Atlanta promoter and entrepreneur Barry Brandon talks about the ICON series on AM1690.

Catching Up with Atlanta promoter Barry Brandon

Barry Brandon is a local promoter, entrepreneur and singer among many other endeavors. The latest of those endeavors is ICON, a live concert series featuring local performers celebrating LGBT luminaries like Ja...
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Get ready to ‘Sing for Your Life’

Sing For Your Life contestents

Think of it as “Atlanta Idol” or our city’s local version of “The Voice” — but set in a gay bar and with the kind of attitude and attention to detail that only the creators of the queer “Bedlam” party series can bring.

“Sing for Your Life” started soliciting contestants online last month to huge response. A live audition narrowed the field, and on Jan. 10, the top 12 begin live weekly competitions at popular gay nightclub Jungle.

“To be honest with you, a show of this sort has been in my brain for years,” says creator Barry Brandon. “I started off as a singer, not a promoter, so music is really important to me.”

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Pride Expo combines gay business, wedding vendors

Local entertainer Barry Brandon

The Atlanta Pride Expo promises more than 100 exhibitions as well as live music and entertainment during its two-day run at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, set for April 21-22.

“The Rainbow Wedding Network is doing their event with us and Carma Productions is also joining us to help people locate gay-owned and gay-friendly local businesses,” says Ray McCreay, vice president of Expo Inc., which is organizing the event.

The event will include national and local exhibitors and a lineup of 15 entertainers during the two-day expo, he says. Price to enter the expo is $10 for regular admission if you buy online and $15 at the door. For VIP passes, which include an after-party on April 21 at My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta, the cost of a ticket is $25 in advance or $40 at the door.