‘Voice’ singer headlining Grand Rapids Pride Festival event


Billy Gilman. Photo via fb.com

A runner-up from “The Voice” will headline a day of concerts this weekend at Calder Plaza as part of the Grand Rapids Pride Festival.

All proceeds from the week-long festival go toward the Grand Rapids Pride Center’s efforts to support and empower the region’s LGBTQ community through services and outreach.

“Pride Festival is our organization’s largest fundraiser of the year,” said Mike Hemmingsen, board president, Grand Rapids Pride Center. “The proceeds from the festival allow our organization to offer year-round support to the West Michigan community.

“Additionally, the purpose of festival is to unite the West Michigan community and provide awareness of our LGBTQ community.”

Saturday concerts

The festival concludes with a day of concerts from noon to midnight on Saturday at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Country music star Billy Gilman, who starred in NBC’s singing competition, will headline the Saturday lineup.

Opening acts will include Bonnie McKee, DJ Citizen Jane, Lipstick Jodi, DJ Keller Shaw, and Dymond Denae and the Rumors House Divas.


Admission to the event is $8.

People can purchase tickets at the gate or online.

Other Pride Festival events

  • Third-annual White Party: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, at Rumors Night Club, 69 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
  • Third-annual Pre-Pride Rally, Hand-in-Hand: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, hosted by David Watt at Ah-Nah-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Pride Center

Founded in 1988 as the Lesbian Gay Community Network, the Grand Rapids Pride Center strives to empower West Michigan’s LGBTQ community through supportive services and awareness.

The organization hosts several support groups, community education and sensitivity trainings, and leadership and volunteer opportunities.

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