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Pride: Diverse musical line-up includes new acts, familiar faces

Wynter Gordon performs at this year's Atlanta Pride festival

The entertainment line-up at this year’s Atlanta Pride ranges from new acts making their ATL debuts to fan favorites who’ve called Pride home for years – and in one case, decades.

James Sheffield, Atlanta Pride executive director, is particularly pleased with 2011’s slate.

“We are so excited to have such a diverse group of talent to present this year,” he said. “Booking talent was a thoughtful process with the intent of offering something for everyone. I believe we have accomplished just that and would encourage our guests to come and spend the weekend at the park enjoying acts on both the Coca-Cola Stage and the Bud Light Stage.”

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Amber Taylor: ‘I’m the sexual side effect’

Amber Taylor from The Sexual Side Effects

As lead singer/guitarist and current business manager for the Atlanta band The Sexual Side Effects, Amber Taylor, 33, is busy. She’s booking clubs for her band to play, she’s writing songs, she’s posting flyers around the city promoting upcoming gigs. She also holds down a day job working as a web designer and computer programmer.

The Sexual Side Effects headline the annual East Atlanta Strut on Saturday, Sept. 17. SSE plays My Sister’s Room on Oct. 1 with local artists, and plays Atlanta Pride this year, taking the Bud Light Stage on Oct. 8.

Taylor is also involved in a TV project about transgender artists and musicians being shopped around by a producer.

The Sexual Side Effects includes “Spikey” Mike Sidner on bass, Matt Foster on guitar and drummer Clay McClure. The band is working with producer John Briglevich (Drivin’ N Cryin’, Edwin McCain) on a debut EP.