Bluegrass Pride, the Bay Area’s frontier nonprofit whose mission is to uplift and center LGBTQ+ musicians and creators in roots music, has announced their 2021 lineup for Pride Month.
Now in its second year, the virtual festival and fundraising event will take place all month long in June.
The month will feature performances by folks like Lavender Country, Rainbow Girls, Gangstagrass, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Jake Blount, and Sunny War. Beginner players have a chance to join a jam session as well.
In the COVID-19 era, vital discussions and hunger for equity and visibility in the arts has bubbled to the surface, including bringing queer country and bluegrass to more mainstream audiences. On June 19, Bluegrass Pride will partner with Brandi Pace and Decolonizing the Music Room on Juneteenth: A Rainbow Revival, a three-hour series of performances highlighting the seminal, trailblazing contributions of Black queer folks and trans folks to the Pride movement — and to bluegrass, old-time, and roots music.
Last year, Porch Pride raised more than $23,000 in less than two days for the LGBTQ+ and allied artists on the lineup. All of the event’s virtual programs are free to view and attend with donations and memberships to Bluegrass Pride encouraged.
Porch Pride Schedule of Events:
June 6, 2021 at 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT : Lavender Country Live with Bluegrass Pride, hosted by Bluegrass Pride Board Member Jake Blount
June 12, 2021 at 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT : Bluegrass Pride Brunch & Information Session, an informal gathering and Q&A period hosted by Bluegrass Pride Board Members. Open to all members, fans, followers, and folks new to Bluegrass Pride, too.
June 13, 2021 at 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT: Beginner-Friendly Jam-Along with Luisa Lopez, “bring” your instruments and voice to play and sing along with protest songs and movement music. Lyrics and chord sheets provided.
June 19, 2021 at 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT : Juneteenth: A Rainbow Revival, featuring Sunny War, Jake Blount, Yasmin Williams, Faith Nolan, Jackie & Resa, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and Lenworth Poyser. An evening of musical performances curated by Brandi Pace of nonprofit Decolonizing the Music Room that will highlight the essential contributions of Black queer, trans, and non-binary folks to roots music and the Pride movement.
June 26 & 27, 2021 at 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT: Porch Pride: 5th Anniversary Celebration. Our headline festival returns celebrating five years of Bluegrass Pride and featuring performances by:
Saturday, June 26:
Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Sunday, June 27:
Hasee Ciaccio & Friends
Stephanie Anne Johnson