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Keri Hilson, Kim Petras, and Asia O’Hara added to Capital Pride Concert lineup

Annual concert is expected to draw more than 275,000 attendees

Keri Hilson, Kim Petras, and Asia O’Hara – Photos courtesy of Capital Pride.

The Capital Pride Alliance has announced three additions to the Capital Pride Concert lineup on Sunday, June 10.

Performing at the concert, which runs concurrently with the Capital Pride Festival, will be singer, songwriter and actress Keri Hilson, singer Kim Petras, and RuPaul’s Drag Race celebrity Asia O’Hara. 

Hilson, a Georgia native, first rose to prominence with the release of her studio album, In a Perfect World…, which reached number four on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Several of her top hits went platinum, including “Pretty Girl Rock,” “Turning Me On,” “and “Knock You Down.” Hilson has been honored with several awards, including a BET Award, MOBO Award, NAACP Image Award and two Soul Train Music Awards.

Petras, a German-born, Los Angeles-based pop singer, is known for her unique music style, which fuses together sounds of ’80s euro disco with ’90s American pop. Her August 2017 debut single “I Don’t Want It All” reached the top of Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart. Some of her other musical hits include “Hills,” “Slow it Down,” “Heart to Break,” and “Faded.” She was also featured on Charli XCX’s track “Unlock It” alongside Jay Park.

O’Hara, best known for her (currently ongoing) appearance on Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has won several national titles in drag pageantry, including Miss Gay America in 2016. The title is known as the “Symbol of Excellence” of female impersonation and involves several responsibilities, including touring, community service, and spreading a positive image of the LGBTQ community.

The Capital Pride Concert, presented by HOT 99.5/Pride Radio, is expected to draw at least 275,000 people to a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and will also feature performances by headliner Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, and MAX. There will also be side performances by singers, dance troupes, and drag queens at two side stages, the Monument Stage and Dupont Stage, throughout the day, followed by a sunset dance party with DJ Tracy Young spinning from the main stage at 8 p.m.

“The diversity of talent at this year’s concert will be unparalleled and inspiring,” Ryan Bos, the executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, said in a statement. “With the addition of Keri Hilson, Kim Petras, and Asia O’Hara to the already robust roster of performers, we’re expecting the largest turnout in our over 43-year history, and we expect this to be the best Capital Pride Concert ever.”

The Capital Pride Festival and Concert is on Sunday, June 10, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. For a full schedule of events and performers, visit capitalpride.org.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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