Ferndale Pride

Ferndale Pride is summer's first LGBTQAI festival in the state of Michigan. Free to the public, the event unites community and businesses for the biggest party of the year. Join us, this year, on June 2 to feel the love that is Ferndale Pride.

Performer Application Deadline: March 30th


The deadline for apps is right around the corner. Get your apps in now!

Fill out your Ferndale Pride Performer Application here.

Deadline is March 30th.

Happy Pride!

Ferndale will kick off its most fabulous season early this year. Residents and visitors will take to the streets on June 4th for Ferndale Pride's street fair. The weekend will include the return of the Ferndale Chamber's 5k rainbow run and 2k fun run, Rosie O' Grady's Sunday morning drag show, parties at Ferndale's bars and clubs and the fantastic food and shopping Ferndale is known for. Ferndale Pride attracts 10,000 to 15,000 participants yearly so join the fun and show your LGBTQA pride and love for the City of Ferndale.

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Powerhouse Soul singer Madelyn Grant rounds out Main Stage lineup


Ann Arbor’s Madelyn Grant is a young Soul and R&B singer who grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and is heavily influenced by Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. You can hear the impact of those greats in her carefully nuanced performances. Her original lyrics are emotionally driven and empowering. Her sultry voice and smooth tone hypnotize the listener. Put simply, her voice is absolutely captivating. Madelyn has been gigging around the Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor area for about a year now, performing in various venues such as The Ark, Hill Auditorium, The Old Miami, The Blind Pig, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Hoctoberfest, Homegrown Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, PeaceFest, and more. Though Madelyn has just started playing clubs and festivals in the last year, she has written music and collaborated with ODESZA, FKJ, and Emancipator, with more collaborations in the works. The single “Waiting” from French producer FKJ features her vocals and songwriting and has over 1 million plays on SoundCloud, Madelyn just graduated from the University of Michigan and hopes to continue performing, writing, and collaborating more in the future.   You won’t want to miss her set which starts at 3pm on the Main Stage. There, or square.

Stream her collaborations and solo work on SoundCloud.

Check out her acoustic cover of Sara Bareilles’ “Vegas” on YouTube. Like and follow on Facebook.

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Rainbow Sponsor and 30 year industry veteran DJ Maestro to close out the Dance Stage


US Marine Veteran & International DJ Maestro started out mixing & scratching records with the Electrifying Mojo on FM 98WJLB (Detroit) in 1984. It was there that he met the Godfather of Techno, Juan Atkins, who introduced him to emerging new sounds of dance & party music.

30 years later, DJ Maestro’s fan base continues to grow as his skill for making the music that moves the masses improves. He always reinvents his music style to stay on top of the current trends in Urban & Pop Music. And right now, the most popular music in the clubs, at community events and family functions are dance-driven records.

DJ Maestro has several hit line dance/hustle records including the international hit "Turbo Hustle", the "Freakbeat Hustle" and the "Birthday Slide".

All across the country, dance floors from Los Angeles to New York are impacted by DJ Maestro’s positively energizing music. Millions of people view his videos online.

He has three successful line dance/hustle albums that include an instructional DVD: "DJ Maestro Presents: Ballroom Hustle 101", 202 and 303. DJ Maestro just released his latest album Breaking All Barriers, in Canada, the US and Jamaica. The new CD/DVD features the "Canadian Slide", the "Survivor Slide", created to raise awareness and support for those affected by Cancer, and the "Birthday Slide – DANCEHALL remix" featuring Jamaica’s own Philip T2K. and the all new "Praise Slide - Because Church People Line Dance Too".

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Nina Ross returns from retirement to host Main Stage again


As amazing as our line-up is this year, we’re just as excited for the dance parties that break out in between sets. If you didn’t catch her hosting last year, you missed out on one of the best things to ever happen at Ferndale Pride since its inception.

Miss Nina Ross has been one of the most in-demand female hosts for Metro Detroit LGBT parties for over 12 years and since she retired in May of 2013 she is still being asked to host parties.

She has hosted over 1000 parties since early 2000's and worked with countless promoters to bring some of Detroit's hottest and most memorable parties in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, and Atlanta! Nina has hosted parties with numerous reality stars from Natalie Nunn from Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, Kenya Moore of Bravo's Real Housewives of ATL, and Dice from VH1's LaLa's Full Court.

Nina loves seeing people happy, free to be themselves and just having a good time.

Once Nina arrives at the party and grabs the mic, you know THE PARTY HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED!! Ms. Ross came out of retirement in 2014 to host part of Ferndale Pride’s Main Stage to the delight of absolutely everyone within earshot.

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International DJ Ace to kick off Dance Stage line-up.


DJ Ace Franco was born in Bronx, New York and was raised in both Warren and Eastpointe, MI. He spent the last seven years perfecting his craft in Galveston, Texas, and he has since returned to Michigan to take the Detroit music scene by storm.  

Topping Reverberation’s charts, DJ Ace Franco claimed his title as the #1 Club DJ in Michigan and the #6 DJ nationwide. He has toured not only across the US, but has also gained global notoriety for his club mixes.  He has opened for international bands such as Blue October, War Machine, Sevendust, DJ Invisible, Godsmack, Three 6 Mafia, Tech N9ne, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Avenged Sevenfold, DA Heat, Eminem and Trick Trick just to name a few. If this doesn’t demonstrate his skill and versatility on the soundboard, we don’t know what does.

He specialties include Hip-Hop, R&B, Top 40's, Classic Rock, Rock, Dance, Dubstep, Trap, Country, EDM and Latin music as well as video mixing and harmonic mixing. Ace works for the international radio station RevUp as one of their DJs, and has joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as their DJ in Europe.

When not at sea, Ace is the resident DJ for Inferno Detroit on Saturday evenings at 10pm. Ace also spins with channel 95.5 FM with Paul Martindale and Stick.  

He has used his talents to give back by spinning for charity functions with Fox 2, The American Cancer Association, Alzheimer's Association, Affirmations of Ferndale and more.

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Piano Rock Goddess Joanna Ransdell to Play Main Stage


At the age of 8, Joanna Elyse Ransdell discovered music through piano. She was classically trained until the age of 13, when her music teacher recommend that she no longer take lessons, since she refused to learn the classical music she was assigned. Instead of finding her muse in classical compositions, Joanna drew inspiration from popular musicians. The influence of Tori Amos, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco are apparent. Joanna has carefully crafted a unique style of piano playing that serves as the perfect counterpart to her vivid lyrics.

With eccentric piano melodies and sultry, ethereal vocals, Joanna's songs bring listeners into a world filled with emotion and vulnerability.

Joanna will be performing with Phil Boos (guitar/bass) and Dylan Miller (drums). Her set starts at 4pm on the Main Stage.

Her debut album, Open Fire, was released on bandcamp earlier this year.

Follow and like on Facebook.Stream her music for free on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

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Serpentine Fire to Light Up the Dance Stage


Natasha is a Michigan-based Belly Dance instructor and performer. She fall in love with performing at a young age and with encouragement she was able to express her creative side. She is a creation of her own dance roots which includes Modern Dance, Jazz, Ballet, African, and Rhythmic Gymnastics. In addition to performing as a soloist, Natasha performs with her troupes, “Bellyisima” and “Serpentine Fire”. She also performs with troupe “Detroit Shimmy”. Natasha teaches several belly dance classes and has performed at receptions, baby showers, private parties, workshops, festivals, and conventions. Belly dancing has been a staple of this event since its inception and we are just thrilled to have Natasha and her troupe back!

Head to the Dance Stage at 3:45pm to catch their performance.

Follow and like Natasha on Facebook.


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Natalie Cole’s Spectacular Drag Race to Grace the Main Stage


Natalie Cole is an M.C. and performer extraordinaire, with 35 years in the art of female impersonation. She has over 50 local, city and state titles. She’s also been honored with the national title "Miss Gay USA Unlimited".

Among her various titles, she is also the recipient of performer awards from the Detroit Music Awards, including Most Convincing Female Illusionist, Most Respected, Legend Award, Best M.C, Illusion Award for Mary J. Blige, Entertainer of the Year, and so much more.

The Cole First Family of Entertainment performs such illusions as the very popular Mary J. Blige, as well as Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and her namesake, Grammy award winning singer, Natalie Cole.

She’s hosted and co-hosted Ferndale Pride for years now and we are just thrilled to have her back to host this crowd favorite.

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Queer Icon B*tch to Headline Ferndale Pride.


Ferndale Pride could not be more excited to have B*tch as our headliner this year!


B*tch (B*tch and Animal, B*tch + the Exciting Conclusion, John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus) is a queer icon who is a singer, producer, actress, entrepreneur and writer. She is known for her unique brand of electric violin, bass, ukulele and keytar rock. Her shows, like her name, are exercises in self-liberation.


Her new project, BEACH, is an upbeat show that intertwines her electric violin with feminist politics and involves an Alligator who triggers dance-y beats. BEACH makes hopeful, sometimes funny and poetically serious dance-y rock. Their first album, In Us We Trust, was released in 2013 on B*tch’s own label, Short Story Records.

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Newcomers Holding Hands With Friends to play Main Stage.


Holding Hands With Friends was formed in early 2014, the product of a jam session between three friends. Soon after, a fourth was added and the group began playing out regularly.

Band members include Rorik Brooks (guitar, vocals), Michael Vogel (guitar), Tasha Peace (bass, vocals) and Frederick Baker (drums). The band will debut their very first EP together just in time for Ferndale Pride! Their live energy is as infectious as their music. They’ll be making the trek all the way from Mt. Pleasant to blow your hair back. Don’t miss it.

Come check out their soapbox rock with a punk/alt rock twist at 6:00pm on May 30th. Follow and like on Facebook.

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DJ Dav returns to Ferndale Pride.


With almost twenty years of experience, Dav is a true multi-genre DJ. He used those skills to win the up and coming Michigan DJ Olympics (2013).

After holding residencies in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Park City, UT, Dav has found himself back in the Detroit area.

The city’s influence was apparent almost immediately. His sets have become more technical and hard hitting. As of late summer 2014, Dav has also become a part of the d3ep.com crew. The (mostly) house, online radio station was the brainchild of UK legend Grant Nelson. It showcases weekly mixes from DJs all around the world!

Ferndale Pride could not be more excited to have DJ Dav spinning at the Dance Stage once again! His set starts at 4:15pm.  

2013 Michigan DJ Olympics Overall Champion

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Nina & The Buffalo Riders bring their soulful brand of rock back to the Main Stage.


We honestly cannot say enough good things about this band and we could not be more excited to have Nina & The Buffalo Riders back for a second year!

They have been a staple of the Detroit music scene for the past two years now. If you’ve caught one of their live shows, you know that they never disappoint.

The six member band is made up of seasoned musicians: Nina Sofia (vocals), Adam Enriquez (guitars, percussion), Ryan Meadows (guitars, banjo, mandolin, vocals), A.J. Jezewski (drums, percussion), Mike Fritz (pipe, organ) and Ramiro Romero (bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals).

Their sound is equal parts soul, blues, rock and psychedelic hippy. It is loud and contagious, at once old and new. To quote their bio: they are the, “product and cumulative manifestation of Detroit’s legendary musical history”. We could not have said it any better. This band makes you want to let your hair down and dance like no one’s watching. And what place could be more perfect for that than Ferndale Pride?

Most importantly, you should know that they’re all heart and that Ferndale Pride counts these stellar humans among their most beloved allies and friends. Nina & The Buffalo Riders closes the show this year. Their set starts at 9:15pm, right after our headliner (not yet announced). This one will be worth the wait. Trust us.

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Get ready to dance the soles right off of your shoes with Octavia.


Beth Dzierwa, aka Octavia, is a Michigan native, living in Ferndale, with a knack for digital spinning.

A typical day for Beth is simple: Music. Work. Promoting. Music.

Her desire to become a DJ was triggered in part by watching Magda spin three years ago at the TV Lounge. The talented Magda had the entire floor moving with a flick of the wrist, energizing a room.


Beth’s influences are many. First, she counts being surrounded by artists like Magda, who is constantly reinventing her sound. Then, listening to Peaches, the radical female musician that does exactly what she wants and looks classy doing it. Third, she recalls growing up listening to Allan Ester on the “After School Groove House Party”.

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Please secure your socks: The Gator is about to rock.


Do you like punk music? Do you like your folk music to have a little more bite to it than usual? Do you love to support local artists? If your answer is “yes” to one or more of those questions, we have just the thing for you.


The Gator is fronted by multi-instrumentalist and singer Allison Hanna, who has been an active writer and musician in her own right since 1996. Allison is joined by Jordan Wright (Due North), Jim Van Havermaat (Reuther) and Jordan Von Zynda (Due North & Cheapshow).


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Folk-Noir debuts at Ferndale Pride with The Blueflowers


With a unique blend of influences ranging from old-time country, to surf, to the ballady crooners of the 1950's, The Blueflowers bring a refreshing new take on sounds of the past. New terms like "Folk-Noir" are being created to describe The Blueflowers sound. Think David Lynch meets Phil Spector. The Blueflowers always aim for the heart. Not to warm it, but to break it.

The Blueflowers hit the Ferndale Pride Main Stage at 5:00pm, May 30th.

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