Adore Delano Thanks to appearances on American Idol and RuPaul's Drag Race, we know Adore Delano as a sassy songstress and a rambunctious drag queen. In 2014, Delano released 'Till Death Do Us Party and followed that up with a sophomore album, After Party, released back in March. We can only imagine how much fun this set is going to be. (Anita Overcash)
Jujubee If Pride Fest had a poll, Jujubee would be voted 'Most likely to be found pre-gaming at Bojangles.' This fried-chicken enthusiast won our hearts on RuPaul's Drag Race with her witty one-liners and top-notch lip synching. Though she finished the show in third place, her status as fan favorite secured her spot on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, and a three-season tenure as a professor on RuPaul's Drag U. Boston-born with Laotian roots, Jujubee is living her childhood dream of becoming a drag superstar. (Madeline Lemieux)
Shangela Shangela's drag career was almost over before it began when RuPaul unceremoniously axed the inexperienced starlet in the first episode, famously reminding the jilted contestant that the competition "is not RuPaul's School for Girls!" Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Shangela made a triumphant return the following season. Though Shangela would eventually sashay away once again, her career as a drag superstar showed no signs of slowing down. Since her back-to-back stints on RuPaul's Drag Race, Shangela has made multiple small-screen cameos and even dropped a couple of singles. (Lemieux)
- K. Michelle
K. Michelle Getting her start with appearances on Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, and her own show K. Michelle: My Life, Michelle left the reality TV front to focus on her career as an R&B songstress. Her sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart, was released in 2014 and this year she made fans happy by releasing her third studio album, More Issues Than Vogue. Expect to hear tracks off that album and to overindulge in her feisty stage persona.
- Eden xo
Eden xo In 2013 when Jessica Eden Malakouti signed with Virgin Records, she dropped her band name Jessie and The Toy Boys and started operating under the moniker Eden xo. She went on to release an album full of dancey pop anthems like "Too Cool to Dance" and "The Weekend." Most recently, she released a cover of Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now." She's sure to deliver a bubbly, ebullient set. (Overcash)
Vassy When she isn't hard at work on a chart-climbing collaboration with one of the top names in electro-pop, multi-platinum Aussie songstress Vassy's heart is in human rights. The singer is an ambassador for the NOH8 campaign, and also works with a foundation that empowers young girls in Ethiopia. Holding her own on the charts and spreading creativity and confidence? Sounds like girl power to us! (Lemieux)
Wells Fargo Stage Schedule
Sat., Aug. 20
12:30 p.m. — Opening ceremony and national anthem
1 p.m. —Youth entertainment
2 p.m. — Community entertainment
2:45 p.m. — Trey Pearson
3:10 p.m. — Lovesucker
3:45 p.m. — Dust and Ashes
4:30 p.m. — Jujubee and the Chasers Drag Review
5:30 p.m. —Vassy
6:30 p.m. — Eden xo
7:30 p.m. — K. Michelle
9 p.m. — DJ Little Betty
Sun., Aug. 21
2 p.m. — DJ Bryson
3 p.m. — Community drag showcase
4 p.m. — Champions of Pride and parade awards
4:30 p.m. — Shangela
4:45 p.m. — Adore Delano
5:15 p.m. — Miss/Mr. Latin Pride & Miss Charlotte Pride
5:30 p.m. — Miss/Mr. Charlotte Black Gay Pride
5:45 p.m. — Kassandra Hylton and Buff Faye
More Pride-related events
Annual Mass of Celebration This is the 20th anniversary of Mass celebrations for LGBTQ catholics, as well as any of their family and friends. A light reception will follow in Biss Hall. Aug. 17, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Peter Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St.
Latin Pride Night Charlotte Latin Pride hosts this Latina/LGBTQ gathering with Latin music, local and regional entertainers, and guest speakers. $10-$15. Aug. 17, 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Midwood International Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave.
Shiprocked Pride Kickoff Party Weekly Shiprocked shenanigans at Snug are always a blast, but for Charlotte Pride the Shiprocked crew is doing it bigger. They’re brining in Los Angeles-based rapper Big Dipper as the headlining act. Other fabulous local talent includes Malachi, electro pop outfit Your Fuzzy Friends, retro-funk duo Sext Message and the Q.C.’s punk drag superstar, Bethann Phetamine. $10. Aug. 18, 10 p.m.-11:55 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-561-1781. snugrock.com.
Charlotte Pride Kickoff Cookout Party This Charlotte Pride kickoff promises a cookout, plenty drinks, and games — beer pong, flip cup and giant Jenga. Free. Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.-11:55 p.m. The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave. 704-910-1478. bar316.com.
Pride Takeover More shenanigans to kickoff Charlotte Pride weekend. DJ Little Betty spins. Aug. 19, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Le Méridien, 555 S. McDowell St. 704-372-9610. lemeridiencharlotte.com.
Rocky Horror: Gender Bender Night The folks that make up That Type present this screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with their own special theaterical, gender twists. $8.50. Aug. 19, 10:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd. 704-979-0200. amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/charlotte/amc-concord-mills-24.
Pride Kickoff at Chasers The night starts off right with go-go dancers and a 10 p.m. show featuring Delighted ToBeHere, Shelita Bonet Hoyle, Vegas Van Dank, Jinx Matthews, Andrea Staxxx and Vanity Van Dank. Aug. 19, 10 p.m. Chasers, 3217 The Plaza. 704-339-0500. chaserscharlotte.club.
Open Occupancy: Artists Respond to HB2 Leave it to a group of Charlotte-area artists and advocates to find something positive to do in light of HB2 and its attacks on LGBTQ rights and liberties. What started out as a conversation about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, as well as fear, bigotry and public exclusion, and respect, tolerance and public inclusion, led to Open Occupancy. The provocative collection of temporary art installations is showcased in public restrooms at McColl Center for Art + Innovation (how fitting, right?). Participating artists include D’Angelo Dia, Raymond Grubb, John W. Love, Tom Thoune, Andrea Vail, Jason Watson and Rosalia Torres Weiner. Free admission. Aug. 19, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Aug. 20, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (if you can’t make it out during Pride, the exhibit continues through Sept. 10). 704-332-5535. mccollcenter.org.
Stonewall Sports Pride Bootcamp Trainers from Flex5 will lead bootcamp classes for ages 18 and up. There’s nothing like watching a drag queen get hot and sweaty. Here’s to hoping they trade their heels in for sneakers. Free. Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Tryon St.
The Aftermath Join drag queens Delighted ToBeHere, Dixie Crystal, Bethann Phetamine, and Malachi for an evening of fabulous entertainment. $20-$30. Aug. 20, 10 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200. visulite.com.
After Party Featuring Jujubee and other drag queens. Aug. 20, 10 p.m.-11:55 p.m. Chasers, 3217 The Plaza. 704-339-0500. chaserscharlotte.club.