Atlanta Pride announces entertainment lineup

As Atlanta Black Gay Pride is set to welcome such stars as Brandy to the this weekend, the Atlanta Pride Committee released its full slate of entertainment today that includes Ari Gold, Deborah Cox and Michelle Malone.

Local bands and performers are also part of the lineup including the Sexual Side Effects.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring some of our community’s most talented artists as well as some other recognizable names to the Pride stage this year,” said APC Executive Director JP Sheffield in a press release. “People often ask how we choose our entertainment. We do our best to offer a little something for everyone over the course of the weekend.”

The Atlanta Pride Committee also teamed up with Clear Channel’s WiLD radio stations 105.7 FM and 96.7 FM to secure “up-and-coming” talent including “America’s Got Talent” alum Alexis Jordan; Wynter Gordon, a singer who released her debut album “With the Music I Die” this year and wrote the 2009 international hit, “Sugar,” for Flo Rida’s “R.O.O.T.S.” album; and Kim Sozzi, who’s 2008 song “Feel Your Love” which made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Airplay Chart.

“Atlanta Pride works very hard to establish and maintain great relationships that benefit everyone involved.  We are excited to add Clear Channel and specifically, WiLD to the list of those positive and productive partnerships,” Sheffield added.

Atlanta Pride is set for Oct. 8-9 in Piedmont Park to correspond with National Coming Out Day and includes the official welcome party at the Georgia Aquarium on Oct. 7.

The full schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 8

Bud Light Stage
10:15 a.m. — Children’s show
Noon — Literary Event
2:20 p.m. — Nubia Soul GODdess
3:10 p.m. — SHADE
3:55 p.m. — The Sexual Side Effects
4:40 p.m. — Promise
5:25 p.m. — Slick and Rose
6:45 p.m. — Post-Dyke March Dance Party

Coca-Cola Stage
2 p.m. — Hannah Thomas
2:50 p.m. — Justin Utley
3:35 p.m. — Gurufish
5:30 p.m. — Michelle Malone
6:25 p.m. — Alexis Jordan
7 p.m. — DEMIZES
7:55 p.m. Wynter Gordon
8:35 p.m. — Deborah Cox

Sunday, Oct. 9

Bud Light Stage
3 p.m. — Bridge 19
3:40 p.m. — Katie Quick
4:20 p.m. — Hemming and Hawing
5:15 p.m. — The RoboDrum

Coca-Cola Stage
3 p.m. — Michel Jon’s Band
4:10 p.m. — Kim Sozzi
4:45 p.m. — Beverly McClellan
5:30 p.m. — God-Des & She
6:15 p.m. — Ari Gold
7:05 p.m. — Starlight Cabaret

Photo: Deborah Cox headlines Atlanta Pride on Saturday, Oct. 8. (Publicity photo)