These great artists and many more will entertain over 40,000 people at the Music Festival.
San Diego Pride released their additional entertainment lineup for 2018 featuring live performances from Kim Petras, Paris Sukomi Max, and JoJo.
This year’s Pride kicks off on Friday, July 13 with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally at the Hillcrest Pride flag then continues on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 in Balboa Park.
Following the Pride parade at noon on Saturday, crowds will make their way to the music festival in Balboa Park to enjoy entertainment across four stages among 40,000 attendees.
The chart-topping 90’s female group TLC (“Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs”) will headline the music festival on Sunday, with other performances by Kim Petras (“I Don’t Want it All,” “Heart to Break”), local drag entertainer and fashionista Paris Sukomi Max and JoJo (“Leave, Get Out,” “Too Little, Too Late”) on Saturday.
Kim Petras is originally from Germany and made headlines when she transitioned at a young age. She hit the music scene hard releasing many popular songs in her teens. Her first official single “I Don’t Want it All” shot to the top of the Spotify music charts which earned her the moniker “The new princess of pop” by Nasty Gallery. Petras is currently traveling with Troye Sivan performing on his "Bloom The Tour"
The San Diego drag entertainment scene is very familiar with Paris Sukomi Max. Her comedic wit, impeccable fashion designs, and limitless dedication have earned her a prominent place in the community. “The bravest thing you can do is be yourself,” says Paris. “Living as your genuine self against all odds is in itself a form of protest... put yourself first and make the rest of the world keep up.”
Paris will perform live after Kim Petras on Saturday from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm just before JoJo takes the stage.
One record producer wanted more after JoJo appeared on America's Most Talented Kids. Blackground Records eventually signed the young artist to its label on which she released the 2004 song "Leave (Get Out)" that climbed to number one on the Billboard pop chart where she made history as the youngest solo artist to ever reach that spot. Two years later she would reach another milestone with the song "Too Little Too Late" which shot from number 66 on Billboard all the way to number one in just a week. JoJo is also a television and film actress appearing in the movies G.B.F., Aquamarine, and RV.
“It is my honor to stand in solidarity with Pride as we make strides towards true equality, protection, and inclusion,” said JoJo. “I adore seeing so many various expressions of individuality at Pride while all unified in love.”
Le1F will also perform. He is a queer black rapper and producer who has worked to directly confront the homophobia that exists within the genre.
Also taking to the stage is Graciela Beltran, a Mexican singer who has championed anti-bullying efforts in support of LGBTQ youth.
“I hope everyone will take the time to learn more about the bold and brilliant LGBTQ artists who will be attending Pride, and join us in enjoying their music at the Festival this July,” said Fernando Lopez, San Diego Pride’s Executive Director. “For many of us, Pride is the one time a year that we have to love and dance in the daylight, and I am so proud of our team for working diligently to ensure that the diversity on our stages reflects back to us all the diversity in our community.”
You can see the full line-up by clicking HERE.
San Diego Pride takes place on July 13-15, 2018. For more information including tickets click HERE.
San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in the advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.