Several performers, commitment ceremony at West Michigan Pride

Chris Azzopardi
By | 2006-06-15T09:00:00-04:00 June 15th, 2006|Entertainment|

GRAND RAPIDS – The musical line-up is set. The gay comedy flick has been selected. Now, it’s up to gay folk to fill John Ball Park’s Picnic Acres on June 17 when several singer-songwriters and square dancers perform.
Indie folk artist Katie Sawicki, influenced by Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch, will take the stage as one of several performers.
Sawicki has shared the stage with Edie Carey, Sarah Harmer and Melissa Ferrick. On “For The Quiet,” released in March, Sawicki explores many forms of contemporary and traditional folk, making a comforting mix and ideal road trip companion.
“Katie’s thoughtful songwriting, powerful guitar-playing and natural easy presence onstage wins over even the toughest crowds,” singer-songwriter Carey said in a press release.
Also performing is Baltimore native Jamie Miller who has been playing the guitar since age 13 and later toured the country with the alternative punk band Mary Suicide. He later became a bandmember in Snot, which later broke up. Currently, he’s the guitarist for alternative rock band theSTART.
Other performers include: Kerri Heartwell, Heather McGartland, The Grand River Renegades and The Grand River Squares, a gay square dancing group. A commitment ceremony will also take place on stage.
Before the 2 p.m. party, which will also include many food and merchandise vendors and the beer tent, Pride will feature a time of fellowship and worship at noon.
The Pride film, “Adam & Steve,” will precede the festivities. The pre-movie reception, with food and wine, will begin at 7 p.m. June 16 at The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts.
The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is located at 41 Sheldon Blvd. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Pub 43, The Apartment Lounge, The Network Center or at the door.

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Chris Azzopardi
As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. His work has also appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair and Billboard. Reach him via Twitter @chrisazzopardi.