The Capital Pride Concert returns for a great way to cap off your celebration weekend. DNCE to headline, 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. You will also experience entertainment on three stages, from international headliners to our best local and regional LGBTQ+ talent.
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.
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Concert)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Sunset Dance Party)
The Capitol Stage sits at the east end of the festival on Pennsylvania Ave. at 3rd St. with the United States Capitol as the backdrop. It will include headlining international entertainers and showcase some of the best LGBTQ+ talent. This stage includes a VIP Zone, Pit Zone, Accessibility Zone, and is located between the Capitol Beverage Garden and Senate Food Court.
Stay tuned for full lineup.
More about DNCE
The Los Angeles trio—Joe Jonas [vocals], Jack Lawless [drums], and JinJoo Lee [guitar]—soundtrack good times with instantly unshakable, undeniable, and unforgettable anthems tuned to just the right mix of magnetic pop, swaggering rock, and psychedelically fun funk. 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.
More Willow Pill
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.
Concocted during the tumultuous summer of 2020 when the Black Lives Matter movement swept the country, with the political atmosphere tense and the pandemic raging, the roots of There Will Be Tears came from a period of deep personal soul searching. “Everyday we were being bombarded with awful news, and I was also putting myself out there marching, doing interviews and working with organizations,” VINCINT explains. “At the end of the process I just felt so drained and found myself empty. I had to really shut off from the world to find myself.”
The artist only “became human again” after throwing himself into the creative process. “I covered my room in postcards and index cards,wrote down all of the things I wanted to say and all of the things me and everyone else lost.”
The resulting songs beg for a disco ball and a dance floor, including the aforementioned “Hard 2 Forget,” inspired from a time he says he felt nonchalant about his feelings, writing it as a call to action for his own emotions. “YOU,” meanwhile, starts off with his mother’s voice and serves as a love letter to her, overflowing with passion in his vocals in the process. “It’s about how the reason why I was staying so far away is because I’m protecting you,” he says. “I also wanted to put so many different elements of my life as a Black man into that song, as well as many others to show that there is also joy in the midst of all of the shit that we go through.”
It’s a joy that also extends to a who’s who of collaborators, including fellow pop stars like Tegan and Sara. The duo is featured on the pulsating “Getaway,” their harmonies complimenting its glistening percussion. “That was the first song I wrote for the album and I knew it needed something else,” VINCINT says of the collaboration. “I sent out a tweet that Tegan and Sara would sound so good on it, and Tegan said ‘Great, message it to me.’ She recorded her verse that night.”
In addition, Qveen Herby, Parson James and Alex Newell also make appearances. Behind the scenes, VINCINT teamed up with the indie producer STORYBOARDS on production, while co writers include the songwriting powerhouse JHart (Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and Zara Larsson) and fellow pop star Betty Who.
“The first time I listened to the full album top to bottom, by the time it was over I was just sitting there with my face drenched in tears,” he remembers. “I went through all of the emotions I was missing and realized that this is what it feels like when you make something you love. It’s not just something I felt like I wanted to create, but something I needed, craved and desired for my soul.”
It’s all enough for Out Magazine to declare: “You want to talk about a singer?! My god.”
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.
12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
The Monument Festival Stage sits on Constitution Avenue and 6th St. with the Washington Monument as the backdrop. It will include a diverse array of musical talent offerings. This stage is located within the Monument Beverage Garden and Food Court.
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12:00 noon – 8:00 pm
The Dupont Dance Stage will highlight some of the best local DJ’s and offer the best escape from the hot sun. This stage is located within the Dupont Beverage Garden.
*Must be 21+ years of age to enter.
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There will be Accessibility Zones setup for individuals in need of mobility assistance and/or sign language interpretation at both the Capitol and Monument Stages.
*Open to individuals of all ages in need of mobility assistance and/or sign language interpretation.
*A reservation is required to guarantee your space.
Capitol Stage Pit Zone
Enjoy the headlining entertainment upfront at Capitol Stage by purchasing a Pit Pass.
Capitol Stage VIP Zone*
Enhance your Concert experience, with the following VIP benefits:
- Private bar
- Private air-conditioned restrooms
- Complimentary beer and wine
- Half off spirits
- Complimentary light fare
- Pit access
- View of backstage
Performer Meet & Greets
Take advantage of meeting one of your favorite artists.