HONEY MAHOGANY is an international drag performer and budding recording artist. The currently reigning Miss Blow Up USA initially gained worldwide fame as a cast member on season 5 of the reality television show and cult phenomenon, RuPaul’s Drag Race. She has since made appearances on America’s Got Talent, The X-Factor, The NewNowNext Awards, and HBO’s Looking. Honey is a prolific performer and popular MC. Her emceeing chops include Topsy Turvy: A Queer Circus Extravaganza, The Castro Street Fair, numerous drag and burlesque shows throughout the Bay Area, and her own weekly drag show in The Castro called Mahogany Mondays at the Midnight Sun. See more at: www.itshoney.com
Since 1980, CHEER San Francisco® has been thrilling crowds locally, nationally and internationally with its unique brand of high-energy routines. This all-volunteer group is dedicated not only to providing polished professional entertainment, but also to the philanthropic mission of the squad, serving as true ambassadors of good will to the communities in which they perform. Learn more at www.cheersf.org.
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band
The SFLGFB was founded by Jon Reed Sims in 1978 as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps. Sims, born in Smith Center, Kansas, was a musician and performer who formed the band in response to Anita Bryant‘s anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s. Upon its founding in 1978, it became the first openly-gay musical group in the world. In successive years, Sims created the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and the Lambda Pro Musica orchestra.
MUÑECAS is a band from San Francisco that mixes punk rock and dark wave musical styles with postcolonial drag, responding to their experiences as queer, and their cultural heritage as mixed Chican@s. They are frequent performers at local music venues such as SF Eagle, SF Oasis, The Folsom Street Fair, El Rio, Club Some Thing, The Monster Show and have opened for such acts as Pansy Division, Torche and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. The average Muñecas show is often equal parts music performance as it is drag. They don’t wear those outfits for nothing! Their songs range from stories about race and gender, to cautionary tales of boundaries, and even songs about fantasy realms, gods and monsters.
The Whoa Nellies
THE WHOA NELLIES are: Leigh Crow, Peter Fogel, Tim Perdue, Kevin Kirkbride, John Ashfield, Mark Smotroff and Ruby Vixxen. They are psychedelic time travelers singing songs about peace and love from the flower power era. They take pride in reviving bubblegum pop, groovy one-hit wonder radio hits, show tunes from “Hair” and British Invasion chart toppers with a pinch of California Country.
The Ethel Merman Experience
Whenever EMX plays the Castro Street Fair, one thing is for sure; it’s good to be home! Nowhere does the Merm feel better belting out rock n’ roll’s greatest hits than on stage with all her friends in the crowd singing and dancing along and shouting out for more. So get ready for the love fest — in both directions — and to rock out once again with the lady with the big voice and big hair.
Igniting dance floors with hardcore, club-rocking tracks, SUPER SQUARE brings their expressive melodies and pop savvy hooks to the EDM scene. This trio consisting of DJ Jimmy Hits, producer A_Rival, and vocalist Helen Eugene was originally created by Ben Lavee (Monster Energy resident DJ) as a way to bring new artistry to the prototypical DJ set. Their off-beat creativity and exceptional musical backgrounds allow them to produce their own music, write and perform their own lyrics, and choreograph their own live performances. From headlining Los Angeles’s most prestigious EDM club to exploding onto the Billboard Top Dance Music Chart, Super Square is setting out to forever change the nightclub experience around the world. Hear more at www.supersquaremusic.com.
The Main Stage of the Castro Street Fair is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Technical Services Program, which provides subsidized rental rates for wheelchair-accessible lifts, staging, catwalks, bleachers, P.A. systems and consultation for San Francisco’s many street fairs, festivals and community events. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.
The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit www.somarts.org.