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.

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Our ‘Best Bets’

Our pick of essential community, nightlife and entertainment events of the week

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Speaking Out: Readers react to ‘Derelicte’ party and more…

Editor’s note: These comments on Georgia Voice articles were submitted via our website and Facebook page. Want to weigh in? Follow us there or submit comments on our website.

Would you watch reality TV about Atlanta activists?

Re: “Taking a peek into black gay Atlanta” (March 9)

"Instead of a reality TV show spotlighting gay people in Atlanta obsessed with their egos, their nightclubs, their bling, their Mercedes and their own self-adulating, lip-glossed fabulousness, how about a reality TV show about gay people in Atlanta who are working for nondiscrimination, who are working for marriage equality, who are serving in the military, who are serving the HIV/AIDS population, who are gentrifying and renovating the run-down neighborhoods, and oh, can’t forget, who are running the gay media? I’d be a lot more interested in that show."

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My Sisters’ Room owner says ‘valuable lesson learned’ during recent ‘Derelicte’ party controversy

The controversy surrounding a recent party at My Sisters’ Room has prompted the lesbian bar’s owner to speak out and say that the bar does not intend to discriminate against anyone.

Bedlam Presents and local gay singer and party promoter Barry Brandon and others promoted a party at MSR on March 11 based on the movie “Zoolander” and the fashion line “Derelicte” portrayed in the movie as “homeless chic.”

Advertising for the party included people being encouraged to dress in attire "inspired by homeless, vagrants and crack whores."

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Atlanta LGBT forum touches on racism, collaboration

A group of some 30 activists gathered at My Sisters' Room on Feb. 28 to air their frustrations about what they wish to see happening in Atlanta's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Organized by MSR owners and wife-wife team Susan Musselwhite and Patryce Yeiser along with party promoter and singer Barry Brandon, the forum's topics included racism and segregation, transgender people being left out, and the need for LGBT groups to collaborate with other groups at all times — not just when something is needed.

"I've been involved in Atlanta's LGBT community a long time and what I see is we are resource rich and collaboration poor," said Imani Evans, founder and executive director of Women Healing Women, a nonprofit that provides services to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.