. "Damon is a talented young artist, and I expect to hear great things from him in the future!"


2:45-3:15 Three Rivers Music Theatre- Three Rivers Music Theatre engages, inspires, entertains, and challenges audiences with musical productions that range from the classics to new works; we seek to achieve the highest professional quality in a supportive and encouraging environment; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning; and we celebrate the essential power of live theatre to illuminate our community. They will be performing numbers from their current show.

3:30-4:15 Tierra Gibson- Tierra Gibson is a singer/songwriter from small town Warsaw, Indiana who plays acoustic and sweet songs that will get you grooving or all in your emotions. Currently unsigned, although she has and is playing around a lot of Northern Indiana, wherever she can and has wrote multiple times down in Nashville. She puts her own twist on the typical songs you don't normally hear. From Queen to Hall & Oates to the tunes you still hear on the radio, there's something for everyone! 

4:30-5:15 A Little Afternoon Drag- Come out for a short afternoon drag show featuring some of your favorite entertainers as well as some newcomers. Lineup will be announced in the future.

5:30-6:30 Sugar Shot- When high-energy, in your face, country rock music is what you crave, Sugar Shot has what you're looking for. Playing the best country songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today, you;'re sure to be on your feet dancing all night long! 

Since forming in 2010, the band has opened for national touring artists such as Lee Brice, Jason Michael Carroll, Sunny Sweeney, Sonia Leigh, Casey James, Bucky Covington, Christian Kane, Emma King and the Heartsets, and Randy Montana. They have played at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne twice in the theater’s annual concert series, “Down the Line” and played at the Fort Wayne Air Show at the 122nd Air Force Base as well as many festivals. 

With a reboot of the band in 2019, new faces bring new energy. You'll still get the same hyper-active country you've come to enjoy with a focused on keeping people on the dance floor from the start of the show to the end. Sugar Shot plays the best country music, straight from the Nashville strip. With a long history of entertaining audiences, you're going to love what you hear!
Pride 2020 Entertainment Lineup
       

Friday Main Stage
(located in Headwaters East)
7-8:15 Sum Morz
8:45-10:15   A Night to Remember
10:45-12a    DJ TBA
Saturday Main Stage
(located in Headwaters East)
12:30-1:15 The Mad Scatter
1:30-2:15 Jess Thrower
2:30-3:15 Mike Conley
3:30-4:15 Yadin Kol
4:30-5:30 elle/ The Remnant
​6-7 Marielle Kraft
7:30-8:30 New Fame
9:15 Winners of Pride Idol
9:30-12a FW's Finest Drag Show
Saturday Community Stage
(located in Headwaters West)
12:45-1:30 Alyssa Enright
1:45- 2:30 Damon Mitchell
2:45- 3:15 3 Rivers Music Theatre
3:30-4:15 Tierra Gibson
4:30-5:15 A Little Afternoon Drag  
5:30-6:30 Sugar Shot