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Sloth Loves Chunk is a Rock & Roll band that prides themselves on putting on a high energy and exciting live show.  This is a cover band that covers the spectrum…..from Billy Idol to The Killers, from Aerosmith to The Violent Femmes.  SLC has a simple agenda and a simple motto. The agenda - to make sure that anybody who comes to a show is having just as much fun in the audience as we are having on the stage. The motto - if you can drink to it, we can play it.     


SLC is:   

Michael Kershaw - Lead Vocals 

Mark Carlton – Guitars 

Harris Leiner – Bass 

Jim Whitehurst– Drums
 

DJ Jammin' Jimmy

Dance to all your favorites, plus all-new custom mixes!

Shelly Bonet

Shelly Bonet will open our ceremony at noon on Saturday, September 16, 2018 singing "This Is Me", a powerful, Academy Award winning anthem written by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul for the film "Greatest Showman". This song has become our modern battle cry and is the theme of this year's Out & Proud event. 


From her bio:

"A voice that instantly captivates with a fresh and soulful charisma is hard to find. The unforgettable feeling of warmth coupled with instant familiarity, are rolled in a sensitivity and passion few have the talent to express with such ease. The emotion is evident in the reactions of her audience Shelly has hypnotized throughout her career, leaving spellbound all who hear her unique vocal sound."

Drag Show

Chi Chi LaRue

Chi Chi LaRue is an award-winning Drag Queen, DJ, Director, and Actor. This plus-size embodiment of flamboyance uses his fame and promanace to promote safe sex within the LGBTQ community. 


"At age 20, living in Minnesota, the now famous alter ego Chi Chi LaRue emerged, forming half the duo; The Weather Gals. Chi Chi joined forces with close friend Kevin, aka Rose Bud to perform at the local Minneapolis clubs; The Saloon, The Gay 90’s, and The Townhouse. Minnesota didn’t know what hit them. Before long The Weather Gals were the most sought after drag act in the state!" 


"In 2003 Chi Chi launched yet another company called Club Channel 1.  The Club Channel 1 music video series is played in over 750 bars and clubs around the world.  It features Chi Chi's Rascal Video stars [...] [and] Gay/Lesbian dance/circuit events, DJs & celebrity interviews, latest trends, and the most cutting edge music in the market." 


"Chi Chi is now DJing at bars and clubs around the country.  Chi Chi has always been a huge music fan and has always dreamed of getting behind the turntables.  Chi Chi has amassed a huge collection of eclectic music from his travels around the world and now has a forum to turn people on to his edgy music style and tastes.  Chi Chi LaRue’s first big gig was at San Francisco’s Mezzanine nightclub during the annual Folsom Street Fair.  He made such a great impression on a reporter at the event, that he profiled Chi Chi in an article in the NY Blade. Ever since then, the offers have been coming in from such notable events as The White Party in Palm Springs, The Abbey in West Hollywood and The Los Angeles Gay Pride Festival."


"Another big year for Chi Chi was 2008, with the opening of a Channel 1 Company Store, aptly named Chi Chi LaRue’s. Chi Chi takes great pride in the uniqueness of the upscale boutique that houses the Channel 1 Library, along with novelties and apparel that Chi Chi has personally picked out."


"Today Chi Chi spends almost every waking moment running his ever-growing empire and performing live at safe sex benefits and nightclubs around the world. His rigorous performance schedule takes him everywhere! If it’s not Cleveland, then it’s Paris, Chi Chi’s home away from home."

Daphne Maxwell Reid

Reid was born in New York City, the daughter of Rosalee and Green Maxwell. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science. She received a degree in interior design and architecture from Northwestern University, which she attended on a scholarship and where she became the first African-American woman to be named homecoming queen. While at Northwestern she began a modeling career, eventually signing with the Eileen Ford modeling agency. She was the first black woman to be on the cover of Glamour magazine. She has appeared in numerous television programs. Her best-known role was replacing Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993 to 1996. She had a recurring role as JT's mother, Frances Hunter, on the UPN sitcom Eve, and then played Juanita Lawrence on the BET sitcom Let's Stay Together. Reid is also an accomplished photographer.


With her husband, actor Tim Reid, she owned and operated New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia, until 2014. She also served on the board of visitors at Virginia State University, for 8 years. She was appointed, in July 2008. On July 31, 2010, she became an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, during their 50th national convention in New Orleans. She has one son, Chris Tubbs and two stepchildren, Timothy II and Tori Reid; and has three grandchildren.


During the 1980s and 1990s Reid served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute.

Recipient of the Women of Vision Award from Women in Film & Video - DC.

Celestia Renee Cox

Celestia Renee Cox has played with characterization throughout her entire life, from dressing up and performing shows in the backyard, to being an active member in the theatre community, “the art of impersonation has always been fascinating” to her. Cox is currently in her fourth year of performing in Drag. Currently, Celestia performs 3-4 days/nights a week over the state of Virginia. You can typically find her at her home bar, Godfreys VA. If not there, you can find her somewhere between the Nation's Capital, Charlottesville, or Virginia Beach. 


When asked what one of her greatest entertainment moments were, she replied: “For me, being supported by today’s youth is so humbling and important because they get it. All they see is pretty figures and shining, confident personalities...If I can empower other people to have confidence in themselves and forget about the madness of the world today for the duration that they are in my presence, then I am doing my job. Life is far too short to not have fun.”


Recently, Celestia traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete for the National title of Miss Gay Days. Out of a lineup of national title-holding competitors, Celestia placed First Alternate.


Celestia has previously worked with The Trevor Project (https://www.thetrevorproject.org) providing crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-24. Late last year Celestia stated: “I worked hand in hand with the Children's Hospital at VCU to raise almost 400 new books to brighten children's faces.” Currently, Celestia works with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention(https://afsp.org). “I have some great events coming up later this summer/fall to support these organizations. Keep an eye out!” When asked for a quote that represents how you live your life, Cox stated “To see a better tomorrow, we must start today.”


To learn more about Celestia or to have her at your event, visit www.celestiacox.com

IG: @thecelestiacox
FB: Celestia Renee Cox 

Jasmen Clitopatra

Jasmen Clitopatra (yes, you read that right), first began performing in April of 2016. Currently she performs monthly all over the central Virginia area and is a frequent performer at Godfrey’s Virginia as well as one of the newest Triple X Divas at Babes of Carytown.


When asked what her greatest entertainment moment to date is, she replied “...winning my first title, and being featured in Metro Weekly (Washington DCs #1 magazine for LGBTQ activities and culture)”. Presently, Jasmen is the current reigning Miss Virginia Drag Race 2017-2018, and is a member of the Haus of Cox. 


She lives by the quote “Excellence must be pursued, it must be wooed with all of one's might and every bit of effort that we have each day there's a new encounter, each week is a new challenge. All of the noise and all of the glamour all of the color all of the excitement all of the rings and all of the money. These are the things that linger only in the memory. But the spirit, the will to excel, the will to win, these are the things that endure.” 


When asked to leave the general public with one piece of advice, she simply replied with “so what makes YOU happy”.

Michelle Livigne

Ever heard of "THE EDGY ONE"?? The Drag Queens that know for putting her own spin on drag and keeping it FIERCE is MICHELLE LIVIGNE! Hailing from Richmond Va she is a 29 year old Leo who is the current showcase director for Babes of Carytown. Michelle began her drag career on April 16th 2008 where she competed and WON Godfreys Amature Night. Her wild and energetic energy is sure to captivate any crowd of any age. Since the beginning of her career in 2008 Michelle has been seen on stages from NY to FL. She can be seen locally at Babes of Carytown every Thursday & Wabi Sabi Drag Brunch every 3rd Sunday 



Melanin Monroe

Melanin Monroe is a relatively new and fresh face to the drag scene around Richmond, VA. Having been doing drag for a little over one year, she is excited to be bringing her talents to the Petersburg Out and Proud Pride Festival this year! 


She can be found performing at various nightclubs, bars, and restaurants across the state of Virginia, but you can catch her most regularly at Babes of Carytown on Thursday nights where she is one of the newest members of the Triple X Divas cast there.  


Drag is such a big part of her life because of how much she enjoys to dance and entertain others. She always carries herself with a fun, positive, and cheerful energy. From a Melanin Monroe performance one can always expect lots of high energy, fun, a little comedy here and there, and a few stunts all thrown together in one sometimes. 


Another large part of Melanin is her love for charity, and giving back to community as she has both performed in, and organized several charity events in the past with proceeds benefit SideBySide, The Nationz Foundation, and The Health Brigade on different occasions as well. 


Melanin is very grateful and excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to bring her talents to this event!