A booming dance beat cranked up to decibel-busting levels always greets us at pride festivities. I’ve got no complaint about a great beat and partying dancers, but when that’s the only thing available to us, I start to wonder. I know there are all kinds of LGBT musicians out there. Why aren’t they at pride events?
Sure, there’s some live music. My local celebration had a great women’s rock band. After them, it was only pounding dance music delivered by a DJ.
Not everyone can afford Adele and I know, she’s not queer. I get that. But surely, a mind-numbing beat delivered by DJs is not all we’re after?
Long Beach Pride featured Queen Latifah. Again, she’s big budget entertainment. However, you don’t have to book her — there are lots of local and regional entertainers who could perform and they’re just as good. They may not be on TV or at every major club but I don’t care about that – do you?
Many cities have choruses – gay, women’s, whatever – who’d be happy to perform. Many singer-songwriters have affirmative songs about being queer. There are lots of supportive bands. I know, because I hear them at women’s music festivals.
Maybe you’re rolling your eyes about now `cause I’m an acoustic performer who has played at pride events. Not so much anymore. I can’t compete with a queen who’s been on stage with a Lady Gaga song pumping out of the speakers.
Maybe the answer is separate stages. Wanna shake your booty? Go to the dance stage. Wanna listen? Go to the music stage. Seems simple to me.
We’re a long time from next summer and many pride events. Take these next few months to get involved with your local pride organizers and get some musical variety at next year’s festival. If you can’t do that, at least request your favorite band.
I’ll climb off my rainbow-colored soapbox now.