WeHo Pride offers free concert as part of queer music festival

WeHo Pride Eduardo Togi

Eduardo Togi will perform June 4 as part of WeHo Pride’s queer music festival at West Hollywood Park. West Hollywood announced Tuesday that it will offer a free concert as part of the music festival on June 2. Photo: Damian Suarez

The City of West Hollywood will offer a free concert as part of its WeHo Pride weekend in June.

The concert on June 2 will be part of a three-day queer music festival at West Hollywood Park.

The lineup will include Idina Menzel, Jessie Ware, Shangela, Tinashe, Jordy, Tolliver, and DJ Venessa Michaels.

Grace Jones will headline the Outloud music festival on June 3, and Carly Rae Jepsen will take the stage June 4. Those concerts are not free.

Other artists on the June 3 and 4 schedule include Passion Pit, Orville Peck, Santigold, Princess Nokia, Yung Bae, La Roux, Blu DeTiger, Meet Me @ The Altar, Jodie Harsh, Rubio, Cub Sport,  Black Belt Eagle Scout, and Eduardo Togi.

Vice described Jones’ music as “weird, vibrant and progressive,” saying she “has woven disco, new wave, post-punk, art pop, industrial, reggae, and gospel into a tight sound that is distinctly hers, threaded together with lilting, powerful vocals.”

The gay community embraced Jones in the early 1980s when she emerged on the New York disco scene and remained some of her most devoted fans.

Some of her most popular albums are “Warm Leatherette” (1980), “Nightclubbing” (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).  Her last album was “Hurricane” in 2008.

Jones tours frequently and is renowned for her theatrical presentations and outlandish costumes.

W magazine said “everyone from Madonna to Björk to Beyoncé to Lady Gaga has taken more than a few pages from her playbook.”

The June 2 concert launches WeHo Pride weekend, which includes several other events:

  • The WeHo Pride Street Fair on June 3 and June 4 will feature live entertainment, activities and sponsor and community organization booths.
  • The annual Dyke March will take place June 3.
  • The Women’s Freedom Festival is scheduled for June 3 at the WeHo Pride Community Stage.
  • The WeHo Pride Parade will happen on June 4.

RSVPs are required for free tickets to the June 2 concert.

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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