For Immediate Release
April 13, 2017
Media Contact: Rex Fuller, 303-951-5215, rfuller@glbtcolorado.org
www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest

Denver PrideFest Returns to Civic Center Park June 17-18 
Featuring Live Entertainment Including:
Tony & Grammy-Award Winning Star Jennifer Holliday
Stars from hit TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race,
Grammy Award-Winner Dave Audé  
Latin Sensation A.B. Soto

DENVER, CO – Denver PrideFest, Colorado’s largest regional celebration of LGBT Pride, will be held June 17 and 18 in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The free festival features live entertainment on three stages, as well as more than 200 vendors, food and drink. As one of Denver’s largest festivals, Denver PrideFest is expected to host more than 350,000 guests over the third weekend in June.

Denver PrideFest is the largest annual fundraiser for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado (“The Center”), a non-profit organization that serves more than 47,000 people annually at its facility in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with programs for LGBT youth, seniors, Colorado’s transgender community, and training and legal programs.

Jennifer Holliday Performs on the Center Stage
Sunday, June 18 at 3pm

Jennifer Holliday skyrocketed to stardom 35 years ago in the smash Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, with her show-stopping performance as Effie “Melody” White, the iconic role which garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in A Musical. She also earned Drama Desk and Theater World awards for her performance and her recording of the song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the musical, catapulted Holliday to the top of the Billboard charts. In addition to Dreamgirls, Holliday has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Grease and The Color Purple.

Beyond Broadway, Ms. Holliday appeared as Lisa Knowles on the Fox TV dramedy, Ally McBeal.

She has also enjoyed a successful recording career, winning Grammy® Awards for her mesmerizing performances of “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going” (1982) and Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” (1985).  She has nine albums to her name and three No. 1 Dance Singles, including: “No Frills Love” and “Think it Over.” Holliday has also received rave reviews for her first album in two decades, The Song Is You (2014).

Grammy Award-Winning Remixer/Producer
DJ Dave Audé
Performing at Smirnoff Dance World Sunday, June 18 at 5pm

A veteran producer and DJ, DJ Dave Audé has created an unprecedented 117 #1 Billboard Dance tracks. In 2016, he won a Grammy for his remix of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars. He has produced music for such artists as Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé. Audé’s recent hit singles include: “Love Me Like You Mean It,” a collaboration with country star Kelsea Ballerini and “True Original” featuring Andy Bell of Erasure. Audé also hosts the podcast “Audacious Radio”, which showcases some of the hottest release and exclusive remixes. www.daveaude.com

Chad Michaels
Performing on Center Stage Saturday, June 17 at 3pm

Chad Michaels has been entertaining crowds for more than two decades with her spot-on impersonation of Cher. The popular drag performer was also the winner of the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. Michaels is a producer and performer with the Dreamgirls Revue in San Diego, California’s longest-running female impersonation show and also appeared in An Evening at La Cage in Las Vegas.

 

Peppermint
Performing on Center Stage Sunday, June 18 at 3:30 pm

Agnes Moore, known by her stage name Peppermint, is an American actress, singer, and drag queen best known as a fixture in the New York City nightlife scene and contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Peppermint is a trans woman. Though other transgender women have competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race, she was the first to be out at the time of filming. Well-known throughout the New York drag scene, Peppermint was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC. She has recorded songs as an independent artist and with dance recording artist Johnny McGovern.

A.B. Soto
Performing on the U.S. Bank Latin Stage Sunday, June 18 at 2pm

Performance artist and musician A.B. Soto is one of the freshest voices in music today.  Born in East Los Angeles, Soto’s work is influenced by Latin roots as well as street and pop culture and defies categorization, combining rap, dance and house music. Soto’s early background as a professional dancer and fashion designer informs his work as the artist he is today – all of A.B.’s work is original and self -produced; choreography, lyric, styling and design. His aim is to show the diversity of the more marginalized members of the gay community and bring them to a wider audience.

 


More Denver PrideFest activities can be found at The Center’s website:

www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DenverPrideFest

Follow us on Twitter: @COCenter


Denver PrideFest thanks our Corporate Sponsors

Major Sponsors

CoorsLight (Presenting the CoorsLight PrideFest Parade)

Smirnoff (Presenting Smirnoff Dance World)

Walmart (Presenting the Walmart Family Area)

Wells Fargo (Presenting the Wells Fargo VIP Area)

US Bank (Presenting the Latino Stage)

Xfinity

Get Your Gay On!!!

A Perfect Bite Catering

 Supporting Sponsors

AARP Colorado

The Clinic

King Soopers (Sponsor of the PrideFest Volunteer Program)

Noble Energy Colorado

Out Front Colorado

Sheraton Denver Downtown (Official Hotel of Denver PrideFest)

Participating Sponsors

American Medical Response/AMR Medical Transportation

Babes Around Denver

Barefoot Wine

Denver Film Society

Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Eldorado Springs

Kaiser Permanente

Matthew Shepard Foundation

ONE Colorado

Pepsi

United Airlines

University of Colorado Denver

Visit Denver

We the People Clothing

 

The GLBT Community Center of Colorado

The Center opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today the Center is focused on fulfilling its mission – to engage, empower, enrich and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of Colorado – by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. The Center currently operates on an annual budget of $2.3 million, employs 20 staff members and utilizes more than 500 community volunteers to serve more than 47,000 people each year. www.glbtcolorado.org.