In March of 2015, Bridge 19 released its first pieces of new music since 2012′s “The Fall Back”. But a lot has happened since then. Audrey Cecil & Amanda Lucas, the band’s songwriters and founders knew there was more when they released their first record. It was strong. But not whole. Only a couple of the songs on that record were co-written by the two- the rest were songs one or the other had written solo. There was more. The band accompanying the duo were studio musicians. There was more. Shortly after the 2012 release, Bridge 19 officially added a third, Meg Samples (who seems to have been born with drumsticks in her hands). The band has spent the years in between co-writing, honing a sound, and building on this harmony-driven, undeniably evocative music they create. Now there’s more. With the recent addition of Jeff Faith on bass, the band is realizing what they knew there always could have been. When you hear this new music, you know it’s been waiting to be heard.
Please welcome the 2013 Black Gay Music Award winner for both Best Gale Male Solo and Best Gay Male R&B, Nhojj, to Lexington! Click here to visit his website.
By Chad Hundley
With June in sight, PRIDE and all the festivities leading up to it are now in their final stages of planning! We have come such a long way in a few short years to making the Lexington Pride Festival the spectacular event it is today! I am so proud to have seen the festival evolve to the land-marking Lexington event is has become!
We started off April with an amazing show at Crossings hosted by the Imperial Court of Kentucky called “Shenanigans!” Thank you to Crossings and the ICK for holding this event as we had the amazing “Big D” host the show with DJ Brady spinning the tunes! The very next day we started selling our Pride packs online. If you haven’t gone to the website at www.lexpridefest.org to order yours, do so now before the limited edition merchandise is still available! The Pride packs include: an official 2015 Pride t-shirt, 3 selected Pride buttons, a Pride koozie, an official 2015 Pride poster and Pride wristband on your choice all placed in an official Lexington Pride Festival polyester drawstring backpack. Our limited edition Pride coffee mugs are also available at the upcoming Pride events, the GLSO Pride center and Third Street Stuff.
We are happy to announce Crossings Lexington coming in again as a Rainbow sponsor for this year’s festival. Crossings have already done so much for the Lexington Pride Festival and GLSO over the past year. They continue to host fundraisers for us as Pride rolls in. WEKY is yet another media sponsor for this year’s festival. Cash America returns as a Yellow Sponsor. Lexington Diner will continue their support for Pride coming in at the Blue level Sponsorship! We want to welcome aboard Kroger as a first time sponsor this year coming in at the Green level. Rounding out our sponsors added this month is UPS expanding their sponsorship to the Green level this year! Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!
Last month we announced our two headliners for this year’s festival and I would like to announce two more of our entertainers at this time. Bridge 19, a female folk band will be returning to the Lexington Pride Festival stage this year along with a local allie cover band by the name of Alcatrax Shakedown. We are so happy for these bands to be joining our lineup of entertainers. I am especially excited to see and hear local DJ’s Brady and EA battle it out on stage again this year during the early evening hours! For more information on the entertainment be sure to check our website out and follow us on Facebook as well!
We also just had two other amazing fundraisers during April that had a great turnout! On April 17, Ranada West-Riley and the Lexington Diner hosted a Dine to Donate and the turnout and food were amazing! We also just had the annual Mr. & Miss Lexington Pride Pageant on April 26 sponsored by Absolut. At the time of publication, the winners have not been announced.
The month of May brings another large event of our 6th Annual Bachelor / Bachelorette Auction being held at SoundBar. The time and date of this excited event hosted by Phillip Marcum and Tim Burcham is set for Friday, May 22 starting promptly at 8pm. We will have lots of auctionees, dinners and great silent auction items to bid on!
We are quickly filling up the courthouse plaza and sidewalks with vendors of all sorts. So this is your final reminder from me that if you want to booth at the festival get your vendor applications in today while space is still available and before prices go up!
Put on your calendars for upcoming events happening with us in June as well. Saturday, June 13 we will be representing at the Powered With Pride 5K Run in Louisville. We are still looking for runners to help represent Lexington Pride. Please contact email@example.com for more information on that! Also, taking place on Saturday, June 13 will be our merchandise release party and Pride Welcome Show at Crossings starting at 9:30pm. The following weekend we will be walking and celebrating our Pride up with our neighbors in Louisville at the Kentuckiana Pride Festival and Parade. Come join us and walk with us in the parade and visit our booth at their Pride. And then of course Saturday, June 27 is our big celebration! Make your plans to attend all these events and spread the word through social media to all your friends and family as well! Until next month, keep the Pride going and smile cause everyone is so much prettier when they do!