As we head into the cold, gray winter months we’re so excited to once again join with all of you online for Fireside Pride, a winter- and holiday-themed celebration of Bluegrass Pride! Hosted by emcee Marlene Twitty-Fargo and featuring performances by Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder, Leyla McCalla, Mary Gauthier, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and a non-religious holiday sing-along led by Nate Lee, Fireside Pride will bring all of our favorite parts of the Bluegrass Pride community together on December 5, beginning at 3:00 PM PST and running ‘til 6:30 PM PST.
Earlier this year, in the fresh wake of the pandemic, Bluegrass Pride found itself in the same position as many of the talented musicians with whom we work: facing the cancellation of an entire season of events. We said goodbye to our San Francisco Pride float and marching armada, the annual Bluegrass Pride Celebration Concert that follows the parade each year, our annual Portland events, and our inaugural Nashville celebration, too. But we weren’t satisfied with an empty calendar and a clean slate, without events, gatherings, and music. Furthermore, we understood that LGBTQ+ and Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian musicians and creators have been disproportionately impacted by the economic devastation of the pandemic, so we knew we had to adapt our mission to meet folks wherever they’re at during this time.
In June, we carried off our first ever Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival, a digital program featuring more than 10 hours of live music over what would have been Pride weekend. We raised over $22,000 for our artists! We also pivoted our annual LGBTQ+ Musicians Showcase online during IBMA’s Virtual World of Bluegrass, featuring five acts of bluegrass, folk, and old-time from around the world during the conference. And, in October, we began a monthly livestream series that features creators and artists from the Bluegrass Pride family. Time and again, our audience has shown up for Bluegrass Pride and our mission, despite all of the barriers thrown our way by 2020!
We’re asking you to show up again for our musicians and our community. Musicians know how hard the winter months can be, when opportunities dry up seasonally, as the weather changes -- and this year, flu season and returning indoors will inevitably increase COVID transmission and close off more gig and work opportunities for artists. Now is such an important time to give!
If you’re a part of the Bluegrass Pride family, or if you’re just here to enjoy the show, we’re suggesting a $10 donation. But, if you’re able, please give generously – and consider giving to Bluegrass Pride monthly as we continue to support artists and our community all year round!
All profits -- including donations made prior to December 13, 2020 -- will be shared evenly between Bluegrass Pride and the artists playing the festival. We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; these funds will go towards supporting our ongoing, year-round operations, allowing us to continue hosting paid performance opportunities for artists during these uncertain times, while also investing in long-term resources that will benefit both musicians and fans beyond the pandemic (such as the forthcoming Safe Venue Directory), helping to create a safer, more inclusive bluegrass community for all.
Thank you for your continued support! Whether you’re a Bluegrass Pride veteran, a chance passerby, a longtime donor, or a curious newbie, we’re so pleased to have you as part of Bluegrass Pride. We hope you enjoy Fireside Pride (safely!) with your friends, loved ones, and families and we cannot thank you enough for helping to spread the word about Bluegrass Pride, Fireside Pride, and the important work of making bluegrass a place for everyone.
Fireside Pride will be viewable above, on our Facebook page, and/or on our YouTube Channel on Saturday, December 5, at 3:00 PM PST!
All set times are listed in Pacific Time. Please note that all times are approximate and subject to change.
Master of Ceremonies: Marlene Twitty-Fargo
|3:00 PM||Holiday Sing-Along with Nate Lee|
|3:30 PM||Stephanie Anne Johnson|
|4:00 PM||AJ Lee & Blue Summit|
|4:30 PM||Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris|
|5:00 PM||Leyla McCalla|
|5:30 PM||Ani DiFranco & Zoe Boekbinder|
Bluegrass Pride is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 83-3224672. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer.