2021 Festival Applicants and Profiles

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Asheville Gay Men's ChorusPromotional Picture

The Asheville Gay Men's Chorus entertains, educates and creates community through excellence in choral singing. For more than 20 years, we've connected with audiences and raised awareness about LGBTQIA+ issues in greater WNC.

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Authentic Polynesian Fire Dancing. This dance is called the Siva Afi. "Siva" means dance and "Afi" means fire. This is a traditional Samoan fire dance.

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Jay Thomas writes sensual music with beats and string arrangements that evoke fantasy and escapism, while addressing grief, trauma, and human rights. His androgynous voice travels from gentle and soothing to coarse and raw in primal chants. Thomas’ lyrics are influenced by his studies in poetry and philosophy, as well as the cultural commentary in Horror, Science Fiction, and Comedy.

Jay Thomas became known in Miami through his band Bluejay releasing two albums, Goblins [2010] and Mercury [2012], and performing at festivals such as III Points, House of Creatives Music Festival, and TransAtlantic Music Festival. As a queer alternative solo artist, Jay Thomas released Fantasma Tropical [2019] and performed at Miami Beach Gay Pride and Wigwood.

His latest work is a concept album, Butterfly Parade, he won the Knight New Work grant to produce. The album addresses the collective trauma of quarantine and the divisiveness of contemporary culture. The first two songs: “Scream, Butterfly” and “Dream of the Underworld” are out now.

Mirage Jayde Knight-AddamsPromotional Picture

Former Mr. Roanoke Pride MI 2015-2016

Nova JynahPromotional Picture

Nova Jynah is known as Asheville's premier mayo princess and can be seen hosting and performing at drag shows across the city.

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Women’s Percussion Group performing music from West African

Convict Julie

Originally hailing from Atlanta, Camilla Sims, known as Convict Julie has spent the past four years carving out a musical niche in Athens GA, she has never resonated with this little fish even more. She is a singer’s singer. Her songs create stories, delivering messages and affirmation to her listeners.

The 23-year-old meshes the galvanizing intimacy of a 1960s ballroom songstress with the new-school swagger of a rising rap star. Backed by her unparalleled vocals and her skill in songwriting, she is able to captivate listeners and incite emotions within them in a way only true artists could. Her sound is reminiscent of a blend of The Weeknd and Lauryn Hill. Playing bass while she croons, she is accompanied by guitar and drums. Having opened for new Atlanta heavyweights like Kenny Mason, Ben Reilly, and KEY!, as well as Kishi Bashi and SUSTO, Convict Julie continues to earn her stripes as a strong contender for the rising Atlanta music scene.

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Hey Richard is a melodic yet heavy culmination of 4 humans who shred hard while giving back. The band met while volunteering for Girls Rock Charlotte. The social justice sentiments of rock camp reverberate through their fierce queercore soundwaves.

While a lot of Hey Richard’s songs deal with serious topics, the music is fun and the camaraderie between the band members creates dynamic and heart-felt live performances. Vulnerability and technical prowess make this band of womxn something special to behold.

Thotianna lopezPromotional Picture

Hi my names Thotianna Lopez and I've actually grown up in Asheville! ive been here for 14 years and have been attending all pride for 6 years as just another queer person happy to see the festival. I also happen to be one of 2 latin performers that are local to Asheville!!

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Ray's bio:
Ray Hartsfield is a singer-songwriter that emphasizes queer acceptance, self-love, and mental health advocacy in his music. His songwriting project on TikTok & Instagram, "SundayMourningHymnals", is a platform for healing religious trauma and affirming the beauty of the individual. Ray is currently booking events in both full-band and acoustic settings. Ray plays a variety of covers and upbeat originals for maximum crowd enjoyment!

Anna's bio:
Anna Kimm is a singer-songwriter that brings positivity and excitement into every performance. Anna performs acoustic sets and full-band sets, featuring immaculate and refreshing covers of pop hits and catchy original songs as well.

Rebecca OQuinn and Kate BryantPromotional Picture

Rebecca and Kate come to you from the honky Tonkin south sharing their love for all things Dolly, Patsy, Loretta, Tammy, Kitty, Wanda, and more. In the great tradition, these big voices with big hair will take you straight back to 1962.

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Queen Elizabeth of the South, Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2015

Euphoria EclipsePromotional Picture

Euphoria has been doing drag for 14 years in Asheville, NC. She is the promoter for the pageant Miss Spotlight Newcomer. She has been in the community since she was 18 and hasn't stopped pushing to give newcomers a platform to perform on. She makes her costumes, hair and jewelry.

Viktor Grimm CouturePromotional Picture

Viktor Grimm Couture got his start 8 years ago as a Trans drag king working with Lgbt organizations in Asheville. His love for the community as well as his passion for the drag artform has lead him to create a new platform for Drag Kings and other forms of queer entertainment that isn't necessarily traditional drag queen drag. His Show Kingdom has helped many entertainers hit the stage themselves and encourages everyone to be their own type of artist. Viktor has also competed in several drag pageants achieving 9 titles including 3 national titles. He is the current reigning National USA Unlimited 2021

Red RubixPromotional Picture

Inspiring the rhythm of your soul to the surface with my groove and gymnastic feats.

Rocky Horror Music ShowPromotional Picture

Rocky Horror has been a sensation for nearly 50 years. First as a Stage Show, then as a movie and now as a Live Music review. Rocky Horror Music Show presents the songs of Rocky Horror in a rock club setting. The costumed characters will be playing the songs live with snippets of the classic dialogue you want to hear and on-stage narration telling the story between songs.

This is being presented by an All-Star lineup of Asheville musicians featuring members of Dr. Bacon, Natural Born Leaders, Modern Strangers, Andrew Thelston Band, Carpal Tullar, The Deathbots, Jesse Barry and the Jam, The Beekeepers, Pronounced Heroes, The Pitching Fits and more!!

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I am Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2019-2021

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Danni LeighPromotional Picture

Nashville Recording Artist

Miriam AllenPromotional Picture

Asheville bred multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter on a genre rampage! Miriam packs one set with country, Latin, avant garde, and soul. Power vocals over guitar and the occasional violin with thought provoking lyrics.

Alexis Black

The Urban Princess of Asheville a local favorite drag performer

Thotianna lopezPromotional Picture

Thotianna lopez is a personality that proves that you can be a dreamer and a drag performer

Nova JynahPromotional Picture

The Mayonnaise Princess of Asheville

Brie CaponePromotional Picture

Despite her introverted off stage tendencies and observational lyrics, Brie Capone's big voice and entertaining personality have graced the stages of the Kennedy Center, David Rubenstein Auditorium, and frequented legendary venues like The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End in NYC.

She's been a part of multiple cross-country acoustic tours from Asheville, NC (Isis Music Hall, LEAF Festival, The Grey Eagle) to San Francisco (Sofar Sounds) with stops along the way. She has opened for musical greats such as Mason Jennings, Kevin Devine, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) and Nicole Atkins.

In 2018 she was a part of ABC's second season of American Idol, making it all the way to Hollywood week.

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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