While most Pride entertainment calendars are dominated by drag queens and DJs, musicians still figure strongly throughout the weekend. Some you might recognize, like Cece Peniston (“Finally”) and Robin S. (“Show Me Love”), both playing Sunday at the Las Vegas Pride Festival at Sunset Park. Other under-the-radar names warrant an introduction—like these three artists.
Jaimie Wilson Perhaps no Las Vegas Pride performer’s backstory is more inspiring than that of singer/songwriter Jaimie Wilson, who grew up in rural, conservative Michigan as a young boy trapped in a girl’s body. When he came out as a trans male to his family during his senior year of high school, he was essentially kicked out. He found refuge in both Southern Florida and the country music he’d been playing since he was 4. Fast forward more than three years later, and Wilson is not only garnering headlines for his largely acoustic and autobiographical songs, he has also become a model with a huge social media presence, which he uses to document his stunning transition and share his uplifting messages of hope and trans pride. Pride Festival: October 20, doors open at noon, $5-$15, Sunset Park.
Superfruit You might know the duo—Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying—from its day job with a capella act Pentatonix. But its comedic side project has amassed more than 2.5 million YouTube followers, and its Pentatonix-like covers and medleys have given way to two original, synthesizer-drenched EPs called Future Friends, which sound like the lovechild of Chromeo and Kygo. Which means you’ll be dancing. Update: This show, which was to be held on October 20 at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, has been canceled due to "potential inclement weather." Refunds available at point of purchase.
Nina Sky Most DJs didn’t have DJ dads to guide them, but 13-year-old twin sisters Nicole and Natalie Albino did—and yet, not before learning guitar and drums and singing over their own compositions. By the age of 15, they were performing live in clubs, and five years later, they had a top 5 hit, “Move Ya Body,” which marries a Latin rhythm with R&B melodies. That formula has served Nina Sky well—and ought to do the same for post-parade revelers. Glampyres Parade Afterparty: October 19, 9:30 p.m., $35, Orleans Arena.