The 31st Annual Nashville Pride Festival presented by Bridgestone is proud to announce the Equality Stage presented by Nissan entertainment lineup including TLC, Neon Trees, Madame Gandhi, Cakes Da Killa, Brandon Stansell, Brody Ray and more are scheduled to perform over the weekend.
This year’s Pride Festival will take place on Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. The Pride Parade will take place on Saturday June 22nd at 10am on Broadway.
Nashville’s own LGBTQ+ artists will be well represented on the festival’s multiple stages, with performances from Taco Mouth, The Blam Blams, Myylo, Spazz Cardigan, Mikala Jones, Jess Coppens, Adam Mac, Shelly Fairchild, Houston Kendrick, Sisters Mann, DJ Remedy, DJ Chris Spear, DJ Aazera, and many more. Rounding out the lineup will be national talent Joy Oladokun, Kate Yeager, and more.
As one of the biggest contemporary R&B acts of the 1990’s, TLC is most famous for their no nonsense, sexually charged urban R&B. The Atlanta, Georgia trio rose to prominence in the early 90’s on the strength of their flamboyant fashion sense and infectious R&B vocal melodies, appealing equally to hip hop and pop audiences alike, making TLC one of the most successful female R&B groups in history with immortal anthems such as “Waterfalls,” “Creep,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty,” to name a few, as well as sales of over 70 million records worldwide, four GRAMMY® Awards, two RIAA diamond certified albums among a total of four multiplatinum albums, ten Top 10 singles, and four Number 1 singles.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a New Wave pop powerhouse,” Neon Trees, with out lead singer Tyler Glenn, first united in 2006 and instantly attracted acclaim and attention for their kaleidoscopic sound and affirmative vision, showcased on 2010’s debut album, Habits. The album ascended to #1 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers Albums” chart following the breakthrough success of its lead single, “Animal.” In 2011 the band climbed the Billboard charts again with their hit single “Everybody Talks” peaking at # 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and Kehlani and as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.
Cakes Da Killa is a Brooklyn-based rapper hailing from New Jersey. His signature 90s flow and cutthroat wordplay has garnered praise from HOT 97’s own Ebro & Peter Rosenberg to Anthony Fantano of the Needledrop. His sound is a mixture of rapid fire lyricism marinated with booming club beats. With a few mixtapes under his belt & a killer live show Cakes quickly became a must-see act on many festival lineups around the world.
Even though he grew up in and around Nashville, Brandon Stansell was born with country music in his veins, but it wasn’t until after transplanting to L.A. that he started developing his own brand of ‘California Country.’ Tapping his Tennessee roots with the fresh air sound of his West Coast home, Brandon released his first full-length album, Slow Down, in October 2017. His sound is a bold new voice in the genre, making you as comfortable as tapping your foot as you shed a tear – a true singer songwriter with something to say, and a voice to remember.
Brody is widely recognized as a contestant on American Idol and when he auditioned for America’s Got Talent, earning him chance to sing in front of the Celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell. Cowell said he “Was a force to be reckoned with.”
The 2019 Nashville Pride Festival is presented by Bridgestone and supported by Nissan, Dollar General, AllianceBernstein, Vanderbilt Health, Journeys, Truth, Music City Light, Absolut Vodka, Jack Daniels, Out & About Nashville, Music City Prep Clinic, Jack Daniel’s, Philips, Vanderbilt University, Hotel Indigo, Curb Records, Tribe, Play Dance Bar, First Tennessee Bank, AARP, Nashville CVC, Baker Donelson, US Bank, Lyft, Metro Human Relations Commission, Mars Petcare and many more.