Shangela Takes Stage at White Party; Etheridge to Headline San Diego Pride

Here's what you need to know about their respective upcoming performances.

Last week we found out that the inimitable Grace Jones will headline New York Pride in June. And, this week two more exciting upcoming headliners were announced: RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Shangela has been tapped to perform at the White Party Palm Springs Circus T-Dance, and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge will take the stage at San Diego Pride.

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Shangela, the first of, presumably, many stars to be announced in the T-Dance lineup, made history this year by being the only drag queen to attend the Academy Awards (to date.) Last year, she had a breakout cameo in the Oscar-winning film A Star is Born alongside Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Shangela’s voice can also be heard on the Ariana Grande track “NASA” from the studio album Thank U, Next. The T-Dance, a highlight of White Party weekend, will take place Sunday, April 28 from 3pm-10pm.

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San Diego Pride, celebrating its 45th year, will welcome rocker Melissa Etheridge to its stage on Sunday, July 14 as part of this year’s “Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation” commemoration. The legendary musician who came out in 1993 and has 2 Grammys on her shelf will join more than 90 musical acts slated to appear across four stages during the two-day festival. Tickets for the festival range from $20 to $200 for the VIP option. A limited number of tickets for a meet-and-greet with Etheridge have also been announced but seem currently unavailable.

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