Posted By: Matt Link Friday, October 26, 2012
Musical taste is such a personal thing. But the LGBT world - with its famous diversity that cuts across all ages, ethnic groups, gender, orientation, and social groups – knows a bit about making everyone happy.

Do you like country? Hip hop? Jazz? How about synthpop or pysch-rock? Well, there is literally something for everyone at this year’s Greater Palm Springs Pride, coming up on November 3rd and 4th.

An unprecedented number of stages (7) and dance venues (3) throughout the festival grounds at Sunrise Park and also in downtown Palm Spring will host an unprecedented number of musical artists (130) from all around the world. The town will be pumping everywhere you turn, with a tune for every mood and taste. No one will leave unhappy!



Some performers are coming all the way from London. Case in point: Luciana (pictured above), the U.K.’s reigning “Queen of Electro.” Luciana has co-written songs with Kylie Minogue, collaborated with Tiesto, and her songs have hit the top ten of the U.S. Billboard dance charts more than once. Luciana will grace Palm Springs Pride, singing her latest releases.

“Palm Springs is home to some of the best parties of the year,” gushes Luciana. “I’m so lucky to get the chance to perform here, in such beautiful surroundings. Palm Springs also has the most amazing pet-friendly hotel [The Ace Hotel, a Pride host hotel], so I love to sometimes take a few days out to relax here with my dog! For me Palm Springs Pride is the best. It’s the last big party to end the Pride season in style.”

How is that for an international endorsement?


A list of other Pride festival highlights include …

Appearing live on the US Bank Stage:


- Andy Bell, lead singer of the acclaimed English “synthpop” band Erasure
- Motown’s Martha Reeves (the last official member of The Supremes)
- pop sensation Karmin
- country rock crooner Justin Utley
- electronic music duo The Crystal Method
- San Francisco “indietronica” band The Limousines
- dance diva Pepper MaShay
- and many more

Appearing live on the Rainbow Stage:

- the all-lesbian Girls Gone Band
- the all-male Go Go’s tribute band The Gay Gay’s
- thirteen year-old pop performer Ani Hesse
- electric guitarist MikO Tolliver
- and many more

Appearing live on the Desert Radio Group Events Stage:


- Los Angeles indie band Science Fiction Theatre
- Palm Springs’ favorite The Morning After
- indie bands That Art Thou, The Lunar Atlantic, The Brock Party, Arson & Co., HMWK, The Kyms, Kid Gramophon, and Sweet Company
- and many more
 
Appearing live under the 60-foot shaded tent of the Big Top Cabaret:


- ringmaster Bella da Ball (Palm Springs’ area social ambassador and hostess with the mostest)
- Cherilynn from the drag comedy performance group The Troupers
- international chanteuse Morganne
- the impersonations of Michael Holmes from The Judy Show
- special Marilyn tribute by Cat Lyn Day
- and many more

Appearing live at the outdoor Country/Swing/Two-Step/Waltz/Line-Dance floor:

- The L.A. Wranglers
- featured DJs Stephen Guerrero, Rick Dominguez, Ken Smith, Drew Johnson, Brett Coffey, and Greg Ogin
- dance instructors Rick Dominguez, Bill Glover, DJ Ken Smith, and Dev Edwards
- and many more

In addition, there will be The Karaoke Tent hosted by Geoff Allan, as well as the PNN.fm Dance Tent with guest DJs delivering non-stop dance favorites, disco classics, hip-hop anthems, and current chart toppers.
 
If all that wasn’t enough, the nighttime Arenas Road Block Party ‘12 (on November 3rd from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM) will feature American Idol Kimberly Caldwell along with more international DJs. The Arenas Road Block Party ‘12 is a free, twenty-one years and older community event with two stages, dancing, cocktails, beer, and food booths in the heart of the gayborhood.
 
The Pride Festival is held at Palm Springs Stadium (near Sunrise and Ramon) on November 3rd and 4th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is $15 daily; $25 for a Weekend Pass; $10 daily for Seniors (60+), Youth 12-18, and Students (19-24 w/current student ID); $65 Premier Two-day Admission with hosted Bud Light and wine. Tickets at festival gates or online at pspride.org/festival-info/tickets.

Free shuttle service is provided from several locations downtown to the festival grounds from 12 PM to 6:30 PM daily. A Park-N-Ride shuttle is also available from the Palm Springs Mall to Sunrise Park from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM daily. For updated schedules, performance details or event information please visit www.pspride.org.
 

 

 

 

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