Welcome to the 8TH ANNUAL MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE!
From an ambitious beginning in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown to a record 130,000 people from around the world who attended last year’s event. This year, we have many exciting events planned for Pride. The Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant kicks off the week on April 4th, and the festivities continue all week culminating on world famous Ocean Drive on Sunday the 10th with the Parade and Festival. On behalf of the board of directors, our committees, our tireless staff and an army of amazing volunteers, we want to thank you for attending and supporting our event. As a non-profit organization which offers a free Pride experience for everyone, we could not do it without your support and are extremely grateful. We also want to thank all of our sponsors and partners, without whose help it would not be possible to put on such a fantastic week! We could not produce Pride without the support of the City of Miami Beach and their ongoing support of the LGBTQ community. A special thanks goes out to Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, our City Commissioners, and the Miami Beach Police and Fire Departments. We could not have Pride without their enthusiastic support. We are so excited this year to welcome as our Grand Marshal, Elvis Duran the host of the #1 morning radio show in the country, and can’t wait for him to join us and lead our loud and colorful parade! Be sure to
tune into Y-100 locally and hear Elvis’ antics about Pride and Miami Beach. I would also like to add that being a part of Pride and helping plan this extraordinary event has given me so much joy. When I see people during this weekend expressing themselves and being who they truly are, I am overcome with happiness that Pride allows them the platform to be authentic and genuine. We have come so far as a country since I was growing up (oh so many years ago) and it is so amazing to see your beautiful faces enjoying your God given right to be who you are. We should always remember though it is still so difficult for so many to be able to live openly and that we have to keep working hard to protect these rights. As we enter an extremely volatile election year, it’s important to keep in mind that we need to keep moving forward and not let hatred and bigotry push us backward. We need to treat each other with love and kindness, so please get out and vote! Again, welcome to fabulous Miami Beach and have an awesome time this weekend. Enjoy all this beautiful city has to offer, and please party responsibly. With much respect and admiration,
Mark Fernandes Chairman, Miami Beach Gay Pride
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Welcome to the 8TH ANNUAL MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE! It has been a thrill to serve as the new Executive Director for this year’s Pride Parade and Festival. The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters, in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community. Thank you for being a part of the celebration! New to Miami Beach Gay Pride this year is our partnership with the Point Foundation. Proceeds from our Angels Program will be donated to Point for scholarships to help LGBTQ students in Miami-Dade County and around the country achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them. These scholarships help LGBTQ young people make a significant and positive impact on society. Miami Beach Gay Pride is a free event for everyone to attend and enjoy. As we prepare for another record-breaking weekend, we want to thank our many partners for their generous support. They include our new Presenting Sponsor Guyzapp.com as well
as AHF, Impulse, Stoli, Brown-Forman, TD Bank, the W Hotel, Boucher Brothers, Fhi360, NBC6, Telemundo, I-Heart Radio, Pride.com, BB&T, the Palace, our donors, Angel members, the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Dept., Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, and dozens of other sponsors too lengthy to list here. I would also like to thank Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, City Commissioners, City Manager Jimmy Morales, our Founders, Board of Directors, Committee Members and all the amazing volunteers for their support and allowing me to work on this amazing event. I am so proud to be part of an incredible team. With Pride,
Executive Director Miami Beach Gay Pride
BOARD MEMBERS Mark Fernandes: President Steve Adkins: Vice President Bruce Horwich: Treasurer Joel Stedman Arthur Costa Kristin Klein Herman Valverde George Neary Scott Bader Richard Murry
PRIDE COMMITTEE AND ADVISORS: AJ Ambrose: Float Manager Alex Miller: Volunteer Assistant Bill Platt: Production Assistant Chandelle Maldonado: Parade Assistant ChrisÂ Rodriguez: Social Media Manager Clark Beasley: VIP Reception Co-Chair Corey Davis: Recruitment Manager David Wright: Bar Manager Diana Quintero: Volunteer Assistant Dirk Allen: Angel Chair Ely Lords: Bar Inventory Manager Halle Kirk: Lead Assistant Jimmy Thomas: Volunteer Assistant John Zelinski: Sponsor Liaison Josue Henriquez: Volunteer Assistant Kathleen Szwed: Production Office Manager Larry Tatman: Graphic Design Liz Barcena and Milena Dias: Food Vendor Liaisons Marcus Colina: Ticket/Pass Manager Maria Espinal: Graphic Designer, ME Graphic Designer, Inc.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Robert Legere and Erin Stacey: Co-Committee Bar Managers Daniel Anzueto: Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Swanson: Expo Coordinator Richard Murry: Marketing & PR Director Peter Morales: Stage Manager Matthew Anzueto: Production Manager Natalie Franqui: Parade Coordinator
Mary Dee: Grand Stand Manager Matthew Anzueto: Production Manager Maurice Roura: Web Manager Melisa Gonzalez: Parade AssistantÂ Miik Martorell: Signage Chair Scott Bader and Seth Viebrock: Web Developer Sean Sheer: VIP Reception Co-Chair Wild Child World: Production Designer William Hartig: Assistant Expo Coordinator Yvette Sierra: General Manager SPECIAL THANKS TO: Larios on The Beach, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Ivan Cano, Tremont Towing, Pussila & Adora, Festive Floats Detective Juan Sanchez, Billy Kemp, Luis Morera, Mark Nelson, Maria Espinal
PATRONS David Bromstad Roger Thomson and Jim Tyrrell ARCHANGELS Keith Ridler and Greg Randall Michael Larkin Joel Stedman and Peter J. Morales Richard Trainor Danny Spring and Jean Marc De Silva ANGELS Liebe and Seth Gadinsky Lea Black Jeffrey David and Michael Miller Carl Rosendorf Larry Hyer Ashley Eaton and Douglas Talhelm Alan Beck Alan Behmoiras CUPIDS Paul Sasseville Cristopher Rollins Kristin Klein Edward Pascoe Michael Gongora
Proceeds from the Angels programs will be donated to the Point Foundation. 2016 Angel memberships will help LGBTQ students in Miami-Dade County and around the country achieve their full academic and leadership potential â&#x20AC;&#x201C; despite the obstacles often put before them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to make a significant impact on society.
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GuyzApp.com Habibi Diner Hard Rock Café HOPE INC. Hotspots Human Rights Campaign Interfaith Miami Jackson Health Center Joan Schaeffer La Autentica Lamba Legal Latinos Salud Lehman Auto World Macy’s MDGLCC / LBGTVC Mega 94 Metro PCS Miami Beach Community Church Miami Gay Men’s Chorus Miami Herald Pallette MIFO Film Festival and RT 7 Productions Ministry of Tourism of Bahamas Multimedia Platforms Worldwide My 93.9 Nadadores of South Florida National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health National LGBTQ Task Force NBC6 & Telemundo Out Miami Foundation Palace Bar Pallay Craft Passport Magazine Pelican Harbor
Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida Pride.com Pridelines Riviera Church Sabor Boriqua Score/Urge SFL Pride Wind Ensemble Smarty Pants Vitamins SOBE Hotel Group (Women’s club) Source Events South Florida Gay News Southern Most Falafel Stoli Stonewall Nights Talk to the Fan TD Bank The Change Project The Lasik Vision Institute The OH! Zone Toby’s Tomboy Exchange Tony Video for Miss Pride Pageant Tropical Chevrolet Twist Uber University of Miami W Hotel Walgreens Washington Park Hotel Wet Wire Mag World Out Games Y100 Zip Car
LEGACY COUPLES SPONSORED BY
54 YRS • Mary Maguire & Jackie Emmett 53 YRS • Bob Collier & Chuck Hunziker 45 YRS • Maurice Colton & Norman King 43 YRS • Van Kirby & Dan Detrick 41 YRS • Jane Kreinberg & Joelia Gonzalez 37 YRS • Keith Ridler & Greg Randall 36 YRS • Arlon Anderson & Hugh Stuckey 35 YRS • Ken Demsey & Greg Crosby 34 YRS • Kent Tate & Jack Feldkamp 33 YRS • Peter Freiberg & Joe-Tom Easley 33 YRS • David Parke & Walter Bader 31 YRS • Michael Schultz & Todd Schroeder 29 YRS • George Franceschini & Henry Rodriguez 29 YRS • Doug Logan & Bob Kunst 28 YRS • Richard Murry & Greg Griffin 28 YRS • Alex Knowlton & Frank Vecchio
27 YRS • Natalie Pantaleon-Pagan & Miriam Pantaleon-Pagan 26 YRS • Greg Kantner & Michael Proffit 24 YRS • Joe Authier & Mark Cosford 25YRS • Vicki Brail & Jeanne Covert 23 YRS • Gary Williams & Eddie Llanos 20 YRS • Julio Sanchez & Antonio Gonzalez-Sanchez 19 YRS/5 MONTHS • Sonia Velilla & Joelia Gonzalez 18 YRS • Ken De Loreto & Ritch Holben 15 YRS • Greg Walton & Marcos Andreos 15 YRS • Dennis Hutton & Michael Ziegenhorn 14 YRS • Michael Rembold & Jason Mettler 13 YRS • Todd Delmay & Jeff Delmay 10 YRS/5 MONTHS • Miguel Barrais & Arnulfo Cruz 10 YRS • Immani Love & Jasmine Love 10 YRS • Hector Zuazo & Robert Medina 10 YRS • Peter Morales & Joel Stedman
Radio show host of the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S., ELVIS DURAN, will preside over the 2016 Miami Beach Gay Pride parade and festival as Grand Marshal, announced Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride Board of Directors. As Grand Marshal, Duran will lead the enthusiastic and colorful parade that is expected to draw more than 100,000 spectators on Sunday, April 10. The Miami Beach Gay Pride parade kicks off at noon along famed Ocean Drive between 5th and 15th Streets and will be followed by the Pride Festival with live performances from multiple stages, as well as over 100 community booths and refreshments. As the self-professed “maître d’ of the mornings,” Duran and his on-air crew entertain listeners with up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit songs, and regular features such as the gossipy “Entertainment
News,” popular trend reports in “What’s Trending,” and the ever-popular prank “Phone Taps.” Broadcasting live from Z100 in New York with a satellite studio in South Florida, “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” consistently ranks #1 across multiple demographics and top markets, attracting a weekly listenership of more than 5.5 million fans. The show also airs on iHeartRadio.com, the iHeartRadio mobile app, and The Elvis Duran Channel on www.ElvisDuran.com. Duran’s radio career has spanned 30 years and has included both host and program director duties at Philadelphia’s WIOQ and Austin’s KBTS, as well as stints at Z-93 in Atlanta and KRBE Houston. He began hosting his daily radio show on New York’s Z100 in April 1996. Since then, the show has enjoyed much success resulting in a national deal in March 2009 with the country’s leading radio syndication com-
pany, Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeart Media. “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” added more than 30 stations in the first year of syndication and today, the program can be heard in nearly 80 markets, including Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cleveland, Austin, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Richmond, Rochester, Dayton, Des Moines, Spokane and Wichita. The radio industry has honored Duran and his program with several awards and nominations such as “Best Morning Show” by New York’s Achievement in Radio Awards, “Personality of the Year” by the Radio Music Awards, “Best Personality” by Radio & Records, “Best Top 40 Disc Jockey” nomination by Billboard Magazine Radio, and “Best Major Market Top 40 Air Personality” by Billboard/ Airplay Monitor. The National Association of Broadcasters nominated Elvis Duran for the 2012 NAB Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year. Additionally, Duran served as an event chair for the GLAAD Manhattan Awards in 2012, where he was also honored for his contributions to the LGBTQ community. In addition to his broadcasting career, Duran is a committed philanthropist. He’s the co-chair of Rosie’s Theater Kids, an organization that brings enrichment through theater and the arts to underprivileged Manhattan children. With a soft spot for animals, he serves on the board of directors for Rock & Rawhide, a non-profit organization that aims to increase adoptions while also providing a quieter, stressfree life for animals surrendered to shelters. Duran also contributes to the Staten Island Zoo’s annual endowment and Robin Hood, which fights poverty in New York City.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29 -----------------
6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE LEGACY COUPLES RECEPTION 2000 Convention Center Drive • Miami Beach Join Miami Beach Gay Pride Legacy Couples, their families and friends at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for a celebration of love and commitment. Sponsored by AARP.
seating, 1 liquor bottle of your choice with mixers from our Miami Beach Gay Pride sponsor menu (must be 21+ older & 20% gratuity not included)
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6:00 PM TO 6:30 PM RAINBOW FLAG RAISING CEREMONY City Hall • 1700 Convention Drive Miami Beach Join us as City officials and Miami Beach Gay Pride Board members open the “Week of Pride” by raising the rainbow flag above City Hall! 8:00PM TO 11:00PM MISS MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE 2016 & SILENT AUCTION PRESENTED BY PRIDE.COM Score Nightclub 1437 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach A FUNdraiser event for Miami Beach Gay Pride honoring Athena Dion, Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride 2015 Pageant/Silent Auction General Admission Before Event-$20 / seated $25 / VIP bottle table service package for party up to 4 guests $225 (includes priority seating, 1 liquor bottle of your choice with mixers from our Miami Beach Gay Pride sponsor menu (must be 21+ older & 20% gratuity not included) General Admission at Door - $25 / Seated $30 / VIP bottle table service package for party up to 4 guests $300 (includes priority
Honoring: Athena Dion - Miss Miami Beach Pride 2015 • Prizes: 1st Prize winner will take home the Miss MBGP crown & tittle + $1,000 cash + $1,000 in prizes
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6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM SPOTLIGHT MEGA-MIXER Shore Club South Beach 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) invites you to kick-off the Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration by attending their Spotlight Mega-Mixer. Mingle and network with over 200 Chamber members, guests, visitors, and the community at large. Cocktails courtesy of Bacardi and Grey Goose Vodka. Cash bar for all others.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7 ------------------
8:00 PM TO 9:30 PM MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE CABARET KICK OFF AT THE NATIONAL HOTEL 1677 Collins Avenue • Miami Beach Performance of Blood, Sweat & Mouseke-
tears starring Lindsey Alley! Hosted by David Sexton, Ed Guedes, John Barone and Peter Morales with special Guest Hostess Elaine Lancaster. During this memorable evening of booze, belting and belly laughs, former-Mouseketeer Alley (who performed alongside Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling & Keri Russell on Disney Channel’s All New Mickey Mouse Club) takes us on a comedic musical journey…and her hilarious quest for the elusive “Happily Ever After.”
Backing up Lindsey are her musical director Rick Leonard (Magnum, Manor) and her collaborator David Sexton (It’s A Fabulous Life, Nature Of The Beach.) Tickets: $25 per person with a $20 drink/ food minimum. Seating capacity of 75. After party at Cabaret at the National hosted by Edison Farrow featuring a meet and greet with Lindsey. Get them here now: www. brownpapertickets.com/event/2522247
FRIDAY, APRIL 8 ----------------------
7:30 PM TO 10:30 PM VIP PRIDE KICK-OFF RECEPTION W South Beach, Outdoor Wet Deck Gardens 2201 Collins Avenue • Miami Beach Join 2016 Grand Marshal Elvis Duran for this elegant evening to celebrate the offi-
cial kick-off of Miami Beach Pride Weekend. Your red carpet arrival will be greeted by the paparazzi then mix and mingle with Miami
Beach’s glitterati and raise a toast to the official beginning of Miami Beach Pride 2016. Open bar and light bites courtesy of our VIP Reception Sponsor, W South Beach, with entertainment and a few surprises we can’t talk about right now. Hosted by Elaine Lancaster and enjoy the Groovy sounds by DJ Smeejay. Tickets: $85 in advance; $100 at the door. Limited capacity so purchase early.
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1:00 PM TO 7:00 PM THE TD BANK NORTH LATIN STAGE 13th Street off of Ocean Drive DJ Sazon (1 PM - 7 PM) • Dancers from Around the World presented by your Host/ MC Marco Perez (1PM - 7PM) Latin Pride
Dancers (1 PM - 7 PM) • Percussionist Angel Emilio performing Live at 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM • Poizon Ivy’s Latin Divas Drag Showcase from (4PM - 7PM) presented by your Host/MC Poizon Ivy (Miss Illusions Honorary 2016) and special guest performances by Elishaly D’witshes (Miss Pride Florida 2016) and Selena Jimenez (Miss Monkey Business)
Booths, Family Fun Zone Food Vendors and Cash Bars (100% of drink ticket sales goes directly to Miami Beach Gay Pride). • FREE
SATURDAY 10:00 PM TO SUNDAY, APRIL 10 - 7:00 AM
1:00 PM TO 10:00 PM MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL SATURDAY Lummus Park, Miami Beach 11th to 13th Streets on Ocean Dr. Main Stage hosts TP-Lords, opening DJ Demarko. Featuring Wildchild World and Pride Dancers. Closing party featuring International DJ/Producer sensation Joe Gauthreaux spinning from 6 pm to 10 pm and a few surprises! Beach Party with International DJs, Exhibitors, Community
URGE PRISMATIC AT SCORE Miami’s hottest party returns as the Official Saturday Night Party of Miami Beach Gay Pride. Score Productions and Hilton Wolman proudly present URGE Prismatic, featuring world renowned DJs Isaac Es-
calante and Paulo. Come and see how they add to the entertainment spectrum with high powered lasers, LED walls, incredible staging and the world’s sexiest dancers.Visiturgemiami.com now for tickets!
SUNDAY, APRIL 10 --------------------
10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM 4TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH WORSHIP GATHERING Pride Festival Grounds Lummus Park off 12th Street We invite you to come Sunday morning for our 4th annual Interfaith Worship Gathering. This worship opportunity is led by four Christian churches and three Jewish temples, all committed to welcoming and fully including LGBTQA persons, and those who love them. All are welcome, whether you are a believer, doubter, or denier! Just come and spend a time of spiritual connecting with the sacred in a safe, supportive environment.
ami Beach Gay Pride 2016, Beth Sacks, Wildchild World, Pride Dancers, direct from Italy -- Osvaldo Supino, plus Ultra Nate and our headline performer, Jordin Sparks! Exhibitors, Community Booths, Family Fun Zone Food Vendors and Cash Bars (100% of drink ticket sales goes directly to Miami Beach Gay Pride). Be sure to stay for the Fireworks at 9pm! • FREE
10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM LEGACY COUPLES PRE-PARADE MEET AND GREET Larios on the Beach • 820 Ocean Drive Miami Beach Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together our Legacy Couples to enjoy lite-bites and beverages before they participate in the Pride Parade. 11:00 AM TO 10:00PM MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL - SUNDAY Lummus Park, Miami Beach (11th to 14th Streets on Ocean Drive Pride Beach Party hosted by Elaine Lancaster and introducing our Grand Marshal, Elvis Duran. with International DJs DJ Miik, DJ Mary Alice, DJ Drew G. Our Drag Showcase featuring Miss Mi-
12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE PARADE Parade Starts on 5th Street and Ocean Drive, travels north to 15th Street. Arrive early to
get your spot along Ocean Drive. Streets will be blocked off starting at 11:30 am except for 10th Street. Once the Parade starts at noon, Ocean Drive will be closed and the only way to cross is on 5th Street or 15th Street • FREE
1:00 PM TO 7:00 PM THE TD BANK NORTH LATIN STAGE 13th Street off of Ocean Drive DJ Willy Gee (1 PM - 7 PM) • Dancers from Around the World presented by your Host/MC Marco Perez (1PM - 7PM) • Latin Pride Dancers (1 PM - 7 PM) • La Linea Band performing Live at 4:00 PM, 5:00
PM, 6:00 PM • Adora’s Latin Divas Drag Showcase from (4 PM - 7 PM) presented by your Host/MC Adora (Host/MC) and special guest performances by Justice Divine and Marytrini.
2:00 PM TO 11:00 PM PALACE PRESENTS “ROCK THE BLOCK” 12th Street & Ocean Drive The Palace gates are blowing wide open with another unparalleled block party. Please join us on 12th street and Ocean Drive, as Palace presents “Rock The Block” with music by the Superstar DJ-drag-duo; Flower Power! DJ Nina Flowers & DJ Power Infiniti are taking over Palace’s annual block party for a celebration of epic proportions. Enjoy fabulous cocktails, drag queen performances, hunky go-go boys, and all the circuit beats you can handle. There is no cover for this event. Fireworks, 9 pm Sunday, April 10, above the Festival grounds.
MONDAY, APRIL 11/2:00 PM TO FRIDAY, APRIL 15/12:00 PM -------------
MIAMI PRIDE CRUISE, APRIL 11-15 Source Events invites you to join the 7th Annual Miami Pride Cruise on a Four-Night Cruise sailing from Ocean Drive to the Ocean with Pride! Prices from only $429 per person. Call 305-672-9779.
Jordin Sparks may have been the youngest American Idol when she won the title on the reality show’s sixth season, but the Glendale, Arizona resident had already packed plenty of accomplishments into 17 years. The daughter of Phillippi Sparks, former left cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys and former defensive back for the New York Giants, Sparks had no formal vocal training, but showed a flair for singing while still a toddler and was drawn to performing of all kinds at an early age. By her early teens, Sparks was singing, acting in plays and modeling, and already winning acclaim for her talents. Along with performing with Alice Cooper and Michael W. Smith, she was Coca-Cola’s Rising Star in 2002 and made her recording debut with 2003’s For Now EP with CCM artist Matthew Ward and engineer Gary Leach. The following year, she won two awards at the 2004 Gospel Music Association Academy, placed second overall in that year’s Music in the Rockies competition, and appeared on America’s Most Talented
Kids twice. In 2006, she won a plussize model search held by the Torrid clothing line and appeared in an ad for Torrid in the December issue of Seventeen magazine. That year, Sparks also auditioned for American Idol, performing in the Los Angeles tryouts; while she didn’t make the cut, she later won the American Idol-affiliated contest Arizona Idol, which allowed her to audition again for the show in Seattle. She made it through to Hollywood on the strength of her rendition of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and found a place among the 12 American Idol finalists early in 2007. Her performances of songs such as “I (Who Have Nothing)” and “Hey Baby” showed her charm and versatility, and soon made her a fan favorite. Like fellow American Idols Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Hicks, Sparks was never in the bottom two or three performers throughout the entire competition. Ultimately, Sparks beat out Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle to become the sixth American Idol on May 23, 2007. Her debut single, “This Is My Now,” was released soon after the show’s May finale, and Sparks spent that summer appearing on the American Idol tour. She also began working on material for her album, reteaming with Leach on songs that were previewed on her website. The single “Tattoo” preceded her self-titled debut album, which arrived in time for the 2007 holiday season. It also spawned the 2008 hit “No Air,”
which featured Chris Brown and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sparks returned in summer 2009 with Battlefield, which was heralded by its namesake single and helped provide the “spark” for her first headlining tour of the U.S. Sparks spent the next five years concentrating on television work, film music, and appearing on compilations, but in 2015 she ended the hiatus on her solo career with a new studio LP, Right Here Right Now, which was issued via her new joint label deal with Louder Than Life/RAL. JORDINSPARKS.COM
As one of the most sought after DJs in the industry, DJ/Producer Joe Gauthreaux (pronounced GO TROW) has a resume full of club appearances and main events that spans the last 15 years - with the list ever growing. From events during Winter Party Festival, Atlantis Cruises, ALEGRIA in New York, to major clubs like THE WEEK in Brazil and “Song Kran” in Asia, his name is synonymous with having an amazing and unique musical experience. Now in his mid 30’s, the New Orleans native began his career there at age 20, and he quickly became the resident DJ at Johnny Chisholm’s famous Oz Nightclub in the French Quarter. After years of “paying his dues,” Joe became in demand at Circuit events and at nightclubs around the world as club goers recognized his ability to offer a diverse musical experience, which sets him apart from most of his peers. Centaur Entertainment tapped Gauthreaux for his first CD compilation in 2002 with
Party Groove: Blue Ball and other CDs followed (including 2012 CD “Party Groove - White Party 13”). He remains a reporting DJ for Billboard Magazine. Never one to stay put, Gauthreaux now resides in what is arguably one of the best cities in the world - New York. After a successful late 2000’s launch of his production career that included official remixes of major dance artists like Tony Moran, Kristine W., Edson Pride and Jeanie Tracy, not to mention mainstream top 40 artists like Justin Bieber, NeYo, and The Wanted (where his remix of their hit “I Found You” reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart), Gauthreaux has now taken his music to the next level with his own label “Prop D Recordings”. Whether you are expecting big anthems, house rhythms, progressive beats, or tribal drums, the legendary DJ/Producer Joe Gauthreaux will have you experiencing a musical journey you won’t ever forget.
In her two decades of making music, Ultra Naté has remained a musical chameleon, embracing a variety of sounds, from R&B/hip-hop, soul and disco to house, rock and electro-pop. Twenty years after sashaying onto international dance floors with the 1989 club anthem, “It’s Over Now,” Naté stands tall and proud, proving that artist longevity, though not common for singers of dance music, is alive and well. Ultra Naté’s 20 + year anniversary in the business comes at a time of non-stop work and recording sessions. In addition to prepping her eighth studio album, Hero Worship which features Robbie Rivera, Aussie wonder twins Nervo, chart-topping EDM troubadour Chris Willis, Italy’s hit maker Nicola Fasano, Hometown Baltimore’s DJ Class, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child) and house music innovators Todd Terry and David Morales, Naté has also found time to
initiate a new rock/funk project called Black Stereo Faith with the inimitable Quentin Harris. Working hard for the money also means wearing numerous hats. Sure, Naté is the singer of the song, but she is also a songwriter, producer, DJ (currently holding a mixshow residency on influential French Radio Station FG alongside some of the world’s top jocks), label owner (BluFire and 410 Paradox Underground), club promoter (the monthly Deep Sugar) and live performer. For the B-more-residing Naté, such diversity is a natural extension—or evolution—from one creative aspect of the music scene to another. With new music being released this Summer, and her latest singles making waves, Ultra Naté is bringing the party back to you! “I want to continue to be in your face,” says Naté.
Pop, Sexy, Italian. Osvaldo Supino is one of the most talked Italian artists on the internet. His 2 albums and 7 singles reached the iTunes top10 Chart in Italy, and he’s been the fist Italian artist ever to get 3 nominations at BT Digital Music Awards in UK. In the last 2 years this multi talented pop star toured all Europe and around, and he’s been chosen by the Pledge Antibully Organization as the first and only Italian testimonial. Osvaldo Supino is also one of the most involved Italian celebrities in terms of Gay Rights and has been the first Italian artist to show a gay kiss in a music video in his country. His sound stands out from the typical Italians productions for giving an international fresh electro-pop flow backed up by big names like Leeyou&Dancey (Lady Gaga, Akon, Leona Lewis), Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus, Boa) and Ferras (Katy Perry, Adam Lambert).
“I AM SO THRILLED TO PERFORM IN MIAMI. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY DREAMS, AND BRINGING MY MUSIC OVER THERE IT’S BEAUTIFUL. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GONNA HAPPEN ON THE STAGE BUT OF COURSE WILL BE FANTASTIC. I’M GONNA BRING SOME OF MY HITS AND SOME NEW MATERIAL. I JUST CAN’T WAIT”.