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Melissa Etheridge to headline San Diego Pride

Melissa Etheridge San Diego Pride

Pop-rocker Melissa Etheridge will headline July 14 at San Diego Pride. Photo: San Diego Pride.

Melissa Etheridge will headline San Diego Pride this summer, an official said.

The festival will take place July 13 and 14 in Balboa Park. Tickets range from $20 to $200.

San Diego Pride Festival

The Grammy-winning pop-rock singer will perform July 14. Etheridge will release her new CD, “The Medicine Show,” April 12.

“To my LGBTQ fans in San Diego and around the world, I have so much to thank you for,” Etheridge said in a San Diego LGBT Pride newsletter last week that announced her upcoming appearance. “You are the proof that we can become the change we wish to see. This community makes me a better person every day and this year at San Diego Pride, we will raise our spirits to the heavens and rock ‘til we drop!”

Melissa Etheridge to release new CD, ‘The Medicine Show’

‘Decades of meaningful music’

San Diego Pride’s theme this year is “A Legacy of Liberation” and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Fernando Z. López, Pride’s executive director, said Etheridge is the perfect person to sing at the celebration.

“I can think of no one better to embody that spirit than Melissa Etheridge,” López said in the newsletter. “Her decades of meaningful music and inspired advocacy continue to connect the LGBTQ community and carve a better path forward both here and around the world.”

The San Diego Pride Parade will take place 10 a.m. July 13.

‘The Medicine Show’

“The Medicine Show,” Etheridge’s 15th studio release, deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion, and healing. The first single from “The Medicine Show” is “Faded By Design.”

In a press release about the new CD, Etheridge described her new music.

“The sound of the song and the whole record is purposefully aimed at that 90’s rock sound. When rock was moody and fierce,” she said. “ ‘Faded’ is spot on a Melissa Etheridge song. You know it from the first few notes. I wrote it on my 12 string and kept it true to that sound.”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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