Jazz It Up
A new look Saturday will greet the crowds attending the San Francisco Pride Celebration this year. For the first time in its six-year history, the Saturday Celebration entertainment takes on a distinct identity. Jazz and Blues will be the order of the day in contrast to the harder, rockier edge on Sunday.
SF Pride President, Joshua Smith, said: The inclusion of Saturday event has given us the ability to showcase this rich American art form that is all too often over-looked in favor of popular, mainstream music.
Headlining the Main Stage on Saturday will be British singer songwriter, Julia Fordham. Fordham has enjoyed the usual milestones that measure musical success -- the hit singles Happy Ever After, Porcelain, and Manhattan Skyline -- a reputation centered on a frenetic international following, and lavish critical acclaim. Her 7th album, Concrete Love will be released on June 18 and her Pride performance will feature new material and old favorites. Joining her on the line-up is local Jazz Baby, Faye Carol, and Sugar Mama, Gwen Avery. The program will have more of a concert feel with fewer performers playing longer sets. Full band set up will add to the atmosphere.
The Saturday Celebration begins with the fifth annual Stand Against Hate. Organized by Community United Against Violence (CUAV) the hour-long program will feature performance, spoken word and poetry in a moving appeal for an end to violence and hatred of all descriptions.
Following the Stand Against Hate is Assemblymember Carole Migdens 3rd Annual Domestic Partnership Commitment Ceremony. The ceremony will feature approximately 100 couples who will, together, recite their commitment to one-another from the Main Stage and proudly register their partnership at the State level. A cake cutting, champagne toast and gift baskets provided by Galliano await the celebrants at the end of the ceremony. Couples wishing to take part should contact Kirsten Boyd at Migdens office at (415) 557 3000. In addition, both PFLAG and Our Family Coalition will be registering domestic partnerships on site at the event.
Interspersed with the entertainment are a variety of speakers from the community including Surina Khan from the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, former Supervisor Harry Britt and Veneita Porter of the Bay Area Bisexual Network.
Commenting, Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington said: Saturday will be a beautiful balance of message and emotion. We will be celebrating our love, acknowledging the challenges we face and relaxing with friends.
For a complete listing of the Saturday Celebration go to: http://www.sfpride.org/stages/main.htm
This year is the 32nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the June 29/30 weekend. The theme is Be Yourself, Change the World.
For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at: (415) 864 0831