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Kristine W, Salt-N-Pepa and comedian Ross Mathews booked at San Diego Pride Festival

SAN DIEGO – Acclaimed recording artist Kristine W, female hip-hoppers Salt-N-Pepa and comedian Ross Mathews have been added as entertainment for San Diego LGBT Pride’s two-day festival in Balboa Park on July 16-17.

Diva comedian Margaret Cho has already been announced.

The main-stage roster for Saturday, July 16, will see the likes of eccentric cabernet fashionista Selene Luna, who will open later that day for Cho (now wrapping up her third season on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.”) Closing for Cho will be Kristine W, who has topped Billboard charts 15 times with her high-energy brand of dance music. Adding rock ‘n’ roll heart to the program is local favorite Danielle LoPresti and the Masses.

Also on Saturday, July 17, accomplished Latin recording artist Toby Love takes to the festival’s Rainbow Stage to give audiences a taste of his unique style of urban and traditional bachata music that combines rap with rhythm and blues. Love has received multiple nominations for Billboard’s Latin Music Awards for three albums that include “Love Is Back,” released in 2008.

Salt-N-Pepa will headline the main stage on Sunday, July 17. The duo, Cheryl James (Salt) and Sandy Denton (Pepa), have put forth a string of captivating hits that include “Whatta Man,” the Grammy-winning “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Push It,” which became the first female rap song to be nominated for an Emmy. Since pioneering the way for women in hip hop, they have also earned Grammy and MTV awards and most recently appeared in the VH1 reality series, “The Salt-N-Pepa Show.” This year, they’ve toured the nation with their “Legends of Hip Hop” concert production.

Sharing the stage earlier that day will be Grammy-nominated rhythm and blues singer Frenchie Davis, whose April premiere on “The Voice” followed her disqualification as a semifinalist on “American Idol” after the judges discovered risqué online photos of the artist.

Also appearing are Midwest hip-hoppers God-Des & She, a duo that has toured the globe since 2004 and performed their hit song, “Lick It” on the Season 3 finale of “The L Word.”

This year’s festival will feature two other performance stages and hundreds of exhibitors and special attractions. Advance tickets at discount prices are available on the Pride website.

Tickets purchased by June 30 are $15 a day or $25 for the weekend. Regular gate prices are $20 a day and $30 for the weekend. Tickets purchased at the gate after 6 pm, on either day, are $25.

For an up-to-date schedule of other entertainment or to sign up for various volunteer positions, visit the Pride web site or call (619) 297-7683. Also, for those traveling into San Diego for the Pride parade (July 16) and two-day festival, special hotel rates are available starting at $99 a night. Check HERE for details.