Gay country singer Ty Herndon will headline the Atlanta Pride festival in October, joining a list of entertainers that also includes recording artist Rita Ora, R&B group the Pointer Sisters and Atlanta-based hip hop group Arrested Development.
Atlanta Pride announced the full line-up of entertainment for the Oct. 14-15 festival on Thursday.
“Because of the support we receive, we are able to offer a high quality, diverse line-up,” Jamie Fergerson, Atlanta Pride executive director, said in a prepared statement. “From Grammy-winning artists, to current pop chart toppers and country greats – we’ve got something for everyone in our entertainment line-up.”
Herndon, who came out in 2014, has been topping Billboard since his debut on the charts in 1995. He launched a career resurgence in 2014 that included a well-received appearance (watch below) at the HRC Houston 18th Annual Gala during an unofficial coming out tour in 2015.
Hendon performs on Sunday, Oct. 15. Arrested Development, which formed in Atlanta in 1988, performs on Saturday just head of Ora and the Pointer Sisters.
Atlanta Pride also said that it's expanding entertainment offerings to include a third stage – the Nissan Celebrate Equality Stage, which will be on the Lake Clara Meer dock. In past years, the festival has offered a main stage near 10th Street and a second stage near the oval.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer a third stage to festival goers this year, and we are especially proud to be able to expand our line-up and provide great entertainment across all three of our stages,” Fergerson said.
“We have so much talent in our community and in our allies – to have the opportunity to feature these performers and showcase their support, is especially exciting for the APC,” Fergerson added.
The full announcement from Atlanta Pride:
The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) announced the details today for their entertainment line-up for the 2017 Atlanta Pride Festival.
In addition to the Coca-Cola Stage and Bud Light Stage, the 2017 Atlanta Pride Festival will feature a third stage, the Nissan Celebrate Equality Stage. All three stages will be filled with a host of dynamic performances and interesting acts throughout the weekend! From hot new artist Norwood, to perennial favorites, the Michel Jons Band, the stages will be going strong all weekend! If that isn’t enough, we’ve got DJ’s, dance parties, a comedy block and more!
The eclectic host of talent includes country singer, Ty Herndon, whose biggest hits include “What Mattered Most” and “Living in a Moment;” along with DCD2 Recording Artist, MAX, best known for his hit, “Lights Down Low.” Rounding out the weekend is the celebrated hip-hop group, Grammy-winning Arrested Development! The alternative pioneers, best known for such monster hits as “People Every Day,” “Mr. Wendal,” and “Tennessee” will perform on the Coca-Cola stage, which will also highlight up and comer, Madison Beer; red-hot DeJ Loaf; singer, actor and television host, Rita Ora; as well as multi Grammy winning, legendary pop divas, The Pointer Sisters! The Pointer Sisters are sure to perform such mega dance numbers as, “I’m So Excited,” “Jump,” “Neutron Dance,” “He’s So Shy,” and “Slow Hand.”
APC Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, said of the schedule, “We are thrilled to be able to offer a third stage to festival goers this year, and we are especially proud to be able to expand our line-up and provide great entertainment across all three of our stages. We have so much talent in our community and in our allies – to have the opportunity to feature these performers and showcase their support, is especially exciting for the APC.”
She continued, “While many other large Pride celebrations have moved to ticketing portions of their festival, thanks to the support of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community and our sponsors alike, we can stay true to our commitment of keeping the festival and our entertainment free of charge.”
Fergerson added, “Because of the support we receive, we are able to offer a high quality, diverse line-up. From Grammy-winning artists, to current pop chart toppers and country greats – we’ve got something for everyone in our entertainment line-up!”
The Nissan Celebrate Equality Stage is located on the dock behind the Visitors Center which is located by the 12th Street Gate and the Atlanta Pride Market, Purple Row. The Bud Light Stage is located next to the pavilion by the active oval, and the Coca-Cola Stage is located at the top of the Meadow at 10th St. near the Charles Allen Gate, all within Piedmont Park.
A complete line-up of the Nissan, Bud Light and the Coca-Cola Stages is included below. Please note this is subject to change without notice. For detailed show times, download the Atlanta Pride Mobile Application available for iPhone and Android users.
For more information about all of these great acts and the most up-to-date information about Atlanta Pride, please visit: www.atlantapride.org
Hero the Band
Michel Jons Band
Jason Maek & Zaena
DJ Nick Ayler
The Pointer Sisters
BUD LIGHT STAGE:
DJ Mark DeMarko
Queer Your Gender Dance Party
NISSAN CELEBRATE EQUALITY STAGE:
The Cover Girlz
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