Gay rapper Cazwell, whose 2010 “Ice Cream Truck” music video went viral, will headline the South Bay’s 2014 Pride festival along with dance divas Kristine W and Deepa Soul.
Born Luke Caswell, the performer has made a name for himself with his sexy videos sporting scantily clad men cavorting around him.
Kristine W, born Kristine Weitz, has long been a top talent on the gay party circuit. She broke onto the dance charts in 1997 with “Land of the Living” and recently released a greatest hits album featuring remixes of her top songs.
Deepa Soul’s career was sparked when she met mega DJ and producer Junior Vasquez at the NYC record store where she worked. Born Diedra Meredith, the artist rose to fame with her “Nowhere Love” debut track mixed by Vazquez. Her latest single is “Feva.”
As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a May article, San Jose Pride changed its name to Silicon Valley Pride this year and has taken on a more South Bay-wide focus to attract a larger crowd and increased LGBT community interest. Over the last five years attendance at the event has waned as oversight issues have hampered the local Pride committee’s ability to raise sponsorships.
In 2009 organizers scrapped having a parade as part of the Pride festivities. They later cut the number of days for the festival down to one from two.
This year marks the 39th anniversary of the celebration. It’s theme is “Honoring Our Past + Securing Our Future.”
Silicon Valley Pride takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 17 at Discovery Meadows, 180 Woz Way in downtown San Jose.
Tickets cost $10 in advance and can be purchased online, otherwise the cost is $15 at the gate.