Location: Market Street at Castro Street
|11:30am||San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band|
|12:30pm||Fun Home by Curran Theater|
|2:30pm||Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls|
|4:00pm||The Purple Ones|
Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Shelix captivates as the Bay Area’s blondest bearded beauty. “Becoming a part of the LGBT/drag community here in San Francisco has been such a positive experience for myself as well as everyone around me. It’s amazing to be in a position to work with children, promote things I believe in, and to give back to the community that supports me so much!” Catch Shelix throwing LQQKS at the Powerhouse, at Laszlo for Hey GIRL Bingo, or most Wednesdays in the Castro.
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band
The SFLGFB was founded by Jon Reed Sims in 1978 as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps. Sims, born in Smith Center, Kansas, was a musician and performer who formed the band in response to Anita Bryant‘s anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s. Upon its founding in 1978, it became the first openly-gay musical group in the world. In successive years, Sims created the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and the Lambda Pro Musica orchestra.
Fun Home by Curran Theater
San Francisco’s Curran is back with a new vision! Inspired by the unique entrepreneurial spirit of the Bay Area, and Carole Shorenstein Hays’s lifelong passion for creatively daring, cutting-edge material, the Curran will provide a home for the most exciting stage works being created today. The Curran is proud to partner with Oakland School for the Arts to bring the Castro Street Fair a sampling of the Tony Award-winning musical, FUN HOME — opening at the Curran this January! For ticket information and a look at the exciting shows coming to the Curran, click www.sfcurran.com.
Since 2008 Adonisaurus has been exploring electronic sounds in pop music, dedicated to originality, innovation, and the dream-like. The duo’s collaborative nature always pushes the songs into unexpected territories, where they reference many different genres and time periods, not at all concerned with fitting in one box. Both Danyol and Derek are queer, and Adonisaurus’ music embodies that queerness- from the firm grasp of the ironic lyric to the understanding of the pulsing disco beat. Adonisaurus keeps evolving and elaborating on an electronic style all their own.
Founded in 2016, the queer punk band Bitch Please has dedicated their careers to spreading dissection, dishonesty, and their legs to the city by the bay. With Bretchen Towers on vocals, Jacob Barcena on lead guitar, Robbie Connelly on bass and James Garcia on drum set, Bitch Please have been spreading their message of “a girl’s gotta have dreams” across San Francisco. Bitch Please hopes to accomplish world domination and a year’s supply of Wet N’ Wild cosmetics in the coming year. We are here to rule. Are you ready?
Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls
After its sold out run earlier this year, the cast of the cult hit drag rock musical Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls will perform highlights from the show at the Castro Street Fair as they prepare to remount the show in January of 2017 at Oasis. Written by D’Arcy Drollinger & Enrique, Ultra Showgirls follows SUPER VIXEN – a struggling all-girl rock band with big dreams, big boobs, big hair and big everything else. Shamelessly inspired by “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Showgirls”, this over-the-top dark musical comedy has enough poor taste references to keep any B-movie junky erect.
Simone Gemini is a seasoned entertainer throughout the Bay Area. With well over 22 years of experience as an illusionist/model/actress, Simone is a dynamic performer with a larger-than-life personality. Simone is a feature illusionist at the world famous cabaret restaurant AsiaSF, and star of the hit FUSE series “Transcendent.” In 2010, Simone swept the Bay Area pageant circuit, and is the current reigning Miss Gay United States.
The Purple Ones
Not a typical tribute band with a Prince lookalike or impersonator, The Purple Ones bring audiences to their feet, night after night, by speaking Prince’s musical language: a mix of energy, rhythm, creativity and of course…a serious dose of unadulterated funk. The Purple Ones is a labor of love that was born in 2012 when Bay Area based founder Morty Okin decided build the greatest Prince tribute on the planet. The Purple Ones is proud to feature Levi Seacer, Jr., Prince’s former musical director and co-founder of the “New Power Generation.” The Purple Ones tap into the soulful artistry of Prince like none other.