"Da Ba Dee, Da Ba Pride"
SAN FRANCISCO - April 21, 2000 - organizers of the 30th Anniversary of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride celebrations unveil an entertainment program of unparalleled diversity and quality.
Headlining at the event are chart toppers Eiffel 65 and Sonique. Eiffel 65's top ten album, Europop, has been riding high in the national Billboard charts for 19 weeks and the hypnotic single from the album, Blue (Da Ba Dee), peaked at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. Joining Eiffel 65 on the Latin Stage at SF Pride this year is singer, Sonique, whose single, It Feels So Good, is currently #8 in the Billboard Hot 100. Her album, Hear Me Cry, is steaming up the charts. On the Main Stage, the program is anchored by soul queen legends, Jennifer Holliday and Martha Wash. Joining them is Scottish gay icon, Jimmy Somerville, doyen of the women's music scene, Gwen Avery, the cast of Broadway hit musical, Stomp, and the cream of local queer talent.
Commenting, Pride Executive Director Teddy Witherington said:
"We are really excited to be able to present an entertainment program spearheaded by first class contemporary acts. This compliments our community partnerships which are at the heart of the event this year."
The 30th anniversary sees an explosion in the number and diversity of the entertainment venues at the event as a direct result of community collaborations which the Pride Committee has been forging. New this year is a stage programmed by the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center showcasing the best of API culture, a swing music dance venue programmed by queer swing group SwingOUT, a youth zone programmed by DJ Joseph Lee & LYRIC called the Electric Playground, a Radical Faerie Freedom Village and The Imperial Show Palace programmed by the Imperial Court of San Francisco. These are in addition to the established Main Stage, Latin Stage, House Music Dance Stage, Rap/Hip-Hop Stage and Country and Western dance area. A staggering ten venues in all.
Expressing his joy, Pride President Calvin Gipson said:
"Working with our community we are pulling out all the stops this year and presenting a multicultural cocktail of diversity for our audience. In giving full rein to the artistic expression of our community we honor our mission and this year's theme, It's About Freedom,."
This year's San Francisco Pride Parade & Celebration takes place over the weekend of June 24/25. For more information call (415) 864 3733 or check out the website at www.sfpride.org.
ENDSFor further information please contact Teddy Witherington at : (415) 864 0831