Last week, Washington DC area alternative rock band, YellowTieGuy released “Information,” their first studio recording since 2016, saying on their website: “‘Information’, has always been intended as a commentary for doing what is right daily rather than just using social media sharing to feel good about backing causes without taking real action.” The video has intermittent quotes by various public figures encouraging individuals to speak out on behalf of racial equality, while also intentionally placing large segments of a simple black background, inspired by last week’s Blackout Tuesday which much of the music industry took part of to show solidarity with the African-American community and the protests resulting from the killing of George Floyd. You can see the lyrics and YellowTieGuy’s call to action on their website: yellowtieguy.com
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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.