NEWSFLASH: ELVIS CRESPO TO PERFORM ON MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE LATIN STAGE with DJ SET BY DJ/PRODUCER MAXIMUS 3000
(Miami, FL) On Saturday, April 16, Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner Elvis Crespo will perform songs from his latest release “Indestructible,” along with other classic hits on the Miami Beach Gay Pride Latin Stage presented by Palace, Granda Entertainment, and Ivan Cano.
The Latin Stage will feature performances from 1 to 7 pm and is one of several event highlights taking place at Palace over the Pride weekend. The Stage will be set up across from Palace, on Ocean Drive at 12th Street.
Elvis’ performance is a part of his national Indestructible Promotional Tour, which he has dedicated to the LGBT community. Throughout the tour, Elvis will be performing at some of the largest gay venues and Pr2ide events around the country, including Hollywood, CA (May 21st), Long Beach Pride, CA (May 22nd), and San Francisco Pride (June 26th).
“All Humans are created equal and should be entitled to the same inalienable rights, and among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as stated in the Declaration of Independence of the United States,” says Elvis.
Crespo shot to the top of the Billboard charts with his feverish and horn-fueled mix of nonstop merengue, as best exemplified by the anthem “Suavemente,” which topped the charts on Billboard’s National Hot Latin Top 40 and resulted in multiple hits, including “Suavemente”, “Tu Sonrisa” and “Pintame.”
Since then, he has released multiple chart-topping albums and has received numerous accolades and awards. His unique style transcends genre, ethnicity, ideology and language, and is synonymous with rhythm, movement and a presence defined by his versatility.
Crespo will ride on the Palace float in the Pride parade – beginning at noon from 5th to 14th Street on Ocean Drive – and will greet his fans at Palace, 1200 Ocean Drive, from 4:30 ‘til 5:30 pm prior to his performance on the Latin Stage at 6 pm.
Joining Elvis Crespo and Wilson Cruz on the Latin Stage is Dominican singer/songwriter Sohanny, the gorgeous Latin sensation who sparked a major buzz with her new smash single “No Es Normal,” a true club anthem. Mexican pop singer Fedro will also take the stage that day to perform some of his hits.
Actor Wilson Cruz will grace the Latin Stage as MC, lending his humorous wit throughout the day. Cruz, who began acting at age 7, has appeared in numerous films and television series. His role on the TV series “My So-Called Life” mirrored his own experience as a teen who was kicked out of his house when he told his family that he was gay.
Spinning hot tunes on the Latin Stage is DJ Maximus 3000, who returns to Miami Beach Gay Pride after his wildly successful appearance on the main stage Pride in 2009, its inaugural year. “Im super excited to add yet another layer to my growing artistic repertoire. I will be diving deep into my latin roots this year by supporting not only “The Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida LEADERS, LEGENDS& LOVELIES© (LL&L) BALL” (Miami’s largest LGBT Latino Advocacy group and non-profit organization) as the official DJ, But also representing all Latin & Latin American cultures by playing a rare and never before heard set of Latin music all in my current signature mashup video performance style,, along with acapellas of Top 40, Rock, Hip Hop, and other pop music ….Think Lady Gaga over a salsa beat, Rihanna over Merengue and Reggaeton versions of many familiar tracks. AND of course ill be playing a scorching hot Classic Latin House Set” says Maximus.
All of the Latin Stage performances will be streamed live online at www.miamibeachgaypride.com
In presenting the Latin Stage, Palace, Granda Entertainment, and Ivan Cano are putting the spotlight on the ethnic diversity of the South Florida community, as well as the growing Hispanic demographic in the U.S. and the plethora of visitors from South and Central America.
“It was time to add a decidedly Latin flavor to Pride this year,” says Palace GM Ivan Cano, who spearheaded the concept. Cano also is a member of the City of Miami Beach GLBT Business Enhancement Committee.
All-Star Line-up at the 2011 Miami Beach Gay Pride
In addition to this year’s Grand Marshal, Bravo TV’sAndy Cohen, the parade will feature numerous celebrities and VIPs riding in more than 60 floats or marching alongside in solidarity. Continuing her long-standing support of the LGBT community, DJ Tracy Young will be a special guest in the parade fresh off her recent guest appearance on “The Real Housewives of Miami.” Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower and several of the city’s commissioners and staff will ride atop a specially designed float and many of the entries in the parade will echo this year’s “Super Hero” theme of empowerment.
Another highlight of Pride will be a salute to “Legacy Couples” – committed LGBT partners who have been together for 20 or more years who will march and ride together in recognition of their commitment and in affirmation of marriage equality.
Following the parade, the Pride Festival will feature refreshments, booths and two entertainment stages. Performers will include Dominican singer/songwriter Sohanny, performing her urban merengue dance hit “No Es Normal,” and multi-talented hit-maker JayQuan whose R&B/Pop/Latin vocals are a standout in the group Nas-T-Boyz. Also performing at the Festival will be Erika Jayne , Ceevox, Miss Richfield 1981, Marlon Alarm and the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus.
The pulse-racing line-up of DJs for the Festival includes Jody McDonald, DJ MIIK, DJ Seijo, Bill Kelly, and DJ/Producer Maximus 3000. Festival-goers can also expect some fabulous surprises and guest performances throughout the afternoon.
A Fabulous Week AbOUT
Because of the overwhelming success of the last two Pride events, Miami Beach Gay Pride has expanded this year to a week of extraordinary days OUT. Sanctioned events leading up to the Pride Parade and Festival include an Open House reception at the LGBT Visitor Center followed by a screening of the film “Were the World Mine” at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, both on Wednesday, April 13.
On Thursday, April 14, Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida will present the “Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball,” honoring individuals who’ve made a difference in the community and unveiling a special collection of dolls specially created in the likenesses of South Beach’s most famous gender illusionists, Hosted by Elaine Lancaster & Music By DJ Maximus 3000 and Blue Money Jazz Sixtet.
In her new show, “30 Years On The Throne!,” Miss Richfield 1981 looks back at her storybook life celebrating three decades of beauty sovereignty as reigning queen of Richfield, Minnesota, “where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage.” This Midwestern maven is winning over theater and cabaret audiences around the country with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv in a truly original performance. Miss Richfield will grace the stage of the Colony Theater on Friday, April 15.
Also on Friday, a VIP fundraiser celebrating the kickoff of Pride — “Miami Beach Gay Pride Super Hero Soiree” — takes place at the W South Beach beginning at 9 p.m. Super surprises and special guest heroes will include fashion designer Christopher Bates, special guest DJ Scotty Thompson and special appearances by Grand Marshal Andy Cohen, DJ Tracy Young, and cast members from the reality show “Real Housewives of Miami.” Tickets are $125 by clicking on the “Buy Your Tickets” button and entering “VIP Superhero Soiree” in the “Purpose” box. All proceeds will benefit Miami Beach Gay Pride.
On Saturday, Palace Restaurant/Bar at 1200 Ocean Drive presents “Brunchic,” where patrons may enjoy a prix-fixe brunch menu and a bottle of champagne, with ideal viewing of the parade. Prices are $65 and $85, plus tax & tip, with seatings beginning at 10:30 am. Call 305-531-7234 for reservations. Among other Palace Pride events is the Latin Stage from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring Grammy Award winner Elvis Crespo, and video/Mashup Latin Music DJ Set by DJ/Producer Maximus 3000.
For a complete and ever-growing list of events surrounding Miami Beach Gay
Pride – including an arts conference for young LBT women, an Interfaith Service, club events and events especially for women, visit the Schedule page.
The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community by producing free, safe, quality, mass-appeal events that are open to all.