The Capital Pride Concert is set for June 12, at 1:00 PM

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Washington, D.C., May 10, 2016 – Critically acclaimed singer Melanie Martinez and actor/singer Alex Newell, of the hit television series Glee, have joined the roster of talent for the Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5 PRIDE Radio. The Capital Pride Concert will be held on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Ave. at 3rd St., simultaneously with the Capital Pride Festival presented by Live! Casino, which begins at 12:00 noon.

Melanie Martinez was a breakout contestant on Season 3 of The Voice in 2012, and was quickly signed by Atlantic Records. Her 2015 conceptual debut album, Crybaby, produced the Top 10 hit “Pity Party,” which became critically acclaimed, and she rapidly amassed a loyal following. Melanie’s colorful videos from Crybaby have become viral sensations with millions of views. Melanie is currently in the midst of her national Crybaby tour, and is taking time out from her hectic schedule to perform at the Capital Pride Concert.

Alex Newell first performed, unannounced, at a state fair talent show at the age of two, singing the hymn, “Victory is Mine,” and he hasn’t stopped signing since. At 17 years old, he was cast in the television series Glee, as Wade “Unique” Adams, a recurring male-to-female transgender character. Newell’s groundbreaking performances were an audience favorite, and Alex was invited back the following season as a series lead, where he remained through the series finale. Alex has signed with Atlantic Records and his debut disco-injected dance-pop EP POWER, due out this year, already has a well-received single, “This Ain’t Over.” Alex’s popularity is evident by the sheer number of requests he has received from around the country to perform at music festivals, numerous LGBT events, and Pride festivals.
“The accomplished talent and diversity at this year’s concert will be unparalleled. With the addition of Melanie Martinez and Alex Newell to the already dynamic roster of performers, we’re expecting the largest turnout in our over 40-year history, and expect this to be the best Capital Pride Concert ever,” said Ryan Bos, Executive Director of the Capital Pride Alliance.

The annual Capital Pride Concert, along with the ”Festival, draws over 250,000 attendees, and takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue, where it uses as its backdrop one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the United States Capitol. There are three music stages, more than 200 exhibitors, beverage gardens, a family zone, and a variety of food options.

For more information on the 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, please visit the Capital Pride website at, or contact Peter Morgan at (202) 719-5304, Ext. 703.


The Capital Pride Alliance, located in Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTA community and 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, they strive to be a beacon of hope and solidarity for cities and communities around the country and the world. Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube, and Instagram (