Milwaukee Pride Fest announces entertainment schedule

Tue. May 5, 2009 12:00 AM

Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper to headline Milwaukee Pride Fest opening night, June 12

Milwaukee - Each summer, PrideFest - one of the nation's most dynamic celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and community takes place on the shores of Milwaukee's lakefront.

This June 12-14, The Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, will be a sea of rainbows, as some of the most awarded females in entertainment history take to the Miller Stage.

The amazing pop legend and Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper will open PrideFest weekend on June 12. Lauper, a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, founded the landmark True Colors concert tour, which strove to raise public awareness about the issues facing the LGBT community.

The multi-talented, Grammy award winning singer/actress Brandy performs on June 13, and blues icon, Etta James – a two time Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, and 4-time Grammy Award winner, perhaps best known for her song, "At Last", will perform on Sunday, June 14. James will be joined by The Roots Band, along with special guest, Deborah Cox, who's 1998 song, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" held the record for longest-running number-one single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nearly eight years.

Not to be outdone by the Miller Stage, the Decibel-sponsored Dance Pavilion will be hopping! With everything from the Mr. and Miss PrideFest Pageant, to Bearapalooza, to the main DJ's featured each night in the Pump DJ Showcase. The Sunday night headliner in the Dance Pavilion, is Swedish Pop sensation September, who is flying in from Europe for an exclusive PrideFest performance. Her hits "Cry for You" and "Can't Get Over" have torn up the dance charts from Norway to the UK, and on to the US.

On several stages throughout the grounds, over one hundred and twenty acts, including Martine Locke, Ferron, Josh Duffy, The Joans, and Bridget Lyons, will perform during the three-day festival. The Children and Family Stage will provide various daily activities and entertainment for those in attendance with children, and LGBT couples wishing to commit, can participate in the Sunday, June 14 "Celebration of our Relationships."

Want to finally stop smoking? Be sure to stop on by the Health and Wellness Area for tips on living a healthier life.

Tickets for PrideFest are currently available online at They will also be available for purchase at the PrideFest box office each day of the festival. By purchasing in advance, ticket-holders will not only benefit from a savings, but they will also beat the crowds, by taking their print-at-home ticket straight to the gate!

Those attending PrideFest from out of town can take advantage of special low rates with the official 2009 PrideFest Host Hotel - The Double Tree Hotel Milwaukee City Center. For more information on PrideFest, including schedules, hotel rates, entertainment, ticket purchasing, and information on how to become part of the volunteer team, please log onto