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Entertainment Lineup: Main Stage, Rainbow Stage, Arts Stage

Chely Wright, Inaya Day, DC Cowboys and many others at 2010 Capital Pride Festival

As of press time. Please note: Time windows are approximate. Performers are listed in alphabetical order in their time windows. Performers subject to change without notice.’


DJ Steve Henderson returns for his fifth year to spin between acts on the Mainstage. Although now a resident of Chicago, the Baltimore native still spins regularly on the East Coast, including monthly at the Ziegfeld’s/Secrets complex.

11 a.m. to Noon

American Veterans for Equal Rights

The gay veterans service organization, celebrating 20 years of working for LGBT equality in the armed forces, presents a ”taps” ceremony, at which all World War II veterans will be invited onto the Mainstage to be recognized for their service.

August Lacore

A 21-year-old with a pistol tattoo on his arm, Lacore is as sexually charged as the next hip-hopper — except he’s gay. ”Give It Boy,” the Los Angeles resident sings and raps on a current single.

The Zen Monkeys

A female trio from Salisbury, Md., the Zen Monkeys take pride in blurring the lines between musical genres, incorporating funk and rock alongside folk and bluegrass. Suzanna Mallow leads the group, with Angie Travers and guitarist Colleen Clark adding sweet harmony.

Noon to 1 p.m.

Michelle Raymond Band

Raymond, also known as M-Ray, won Gay Pride Virginia’s 2008 Battle of the Bands. The Richmond native now resides in D.C. and is winning locals over to her ”acoustic folk with a little funk and jam.”

Rain Must Fall

A rock band from central Pennsylvania — Altoona, to be exact — Rain Must Fall makes alternative rock music with catchy pop hooks. The quartet includes guitarist Jarrett Bickel, vocalist Michael Kensinger, guitarist Bree Gearhart and bass player Hunter Karns.

Renny Sanz

An alternative hip-hop artist, this New Jersey native returns to the area after graduating from American University. The queer renaissance artist is touring in support of her new EP Nerd Swag in a Dime Bag.

1 to 2 p.m.

Barbara Sheree

Recently featured as a member of Patti Labelle’s choir on NBC’s Clash of the Choirs, the young Philadelphia-based ”alternative soul” singer is on the verge of the big time.

Blair Michaels

One of the Ladies of Town, the Bowie, Md., native has been donning a dress in D.C. for nearly three decades now and is sometimes referred to as the Queen of Charity for all her volunteer work and appearances.

Cheer DC

This all-volunteer GLBT cheer squad cheers for various area sports teams and other community events. They’ll give festivalgoers an early afternoon pep boost.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. is regarded as one of the finest gay men’s chorus in the country as well as one of Washington’s best choral groups. The Chorus is a local social institution that often takes a cheeky approach to its choral repertoire, and extravagantly dresses the part.

Ryan Skyy

This Pittsburgh party promoter with a musical theater degree is an emerging dance music singer planning to move to New York in his quest to make ”delicious, consumable, universal pop music.”

2 to 3p.m.

Josh Duffy

This New Orleans singer says he’s ”not your typical wannabe pop star.” He’s had several hits on Sirius OutQ’s countdown over the past few years.

Freddie’s Follies

The fiercest drag queens in Northern Virginia step out of the beach bar and travel across the river to perform at Pride, led by show creator Destiny B Childs, a 2010 Capital Pride Hero.

Ladies of Town and X-Faction

Town Danceboutique’s drag queens and dance troupe perform choreographed, lip-synched routines to dance-pop numbers that would make Britney Spears and Kei$ha jealous.

3 to 4 p.m.

Ella Fitzgerald

Creator of the ”Ladies of Illusion” at Ziegfeld’s, Fitzgerald is the first lady of drag. She’s always crass, always funny and always soul-stirring, and the peacock-inspired drag queen proves that sometimes the smallest big mouth in town can impart the biggest treasure.

Mama B Sacks

Returning to Capital Pride for a second year in a row, the New York-based Philadelphia-native powerhouse singer offers sassy electro-pop music with a little Broadway thrown in for good measure.

Tattiyanna Voche’

Maryland-born actor Jonathan Jackson has several titles under his drag tiara, including Miss Gay Maryland America. He’s also the reigning Miss Ziegfeld’s 2010. And he’s only 26!

4 to 5 p.m.


Formerly a performer with the DC Drag Kings and ROCKETT, Ebone Bell’s male alter-ego will perform a Michael Jackson tribute for Pride. The popular entertainer energizes everyone in the crowd, but ”it’s always for the ladies!”

Kitten on Capitol Hill

Vocalist and guitarist Eva Blackmer from Odd Girl Out fronts this hard-charging local band combining punk guitar riffs, a driving back beat, melodic vocals and strong lyrics. Blackmer is joined by drummer JR Cook, bassist Ed Stachyra and lead guitarist Jason Reigle.

Vanessa Conde

Splitting her time between the New York area in which she grew up and Miami, the Dominican-American singer is classically trained, but is focused on making a career in dance music, like many big, bold-voiced women before her.

5 to 6 p.m.

Chely Wright

Though she first garnered attention in the late-’90s with several country hits, Wright has been especially in the news over the past month. In promoting a new album and an autobiography, she came out in People magazine. She’ll show off her pride by headlining Pride’s Mainstage.

DC Cowboys Dance Company

The cowboy boot-wearing dance troupe kicks up a choreographed Broadway-tinged, country-western storm. But it’s their often-shirtless performances and suggestive moves that really get the crowd swooning.

Inaya Day

A Brooklyn native and ”Fame Academy” graduate, Day has scored a string of dance hits in the past 15 years or so, from ”Keep Pushin”’ to ”Movin’ Up” to ”Horny” to ”Nasty Girl.” She’s among dance music’s best vocalists, and definitely one of the liveliest performers you’ll see.

Rainbow Stage Lineup

Located inside the Nellie’s Beverage Garden at the juncture of 6th Street and Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues NW. Subject to change. For approximate times, visit

Dance Music by DJ Frenchie B. Couture
Big Daddy, Mr. Capital Pride 2009
Mr. Capital Pride 2010
Miss Capital Pride 2010
Talulha Foxx Deverreoux
Enigma Foxx
Devon Foxx
Raquel Savage
Sylvia Stallone
Blair Michaels
Charity B.
Monet Dupree
Arione Decardeza
Brandy Courvouirsier
Kristina Kelly
Lady Egypt Zaire
Angel B. Chalet
Regina Jozet Adams
Kuriosity Lee Adams
Ashley Jozet Adams
Anjelika Jozet Adams
Private Tails
Anonymous Childs
Velvet Kensington
Jasper Hyjinx
Anne T. Roginous
Bambi Jozet Adams
Elektra B. Voche
Ophelia Bottoms
Shelby Bottoms
Xavier Bottoms
Jazmin Blue
Maranda Dapree
Isis Deverreoux
Sasha Renee
Jessica Spaulding Deverreoux
Coco L. Blackwell
Tiffany Diamonds
Lady Toni
Tiffany Nicole Blackwell
Gucci Rene Blackwell
Phoenix Amber Bloomingdale
Arcadia Alexander
Tina Tuna Adams
Akasha Cassadine
Mercedes Monroe Cassadine
Divannah Leone
South West Tracy
Kelly Garrett
Sarah Lee Garrett
Daphne Deluxe
Canielle Revlon
Big Daddy

Arts Corner

Located on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue. Scheduled to perform. Subject to change.

DC Different Drummers Marching Band
DC Swing
DC Lambda Squares
Special Agent Galactica
Arthur Loves Plastic
Tiik w/ G. U. T. S.
Don Harvey
Wicked Jezebel

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.