As Stockton and San Joaquin County’s continues to evolve as a community around LGBT+ issues, the San Joaquin Pride Center (SJPC) is proud to announce that local organizations and businesses are getting into the spirit of Pride by hosting Official Pride events. “Official after parties are part of the DNA of local LGBT celebrations all across the world,” explains Paradise owner Chris Davis, “and as the sole LGBT owned club in San Joaquin County, it’s an honor for us to show local pride during this month of festivities.”
Joining Paradise this year is the Stockton Port’s first Pride Night on August 19th and Taps Bar & Grill’s Comedy Night & Dinner with Sacramento-area comedian Steph Garcia. Steph Garcia is best known for her quick wit, ferocious sarcasm, yet vulnerable stories of life including marriage, kids and regrets. She has entertained thousands by drawing upon experiences from her drunken nights as a single gal to getting married to a U.S. Marine. Steph is fresh off her performance on ABC's The View, and was labeled as one of the Funniest Housewives in America. Other credits include Comedy Central's Up Next Talent Search and Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam.
Previously announced; Crystal Waters will be the 2016 festival headliner. Waters is best known for her string of domestic and international number one dance hits in the 1990’s, including her signature smashes, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”, which garnered her three American Music Award nominations and “100% Pure Love”, one of the longest charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the charts for a whopping 45 weeks. Other’s featured on the Health Plan of San Joaquin Main Stage will be local “real country music/ Outlaw Americana” band Polyester Wags and Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Eli Conley, LA based dance/electronica artist Dyson, Stockton born R&B teen sensation Zaya Rae and Jen-Ro, a Bay Area lesbian rapper.
Located at the Weber Point Event Center, Pride 5 will be a showcase for those looking to shop pro-LGBT businesses like local makers, local produce providers, LGBT novelty items, displays from major sponsors like Wells Fargo, PG&E and California Endowment. In addition, Stockton Pride is earning a reputation for its excellent entertainment, including one of Northern California’s most popular drag showcases, headlined this year by Hellen Heels.”