Queer Bar is going all out for the latest edition of Seattle Pride. The Capitol Hill bar’s three-day Pride party features go-go performers, DJs, a celebrity guest (Carson Kressley, one of the original Queer Eye guys, currently a RuPaul's Drag Race judge) , drag and performance artists (including Drag Race finalists), and live music by some very special guests.
LGBTQ icon and New Orleans–brewed “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia headlines the festivities with big, booming hip-hop that finds her shouting over rapid-fire beats and engaging in nasty, call-and-response lyrics, all of it whirring to a loud, make-ya-ass-shake climax (see: “Booty-Whop”), or segueing directly into her next banger.
Grammy-winning breathy-sweet R&B songbird and Dancing with the Stars alum Mýa is also on the bill. You know her from (1) the 2008 “Lady Marmalade” redux (with Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Lil' Kim); (2) 1998's "Ghetto Supastar" (she sang the cooing hook); (3) “Case of the Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do),” a 2000-era jam about a creeper ex-girlfriend; and (4) “Best of Me, Part 2,” that sexy grooving hip-hop joint with Jay Z circa 2000 (it was a good year for Mýa).
Seattle pop maker Left at London, ethereal rapper DoNormaal (read Charles's profile here), and surrealist drag band the Loungettes also perform.
Another surprising addition to the Queer Bar lineup is Dorian Electra (god, there are a lot of people at this thing). Electra got their start with a music video dedicated to Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek, and it's only gotten weirder from there. Now, Electra is a cult figure online, largely because they keep churning out music videos like this one:
And then, of course, there are the RuPaul's Drag Race (RPDR) stars. Queer Bar has brought together enough RPDR queens to fill up a Werq the World tour. First up on Friday night are the former lovers Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo and Brooke Lynn Hytes. The two queens may not have lasted long, but they birthed millions of tween girl-operated fan accounts on Twitter. Here's the best of "Branjie" (gross).
And then there's Silky Nutmeg Ganache. Silky, Silky, Silky. She's built a reputation on a potent mixture of quick-wittedness, volume, and utter ridiculousness. Also doing death drops that make ME concerned. The third runner-up on season 11 of RPDR didn’t make a lot of friends during her time on the show but remained one of the most entertaining queens to watch. Silky fully commits to her lip syncs (good or bad), and her comedic timing often took the famously unshakeable RuPaul for surprise. Regardless of your feelings about her performance in season 11, this Mississippi queen always brings it and should be a great watch.
A portion of ticket proceeds from the weekend festivities go to nonprofit group OutRight Action International, which fights for the safety, dignity, freedom, and equality of LGBTQ people around the world.
Here's the full lineup. Even more info here.
Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo // Brooke Lynn Hytes // Silky Ganache // A'Keria Davenport // Dorian Electra // Keegan Whicker // Matthew Camp // Bret Law // DJ Nitty Gritty // Cherry Markos // Revenge Fantasy // Catch24 // Jesse Iglesias // MX. Cast
Mya // Miz Cracker // Shea Couleé // Pearl // Shuga Cain // Ra'jah O'Hara // Mercedes Iman // Arson Nicki // AJ Watkins // Chris Diprete // Matthew Camp // Micah Brandt // Brandon Wilde // Cade Maddox // DJ Nitty Gritty // MX. Cast // MMMelt
Big Freedia // Left at London // DoNormaal // Jojo Guadagno // Brandon Wilde // Matthew Camp // Cade MAddox // MX. Cast // AJ Watkins // Chris Diprete // DJ Nitty Gritty // Jesse Iglesias