Northern Michigan Pride
Photos ©2004 Pamela Dueweke

Northern Michigan Pride

19-Jun-2004 — This year the Traverse City area festival has been officially re-named as “Northern Michigan Pride” to better represent the organizations vision for this rapidly growing event.

In case you missed it, this years Northern Michigan Pride event featured a diverse mix of entertainment, arts and crafts, gourmet food, a variety of regional merchants, and all kinds of informational booths.

Beginning at 10AM - local Rapper and MC extraordinaire, C-Note, kicked off the day, followed by Morgan Coyne's warm captivating voice and beautiful acoustic guitar performing all original music. At 12:30AM Rhythmic Adventures and friends took the stage to share the African beat. Next up was local activist, and “Traverse City Human Rights Commissioner”, “We Are Traverse City” founder, and “Triangle Foundation” Trustee, M'Lynn Hartwell, who presented a State of the State Address as it affects the LGBT community in Traverse City, Michigan and the United States. At 1:45PM C-Note threw down some freestyle flow accompanied by Dede and Gersh. God-Des, a Hip-hop dual from Brooklyn, NY took the stage to thundering applause (Note: God-Des will also be performing this year at Michigan Womyn's Music Festival). But wait, there's more ... next Johnny Dangerous, a Chicago native and 2004 nominee for two Outmusic Awards, took the stage with a energizing performance.

C-Note ended the day with a humongous surprise to all of us, as Sista Otis, who just happened to be performing at Union Street Station, presented a sizzling hot performance that can best be described as WOW. Sista Otis have won numerous Detroit Music Awards including: Highest Nominated Band in the 13 year history of DMA’s, Best Rock/Pop Recording, and Best Urban/Funk/Hip-Hop Recording.

Thanks for being there. We hope to see you next year!

For more information about upcoming events, visit: Northern Michigan Pride


Laurapalooza!

22-Jun-2004 — Laurapalooza! What a performance. Union Street Station was filled to capacity as Princess Laura and guests took to the stage for five hours of non-stop entertainment. The room was alive! Congratulations Northern Michigan Pride on the success of this fantastic fundraiser. Thank you Union Street Station, Pamela D. and Laura Wilcock for making this night possible. Proceeds will benefit the Munson Thomas Judd Care Center and the Northern Michigan Pride Festival.