MARSHMELLO, ZARA LARSSON, TODRICK HALL, SHEA DIAMOND, NINA WEST, and CALUM SCOTT TO HEADLINE “CAPITAL PRIDE CONCERT”
Washington, D.C., May 2, 2019 – The Capital Pride Alliance today announced the headliners for the 2019 Capital Pride Concert, presented by HOT 99.5 & PRIDE Radio. The Capital Pride Concert will be held on Sunday, June 9, beginning at 1:00 pm on Pennsylvania Ave. at 3rd St., in conjunction with the Capital Pride Festival presented by Live! Casino & Hotel, which begins at 12:00 noon. The Capital Pride Concert is free to the public, with tickets available for special access to the Concert Pit and the VIP Concert Experience.
“The Capital Pride Alliance is thrilled to announce such a diverse slate of performers for the 2019 Pride Concert. The wide range of talent, experience and contributions of these artists speaks to our theme of shhhOUT: Past, Present & Proud,” said Ryan Bos, Capital Pride Alliance Executive Director.“
“In these challenging political times for the LGBTQ+ community and as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, it is more important than ever to gather in community, solidarity, and resolve, to demonstrate that we will not be rendered invisible or further marginalized by any administration,” continued Bos. “Washington DC has much rich, important pre-Stonewall history and we look forward to our 44th annual Pride Celebration in the Nation’s Capital,” concluded Bos.
The Capital Pride Festival presented by Live! Casino & Hotel and Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5 & PRIDE Radio draw over 350,000 attendees, and take place on Pennsylvania Avenue with the United States Capitol as the event backdrop. There are hundreds of exhibitors, three music stages, beverage gardens, a family zone, and numerous food options.
Full lineup for all three stages available at www.capitalpride.org/concert
Marshmello’s star continues to rise as the famously masked artist breaks boundaries across the industry. With chart-topping singles and collaborations with the likes of Bastille, Selena Gomez, Migos, Khalid, Logic and more, Marshmello has clocked a staggering 2+ billion streams across Spotify alone and with over 40 million monthly listeners on the platform, he’s the fourth most streamed artist in the world on Spotify. His smash single “Happier” with Bastille topped the charts around the world, with cumulative streams nearing one billion. Certified Double Platinum in the U.S., “Happier” held the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s BDS and Mediabase/Top 40 Radio Airplay chart. The song also topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Streaming chart and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart. His hit “FRIENDS” with Anne-Marie peaked at #2 at Pop radio and spent over 25 weeks on the Top 40 Charts. Certified double Platinum in the U.S. and U.K. and certified triple Platinum in Canada, “FRIENDS” ranked #1 on both iTunes and Shazam’s worldwide charts, with over 500 million overall streams. 2017’s “Wolves” ft. Selena Gomez peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and #5 at Top 40 radio, and Marshmello himself ranked #4 overall on Billboard’s 2018 Dance List.
Marshmello made headlines recently when he partnered with Epic Games to throw the first ever in-game concert, inside Fortnite. The groundbreaking event drew millions of excited players who tuned in to watch the live concert at Pleasant Park, within the game. The Verge described it as an “unprecedented moment in gaming” and Forbes called it “a triumph.” Recently featured on the cover of the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” issue, the world-renowned DJ / producer has won numerous awards, including two iHeartRadio Music Awards, an American Music Award and an MTV EMA Award.
Every once in a while, a woman comes along and flips everything upside down. When it comes to pop music, Zara Larsson is that woman. The 20-year-old Swedish singer and songwriter quietly ascended to the forefront of modern pop with undeniable talent, uncompromising attitude, and unbelievable songcraft. As a result, she made history. Her RIAA gold-certified 2017 full-length, So Good, holds the distinction of being “the second most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever,” eclipsing five billion streams. Among a bevy of smashes, “Ain’t My Fault” went gold, “Lush Life” went platinum and “Never Forget You” with MNEK went triple-platinum. Among numerous accolades, she has won favorite Swedish Star at the Nickelodeon Kid’s choice awards 2016, 2017, and 2018! She also landed best newcomer and worldwide act at the 2016 MTV EMAs. She notably took the stage at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert to perform “Symphony” alongside Clean Bandit. Meanwhile, she achieved four Swedish Grammi Awards (2018), including “Best Song,” “Best Album,” and “Artist of the Year.” Zara snagged spot’s on TIME Magazine’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016,” and Billboard’s “21 Under 21” of 2017, Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2018. Additionally, she has received nominations at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, and more.
Multi-talented singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer, and YouTube personality, Todrick Hall rose to prominence on American Idol. His popular YouTube channel has over 2.7 million subscribers and 510 million channel views consisting notably for original songs, choreographed flash mobs for Beyoncé, musical collaborations, and appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race as a guest judge. Hall distinguished himself as Broadway star completing a successful run of Kinky Boots and two successful tours of Straight Outta Oz, both of which were highly acclaimed by fans and critics alike. Recently, he appeared as a backup dancer in Taylor Swift’s video Look What You Made Me Do. Early this year Todrick Hall wrapped his Forbidden Tour in the US and Europe.
Shea Diamond, a vocalist with an incredible story and a powerhouse voice. Born in the South to a 14-year-old mother, Diamond was raised by relatives until eventually running away from a home that didn’t accept her for who she was. She cycled through the foster care system before making her way into the world, facing many of the struggles that so many trans women of color face, but not before finding her voice as a musician. Tracks like “I Am Her, “Seen It All” and “Keisha Complexion” are as lyrically complex as they are danceable, demonstrating a rare gift to portray raw, dynamic emotion in a way that moves the body as much as the spirit. Diamond’s efcently released debut EP is Seen It All.
Nina West, the drag persona of Andrew Levitt, has grown into a legendary figure, creating a platform to lift up and support LGBTQ organizations. He’s done thousands of shows, participates in hundreds of appearances each year, and has given generously in time, talent, and treasure to the community. The charity performance he does at the end of each big show averages about $1,500—an incredible testament to his passion, and the generosity of his audience.
Born in the port city of Hull in Northern England, Calum Scott is disarmingly direct — a quality that informs his self-penned, ripped-from-the-soul songs and that’s apparent even when he is interpreting another artist’s material, as his poignant cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” demonstrates. Shortly after Scott self-released “Dancing On My Own” in March 2016, the song went viral in over 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 2 on the Global Viral 50. The single charted at No. 1 in more than six countries, including the U.S., and ranked in the Top 10 in over 20 countries on Spotify. “Dancing On My Own” has charted in iTunes’ Top 10 in more than 12 countries and has now spent four weeks in the Top 40 of the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart hitting #27 and climbing. The accompanying video is also a viral hit, with views exceeding 23 million.
“When I recorded ‘Dancing On My Own’ in my bedroom, I never thought for a second that it would reach as far as it has and bring this level of support from literally all over the globe,” says Calum Scott. “I’m so excited about the next chapter because there is so much to come!”
Now signed to Capitol Records, Scott is currently working on his debut album. He was a finalist on the 2015 season of “Britain’s Got Talent.”
For additional information on the Capital Pride 2019 Celebration in the Nation’s Capital, please visit the Capital Pride website at www.capitalpride.org, or contact Cathy Renna at email@example.com.
ABOUT THE CAPITAL PRIDE ALLIANCE
The Capital Pride Alliance is a nonprofit organization that through its multi-faceted programming and stewardship of LGBTQ+ organizations and events, specifically year-round Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC and the National Capital Region, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our diverse community in order to grow and protect our legacy, history, and rights for future generations. Facebook (CapitalPrideDC), Twitter (CapitalPrideDC), YouTube, Instagram (@CapitalPrideDC).