Â ASL and CART will be provided for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Boston Pride has announced the entertainment line-up for the 2016Â Boston Pride Festival that will take place on Saturday, June 11th from 12 pm to 6 pm at Boston City HallÂ Plaza. Aydian Ethan Dowling will be the MC for the festival, while headliner and Australian singersongwriterÂ Conrad Sewell; Jamaican dancehall singer Samantha J, singer and LGBT activist BrandonÂ Skeie; Canadian alternative rock band Hunter Valentine; Americaâ€™s Got Talent semifinalist SamanthaÂ Johnson; drag performer Nikita Le Femme; Boston reggae band Long Arm Rex; jazz musician MRF;Â Flatline Poetry; and DJ Joe Bermudez will provide entertainment and excitement to parade spectatorsÂ looking to continue the festivities during the daylong celebration. For a sneak peak of Festival headliner,Â catch Conrad Sewell on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC on Wednesday, April 13 and onÂ Good Morning America on ABC on Friday, April 15.
â€œWe are thrilled to host such an exciting and diverse group of artists at this yearâ€™s Boston Pride Festival,â€Â said Charlene Charles, Boston Pride board member and entertainment liaison. â€œThese poets, singers,Â musicians, DJs, and activists are reflective of this yearâ€™s theme, â€œSolidarity through Pride,â€ and will beÂ the perfect entertainment for the thousands of Pride attendees coming together to celebrate diversity,Â equality, and solidarity.â€
Pride Concert Performers
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Conrad Sewell, this yearâ€™s headliner for the Boston Pride Festival, is a 28 year old singer-songwriter fromÂ Brisbane, Australia. He has written songs for other artists in his native Australia, had a European hit withÂ his previous band and, and wrote and sings the hook on Kygoâ€™s global smash â€œFirestone,â€ which alreadyÂ has over 390 million streams on Spotify. Most recently, Sewell became the new voice of Coca-Cola withÂ the song â€œTaste the Feelingâ€ which was produced by Avicii. He recently joined Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5Â on tour, as well as releasing an EP, entitled All I Know. His songs, which draw from pop, dance, rock, andÂ gospel, display an impressive diversity and variety of styles sure to appeal to attendees of the BostonÂ Pride Festival.
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Samantha J burst on to the stage in 2013 with her hit single â€œTight Skirt,â€ which has topped internationalÂ charts. The 19 year old singer fuses pop, reggae, hip-hop, and R&B to create songs which haveÂ captivated audiences not only in her native Jamaica but throughout the globe. She has also released aÂ second single, â€œLeague of My Ownâ€ as well as creating an unofficial remix to Omiâ€™s â€œCheerleaderâ€ whichÂ has become a viral sensation and was played on many American radio stations. Samantha J is currentlyÂ recording her debut album and is excited to share the sounds of Jamaica with the rest of the world.
Brandon Skeie is a singer-songwriter and openly gay pop artist with a strong presence among theÂ industryâ€™s creative community. At the age of 22, heâ€™s obtained features in Billboard, Idolator, RyanÂ Seacrest and MTV, over 10 million SoundCloud plays, and an active online fan base of 400K+ followers.Â Skeie is poised for a strong 2016 with the release of original music following his viral rendition of Adele’sÂ “Hello,” including his debut single “So Bad.”
Hunter Valentine creates power rock music and fiercely intoxicating live performances which haveÂ transformed them from veteran indie artists to breakout music and television personalities. They haveÂ starred in a hit reality television show on Showtime, The Real L Word; toured with Cyndi Lauper and SumÂ 41; joined the Vans Warped Tour; and just released an EP, entitled The Pledge. They are currentlyÂ touring extensively before taking a hiatus to work on solo projects.
Samantha Johnson is a Massachusetts native who recently placed as a semi-finalist on NBCâ€™s Americaâ€™sÂ Got Talent, studied the flute classically and went on to place among the top flautists in the state andÂ country. Her love of performing and singing led her to her first role at the age of 16 in a high schoolÂ production of the â€œWizard of Oz.â€ Since then she has appeared in productions with the Fall River LittleÂ Theatre, BCC Theatre Co, Reagle Music Theatre, Palace Theatre and New Bedford Festival Theatre. SheÂ also toured the world in the London-based production of â€œThriller Liveâ€ and is currently working on herÂ debut EP.
Nikita Le Femme
Nikita Le Femme is a drag performer from Worcester, Massachusetts who has been performing for 16Â years. She has auditioned for RuPaulâ€™s Drag Race and Americaâ€™s Got Talent twice and has performed allÂ over the United States in clubs, colleges, and many other venues. Performing at Pride Festivals, dances,Â birthday parties, and weddings, she keeps everyone on their toes.
Long Arm Rex
Long Arm Rex is a hip 4-piece ska/reggae band out of Boston, MA. They have a deep love for music andÂ create a variety of high-energy, danceable songs. Some notable venues they have played include TheÂ Aquarium in Austin TX, Hard Rock Cafe Boston, Middle East, Davis Square Theater, Pride Day @ FanueilÂ Hall, Jacques Underground and many more.
MRF has released 2, soon to be 3, albums thus far: Elevator Music, Mob Music and the forthcoming EP;Â Yasko Sensei. His sophomore album, Mob Music, topped the iTunes Jazz Chart U.S. and placed onÂ Billboard HeatSeekers Chart upon its release in October 2013, while his recent single, a cover of â€œI Canâ€™tÂ Make You Love Meâ€ appeared at #55 on the iTunes top 200 jazz songs chart.
Flatline Poetry is a group of six spoken word artists (Lewis M., Lissa Piercy, Guillermo Caballero, KaleighÂ O’Keefe, Oompa, and Febo) who write, perform, and teach workshops throughout the United States.Â The poets of Flatline Poetry write on topics of sexual and gender identity, love and loss, race andÂ heritage, and the intersections between them. Combining their skills and experience in communityÂ organizing, social work, political science, visual art, spoken word poetry, entrepreneurship, music,Â activism, and education, the members of Flatline present challenging poetry and innovative workshopsÂ that foster dialogues where all voices are valued.
Joe Bermudez is an award-winning DJ and native New Englander who has toured with Madonna andÂ David Guetta and remixed for Britney Spears and Rihanna. He got his start as a radio DJ in Auburn,Â Maine, and now hosts a weekly show on Bostonâ€™s AMP 103.3. When heâ€™s not on the airwaves or DJing inÂ local Boston nightclubs, he can be found traveling the world, spinning for diverse crowds and remixingÂ tracks for top artists across the globe.
Aydian Ethan Dowling
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Aydian Ethan Dowling, the MC for this yearâ€™s Pride Festival, is an FTM (female to male) transgenderÂ activist from Long Island, New York who documented his transition on YouTube as a support mechanismÂ for others who are also looking to transition. In 2011, Aydianâ€™s story was showcased on the Emmy nominatedÂ It Gets Better Project on MTV where he and his now wife, Jenilee, spoke about the challengesÂ transgender couples face when planning to wed. In 2015 he was featured on the November 2015 SpecialÂ Edition Menâ€™s Health Cover as the lead contender in their search for the â€œUltimate Menâ€™s Health Guy,â€Â which gained Aydian world-wide recognition. Aydian is also the founder of Point 5cc Clothing.