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2018 Pride Concert2018-10-28T23:06:00+00:00

Pride Concert

Join us at noon at the Boston City Hall stage for the free, all ages Pride Concert featuring a diverse lineup of local and national headliners that will entertain the crowds all day. ASL interpretation will be provided.

2018 Boston Pride Concert Lineup

12:35PM – Long Arm Rex
1:05PM – Crystal Famous (Jay Fig)
1:20PM – Happy Little Clouds
1:15PM – Mayor Martin J. Walsh
2:00PM – Justin Dearborn
2:20PM – Freedom for All Massachusetts
2:25PM – Amanda Playwith
2:30PM – Boketto The Wolf
3:00PM – Violencia Exclamation Point
3:10PM – Niya Norwood
3:30PM – Verna Turbulence
3:40PM – Queens With A Mission
4:20PM – Martha Wash
4:55PM – Big Freedia

Schedule is subject to change.

Hosted by

Fast Freddy


Born in Boston. Raised in Radio. Lover of Life, Music, Laughter, Pop Culture & PEOPLE! Especially the diverse cast of characters that make up our beloved City of Boston! Happily Co-Hosting Mix 1041’s Afternoon Drive with Gregg Daniels since 2005! OUT & Proud both on & off the air. A longtime advocate & activist for the gay community as well as a champion for overall equal rights for all humans. Love giving my unique, personal take on celebrity gossip & the top entertainment stories of the day via my “Life In The Fastlane” reports. Also, enjoy getting involved in community events & supporting charitable causes throughout New England. Grateful. Every. Day.

Verna Turbulence


Verna Turbulence, also known as Daniel Faucher of Daniel Faucher Couture, has been a couture designer for over 30 years and is Senior Instructor at the School for Fashion Design, Boston. His female alter-ego Verna,Daniel has been working in the community as a drag performer for two decades and is considered by many to be a living legend. Verna has performed in numerous queer performance venues in Boston, including Jacques and Club Café. She has dedication her life to giving back to her community, raising more than $10,000 each year for the Boston Living Center at her annual Drag Brunch. Verna is Queen Mother and Protector of the Realm of the Imperial Court of Massachusetts.

2018 Boston Pride Concert Headliners

Meet our headliners at 2PM, before they perform! Get your Meet & Greet tickets here.

Martha Wash


Martha’s voice has dominated the airwaves, and her charisma and spirit has embraced millions of people around the world. She is responsible for some of the top-selling, most recognizable pop hits of the 80s and 90s. “It’s Raining Men”, the cult pop classic, is still heard everywhere… the radio, movies, commercials, TV. “Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was the highlight of C C Music Factory’s career, and sold 5 1/2 million copies worldwide. Black Box’s Dreamland featured four #1 Billboard Dance singles and three Top 40 hits including “Strike It Up”, a single that continues to receives massive airplay and is still heard at every NFL and NBA game everywhere! All of the above have achieved major success and all have one common denominator – Martha Wash. She is the heart and soul of dance music. “Martha Wash “The Collection”: was released in January 1998 on Logic Records/BMG, to honor her timelessness and her renowned presence that has been instrumental in shaping popular music as we hear it today.

Big Freedia


New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce music is characterized by call-and- response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and booty-shaking. After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse. The weekly docu-series, now in its sixth season, follows the life of a gay choirboy turned Bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network.

Artist Line-Up

Joining our headliners are some amazing local Boston artists. Discover them here.

Long Arm Rex


Long Arm Rex is a female-fronted reggae/jam band based out of Boston, MA. They focus heavily on the groove, incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock, pop and ska. Since hatching from its shell in 2014, this 5-piece powerhouse has continuously made it their mission to bring you a unique, rexified spin on modern reggae.

Boketto The Wolf


A four piece dusky indie-rock group consisting of Julia Maree (Vocals/Guitar), Erik Grimm (Guitar/Vocals), Tim Washington(Drums) and Catherine Parke (Bass/Vocals) A combination of effected electric, raw folk, crafty lyrics and layered harmonies define Boketto the Wolf’s live presence on the Boston music scene. Boketto the Wolf just recently released their debut EP “Sleepless” which is available for purchase in person at a show or online at iTunes, CD Baby or Amazon.

Happy Little Clouds


Happy Little Clouds, the brain-child of Jac Mestel, began in 2010 and has featured a lineup of several talented local musicians over the years. The band’s first studio album, which debuted July 9, 2016, features Jac on lead vocals and guitar along with long-time member Alex Toorish on drums and Kelly Vaden on bass. The current line up of the band includes Jac Mestel on vocals and guitar, Rainy Maple Logan on drums, and the newest member, Beck Goguen on bass. Happy Little Clouds calls the Boston area home, though they have performed across New England, including a gig at the Hartford, CT leg of the 2012 Van’s Warped Tour, after winning the Ourstage.com 2012 Warped Tour Regional Competition for their song, “Somebody Help Me Forget.” In July 2016, Happy Little Clouds released their first studio album, “Shift,” which was recorded by Jonathan Wyman over five days at The Halo, a converted barn outside Portland, Maine. The sold-out album release show took place at O’Brien’s Pub in Allston where the band brought together their favorite local artists, poets and musicians and held an art auction that raised $500 for the non-profit, Girl’s Rock Campaign Boston. Other notable performances include opening for the popular 90s “queer-core” band, Pansy Division, at ONCE Ballroom in September, and opening for Madame Gandhi aka Kiran Gandhi former drummer for M.I.A.

Justin Dearborn


As a recording artist, Justin Dearborn’s music fuses elements of electropop and dance-pop into a genre that markets itself exceedingly well in the mainstream commercial music world. His vocals exhibit a unique quality, combining the technique of powerfully-sung tenor phrases along with a warm, rich tone. Based out of Boston, he has collaborated in the recording studio with a team of multi-platinum producers, including Andrew Goldstein (Britney Spears, Jason Derülo, Selena Gomez) and Brad Young (LMFAO, New Kids on the Block) — all of which who have worked closely with him to bring his creative vision to life. As his catalogue of material grows, he continues to draw inspiration from both past and present musicians — including the iconic artists of the late 90s all the way up to today’s Billboard Hot 100 players. Comparable to his musical predecessors yet still maintaining his own individuality. With songwriting being the foundation of his work, Dearborn’s original track list serves as the tip of the iceberg for his heart as an artist. He is just as dynamic as he is charismatic, and has no plan of slowing down. Whether he’s performing an intimate set at a nightclub in the city or an event holding thousands, his music proves to be impactful and continues to reach a wide demographic.

Niya Norwood


Niya Norwood is a 90s baby born and raised in the DC/MD/VA area. Her influences include artists such as Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Prince, Lisa Fischer, Brandy, Justin Timberlake and so many more. She comes from a musical family that introduced her to all genres of music from a young age. Niya is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a proud alumni of Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She has performed with some of the greatest names in the industry including Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill and many more. As a member of the Ellington Showchoir Niya has performed numerous times for President Obama, Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden as well. While at Berklee, Niya worked side by side with Beyoncé’s background vocalists The Mamas. She currently sings with the independent artist YEBBA and owns her own nonprofit talent agency servicing the East Coast. Niya’s current single Black Girl Magic is on all streaming platforms and her debut EP will be available this summer.

Queens with a Mission


Established in 2016, Queens with a Mission (QWAM) champions those who identify as part of the LGBTQ community in the Boston community and the Boston Dance Scene. As a diverse all male dance crew, we are a group of friends who want to express and experience dance in all aspects; masculinity, femininity, and reality. Through a collective and collaborative movement, we are bringing freshness, fun and spontaneity to venues across the East Coast.

About this event

Rain or
Shine
Free and
Open to the public
Boston Pride merchandise available
Or buy online now!
Wheelchair
accessible
ASL interpretation available

Please let Boston Pride know by May 25th if you need additional accessibility beyond ASL interpreting (email us at [email protected])
Government Center (Blue and Green lines)
Haymarket (Green and Orange lines)
State (Blue line)