It's officially Pride Weekend in Houston, which means it's time for some of the most fabulous parties, music, and dancing that will happen all year. It also means it's time for the Pride Festival, which will only be better thanks to the awesome folks at the Supreme Court and the whole, oh, obliterating Prop 8 and DOMA thing.
So, given that there is reason to celebrate even harder than in years past, we've decided to put together this little preview of the performers who will be taking center stage at the Pride Festival this year. They'll give you even more of a reason to be excited for the festivities. Promise.
2:15 p.m. Courtney Locke
Katy native Courtney Locke, and her homage to the Donna Summer's classic, "Last Dance," will be taking the stage early in the festival to show off her stuff. Locke, whose father is gay, has belted out more than just disco tracks recently; she also showed off her chops during a recent Astros game, where she sang the national anthem to the crowd (however few were in attendance).
2:45 p.m. Jess Walker If you haven't heard of Jess Walker just yet, expect to be hearing that name quite a bit soon. She's on her way up, thanks, in part, to the soulful, melodic single "Bones," an inspiring little number that pushes the message of empowerment. She's gained quite a following with that track, and she's already shared the stage with guys like the Charlie Lucas Band.
3:30 p.m. Lauren Miller
Lovers of burlesque, take note: Lauren Miller, the 2011 Pride SuperStar runner-up, will be taking the stage to perform at the Pride Festival this year. The Houston local is best known for her burlesque performances with the Houston Burlesque Review, performing at venues like Jones Hall and AvantGarden, just to name a few.
4:00 p.m. Chanel Dror
For some of the bestest (yes, bestest) revamps of rap songs on YouTube, you have to search out Chanel Dror. The Houston gal was discovered thanks to those bits of video-genius, and now she's got her first single out, "R U Jealous Yet." Um, kind of... My YouTube videos never get me discovered, like, ever.
4:30 p.m. Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis
Although not technically known for their musicianship yet, these guys are the grand marshals of the parade this year. You may remember them from "The Amazing Race" or that time in Vegas that you braved the Chippendale's show, but all nudie jokes aside, these guys are the real deal when it comes to playin' up some tunes. They'll be debuting some original songs at the festival, with Vaughan's vocals and Davis's guitar-playing skills on display. What could be better?
5:15 p.m. Christian Andreason and Kitten Kay Sera
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Kitten Kay Sera is a fan of pink, to put things lightly. Christian Andreason is a pop singer and life coach. What happens when you combine a life coach/pop singer and a native Houstonian who is obsessed with everything pink and fabulous? A song called "Damn U," that's what, and they'll be debuting it at the festival this weekend.
5:45 p.m. Alexis Jordan
Ms. Jordan has said she doesn't want to be kept in a box, and if her career keeps heading down the path it has been, not much will be able to contain her. With a bunch of #1 hits on the Billboard Dance Charts and a RocNation deal, Alexis Jordan will be working her magic at the festival, with hits like "Happiness" and "Acid Rain," which samples the Bingo Players' song, "Rattle."