By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Portland Pride 2012 will feature performance by a number of dance music artists and other performers, according to a release from Pride NW.
Dance remix master DJ Tony Moran will bring the beats to the second annual pulse party at the Waterfront. In addition to producing his own music, Moran has done remix work for Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.
The Pride SoundStage will be headlined on Saturday, June 16, by RnB duo Nina Sky, who headlined Dinah Shore earlier this year. Comprised of twin sisters Nicole and Natalie Albino, Nina Sky had its biggest hit with “Move Ya Body.” Nicole came out and got married in 2010.
Leading Sunday’s parade will be Pride Parade 2012 Grand Marshals PFLAG Portland.
Do all these big names make you wish you were a VIP too? Well wouldn’t you know: Pride NW is selling VIP tickets for the first time this year. While the $7 suggested donation for gate admission gets you into the festival, the $50 VIP tickets include a three day pass, special entrance to festival, ac ommemorative Nike t-shirt, and two beverage ticket (alcohol or non). Early adopters (before June 2) also get into a private backstage party. Sounds fancy.
How do you get one? According to Pride NW:
VIP Packages may be purchased online or at the special gate on the corner of SW Pine and Naito Parkway. Packages will only be available for pick up at this location. Additionally, you may also purchase one as a gift.
The price points for the VIP Package are a $50.00 donation for one package or $75.00 donation for two packages. These price points are relatively low compared to other high profile events in this region to make it as accessible as possible.
Those who order online by June 02, 2012 will receive a special pass to a private backstage party. These party passes may also be purchased separately at the VIP gate. Quantities of the VIP Packages and backstage party passes will be limited at the gate, and Pride NW encourages all interested in these unique items to order them online.
So there you have it. A Pride weekend full of very important (beautiful) people. Probably also moving their bodies.