On November 9th, 2019, a young girl celebrated her seventh birthday by holding a peaceful protest outside of the White House. Her sign read “Time’s Up for the Bad Stuff,” as she and a hundred of her friends and their parents marched through a small section Washington, D.C. For the event, the young girl asked her mother to hire artivist musician Emma G, who gladly attended and performed, and was inspired to write her seventh single specifically for the event. With a Goddess-rock drive that is true to Emma G’s edgy style, and with strong electronic and dubstep overtones, “Time’s Up for the Bad Stuff” is a stuck-in-your-head-for-days catchy tune produced by longtime producer Flightboy Music and co-produced by Emma G’s Band of Misfits member DJ Reality Check.
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As a producer bringing some major events to Capital Pride this year, Zach Renovátes admits that he was keen to get Betty Who on the lineup. After having seen several of her live performances already, Renovátes knew the Australian would make a fine marquee addition to the “Kinetic Presents Candyland” event at Echostage June 10.
Fortunately, she was both available and interested.
“Something that I personally saw was that [Betty Who] is one of the most pro-LGBT singer-songwriters I’ve ever ever seen perform live,” Renovátes said, adding that the D.C. audiences at her concerts come largely from within the gay community. “So she absolutely knows that we as queer people make up a huge percentage of her fan base.”
The June 10 event is the main draw of a weekend of collaborations between Kinetic Presents and the Capital Pride Alliance in celebration of D.C. Pride 2023. Other big names who will play at various venues around the District include DJs Abel and Cindel, Dan Slater, as well as Jerac and Paulo Fragoso. It’ll be a pride-filled musical weekend indeed, with Echostage, Sax, Bunker and Bliss Nightclub hosting the pulsing sounds of revelry. And there’s also the big parade on June 10.