Concert & Block Party featuring the First Ladies of Disco!
A special entertainment treat for our community
As a special entertainment treat for our community, we host an evening Block Party on the Friday night of our annual Pride Week. The block party takes place on “The Strip”, and includes beer sales, food trucks, and more.
The highlight of the Friday night Block Party is an open-air concert. This year we bring you the First Ladies of Disco and is free to the public as always!
The First Ladies of Disco will headline the Equality Concert on Friday, June 24 which starts at 7 PM on the Main Stage on The Strip on 39th Street, just west of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Put on your boogie shoes! The First Ladies of Disco – Martha Wash, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and Anita Ward – are bringing disco back to the OKC Pride Block Party Concert! The supergroup, who will debut their eleven-piece disco symphony here, formed after James Arena’s book First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers was released in 2013. Together, the First Ladies of Disco have released “Show Some Love,” an inspirational R&B song.
Each of the First Ladies has enjoyed diverse solo singing careers before joining forces. Martha Wash co-headlined the OKC Pride Block Party Concert in 2014 with Taylor Dayne. She recorded the anthemic “It’s Raining Men” as half of The Weather Girls. Wash sang lead vocals on Black Box’s “Everybody Everybody” and “Strike It Up,” and on C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).” In recent years, she has performed for numerous LGBT events.
“I had such a great experience the last time I performed at OKC Pride,” Wash said in a statement. “The staff, volunteers, and audiences were so nice. Simply, OKC Pride has the BEST audience. We intend to have a lot of fun with this show and hope that everyone will have an awesome time!”
Evelyn “Champagne” King’s biggest hit is 1978’s “Shame.” Some of her other hits during the era include #1 hits “Love Come Down,” and “I’m In Love.” Her album Get Loose topped the Billboard R&B Album chart in 1982 and she continued to have success in R&B throughout the decade. “Nothing beats the energy you get from an audience showing you love – it’s a high unlike anything else,” King said. “And it’s satisfying as an artist because you know they get you and you get them. That kind of connection is amazing. I love that the vision of James Arena’s book is now alive and people can experience the joy of First Ladies of Disco in such an exciting way.”
Anita Ward will substitute for Linda Clifford at OKC Pride this year. Perhaps best remembered for her smash #1 hit “Ring My Bell” from her album Songs of Love, Ward told us what she believes the OKC Pride crowd can expect. “I think our music has always crossed boundaries and people of every kind come together when they hear us,” Ward said in a statement. “[We] bridge generations because our sound is so powerful…Our music gets you on your feet and there’s no holding it back. Our audiences can expect to be blown away!”
With their talents, the First Ladies of Disco will give a memorable concert to kick off the weekend. They can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and online at firstladiesofdiscoshow.com. The concert is free and open to the public.
Friday, June 24
* Blu Cantrell
* The First Ladies of Disco
(Martha Wash, Anita Ward, Evelyn Champagne King)
Saturday, June 24
* Live local bands all day
* Love is Love Marriage Ceremony
* King of Queen musical
* Brian Lynn Jones & the Misfit Cowboys
* Born in November