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VIDEO: Semi Precious Weapons to headline Freedom Festival on July 9

SAN DIEGO – Semi Precious Weapons, which just finished touring with Lady Gaga, will be among the headliners at the first Freedom Festival in early July in Los Angeles.

The group will be sharing the stage with San Diego Indie Music Fest producers Alicia Champion and Danielle Lo Presti (Danielle LoPresti and the Masses), Palm Springs White Party performer Kerli, female rapper Colette Carr, country music performer Jared Ashley and Australian “Idol” semifinalist Courtney Act.

The lineup was announced today by the festival sponsors, the San Diego-based Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF) and Monarch Productions.

Freedom Festival will take place on Saturday, July 9, from noon until 10 pm at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

A number of A-list deejays -- including Grammy-nominated DJ Dave Aude, DJ Tony Moran, DJ Escape and DJ Icon -- have also signed on.

The growing list of bands and performing artists will continue to be posted HERE in the weeks leading up to the event. Additional information is also available on Facebook and on Twitter @FreedomFest2011.

“One of the most important messages we want to relay is that Freedom Festival is about more than putting on a one-day music and arts festival,” said Margie Palmer, ESF communications director.

“Too often society pre-defines who we as individuals are supposed to be. It defines how we should look, how we should dress, and how we should behave. Through the Free to Be movement we want to encourage people to be who they are, not what they’re told, and to embrace what it is about them that makes them different, and therefore unique. We want to inspire people to make themselves at home in their own bodies, and to be comfortable in their lives,” she said.

Tickets to the festival are $40 online. Prices will rise to $52 on May 20. Ticket giveaway contests are currently taking place on the Facebook page.

Proceeds of the event will benefit ESF, allowing the organization to expand to a national level.

About the Empowering Spirits Foundation

The Empowering Spirits Foundation, Inc. (ESF), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a non-partisan civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality through community service activities. Since its inception ESF has been taking the struggle for LGBT equality into the next era by fostering non-confrontational dialogue with individuals and institutions that may have not previously supported LGBT populations. Instead of attempting to change laws ESF strives to change the hearts and minds of those who are generally ignored by existing LGBT organizations.