An entertainment lineup including drag queen Pandora Boxx and Kimi Hayes’ rock band will be featured at the fifth annual Kalamazoo Pride June 9 at Arcadia Creek Festival Place.
Live entertainment will feature Pandora Boxx from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pandora is best known as a contestant on the smash hit RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 2) on Logo and VH1. Despite not winning, Pandora proved to be the breakout star and was named by Entertainment Weekly “as their America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
The Kimi Hayes Band will take the stage at 9 p.m. playing an exciting blend of current and classic rock, and loads of crowd-pleasing favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Kimi Hayes Band is a high energy, rockin’ four piece unit, featuring power-house vocals, sizzling guitars, and a rock solid rhythm section. Kimi Hayes and her band have opened for Sugarland, Willie Nelson, Gavin DeGraw, Sarah Evans, Lucinda Williams, Blues Traveler, and many more.
Kalamazoo Pride will also offer more entertainment during the day, including a performance by Kalamazoo-based R&B band Funktion. This popular seven-man band showcases all aspects of funk: silky smooth R&B, cool island dub rhythms, rowdy hip-hop or the unhinged, guitar-fueled fireball of funk. Additional afternoon entertainment includes DJ Matt House and the Neon Tetras, an original acoustic soul quartet from Kalamazoo. “Vendor Alley” will feature local affirming and inclusive organizations and business goods vendors as well as various food and beverage establishments from Southwest Michigan. Additionally, family friendly-activities will take place in and near the youth tent area.
Kalamazoo Pride is the biggest fundraiser for the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center. Last year’s Kalamazoo Pride attracted over 5,000 people. “Kalamazoo Pride is a time for this community to rally around equality and inclusiveness,” said Zachary Bauer, executive director at KLRC. “The event is open to everyone, and our goal is to create a welcoming and affirming event for the LGBTQ and ally communities. With over 100 local volunteers, this is truly a community event focused on diversity and civil engagement.”
Gates open at 2 p.m. and admission is $5. Entertainment is on the main stage from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.kglrc.org/pride.