As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shutter venues and businesses of all kinds, musicians are looking to find ways to perform their previously-planned shows, and some have found a great outlet.
On Thursday (May 14th), the live event production company JJ|LA announced that, effective Tuesday, May 26th, they’ll be hosting a 10-episode, five week long LGBTQIA+ concert series titled “OUTLOUD: Raising Voices,” aimed at supporting local Pride organizations affected by the Corona Virus outbreak.
The first broadcast will feature artists originally slated to perform at the canceled OUTLOUD showcase at this year’s South By Southwest music festival. Australian pop singer Betty Who is scheduled to serve as the headliner for the premier event, with additional performances by Madame Gandhi, Flavia, SWSH, Bang Bang Romeo, PineappleCITI, Pabllo Vittar, Ryan Cassata and Ariel View coming in for support. While the rest of the episodes have yet to be fully-fleshed out, appearances from stars like Kesha, Greyson Chance, Allie X, Candis Cayne, Vincint, The Aces, and Wrabel have already been confirmed.
“Now more than ever, it is important to find ways to feel united while still being mindful of current social distancing requirements. OUTLOUD: Raising Voices is a perfect opportunity to bring people together while also giving back to our communities around the country,” JJ|LA founder and CEO Jeff Consoletti said in a statement. “Pride festivals are often the biggest — if not only —fundraiser many local Pride organizations will have, and the loss of these events is potentially devastating. We hope the community will join us to celebrate Pride together with each other and these amazing artists and donate to some great non-profits.”
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