Bayfront Pride Festival 2017

 

Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 11am – 7pm (Free)

Reggae fest 1 copy-1240The annual free Pride Festival will celebtrate our 31st anniversary in Duluth’s beautiful panoramic Bayfront Festival Park. Two beer tents, an exciting group of exhibitors and vendors, including an area of fun games and activities for children & families. As always, the event is FREE, and features live music and entertainment. For more Pride Festival information or if you have any questions, please contact. If you would like to register as a vendor, click here.

2017 Entertainment Lineup:

WE ARE BROB | 10:45 AM & ALL DAY AS EMCEES

brobThousands of years ago, the Ancients prophesied the coming of a great power which would rend the heavens apart and Legend tells of a power, alone in all of the cosmos, that when brought forth would shape the very foundations of reality. For the ancients knew that, even when separated by untold distances, there would come a time when The Two would join forces and ignite the fires of cosmic illumination.

The time is now, and two are known… as BROB.

Crunchy Bunch /DJ Space Cat | ALL DAY

DJ SpaceCat holds a Sunday night residency at the Flame Nightclub in Superior, WI. Playing a mix of throwback jams and new dance hits SpaceCat always keeps the party moving… and in the case of the Pride Festival, ALL DAY! Wear a cat shirt for extra fun! Meow.

 

Jen West | 11:00 AM

Jen West was born in the northern Midwest city of Duluth, MN and has been playing music that has entered the the ear-holes of Duluthians since she was a wee one. As a young, school age pup, she often took part in the musical/theatrical arts, with her voice and her natural ability to act.

Jen acquired her ukulele skills at age 17. Thus, she has done her fair share of YouTubing, uploading many strikingly adorable and catchy (“dorky” in her words) songs for the world to hear. Her video entitled “One Day” currently has over 15,000 hits. Since those days Jen has transformed into a very raw female force in the Duluth music scene.

Jen is a former member of Space Carpet a Duluth band. During her time with them, Space Carpet was featured on a local TV show through PBS. They were also voted and chosen to collaborate/perform with The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

Present day, Jen is still avidly creating music. She collaborates with other local talents and keeps active in the Duluth music frontier. Her voice has the rare capability of carrying residual innocence from childhood, while maintaining honesty and a vulnerability with no masked agenda in her lyrics. As it was mentioned above, Jen West is raw. And unstoppable.

 

The Farsights | 11:45 AM

The Farsights are a trio of four-eyed kids from three different musical backgrounds. Phil, has spent years playing acoustic folk rock with a focus on storytelling. Brynn’s background is based more in jazz and blues guitar. Ryan has played in Duluth punk and psych rock bands. All of these influences shine through on stage and on tape. In 2011, the band started tapping into new musical influences and exploring new sounds.


Ana Tuiran | 12:30 PM

Mexico City artist Ana Tuirán encompasses a full spectrum of emotions in her songs, filled with catchy indie-pop melodies, she brings Mexico into her lyrics by mixing community and culture. Tuirán performed a live in- studio performance at the Hideaway Studio in NE Minneapolis. The result is: Ana Tuirán Live at The Hideaway.

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Anderson | 1:00 PM

Jeff Anderson is a public servant and business owner who has lived and worked in the Twin Ports for the past 20 years.  Born and raised in Ely, Anderson moved to Duluth to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth where he studied political science and journalism.  He worked for more than 15 years as an advertising executive and served for 4 years on the Duluth City Council and the Duluth Economic Development Authority.  In 2010, Anderson led Duluth’s successful effort to create a city Domestic Partnership Registry, becoming just the second city in the state of Minnesota to do so.  He also led the Duluth City Council’s official action against Minnesota’s anti-marriage effort in 2012.

Jeff Anderson currently serves as a top aide to U.S. Representative Rick Nolan.  Anderson and his husband, Jason Vincent, also own the Vanilla Bean Restaurant in Two Harbors, the Vanilla Bean Coffee House in Duluth and the Boat Club Restaurant & Bar in Duluth.

 

Flaming Productions Drag Troupe | 1:15 PM

Flaming Productions is a performance drag troupe based in2014-08-30 14.09.12 the Duluth/Superior area, striving to entertain crowds monthly at both of the Flame Nightclubs. We’ve been performing in the Twin Ports area since the first Flame Nightclub opened in 2008, and many of our performers have been performing for years before. Our goal is to bring the art of drag to new levels, and continue to entertain the fantastic audiences of the Duluth/Superior area and beyond.

 

Nat Harvie Trio | 2:00 PM

Nat Harvie Trio is the all-queer solo project of prolific wunderkind and notorious Smiths-hater, Nat Harvie. Backed by the calculated fury of rhythm witch, Sam Williams, on drums. Rounding out the low end is the uninhibited, sexy bass playing of Becca DeBoer. Together, they create delicate, genre-bending Americana-pop songs.

 

South of Superior | 3:00 PM

Duluth’s Reader Weekly has described South of Superior as a “local super group”: Members Andy Hauswirth, Tom Berrigan, and Luke Perry have played in various groups around the area for 18+ years, including Mooshy Cookie, Loose Cannons, and The What 4. Hannah Rey adds raw, soulful vocals to an eclectic mix of covers ranging from Adele, Brandi Carlile, and K.T. Tunstall all the way to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queen. Each member lends their own style and musicianship for a fresh and energy-filled show.

 

The florists | 4:00 PM

Three friendly people (Jo Kellen, Jared Hemming, Luke Michaels) from Minneapolis. They play noisy pop songs about kitchens, seraphim, and the way you comb your hair. Their newest EP, “No Costume” explores the joys and frustrations of being a non-binary trans person. Having just returned from an east coast tour this June, the Florists’ frantic brand of post-punk has earned them acclaim from Minneapolis and national press outlets alike. Combining spastic arrangements, catchy, rhythmic hooks and an intense live presence, this trio storms the stage with manic glee.

 

Red Mountain | 5:00 PM

There is a great deal of spectacle surrounding Red Mountain performances, but the style doesn’t trump the substance. The band’s debut album Scowl Lightly was voted Best Album of 2014 by readers of Perfect Duluth Day, and the record didn’t include fire dancers, aerialists or sequin costumes.red Live shows, on the other hand, could include any of those things and more. Anton Jimenez-Koeckl and his Rhodes piano lead this avant-garde bohemian pop band, which has grown over the years to become a roughly nine-piece ensemble. The roster includes Grace Holden on trumpet, Erin Tope on tambourine, “Big Rig” Matt Mobley on bass, Cory Coffman on drums, Charlotte Montgomery on percussion, Soren Dietzel on clarinet and saxophone, “Gold Tooth” Jeremy Ehlert on bass and Becca DeBoer on trombone. Intertwined on stage with extra shakers, cow bells, whistling and yelling they create a feel-good dancing extravaganza.

 

Social Disaster | 6:00 PM

socailSince the 2015 release of Dark Side of the Roller Rink, this collective of local talent moved beyond the trapping of “super group” shtick and matured into a professional workaday band with some good ol’ fashioned punk-rock sneer. Center stage gets consumed by the gritty vocal performances of Rachel Phoenix as guitarists Jesse Hoheisel and Jacob Swanson, along with Jake Larson’s moog, offer steamy bowls of neural distortion. Keeping this monster in check, drummer Ryan Nelson affords them the reigns to seamlessly go from clever, dark garage-rock to malt-shop/motorcycle pop without missing a beat.