Morabito and Abel will spin on June 30th
NYC Pride, and WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50, announced the first phase of talent announcements with the legendary Grace Jones. She will join Teyana Taylor, Pabllo Vittar, and others for Pride Island 2019. Pride Island is a multi-day live musical event Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Pier 97 in New York City.
“We’re thrilled to be able to create this multi-day experience, which speaks to an inclusive set of Pride-goers, during one of the biggest Pride events in the world,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director, NYC Pride. “With the iconic Grace Jones headlining on Saturday and the incredible list of curated talent, this musical experience is definitely not to be missed.”
Grace Jones, an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and actress, was born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, NY with her family. She began her successful career as a model in New York and Paris. In 1977 she secured her first record deal. That resulted in a string of dance-club hits, including “I Need A Man,” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic, “La Vie En Rose.” Jones is most famously known for her post-disco dance track “Pull Up to the Bumper,” and an array of features in motion pictures including “Conan the Destroyer,” “Vamp,” and the 1992 classic,“Boomerang.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to perform in front of my LGBTQIA+ friends and the community that’s supported me for so many years during WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50,” said Jones. “Saturday’s Pride Island lineup will be a celebration of everything that the community stands for and will go down in illustrious history.”
Teyana Taylor, one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation, is set to give ballroom realness during Saturday’s lineup. Taylor is a recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model. She made waves across a variety of fields. Her hit sophomore album, K.T.S.E., produced by Kanye West, debuted at #2 on the top R&B Albums chart.
Brazil’s most famous drag queen, Pabllo Vittar, will also be at New York City Pride. In the past two years, the “Sua Cara” singer has been nominated for multiple awards. The awards include a Latin Grammy in 2018, making her the first drag queen to be nominated. She was also nominated as the “Best Brazilian Act” for the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Rounding out Saturday night, is Afro-Latina pop sensation, Amara La Negra. The “Insecure” and “What a Bam Bam” entertainer, who has dominated her transition into the American mainstream spotlight with her transparent and multi-faceted charisma. La Negra will join popular New York City DJ, Johnny Dynell, who will bring his infectious style to the event.
On Pride Island Sunday, Abel and Morabito will take the lead, with Abel spinning classic dancefloor hits and Morabito turning out progressive, tech house influenced sounds. The headliner for Sunday’s edition of Pride Island will be announced at a later date.
“We’re planning an action-packed weekend of live performances, that will build upon the excitement of what Pride attendees know as Pride Island, for our biggest and most inclusive year yet,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “We’re turning up the heat this year, in honor of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50. It’s slated to be a truly unforgettable celebration.”
Check out information for Jersey Pride in Asbury Park on June 2, 2019 here
Tickets are now on sale for Pride Island Saturday at nycpride.frontgatetickets.com. Tickets for Pride Island Sunday have already sold out.
WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 will be comprised of more than 25 different events for LGBT and allied people during the month of June, 2019. Throughout the course of the celebration, all WorldPride events will ladder up to the foundational theme, “Millions of Moments of Pride.” Come out to New York City, and the world, this June. Honor the past, celebrate our differences and march together for the future.
For more information, visit: worldpride.org.