Festival Entertainment

Lexington Pride festival Entertainment

The Lexington Pride Festival offers a variety of entertainment, from live bands, drag shows, theatre troupes, and DJ battles.

If you’re interested in being one of our entertainers for this year's festival, please email entertainment@lexpridefest.org.

2016 entertainers

Billy Gilman

Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He has sold five million albums worldwide and garnered awards and nods from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association.

Now 25, Gilman is eager to come back and share his new music and his new sound with his fans. “It took me a good while to figure out exactly who I was, musically speaking. As a little kid, sometimes I was just told what to sing. But now I have enjoyed coming into my own and discovering what it really is that I want to sing. And I think that my fans will be pleasantly surprised with what they hear.”

Gilman is also mindful of the need to be patient with his career. “Music is my life, and it is always what I will be doing with my life. But I understand, given my unusual history, that the road back is not going to be short and easy. I will have to earn my way back into this business—one fan at a time. And that’s exactly how it should be.”

Chevy Gurl

Vanisha Davis (a.k.a.) ChevyGurl was born to Rachael & Vincent Davis on December 21, 1994 in Saint. Petersburg, Florida.

ChevyGurl is a graduate of ECOT – Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow which is a community/charter high school based in Cleveland, Ohio. ChevyGurl graduated in 2012 one year earlier than her graduating class of 2013 and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

ChevyGurl had developed an interest for music at the tender age of 6 when she was in and out of recording studio with her dad who is also a record label executive and a former D. J.

By the tender age of eleven, ChevyGurl was rapping in her local middle school talent shows in the State of Florida, and around her neighborhood for family and friends. By the age of 15 ChevyGurl was recording her own little mix tape for family, friends and members of her community, and she posted a few of her songs on you tube with some of her recording buddies. ChevyGurl is now residing in the State of Kentucky where she was attending Campbellsville University majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, where she has also graduated a year ahead of schedule once again.

ChevyGurl is currently working on her new album, and has just release her first Debut single on Smash’em Entertainment, entitle She” on it, Ft. Marcell. When you listen to ChevyGurls debut album you will hear some of the hottest banging tracks to ever come out of the Tampa Bay area. The album King of the South by ChevyGurl will make your head bob and your body move immediately starting with the very first track.

ChevyGurl is ready to take the music seen by storm even though she has not put a genre on her style. She states she will let the world name her style for her which has a hip hop flavor with a strong pop feeling which makes her sound enjoyable for all ages. ChevyGurl says this has been a lifelong dream to become a hip hop star, and she understands that it want happen overnight but she has nothing but time on her hand.

ChevyGurl also writes, and is starting to taste a little of the production side as well, This hip hop artist has more than just a southern rap style with a hip hop groove from her sassy punch lines to her smooth clean rap lyrics. ChevyGurl is dubbing herself as the new female sound of Florida’s Dirty South.

While one may be tempted to dismiss ChevyGurl as just another addition to the already crowed scene of female rappers, but take note: ChevyGurl smooth rap style is anything, but more of the status quo. ChevyGurl has the right combination of smoothness, sassiness, and the drive with a lady like substance for good taste.

Kristin Ford

Kristen Ford delivers a high energy set of indie rock. She lives for live performance, her passion and charisma shining forth on stage as a one woman looping band. Her hooks will linger in your mind, blending genres from folk to reggae to rock. Where she’s from is a long story. Let’s just say Boston was home for five years, and after 2 years on the road full time, she’s new to Nashville, TN. For the most part you’ll find Kristen Ford on stage and on tour, which feels just as homey as anywhere.

Trans Kentucky Orchestra

All-trans rock and roll quartet Trans Kentucky Orchestra began playing just for fun in 2015, a way for trans musicians to make music and have a good time. Leah, Danielle, Marcy, and Erik originally came together in the TransKentucky support group, and manage to turn just about any genre into punk.

Seasoned drummer Danielle plays in several active local groups and frets endlessly over her eyeliner. Pathologically quiet and shy bassist Marcy won’t say anything personal for us to write here. Leah hates writing about herself in third person, and would rather be playing guitar. Vocalist Erik has strange ideas about stage fright and timing, but he still manages to be perpetually loud.

Blackbird Dance Theatre

Blackbird Dance Theatre is a dance school in Lexington, Ky under the direction of Jenny Fitzpatrick. Blackbird offers classes in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap with a foundation in ballet technique. There are classes for all ages 3yrs.-Adult. This isn’t just studio dance. This is dance training geared toward theatre performance and concert dance performance. It is a professional and accelerated program for not only dancers but actors too.

Twenty Years Gone

Twenty Years Gone is a four-piece band that cover rock, grunge, and alternative songs from the 1990’s.

Featured artists include:

Smashing Pumpkins, Chevelle, Foo Fighters, Overkill, Slayer, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Everclear, Seven Mary Three

Sister Sound

Central Kentucky’s premier women’s chorus is a non-audition group of women who love to sing. SisterSound seeks to provide a musically creative atmosphere for women. Their diversity and love of sound inspires them to create harmonies and joys of celebration.

They welcome all women interested in accepting this philosophy.

Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus

The Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus was formed in late 2013 to provide the opportunity for gay and gay-supportive men to sing together. The primary purpose of the chorus is musical excellence in performance, for the education, enjoyment and cultural enrichment of our audiences and ourselves. While striving to achieve this purpose, the chorus also seeks to provide social and fellowship experiences which reach beyond the realm of musical purpose to deepen and enrich our lives.

Further, we will provide opportunities to present a positive image of the gay community to the general public by being identified as an organization of individuals who are making a contribution to the entire community. LGMC were guest performers at the Douglass Blvd Christian Church Chancel Choir Christmas Concert in December 2013, and performed a full concert “Ladies of Broadway” at Play Louisville in April 2014. LGMC will be performing a 2014 holiday concert, with rehearsals starting in August 2014.

March Madness Marching Band

March Madness Marching Band was launched in 2008, in the tradition of… nothing this town has ever seen!

A symphony of mismatched musical instruments; a kaleidoscope of band-inspired costumes; a choreographed gaggle of hoop dancers; an array of unconventional, unpredictable dancers and spinners. Each of us a piece of authentic Lexington, a delicious concoction from our quirky ingredients.

“Stuff brass, reeds, percussion, hula hoops and a plentiful dose of performance zeal in a blender, then turn that sucker on high. What you have will be the celebratory local sounds of the March Madness Marching Band.”, Walter Tunis (Lexington Herald-Leader Contributing Music Author).