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.
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See Bentley James host the MotorCity Casino Hotel Main Stage at Ferndale Pride on Saturday, June 2!

Bentley James
Known as Detroit's princess of drag, Bentley James has been performing all across the metro Detroit area. She's performed in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Canada, and she is thrilled to be returning to host Ferndale Pride! She was awarded Detroit's Best Drag Queen 2017 by Flame Magazine and continues to host and perform at Gigi's, Club Gold Coast, and Temple Bar. See Bentley James host the MotorCity Casino Hotel Main Stage at Ferndale Pride on Saturday, June 2!
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Come see Amelia Airharts on Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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The Amelia Airharts are a female led rock band with an explosive presence and a soulful sound. They've become a staple at venues around the Glass City. Don’t expect soft and flowery, these chicks know how to put up their long hair and really rock out. Come see Amelia Airharts on Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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See Bentley James host the MotorCity Casino Hotel Main Stage at Ferndale Pride on Saturday, June 2!

Bentley James
Known as Detroit's princess of drag, Bentley James has been performing all across the metro Detroit area. She's performed in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Canada, and she is thrilled to be returning to host Ferndale Pride! She was awarded Detroit's Best Drag Queen 2017 by Flame Magazine and continues to host and perform at Gigi's, Club Gold Coast, and Temple Bar. See Bentley James host the MotorCity Casino Hotel Main Stage at Ferndale Pride on Saturday, June 2!
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Come see Octavia on Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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Octavia, aka Beth Dzierwa, is a Michigan native with a knack for mixing records. A typical day for Beth is simple: Music. Work. Education. Promoting. Her desire to become a DJ was triggered in part by listening to Teresa Hill on the, “After School Groove House Party.” Beth found  house music as an audience member to be an art form she loved to experience, but also as an enticing career prospect. She started djing in in 2014 and since she has performed at; The Art Gallery of Windsor, Urban Bean, Marble Bar, Rosie O’Grady’s, City Club, Detroit Threads, Eastern Market, Temple Bar and Phog Lounge. She was invited to be a member of Deep Sessions in 2017 and has also mixed records for Detroit Techno Militia at record store day 2018. Octavia works at a record store so you never know what new sounds to expect from bag of records.  Come see Octavia on Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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See Nader mix on the Genisys Credit Union Dance Stage at 6:15 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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Known as the Skrillex of the Midwest (not really but she’s working on it), legend has it DJ Nader was mixing beats before she could walk.

Fueled by her lifelong obsession with music—and (currently) influenced by artists like DTCHPLNES, Marshmello, Virtual Riot, and Slushii—Nader spins a variety of music but is known for EDM and dubstep.

Hit her up and hear more at https://soundcloud.com/itsdjnader

See Nader mix on the Genisys Credit Union Dance Stage at 6:15 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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See DJ COOLkIDSUE on the Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 4:15 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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DJ COOLkIDSUE known as Sue, is an American DJ born in Detroit, MI. For Sue, deejaying was never the plan, but the destiny, as it started out with just her always having the "aux" and one day that aux turned into a full studio set up and lots of learning guides to spinning. From there, Sue only had one mission: to make you feel alive again, as she brings her quirky badass attitude and well curated tunes to every function.

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Come see Dangerous Curves on the Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 2!

Founded in 2008 by Adira Elham, Dangerous Curves was created as a means of generating a positive body image among dancers in the belly dance community. They strive to accept all dancers but focus on inclusion in plus sized belly dancers. The group is made up of a diverse group of dancers from around the world. Dangerous Curves created the very first Plus Sized Belly Dance Convention, working to create a sisterhood for all female dancers.  Come see Dangerous Curves on the Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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See DJ Dav spin at the Genisys Credit Union Dance Stage at 1:30 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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With almost twenty years of experience, DJ Dav is a true multi-genre DJ. After holding residencies in Lansing (MI), Grand Rapids (MI) and Park City (UT), Dav has found himself back in the Detroit area. The city's influence was apparent almost immediately, as his sets have become more technical and hard hitting. In mid 2014, Dav was asked to be a part of the D3EP Radio Network (www.d3ep.com). During the almost three years he held a residency, Dav posted over 125 mixes. 2015 led to becoming part of the City Air Detroit crew, which throws house/techno parties in Detroit with some of the city's biggest names. DJ Dav, Rosie O'Grady's First Wednesday resident of over four years, is extremely excited to be returning to Ferndale Pride again!   See DJ Dav spin at the Genisys Credit Union Dance Stage at 1:30 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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See Scarlet Lies rock out at MotorCity Casino Hotels' Main Stage at 9:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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Scarlet Lies is a glam rock pop band that has been throwing glitter all around the Metro Detroit area since the summer of 2016. CMNtv 18 stated that, "Scarlet Lies is becoming a definitive force in the Detroit music scene." The band started off in 2017, releasing their debut album “Monsters Coming Out". They're now working on their sophomore album and venturing out into new cities to help make America glitter again! The music has been described as having, "powerful female vocals with riveting lyricism and exciting instrumentation," by CW50 Detroit. They also raved, "Scarlet Lies is a new wave, rock force that comes at you full-force with thick bass, heart-stopping guitar solos, and compelling drums that will have you moving your feet in no time."See Scarlet Lies rock out at MotorCity Casino Hotels' Main Stage at 9:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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Come see Telephon9 jam on MotorCity Casino Hotel's Main Stage at 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

Telephon9

Telephon9 is an American electro pop dance music group from Detroit, Michigan. The group is composed of Chris Call, Jair Alexander, and Adari "BassMODE" Perkins. Their music is a mixture of old school analog sounds fused with hard hitting modern electric dance beats. They write, produce, and provide vocals to their own original music. Telephon9 aspires to make music that not only excites but leaves an uplifting impact on those that lend their ears.

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Come see AllDay MonDay take the stage on MotorCity Casino Hotel's Main Stage at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

AllDay MonDay
AllDay MonDay is comprised of Em Burns (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Jude De Hibbard (Bassist). They're based out of Flint, Michigan. Em Burns working as a soloist, started touring with her brother, Derek Grierson, in 2010 as a two-piece acoustic group. In 2011, Derek left to pursue other projects, leaving Em now in search of a drummer and bassist, Em landed Micha McAuley, formally of Choice Meats. Em and Micha went in search of a bassist and just before the holidays landed Bo Smi! AllDay MonDay has had the opportunity to win a local battle and make it to Hard Rock Cafe! They've also completed their first CD with "Still Water Studio" and gained a name for themselves locally! Bo Smi has now gone on to new projects, and the band has gained Tam Pendleton! After the release of our Debut CD " Crane", we continue to grow as a group. In 2014, Tam Pendleton moved on to further her education, returning to perform with the band whenever possible. In 2015, the band landed Jude De Hibbard to play the bass and continued to have Tam Pendleton perform when possible, giving the band a full four piece sound. In 2015, the girls released their first music video, and will be releasing their second CD in the Fall of 2015.Come see AllDay MonDay take the stage on MotorCity Casino Hotel's Main Stage at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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See Chastity Brown headline Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, at 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

Chastity Brown

An artist who can plumb the depths of sadness in a single note, then release it in the very next breath, Chastity Brown melds folk, pop and soul on her Red House debut, Silhouette of Sirens, weaving together a poet’s lyrical ear and a soul-laid-bare quality. The album’s 10 original tracks introduce us to a new voice – a songwriter of power and conviction who isn’t afraid to bare her heart as she sings of heartbreak, need and love. Brown premiered the first single, "Wake Up," with KCMP The Current, which has officially added the song. 

Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the US and abroad, appearing on the UK’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/ activist Ani Difranco. 

“I write for and from the marginalized experience,” Brown says. "For the truly triumphant spirit that’s been through some sh*t, and has fought her/his way through it to maintain a sense of dignity and peace of mind.See Chastity Brown headline Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, at 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!
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See AcousticAsh take the MotorCity Casino Hotel Main Stage by storm at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 2!

AcousticAsh
"Motown's activism without the doom and gloom" AcousticAsh uses an acoustic guitar and a smoky, soulful, expressive sound as a platform for diversity and equality. Currently unsigned, AcousticAsh is a singer/songwriter originally from England who is now based in Michigan. With music that inspires, moves, and motivates, AcousticAsh will leave you feeling truly satisfied and wanting more. Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Blues, FolkInfluencers: Tracy Champman, Ed Sheeran, Revoluntionaries, Phil Collins, Sam Cook, and Karen Carpenter See AcousticAsh take the MotorCity Casino Hotel Main Stage by storm at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 2! 
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Come see Alexa Rae on Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 9:30 PM on Saturday, June 2!

Alexa Rae

Alexa Rae Creates hopes to create moments that last a lifetime. Her passion for life makes her energy unlike any other. She is ecstatic about returning as a movement artist to Ferndale Pride. Alexa Rae is proud to be an executive lead at Great Lakes Flow Festival. She is also a proud sponsee of Harmonic Threads, a local Ferndale business run but Olive Marie. She would not be where she is today without her incredible support system. She wants to thank everyone who continues to make it possible for her to follow her dreams. Together, we can. Lead with Love!

 

Come see Alexa Rae on Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, at 9:30 PM on Saturday, June 2!

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Ferndale Pride offers its largest-ever festival for 2018

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Contact: Julia Music, event chair, Ferndale Pride, (248) 906-8683, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 6, 2018

Ferndale Pride offers its largest-ever festival for 2018

FERNDALE – For its eighth year, Ferndale Pride on Saturday, June 2, will offer its largest-ever festival footprint, nearly 40 percent more vendors, a rock-climbing wall in its children’s area and the most pre-festival events ever.

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1st Ferndale Pride Volunteer Meeting Wednesday, April 25, 7-8 pm

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Meet others interested in welcoming all and helping to achieve this awesome event. You can also sign up online. 1st Ferndale Pride  Volunteer Meeting Wednesday,  April 25, 7-8 pm Kulick Center. 1201 Livernois  Ferndale 48220 FREE parking Volunteer signup Facebook Event: Volunteer meeting 
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Pop Out to a Greenspace Pop Up!

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 On behalf of GreenSpace Café and Ferndale Pride, join us for ourInaugural Vegan Pride Pop-up Benefit Dinner:Sunday, February 11, 20187:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. A ticket includes a 4-course dinner, entertainment, and full access to the event. All proceeds raised go to Ferndale Pride to assist in the advancement of the Ferndale LGBTQAI communities. Tickets are $65  Wine pairing menu + $35 (must be 21+ with valid ID)Event limited to 50 seats, click here to purchase tickets​.  Tickets available online only.  For questions about the pop-up dinner or GreenSpace Café please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. questions about Ferndale Pride or sponsorship opportunities please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Ferndale Pride Website  Thank you for your support!
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Ferndale Pride is now accepting performer applications for 2018!

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Ferndale Pride is now accepting applications for 2018! Ferndale Pride offers performance opportunities on the Motor City Casino Hotel Main Stage and DJ/Dance Stage. Follow the link below to apply. Adding links to your application will help us in our selection process.

 

Ferndale Pride will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The last performance will close at 10:00 p.m.

 

The only way to apply is through the website. Any applications sent through email or Facebook will be terminated. Updates will be available through our website and social media. We will be taking applications until March 1st. 

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Vendor registration for Ferndale Pride 2018 is open!

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Vendor registration for Ferndale Pride 2018 is open!  Ferndale Pride is Ferndale's kickoff to summer celebrating the  LGBTQAI communities.  Ferndale Pride brings at least 20,000 people to the streets of Downtown Ferndale to shop, eat and to learn about organizations and services that are welcoming to our communities.   This year's street festival will take place on Saturday June 2, 2018. Registration will take place from January 1, 2018 to May 1, 2018. ​To take advantage of early bird pricing you must register by Friday, March 2, 2018. To register click here    {modify}Modify your Subscription{/modify}
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Ferndale Pride 2018 Sponsorship is Officially Open!

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A chill may be in the air but Ferndale Pride is thawing out and warming up for our best pride ever.  This year, Pride will take place on June 2, 2018 on West Nine Mile.  As usual, Pride will have booths, activities, two stages of entertainment, a children's area and 20,000 visitors enjoying the spirit of Ferndale's LGBTQAI community.  

 Ferndale Pride couldn't be a successful event and safe space for LGBTQAI people if it wasn't for the financial support of businesses and community members.    You can be the first to get in on the sponsorship opportunities by committing to sponsor Pride 2018 today. Click here to read more about the benefits that your company will receive when you sponsor pride.  Rainbows,  Julia MusicChair Ferndale Pride (248) 906-8683, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our address has changed! Please send all mail to: Ferndale Pride430 E. Saratoga Suite BFerndale, MI 48220
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