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Sue Palmer, San Diego’s queen of boogie-woogie, to headline South Bay Pride

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- South Bay Pride Art & Music festival is proud to announce our great lineup for the Sept. 14 celebration. Our headliner is Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. Once known for her mile-high beehive hairdo and wild accordion solos as a member of blues singer Candye Kane’s band, pianist Palmer struck out on her own in 2000, reinventing herself as San Diego’s queen of boogie-woogie.

You can’t help but love her trademark “wall-climbing jump boogie,” a combination of boogie-woogie and swing with a slightly punk rock ethos. Palmer laughed when she said it makes listeners “a slave to the dance floor,” and it certainly seems that way.

Palmer has had a day named after her by San Diego’s City Council – March 25, 2008 – and won numerous local and international awards, including the International Blues Challenge award for best self-produced album for “Sophisticated Ladies” in 2008. South Bay Pride has wanted to have her perform for them for the last few years and is very excited that she and her band will be our headliner.

In addition to Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra, the main stage will also see a variety of local performers. Of course, we must have our ever-popular San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) perform again. The SDGMC are always a favorite wherever they sing, but especially at our Pride celebration.

Read the full column on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego HERE.