Finalized Line Up 2015 Schedule – July 24, 25, 26

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Nicky Click

Friday July 24

at the Brillbox 4104 Penn Ave Doors at 9:30 Sliding Scale – $5-10 All the way from New Hampshire Nicky Click

She’s an electro-femme-pop-cabaret-satire-over-sexed-queer-feminist-trashy-performance artist!!!

Followed by a Dance Party from the North!Toronto based DJ’s Mary Mack and Simone Roughouser

C’mon Pittsburgh get your groove on!

Saturday July 25

at Spirit Hall in Lawrenceville 242 51st Street

5pm-1am Sliding scale $10-20

The Coolots

Headlining  are The Coolots, The CooLots are the original Rock/Soul band hailing from the Washington, DC area.

The finalized line up for Saturday.

5pm……..Thousandzz of Beez

5:30……………….Abby Denton(comedy)

5:45….The Choir

6……..Wire Mother

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6:30………………….Gunner and Dax

7…….Nicki Driscoll



8:30…………………Fat Ida

9………Joy KMT (Pittsburgh)

9:30…………….. Silky — Epic Joys (Austin)

10………. The Coolots (Washington DC) are the original Rock/Soul band.

11……………….. Moor mother Goddess (Philly) Low fi/dark rap/chill step/ blk girl blues/witch rap/coffee shop riot gurl songs/southern girl dittys/black ghost songs BLACK GIRL MOB RECORDS Sound Cloud

12……Big Girls

EMCEE Nichole Faina

There will also be tables by Fair Moans, Stonefruit Herb Collective, Pittsburgh Health Brigade, Let’s Get Free: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee and Pittsburgh Aids Task Force will be doing free and confidential STD and HIV testing.

Also on Saturday! A plant walk! with Michelle Soto – This workshop is free. From 1pm to 2pm Meet outside of the cemetery gates on Penn Ave at 1pm,then wander through the new Allegheny Memorial Trail there and then walk up Penn Ave. We’ll be walking in Garfield and the Allegheny Cemetery to identify common plants and talk about they edible and medicinal uses.  We’ll be wandering for 1-2 miles so wear comfortable shoes and feel free to bring a camera to take photos! Keats and Yeats are on your side.



Sunday the July 26th  at BOOM Concepts – 5145 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 $5-10

Workshops starting at 11:30 – 9

 11:30am-1pm –‘more good health care for more people!’

Presented by jude vachon and lizzie anderson of the pittsburgh health brigade they will be providing a framework to learn together what good health care feels like and contributing to a new, public tool where people can comprehensively share their feedback on health care providers. please bring your ideas, passion for care and specific provider feedback (if you got it)!


293257_345358072220643_1370829176_n“Soup or Sex for SuperStars!” – 1:30-3 pm – Soup will be served! presented by Uma HIV-Cure advocate, Community Health Educator Queers of all genders, shapes and sexualities, put on your HARDhats and whatever makes you feel sexy, cuz safety has never felt this good! This workshop will disseminate information and skills to keep ourselves safer while making ourselves feel great. All bodies, genders and sexualities celebrated while we discuss STI/HIV prevention and care, communication skills and consent with partners. Come shy, awkward,comfortable or in between with all your curious questions for the confidential question box!

There will be a Bloody Mary Bar made by the loveliest Rose Landesberg 

3pm Cabaret Sleaze is going to make their world debut. A Tori Amos cover band

3:15-5pm  Kitchen Witch: Herbal Experiences workshop by Elliot Burrows and Vilde Chaya

“We will open our senses and intuitions to plants in this meditative, experiential herbal workshop. We’ll conduct a number of “provings” together, focusing our awareness on a few medicinal herbs to see what we can observe from smell, taste, and our perception of energetic movement within. We’ll then introduce some basic ways to bring the magic of herbs into your life. We are allotting ample time for questions of any sort about plants and herbal medicine.”

5:15-7 Making your own travel safe sex kit workshop with Cavanaugh

7:15 Queer Porn Screenings

Last Year’s Line Up


Schedule always subject to change! But here is whats happening:

3pm; Stephanie dax, Jasmine Hearn, Gunner
4pm; The life sentence of Avis Lee
5pm; Rainbow in the dark
6pm; Tabernacle of immaculate perception, Moriah Ella Mason,
7pm; Sleazbo, Janet Granite
8pm; Sofia Moreno, Lezurection
9pm; Layne James
10pm; Chiney Mayne, Lillith Deville
11pm; UNECC
12pm; Moor Mother Goddess

There is also an awesome art show in the lobby and information tables!

Please see more information about the performers here!

If you don’t see someone you were looking for it’s because they cancelled for a variety of reasons! Sorry :(

Saturday July 12th  3pm-midnight
at the
Irma freeman Center located at 5006 penn ave. 15224
This venue is Wheel Chair accessible.

The event this year is $10-$20 Sliding Scale


2014 Performers- So Far! Updated July 1st


New to the stage: Schedule coming soon…

Lezerection(Chicago), Lilith D’ville, Gunner, Stephanie Dax, Vanessa German, Yva Las Vegas

Sofia Moreno

Sofia Moreno, Sofia Moreno was born and raised in Coahuila, Mexico. In 1994 she immigrated to the United States, where she currently lives and works. Prior to moving to Chicago Moreno lived in Dallas, Texas. Sofia Moreno is a multimedia artist and her subjects include expressions of the sacred and profane, the body, sexuality, religion and socio-political issues within contemporary culture. Moreno is currently working on the follow up to her three-year project P o r n A g a i n. “I’m interested in the essence of the body rather than the form itself. I paint a sexually and spiritually confused youth.” – Sofia Moreno.


Testify: A Black Womanhood Series: Poem 2 in Pittsburgh   Joy KMT and Bekezela Mguni make up the powerful duo that is Testify. They are performing on July 11th at Dance Alloy and will be show casing some poems at Rhinestone Steel. We welcome back Bekezela, who hasn’t missed a year on the Rhinestone stage and are so happy to have the brilliant Joy KMT this year!

the Rainbow in the Dark Bus

Rainbow in the Dark is a traveling queer variety show traipsing across the U.S this summer. The tour hopes to illuminate the power of queer identity and build national community by embarking on a fantastical journey showcasing and  documenting underground queer talent and vision. In this way our bus will become a living moving museum of our queerdo community. Performers for this part of the journey include:

SSTR aka Frannie Blew,Little Debbie aka Sergey Yashenko, A6/2GENERATOR aka Whit Forester, Gay Orphans aka Mona Wam, Slime Queen

Jasmine Hearn

Returning from previous years:  Pittsburgh’s favorite Dancer Choreographer Jasmine Hearn, MC’s from ColumbusUNECC and Kelo, the local Lady Sleazbo, Silky, Janet Granite

The Let’s Get Free Players present “Chin to the Sky, The Life sentence of Avis Lee” a creative story telling multi-media performance IN PROGRESS! A portion of the play will be presented and the audience is invited to reflect and advise. The intention of this performance is not only to lift up Avis’s case and fight to win her freedom but also to raise awareness about Life without Parole and women in prison.

shadow from Chin to the Sky. Designed by Alec Dunn

Tabling and Booths

Dreams of Hope

The sweet and loveliest Dalia Shevin will be doing an interactive love letter writing booth.

fancy romancers

Let’s Get Free – Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee

WWHAT’S UP?! will be hosting a presentation/discussion on queers and gentrification.

Schedule is Shapin’ Up!


shadowjaymesJuly 13th 2013 — Saturday

All Day Queer Music Festival

3pm – 1am

3577 Bigelow Blvd. Polish. It’s hard to spot. Follow the ramp down to the left side of the building with the numbers on it. It’s right by the overpass at the Bloomfield bridge and Bigelow blvd.

Queer and Brown in Steeltown will be doing interviews for a podcast in a cozy intimate set up at different points in the event.

To view a handy charted version of the schedule – Click Here 

Somethings might change so check back!

3pm Angry Fag, CBend, Bergie

4pm Bekezela

Workshop – Switching 101 –Fun sex positive skill share

5pm Leslie Addis, Sleazbo, China White

Discussion on White Supremacy, Queers and Pittsburgh! Oh my! Hosted by WWHAT’S UP!? In this hour long discussion, we hope to create space to talk about how white supremacy/racism manifests in Pittsburgh’s queer scenes or to you as a Pittsburgh queer. Participants will generate topics they wish to discuss and depending on the size of the group, we may break up into smaller circles.

6pm Unstitched, Jasmine Hearn and Beth Ratas with a duet
Workshop – Basic Herbal Plant Identification with Michelle Soto

7pm Scott Andrews and Nina Sarnelle excerpt from ‘Group”, Boy Bush, Layne James and the Bang Gang

8pm Cristy C Road

9pm Cate Giordano

10pm UNECC, Silky

11pm Janet Granite, Chiney, Mohagony

12am Big Dipper


Tables by: Carnegie Library Zine Department,  Women in Prison Defense Committee, Planned Parenthood, WWHAT’S UP!?, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force – they will also be testing later in the day.

Want to Table? Facebook Rhinestone Steel or email lauren xrayspectacles(at)

Food Vendors – 3 – 7pm

Healcrest Farm – Local Herbal Handmade Ice Pops

Delicious vegan treats will be available made by Max. He’ll be selling seitan sliders, mac and cheese, and samosas. Til it runs out!

Red Star Kombucha

This festival received a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund! Thanks Sprout Fund!

Local Acts and Other Happenin’s This Year

jasmine and beth at pride

shadowjaymesDelicious vegan treats will be available made by Max. He’ll be selling seitan sliders, mac and cheese, and samosas.

 The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be setting up a table showcasing some zines from their zine library.
Queer and Brown in Steeltown will be doing interviews for a podcast in a cozy intimate set up.
Members from WWHAT’S UP!? will be leading a discussion on Racism in the Queer scene. (topic subject to be tweaked)
The line up keeps getting bigger and better, but here is the freshest compilation of the local performances: (the order is subject to change).
Angry Fag will be kicking it all off at 3pm.
Feral Child
Boy Bush
Layne James and the Bang Gang
Chyna White
Janet Granite
Out of town acts so far: Big Dipper-Hip-Hop from Chicago, Chiney Mayne from Philly, Silky Shoemaker,  Cate Giordano

July 13th 2013 — Saturday

All Day Queer Music Festival

3577 Bigelow Blvd. Polish. It’s hard to spot. Follow the ramp down to the left side of the building with the numbers on it. It’s right by the overpass at the Bloomfield bridge and Bigelow blvd.

More Details Coming Soon!

Second Annual Rhinestone Steel Queer Music Fesitval

homo-aerobics fundraiser!

July 13th 2013 — Saturday

All Day Queer Music Festival

3577 Bigelow Blvd. Polish. It’s hard to spot. Follow the ramp down to the left side of the building with the numbers on it. It’s right by the overpass at the Bloomfield bridge and Bigelow blvd.

Out of town acts so far: Sgt. Sass-Hip-Hop from Philly, Big Dipper-Hip-Hop from Chicago, Coolots-Rock/Funk from Philly, Chiney Mayne from Philly, Silky Shoemaker,  Cate Giordano

More Details Coming Soon!