Saturday’s WeHo Pride OUTLOUD Music Festival in West Hollywood is another one for the WeHo history books. The Main Lawn at West Hollywood Park was jam-packed with music lovers who gathered to witness their favorite musical acts on stage and at close range.
The event produced by JJLA offered a concert experience featuring headliners like Grace Jones and Orville Peck with Santigold, Yung Bea, Jodie Harsh, Cub Sport Kylie Sonique and so much more on June 3rd. Among the hosts that evening were Hanna Rad, Ryan Mitchell and Billy Francesca to name a few.
Then there was the buzz going on backstage with appearances by Brigitte Nielsen, Olivia Wilde, Monet Mazur and we hear Sharon Stone also stopped by on Saturday night.
Orville Peck brought his mix of country, rockabilly, and glam rock to the OUTLOUD stage. Some of the hits he performed that night included “Daytona Sand”, “Turn to Hate”, and “The Curse of the Blackened Eyed”. The openly gay masked singer maintained his aura of mystique backstage when he stepped out of his dressing room with fringe covering his face for some pictures.
However, the big climax for Saturday night’s show was Grace Jones. The boldly androgynous singer took the stage at 10:50pm and switched avant-garde headgear throughout her performances—“Let me take a look at you,” she called out to the crowd. “You come to my living room. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! You are the show. You are! Oh my God. Uh-uh. I’m just the side show here… I could just stand here and check all of you out and don’t sing a word, but then I’d be crucified probably.”
The 75-year-old artist combined R&B, new wave, reggae and pop at the West Hollywood event this weekend in the heels of Blue Note Jazz Festival at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on this past Wednesday night. Some of her setlist included “Nightclubbing”, “My Jamaican Guy”, “Slave to the Rhythm Love”, “Love is the Drug,” and “Pull up to the Bumper.”
Wild costumes aside, other unexpected moments included a number where she straddled a security guard’s shoulders and rode him into the crowd to get closer to her fans. The OUTLOUD also crowd went wild when she hula-hooped through her last performance, where she sang and introduced her band and walked up and down platforms without missing a beat.