Washington, D.C., May 2, 2022– Today, the Capital Pride Alliance is proud to announce that the headliner for the Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5 and PRIDE Radio will be the band DNCE, with lead singer Joe Jonas, drummer Jack Lawless, and guitarist JinJoo Lee. Joining DNCE will be this year’s winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Willow Pill, and season 13 winner, Symone. The Capital Pride Concert returns on Sunday, June 12, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on America’s Mainstreet, Pennsylvania Avenue at 3rd Street, NW, in conjunction with the Capital Pride Festival from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm. The Capital Pride Concert and Festival continue to be free to the public, with tickets available for special access to the Concert Pit and the VIP Concert Experience.
The Festival and Concert cap off the celebration weekend, with a full day of entertainment on three stages, consisting of international performers and our best local and regional LGBTQ+ talent. Following the Pride Concert, attendees are invited to dance into the sunset at the Capitol Sunset Dance Party with GRAMMY️ Award-Winning Music Producer, Remixer, Composer, and DJ Tracy Young.
“After two years, the Capital Pride Alliance is thrilled to continue hosting a free Pride Concert and Festival and excited to begin announcing our amazing talent,” said Ryan Bos, Capital Pride Alliance Executive Director. “The wide range of talent, experience, and interest from up-and-coming artists speaks to our theme of reUNITED,” Bos noted.
“We are so excited to be reunited with Capital Pride to celebrate Pride in our Nation’s Capital with DNCE!” said Rob Kruz, HOT 99.5 Program Director.
“PRIDE Radio is thrilled to partner with the Capital Pride Alliance and put a national spotlight on this concert,” stated Jerry Houston, PRIDE Radio Program Director and Capital Pride Entertainment Chair. “This is sure to be the biggest Pride party on Pennsylvania Ave ever with DNCE plus more still to be announced,” Houston continued.
The full lineup of all three stages will be available soon at www.capitalpride.org/concert.
DNCE initially shook up popular music and culture with the release of their RIAA quintuple-platinum certified single “Cake By The Ocean” back in 2016. The song permeated pop culture at large, becoming an unstoppable hit, crashing the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and emerging as “one of the most-played songs of the year at Top 40 radio.” Achieving global consumption of 10 million-plus units and 3.2 billion streams, it went triple platinum in Australia and Sweden, double-platinum in Canada, The UK, New Zealand, Poland, and Spain, and platinum in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and Portugal. The release of their gold-certified self-titled full-length debut album, DNCE [Republic Records], followed, which featured additional hit singles such as the platinum-certified “Toothbrush.” The band closed out 2016 at #8 on the Billboard Top Artists – Duo / Group Chart, #11 on the Radio Songs Chart, and #13 on the Pop Airplay Songs Chart. Meanwhile, they garnered “Best PUSH Artist” at the 2016 MTV European Music Awards and “Best New Artist” at the MTV Video Music Awards. To date, the band has tallied 5 billion global streams and 3.5 million global album equivalents. 2022 marks their momentous return as they teamed up with Kygo for the unshakable and undeniable anthem “Dancin’ Feet.” Next up, DNCE will be releasing their latest single “Move” on May 6. With an inimitable and intoxicating hybrid of rock, pop, dance, and funk like no other, DNCE will make you move more than ever now.
Willow Pill is an adorable, fun, and twisted little doll who hails from both your sweetest dreams and your grossest nightmares. In order to encapsulate the human experience, Willow’s drag is simultaneously joyful and sad, sexy and nasty, jaw-dropping and embarrassing. Willow got her start as a rising starlet in the sticky clubs of Denver, Colorado but now resides in Chicago, Illinois where she has solidified herself as a glorified clown. Willow is the winner of season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Symone is the stage name of Reggie Gavin, a drag queen based in Los Angeles, California, and the winner of Season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Tracy Young is a GRAMMY®️ Award-winning Producer, Remixer, DJ, Composer, and Owner of Ferosh Records. Young has “Officially Remixed” for over 100+ musical artists, including 14 remixes exclusively for Madonna. Notably, she has racked up over 60 #1 U.S. Billboard Dance Club Chart hits since 2000.
Young’s career began in the early-90s at WPGC 95.5 in Washington, D.C. as a Mix Show DJ spinning Hip Hop. She later worked her way up to Music Director at the station, before acquiring the Southeast Regional Promotions Director for Interscope Records in Miami.
“I Rise” (Tracy Young Pride Intro Radio Remix), won Young a GRAMMY at the 62nd Annual Awards. The GRAMMY marks Young as the first woman to be nominated and win in the “Best Remixed Recording” category since its inception in 1998. On November 23, 2021, the Recording Academy announced Young’s second nomination in the same category for “Constant Craving” (Fashionably Late Remix) with k.d. lang.
The Capital Pride Alliance (CPA), located in Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community all year long, through educational programs, major events, fundraising, outreach and advocacy, providing platforms for visibility, and supporting the work of our many community organizations and local businesses.