Pride | LINE-UP
3:00pm Shannon Fortner & Vice Mayor
3:15 PM Southland Road
4:00 PM The Tilt Orchestra
5:00 PM Proud Miranda
5:45 PM Keynote Speaker Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez
6:00 PM Myles Optimystic
7:00 PM DJ DaliGanja
8:00 PM MeteorEYES
8:45 PM Keynote speaker Zander Moricz
9:00 PM Palonimo Blond
10:00 PM Closing ceremony & thanks
LGBTQ+Bands + Speakers
Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez is an Afro-Dominican & Tainx trans artist and educator, diversity consultant, and performing artist. Rosario’s work explores and addresses important social justice issues through the interdisciplinary investigation of indigenous and diasporic cultures, histories, narratives, healing and the arts. Yoleidy is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Mosaic Movements, Founder and Executive Director of Mosaic Justice and the former Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence at New College of Florida.
Zander Moricz is the founder and Executive Director of The Social Equity through Education
Alliance, a coalition of thousands of grassroots organizers from across the United States. He
was also a primary plaintiff in the Don’t Say Gay Lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis and
the state of Florida.
Zander’s activism has reached over 30 million people across 101 countries. In response to
SEE’s explosive growth, Zander has taken a leave from Harvard to lead the Alliance in
organizing actions, registering youth voters, and in opening SEE Spaces. Zander’s activism has
been written about in the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, The Hill, Politico, Vice,
The Independent, USA Today, ABC, the Boston Globe, and NBC. He has also given
commentary repeatedly on Good Morning America, CNN, and MSNBC.
In addition to being one of Seventeen’s Voices of the Year, Zander is one of GLAAD’s 20 under
20, one of Axios’s Power Players, LGBTQ Nation’s 2022 Hero of the Year, the Stonewall
National Museum and Archives Leader of Tomorrow, one of Into’s 20 under 20, the Spirit of
Matthew Shepard Award recipient, the Standing Strong Award recipient, Equality Florida’s Voice
of Equality Award recipient, and the recipient of Equality Forum’s Frank Kameny award..
- Palomino Blondstarted in 2018 and immediately developed a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands in the state, packing house shows and converted warehouses all over Florida with only a handful of demos to their name. From their humble beginnings in Kendall’s long tradition of DIY all-ages shows to getting recognized by Iggy Popas “one of Miami’s brightest lights,” Palomino Blond has consistently grown its audience through a music-first approach with raucous live shows and an infectious, ever-evolving sound that is as inviting as it is intense in its mood shifts. The Miami New Timescalled “Supergalore” from their 5-Song DemosEP a “Propulsive bummer anthem, buoyed by floating vocals and brutal riffs built in to three musical acts,” also naming it one of the “Best Songs of 2018.” The band’s carefully crafted guitar-based songs sound as relevant in 2021 as they would have been in the 90’s, with roots in Grunge, Gothic Rock, Pop-Punk, and Shoegaze. Early 2019 saw the release of the single and striking video for “Creature Natural” (Directed by Michael Cuartas andJonathan Cuartas –Director of the 2020 Patrick Fugit-starring film, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To), with the Miami New Timesgoing as far to say that “Palomino Blondis taking Miami by Storm,” and calling it one of “The 20 Best Miami Songs of 2019.” This organically led to Southeast US supporting shows and tours with Black Lips, Of Montreal, Last Dinosaurs, Chastity Belt, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Casket Lottery, Born Ruffians, Unwed Sailor, Ceramic Animal, seeyousoon, Thelma and the Sleaze, andSpendtime Palace,along with appearances at The Fest (18, 19 and 20), iii Points (‘21,’22), Sing Out Loud, Pulp Fest, Bumblefest,andMadSoul.The band’s fiery live shows regularly garner glowing comparisons to such luminaries as: The Smashing Pumpkins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, andThe Breeders.The coronavirus pandemic hit Florida in March 2020, just as the band’s 12″ Split EPwith Las Nubeson BuFu Recordswas to be released. During the resulting quarantine, original members Raven Nieto (bass) and Jake Karner(drums) exited the band, with close friends Peter Allen(Bass/Vocals) and Acosta’s cousin, Emma Arevalo(Drums/Vocals) now in the fold as permanent members and key contributors.Summer 2021 saw the release of the forward-thinking, self-recorded and produced
“Dead Hand”/”Lo Siento” double-single, two radically different offerings to tide fans over until the release of theirdebut 7-song ontheinsideEP, which will be released on November 19th, 2021by Palomino BlondandLimited Fanfare(The Sh-Booms, Astronautalis, Ex Norwegian, Heavy Drag.) with Vinyl, Cassette and CD available January 21st, 2022.Recording of the EP began in late 2019 with the lead single and fan-favorite, “Phoebe.””Phoebewas the first ‘new song’ we started playing live after we released our initial batch of demos. It’s a favorite of ours and has been in our set for over 2 years by this point, but wasn’t finished until 2021 due to the pandemic,”says Kyle Fink, (who wants everyone to know that the song is NOT about indie songstress Phoebe Bridgers).ontheinsidewas Producedand Mixed by Palomino Blondand Jonathan Nuñez(of Miami heavy legends Torche) and Mastered by Brad Boatright(The Armed, WRONG, Stranger Things Soundtracks) at Audiosiegein Portland, OR.Acostapoints out about Nuñez, “Working with Jon [again] was cool because we got to play guitar through his massive [Nuñez Amplification] amps on a lot of the tracks. He’s definitely just as focused as we were on achieving that loud, bass-that-shakes-your-rear-view-mirror type of sound.”Other standout tunes on otiinclude “Stone,” which was mixed by Grammy-nominated Producer/Engineer/Editor Alan Armitage (Ginuwine, Boyz II Men, N’Sync.)Carli notes that “Stonecame together in the studio for the most part. It had a post-punk feel at rehearsals, and then it evolved into this big blossoming neo-psych vibe in the studio. It even feels a little country at some points.”The dark and building “Lovely,” “Is almost through-composed, with very few repeating melodies save for the reprise of the first verse at the end. To me, it’s like our Bohemian Rhapsody if Bohemian Rhapsody were 3 minutes long.” For the title track, “ontheinside” is the result of the bandmates trusting each other’s judgment and building on each other’s ideas. Carli re-worked a demo that Kyle wrote and added a new structure and lyrics. Emmy built their drum tracks on the fly during the session, with Peter helping to layer the drums and synths, which resulted in a propulsive and hypnotic sound that anchors the EP and exceeded all of the band members’ expectations.Palomino Blond on the webore.
MeteorEYES’s music and performance is incredibly captivating, and it’s clear that they are deeply committed to promoting equality and social justice through their art.
Shannon Fortner’s passionate and gripping vocals sound like they would be truly captivating to experience live. It’s great to hear that the band’s epic light show adds to the experience and creates a truly immersive environment where everyone can let go and dance together.
It’s also impressive to hear about George Bikos’s guitar skills and his experience touring with other bands. And David Curran’s dedication to keeping the house party vibe alive with MeteorEYES is admirable.
But what really stands out about MeteorEYES is their commitment to creating a fellowship of solidarity towards basic human equality. It’s clear that they are using their music to promote important messages and create a space where everyone can feel accepted and celebrated.
Myles Optimystic is a queer/non-binary Hip Hop & Indie Pop performer based in St. Pete, FL. Their subject matter explores themes like mindfulness & meditation, as well as healing, self-empowerment & collective transformation.
Through their music, performance & life’s work, Optimystic aims to inspire and unify the masses through collective sound & finding our common point of harmony. Reminding us we are all One Consciousness, One Vibration, One Love… we honor and embrace this journey of Life we all share.
You can find Myles Optimystic music on all streaming platforms & on Instagram @itsoktobeinfinite
Proud Miranda is an alt country/folk punk duo from Tampa, FL. Comprised of wives Kate (lead vocals/guitar) and Amanda (bass/vocals), the duo crafts raw, emotionally honest songs you can’t help but dance to.
The Tilt Orchestra
The Tilt is an avante-garde pop band with an ever evolving palette and style. Their album Up the Gospel was released August 5th 2022
Southerland Road fronted by Matthew Ragas that performs alt-country and southern rock influenced originals.
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