June has traditionally been designated as Pride Month, when cities celebrate the LGBTQ community and the positive impact the group makes on local culture. Unfortunately, the current pandemic crisis has led many annual events to be cancelled or curtailed, so Pride has felt a whole lot less festive in 2020. That hasn’t kept the Austin and Nashville LGBT Chambers of Commerce down as they’ve come up with a brand new way to celebrate and showcase artists in these two centers of American music with an event they are calling “Pride in Local Music.”
The one-night only affair will be held on Friday, June 26 beginning at 6:00 pm CST and will feature a livestream concert of musical acts from both cities. Thanks to sponsor Dell Technologies, which has a major corporate presence in both Nashville and Austin, the concert will stream live at PrideInLocalMusic.org and on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
“Austin and Nashville are two of our hometowns with vibrant small business communities, and we are so PROUD to support this exciting event.” said Erik Day, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Small Business, Dell Technologies. “Dell Technologies’ relationship with the National and Local Gay and Lesbian Chambers of Commerce is critical to our purpose and delivering on our Small Business strategy. Ensuring minority-owned businesses are given the same resources as every business is more important now than ever, and we are thrilled to be joining in to celebrate the resiliency of our small businesses in these amazing cities!”
The show will raise much-needed funds to directly benefit musicians in the two cities that are in need of healthcare and other resources, and who may not have been able to earn their living through music as performance venues have been closed due to the crisis. The two participating funds that will help to distribute these grants are the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and Nashville’s Music Health Alliance.
The performers will grace the stages at some iconic music venues that haven’t hosted live music in months, including 3Ten ACL Live, Antone’s Nightclub and Waterloo Records in Austin, and Grimey’s Record Store, Exit/In and Bluebird Café in Nashville. The evening’s festivities will be co-hosted by Austin favorite Gina Chavez and Music City country songstress Maggie Rose.
Joining those two talented singers on stage to perform their own individual sets will be Nashville acts Brody Ray, who you might remember from appearances on American Idol and America’s Got Talent, the soulful modern stylings of Allana Royale, contemporary folk artist Joy Oladokun, Americana and outlaw country performer Jamie Wyatt and self-described “Avant Punk” band Tayls. Streaming from the Texas capital city will be Alesia Lani, Nakia, Fuvk and Mama Duke.
If you’ve been missing out on traveling to hear some great live music, this might just be the next best thing! Tune in Friday night to support Pride and listen to some talented performers put the music back into Music City and The Live Music Capital of the World.