Chicago Pride Fest features eclectic entertainment line-up

Tue. June 23, 2009 12:00 AM

ultra nate to perform at the 7th annual chicago pride fest

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Entertainment line-up includes Debbie Gibson, Ultra Nate, Inaya Day and more!

Chicago, IL - A non-stop lineup of rock and dance music performers on two stages are just a few of the many highlights of Chicago's 7th annual Pride Fest this Friday and Saturday.

Among the more than 20 stage artists will be dance/club music faves Ultra Nate, Inaya Day, Thelma Houston, Jeanie Tracy and Martha Wash… '80s teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson… and local rock acts the Kimi Hayes Band, Dot Dot Dot, The Joans, Sixteen Candles and Rock Candy. Others scheduled include: disco-funk band 7DEEZ, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, Boi Toiz, plus drag queen performances.

Held on the two days preceding the Chicago's annual Pride Parade on Sunday, Chicago Pride Fest will be held on North Halsted and Waveland. Hours on Friday are 3:00-10:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Pride Fest is sponsored by the Northalsted Area Merchants Association. Suggested gate donation is $7. In addition, a fun-filled pet parade, open to all, will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Entertainment Lineup

Friday, June 26

South Stage
4:00 p.m. Kimi Hayes Band (rock)
5:30 p.m. Cowboys
6:00 p.m. Rock Candy (pop/rock)
8:00 p.m. Dot Dot Dot (power pop)
North Stage
5:00 p.m. Drag show
6:00 p.m. Jeanie Tracy (dance)
7:00 p.m. Drag show
8:00 p.m. Martha Wash (dance)

Saturday, June 27
The Pet Parade will be held at 12:30 p.m.

South Stage
2:00 p.m. Chicago Spirit Brigade
3:00 p.m. ROTC (Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps)
3:30 p.m. The Joans (rock)
4:30 p.m. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus
6:00 p.m. 7DEEZ (disco/funk)
8:00 p.m. Sixteen Candles ('80s rock)
North Stage
1:30 p.m. Boi Toiz (female-to-male drag)
2:15 p.m. Kevin Paap (Gay Idol singer)
2:30 p.m. Debbie Gibson (pop)
3:30 p.m. Drag show
4:30 p.m. Thelma Houston (dance/R&B)
5:30 p.m. Drag show
6:30 p.m. Crystal Waters (dance)
7:30 p.m. Inaya Day (dance)
8:30 p.m. Ultra Nate (dance)

Chicago Pride Fest
Friday, June 26 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, June 27 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Pride Fest is sponsored by the Northalsted Area Merchants Association. Suggested gate donation is $7.
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Chicago's 40th Annual Pride Parade
Sunday, June 28 at 12 p.m.
Step off at Belmont at Halsted

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Complete Chicago Pride Parade and Pride Fest details in the Online Pride Guide featuring parade details, event calendar, map, tips, photos and more.

The online Pride Guide is sponsored by Cesar's on Broadway, 2924 N Broadway.