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Pride: Amy Ray is home for Sunday show

Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls

Hometown hero and Indigo Girl Amy Ray was chosen by Atlanta’s Pride committee to headline this year’s event. She will be finishing out the festival on Sunday, October 14. The GA Voice caught up with her to talk to her about her own coming out, being a gay musician and living in a conservative community.

GA Voice: Congratulations on headlining Atlanta Pride. How does it feel to be a part of this event in your own home town?

Amy: It’s awesome. It’s one of those things where I can’t express the level of love that I have for my city. I love that I can bring my band into my hometown and play a Pride show. It’s like having your best friend and you really want to share with them something that’s really important to you.

When did you realize that you were gay?

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Pride: Erasure’s Andy Bell headlines Pride Saturday

Andy Bell

Andy Bell is not one to rest on his laurels. In addition to logging more than a quarter of a century as Erasure’s charismatic vocalist, notorious for his dance moves and fondness for costumes ranging from elaborate to skimpy, he found the time to release a couple of solo discs. Bell also made a name for himself on the DJ circuit.

As one of the headliners at the 2012 Atlanta Pride, Bell is scheduled to perform at 8:05 p.m. on the Coca Cola Stage.

GA Voice: Erasure marked its 25th anniversary a couple of years ago. Looking back at the early days, did you ever imagine that you and Vince [Clarke] would be celebrating such a milestone?

Andy Bell: I knew that I was a massive fan of Vince Clarke and it is a massive pleasure to work with him. Every day that we are all here is a blessing! So I never imagined we’d still be here 25 years later because I tend to take each day as it comes.

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Fall Preview: Melissa, Madonna, Morrissey and more

Fall music preview

Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright, Morrissey — Atlanta’s fall music line-up features some of the best known openly LGBT musicians, then sets gay fans swooning with a visit from the Material Girl herself, Madonna.

It’s technically the end of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s summer concert series, but Indigo Girls’ Sept. 14 show could also be considered the start of a banner fall music season. Tickets also go on sale Sept. 21 for the beloved lesbian duo’s Dec. 7 show with the Georgia Symphony at Cobb Energy Centre.

Indigo Girls are just one of the acts to grow out of Atlanta’s famed acoustic music scene, which remains immensely popular with LGBT fans. The scene was rocked earlier this year by the unhappy split between famed Decatur acoustic venue Eddie’s Attic and founder Eddie Owen, but this season’s music line-up shows fans may actually benefit.

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Best Bets 08.17 – 08.30

Friday, Aug. 17 JustUsATL, a group for LGBTQQA youth, hosts the Rainbow Jam, a fundraiser emceed by aRoara Thunder with live performances, raffles and more. 7 - 11 p.m. at the Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atl...
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No one like Nona Hendryx

Nona Hendryx

Queer singer/songwriter Nona Hendryx has had the kind of career longevity and variety that many musicians only dream about.

She is best known as one-third of the groundbreaking soul/rock trio Labelle, scoring the massive 1975 hit “Lady Marmalade” with bandmates Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash.

But the uncompromising Hendryx — who came out as bisexual in a 2001 interview in the Advocate — has also had an unconventional solo career, daring to go in musical directions (i.e. performing with Bill Laswell’s Material and being a backing vocalist for Talking Heads) few others would ever consider.

Her latest album, “Mutatis Mutandis,” was recently released on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe label.

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Andy Bell of Erasure to perform at Atlanta Pride

Andy Bell of Erasure

The Atlanta Pride Committee today announced that Andy Bell, one half of the duo from Erasure, will perform at this year's Atlanta Pride festival on Oct. 13.

Bell's appearance will be sponsored by local gay nightlife/entertainment magazine David and Project Q Atlanta.

“We were thrilled when the guys from David and Project Q approached us about sponsoring Andy Bell to perform at the festival this year! It is because of relationships like this and commitments to the event that help us keep the festival free to anyone who would like to attend,” said Atlanta Pride Committee Board Chair Glen Paul Freedman.

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With a new album and new engagement, Brandi Carlile also gives back to honor her roots

Brandi Carlile

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is certainly busy. Freshly engaged, she released her new album, “Bear Creek,” last month, filmed a marriage equality public service video for her home state of Washington and has been wrapping up tour dates with Dave Matthews.

Factoring in her immense summer tour schedule which will bring her to Atlanta’s Chastain Park on July 27, one might wonder how she does it all. We caught up with Brandi to discuss marriage equality, babies and giving back.

Shannon: I wanted to start by congratulating you on your recent engagement to your partner, Catherine Shepherd.

Carlile: Thank you!