Rap pioneers to headline PrideFest Milwaukee, Sat., June 11

Mon. April 18, 2011 10:00 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday with password GOPRIDE11

Milwaukee, WI - Fresh from the Hip Hop Legends tour, Cheryl James and Sandy Denton, otherwise known as Salt-N-Pepa, will debut their full headline show this summer at Henry Maier Festival Park Summerfest grounds during PrideFest Milwaukee.

"This is the first headlining Rap act in the history of PrideFest" said PrideFest Entertainment Director David Charpentier. "And what a way to do it than with the best selling female rap act of all time."

Having emerged in the late 1980s with "Show Stopper," with producer Hurby "Luvbug" Azor, Salt-N-Pepa established a standard with their string of hits, including "Push It," "Shake Your Thang," "Shoop," and "Whatta Man," as well as their socially responsible mega hit, "Let's Talk About Sex," which catapulted them to the forefront of the national discussion about safe sex and AIDS. It was rewritten as "Lets Talk about AIDS," for a PSA in 1992, and proceeds benefited the TJ Martell Foundation for AIDS Research and The National Minority AIDS Council.

In October, Salt-N-Pepa received the "I Am Hip Hop Award" at the Bet Hip Hop Awards, and by February of this year, they embarked on a national tour entitled Salt N Pepa's Legends of Hip Hop Tour.

PrideFest Milwaukee, which has a history for securing quality entertainers, announced last week that LeAnn Rimes would become the first country headliner for PrideFest. The country music superstar will close out the three-day festival on Sunday, June 12.

Salt-N-Pepa will perform on the Miller Lite Main Stage on Saturday, June 11. Tickets are on pre-sale starting Wednesday, April 20, and open to the public on Thursday, April 21.

GoPride.com readers can participate in the special pre-sale using the password GOPRIDE11 at www.pridefest.com.

Milwaukee PrideFest, which has become a summer destination for the Midwest's LGBT community and one of the nation's premier Pride festivals, kicks off at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011 at theHenry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds), along Milwaukee's lakefront. The festival opens at Noon on Saturday, June 11, 2011 and Sunday, June 12, 2011.

For more information and tickets visit www.pridefest.com.