Out country singer Steve Grand to perform at Market Days 2013

Thu. August 8, 2013 8:58 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

Chicago, IL - Chicago-area native and gay country singer Steve Grand is set to perform his song "All-American Boy" before Wilson Phillips takes the stage at Northalsted Market Days this Saturday in Boystown.

"I couldn't be more excited and proud to be back at my old stomping grounds," Grand told ChicagoPride.com. "To perform for my city and our community, I love this town."

Grand will perform his viral gay-themed love song "All-American Boy" on Saturday at 8 :15 p.m. from the North Stage of the street festival.

"I already have so many memories of Market Days and I'm looking forward to making more," said Grand.

On July 2, Grand, an aspiring songwriter, released the video for "All-American Boy," a country-rock ballad about unrequited love. The video has attracted more than 1.8 million views and thousands of fans on Facebook and Twitter.

When ChicagoPride.com first featured Grand on July 4 he was a relatively unknown singer/songwriter, since he has attracted the attention of media outlets across the country, including Good Morning America, the Associated Press, Windy City Live and multiple LGBT publications.

Grand, who graduated from Lemont High School in 2008, discovered he was gay in eighth grade. Although "All-American Boy" is based on his own experience falling for a straight friend during summer camp, Grand said the story is one that transcends sexual orientation.

"We've all fallen for someone that we can't have, but it especially rings true in the specific story for LGBT people," Grand said in a July 18 interview with ChicagoPride.com. "It is the story of my life since I was 13. I was always crushing on the straight guy."

Market Days opens Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 along North Halsted St. between Belmont Ave. and Addison St. There is a suggested $8 gate donation to benefit the Northalsted Business Alliance.

The entertainment lineup also includes Wilson Phillips, Aaron Carter, Kat Graham, David Cassidy, Lynda Carter, 10,000 Maniacs and another Chicago-native, Branden James. 

Complete Market Days schedule: Saturday, Aug. 10 | Sunday, Aug. 11

Related interview: Steve Grand | Branden James | Aaron Carter | David Cassidy