Hold on to your wigs, folks. A big ole’ storm is afoot in the area, enough to cancel the official Pridefest event on Brown’s Island, but there’s more than enough queer cheer and joy this weekend to keep the party going [Note: A press release from Virginia Pride said it hopes to reschedule the PrideFest event in the near future.]
Most notable among the events still taking place, powerhouse duo Tegan and Sara will still play RVA, but the show has moved from Brown’s Island to the National this Sunday; purchased tickets for the original show will be accepted at the new indoor venue.
Simply put, pop duo Tegan and Sara Quin are indie music icons. The Canadian twins have been openly out since they began their career back in 1998. They’ve snagged Junos, performed at the Oscars, and consistently been outspoken advocates for the LGBTQI+ community.
They’ve gone on to kick out a graphic novel series ("Junior High"), streaming Freevee show on Amazon, and founded the Tegan and Sara Foundation to “improve the lives of LGBTQ+ women and girls. This mission is founded on a commitment to feminism and racial, social and gender justice,” according to the statement posted on their site.
Their CryBaby tour stopping here is sure to be a banger. According to Tegan in a previous interview, the band hasn’t really toured behind an album in five years. They’ll toss in a few of the old fan favorites as well.
Other events about town include Friday’s official Pride After Dark party at Ember Music Hall (Moore Kismet) at 8 p.m. and an indoor maker’s market at Fallout on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., followed by performances from Zee Machine and Trapcry. A late night dance shindig follows that’ll surely knock your kinky boots off. Stay curious and check the socials, because there’s much, much more on the docket. The River City is proving that pride persists.
Tegan and Sara play the National on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. All ages. For more information and tickets (still available) visit thenationalrva.com.