Martha Wash is coming to Tampa Pride on Saturday, March 28th for the PRIDE AT NIGHT event singing LIVE on the Cuban Club Main Stage! Event goes from 6pm – midnight !
Disco legend Martha Wash, whose distinctive voice topped the charts as a member of the Weather Girls with “It’s Raining Men”, is no stranger to Pride or a good dance party.
Wash has been performing Pride celebrations for more than 30 years. Her love spreads beyond disco and into to the LGBT community.
“They’ve always been my biggest fan base. I have gay friends and I’ve had gay friends. I lost a lot of them during the ’80s epidemic, which was really hard,” Wash told Washington Blade in 2015. “People are people. You love them or you don’t.”
The 64-year-old San Francisco native who oversees her own record label, Purple Rose, and tours regularly, averaging 100 shows a year.
“Martha Wash is a big icon in the community,” Tampa Pride President Carrie West says. “It’s going to be a wonderful concert and a lot of fun. We’re looking for over 60,000 people to attend Tampa Pride this year, so we needed larger entertainment for a larger crowd – when the parade’s over, they can come right to Pride at Night.”
Tampa Pride partnered with the Cuban Club in Ybor, which will serve as the new home of the official Tampa Pride stage. Organizers will utilize the venue’s parking lot and first floor, highlighting partner organizations, vendors and sponsors while offering a variety of food options, liquor and beer.
“The Cuban Club has been so accommodating with having the concert and everything we want to do,” West says. “Ybor City is kind of like a little family; we all work together.”
In 2020 Tampa will host one of the first Pride celebrations of the year! The event will be held on March 28th and is a celebration of all the obstacles the LGBT community has overcome throughout history.
The Annual Tampa Pride Diversity Parade will take place in the historic neighbourhood of Ybor at 1:00 pm outside Centro Ybor and continue east to 20th St.
The festivities will conclude with Tampa Pride at Night where the fun will move indoors and continue all night long!
watch the video here: “It’s Raining Men”