GRAMMY AWARD WINNER MEGHAN TRAINOR AND GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST CHARLIE PUTH TO HEADLINE CAPITAL PRIDE CONCERT
Capital Pride Concert Presented by Hot 99.5 to Take Place June 12 at 1:00 PM
Washington, D.C., April 6, 2016 – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer, Meghan Trainor, will be one of the headliners at the 2016 Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5 PRIDE Radio. Also performing as a headliner will be award-winning vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, Charlie Puth. The Capital Pride Concert will be held on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 1:00 PM on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Ave. at 3rd St., in tandem with the Capital Pride Festival presented by Live! Casino, which begins at 12:00 noon.
Megan Trainor began writing music and performing at an early age and in 2004, at the age of 11, stated her desire to become a recording artist. She hasn’t stopped since, and in 2014, she released her hit single, “All About That Bass.” The video was a viral sensation, and the song spent eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Her official debut album Title was released in 2015. Trainor’s music is influenced by the 50s and 60s era, and includes themes that touch upon body image and empowerment. Trainor built a rapid and loyal following, known as Megatrons. The tremendous popularity of Title led to Trainor winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Her second studio album, Thank You, will be released in May.
Charlie Puth is a multi-talented, award-winning vocalist, musician, producer, and songwriter. Puth began his career as a popular YouTube personality. After he arrived in Los Angles in 2014, he was quickly signed by Atlantic Records. Puth co-wrote, co-produced, and was featured on Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 ballad, “See You Again,” a certified multi-platinum song, with the YouTube video reaching one billion views. In 2015, Puth released his debut studio single “Marvin Gaye,” featuring guest vocals from Meghan Trainor, which became Double Platinum. Puth’s debut album Nine Track Mind was released in January 2016, and has received worldwide accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Original Song.” Puth received three 2016 Grammy nominations, including one in the “Song of the Year” category that recognizes outstanding songwriters. Puth is currently on a national live concert tour.
“The 2016 Capital Pride Festival and Capital Pride Concert will be remembered as one of the best on record. We will have more exciting entertainment than ever, and expect more exhibitors and attendees than ever,” said Ryan Bos, Executive Director of the Capital Pride Alliance. “We’re excited for everyone to cap off the 2016 Celebration of Pride In The Nation’s Capital presented by Hilton, on Sunday, June 12th at the Festival and Concert!”
The Capital Pride Concert is being a presented by HOT 99.5. “We are proud to join with Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth, as well as more exciting performers yet to be announced to ‘Make Magic Happen’ in the Nation’s Capital! This is sure to be an awesome weekend full of great music and lots of fun!” said Tommy Chuck, Program Director, HOT 99.5.
For the second year in a row, the Capital Pride Festival is being presented by Live! Casino. “Live! Casino is proud to once again serve as a Presidential Sponsor and the Presenting Sponsor for the annual Pride Street Festival,” said Mario Maesano, Senior Vice President, Live! Casino. “It’s an honor for us to partner with such a worthy organization, and do our part to promote and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTA community.”
The annual Capital Pride Festival and Capital Pride Concert draw over 250,000 attendees, and take place on Pennsylvania Avenue with the United States Capitol as the event backdrop. There are more than 200 exhibitors, three music stages, beverage gardens, a family zone, and numerous food options. Among the more than 65 Pride Sponsors, many will have booths representing everything from local community groups and organizations, to national and international corporations, from Whitman-Walker Health and the Human Rights Campaign, to Marriott, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo.
For more information on the Capital Pride Festival presented by Live! Casino and Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5, and the complete schedule of events during the 2016 Celebration of Pride In The Nation’s Capital presented by Hilton, visit the Capital Pride website at capitalpride.org, or contact Peter Morgan at (202) 719-5304, Ext. 703.
ABOUT CAPITAL PRIDE ALLIANCE
The Capital Pride Alliance, located in Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTA community and our allies through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity, including the annual Pride Parade and Street Festival in our Nation’s Capital. The Capital Pride Alliance produces one of the largest Pride Celebrations in North America with more than 350,000 attendees in 2015. As the LGBTA Pride Celebration representing the Nation’s Capital, we strive to be a beacon of hope and solidarity for cities and communities around the country and the world. Look for us on Facebook (facebook.com/CapitalPrideDC), Twitter (twitter.com/CapitalPrideDC), YouTube, and Instagram (instagram.com/CapitalPrideDC).