PrideFest will be back with its signature Pride weekend events, PrideFest Capitol Hill and PrideFest Seattle Center, taking place on June 25 and June 26, respectively. This year’s theme is “We’re Still Here,” celebrates the resiliency of the LGBTQIA+ community and reaffirms our communities’ fight for a more equitable and inclusive world. PrideFest is a 501(c)3 non-profit at the intersection of art and advocacy. Central to this mission is to support artists of all stripes, both locally and from around the United States, particularly crucial because of how difficult the pandemic was for artists.
PrideFest has announced their first set of headliners for PrideFest at Seattle Center on Sunday, June 26.
Jake Wesley Rogers
The 25-year-old phenom Jake Wesley Rogers will be gracing the PrideFest stage this June. With talents like Elton John and the looks of David Bowie, Rogers is an expressive, emotive, unique, GenZ, Tik-Tok artist who is taking the music world by storm. As he told Vogue last winter: “As a creator aligning with the art I’m supposed to make, and step into, and be, I think it’s going to be my most favorite year so far. We’re going to build this rocket ship while we’re flying!” To get a sense of Rogers’ talent, listen to his very personal EP Pluto, with its soaring arrangements and intimate, heartbreaking lyrics. Prior to his performance at PrideFest, Rogers will be featured on a May edition of the organization’s PrideCast.
Legendary Ball Showcase (from HBO Max’s Legendary)
With the success of shows like Legendary and Pose, Ball Culture is having its day in the public eye, but the history of Ball goes back many decades. The Music Supervisors and cast from Legendary, Purple Crush (including Isla Ebony), will join up with “King of the West Coast” Enyce as well as many special guests for a Ball showcase that you won’t want to miss!
Monét X Change
Monét X Change, is a drag queen, singer, podcaster, and reality TV personality. She is known for having competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, and as the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 along with Trinity the Tuck. She will return with an all-winners cast for All Stars 7. She’s a singer and a podcaster. You can listen to her on the Sibling Rivalry podcast with Bob The Drag Queen, and the Ebony and Irony podcast with Lady Bunny.
DJ Brynn Taylor
Since her arrival to Los Angeles in 2005, Brynn Taylor has earned her place as one of the most versatile and skilled female DJs in Los Angeles, but she is known throughout the United States. She has maintained several DJ residencies at high-profile venues on both coasts, including The Abbey in West Hollywood and has been a guest DJ at ultra-hip Hollywood joints such as LAX, Kress, Boulevard 3 and Falcon, where she has played for the likes of both Paris and Perez Hilton.
Aja is a Brooklyn-based rapper and drag queen. She competed on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Her debut EP, In My Feelings, was released in 2018, followed by her debut studio album, BOX Office, in February 2019, and her second EP, ALL CAPS, in June 2019.
PrideFest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 2015 to serve the Puget Sound region’s LGBTQIA+ community through arts and advocacy.