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“When the National March was announced, it sort of gave me license to go bigger,” promoter Bruce Yelk says. Yet by December, Yelk already had most elements in place for a two-day dance music festival at the DC Eagle set for Capital Pride weekend.
As announced today, Distrkt C Pride kicks off with the popular second-Saturday leather-and-uniform-focused all-night party that Yelk started at the DC Eagle a year ago. DJs Grind, Joe Gauthreaux and Jared Conner will spin for this Official Men’s Party of Capital Pride starting at 10 p.m., with a special performance by club singer Inaya Day (“Movin’ Up”).
The next day, June 11, offers a second round of late-night dancing starting at 10 p.m. with DJs Morabito, Twisted Dee and X Gonzalez, plus a performance by Sheila Brody aka Amuka (“Appreciate Me”). Yet festivities actually get started at 5 p.m. with a dance floor set up in the DC Eagle’s large outdoor courtyard.
DJ Billy Carroll, a house veteran who retired from the touring circuit years ago, will offer a rare venture outside his New York base to play a set of disco and classics. “I sort of had to talk him into this, but he liked the concept,” Yelk says.
In fact, the whole evening is built on a theme of classics, with a stage set up outside where three ’90s-minted club divas will perform: Crystal Waters, Kristine W and Kim English. There will also be a “T-Dance” indoors starting at 6 p.m. featuring DJ Roland Belmares. That positions the DC Eagle to be a perfect final stop for Pride-goers after a full day of walking and marching down on Pennsylvania Avenue and the Mall.
“The weekend is designed to appeal to a wide audience,” Yelk says. “If you like DJs, there’s something for you. If you like divas, there’s something for you…. And I also feel like there’s something for people who like a day party and don’t like being out late at night.”
Distrkt C Pride – Powered by Scruff — is Saturday, June 10, starting at 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 11, starting at 5 p.m., at the DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Rd. NE. Advance tickets are $125 for a two-day pass, or $65 for Saturday, June 10, $85 for Sunday. Visit distrktc.com.