Rhinestone Steel Summer Festival 2016

Get ready for Rhinestone Steel’s summer music and arts festival
featuring:

Headliner- The CooLots

The original Rock/Soul band hailing from the Washington, DC area. A melting pot of different styles and talents, The CooLots come together to create feelings never experienced before. These creations embody sincerity, musicality, rock, funk, and soul, with influences including: N.E.R.D, Me’Shell N’Degeocello, Sade, Staind, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and System of A Down. You can hear all these influences on their debut effort ‘The CooLots EP’ (2014) and in their newest single ‘Doors’ released February 5th, 2016.

Thecoolots.com

And featuring- Tubafresh

Sing-song melodies and orchestral strings lying somewhere between RnB, Soul and Hip-Hop creates the organic sounds of tubafresh. Drawing from a wide-ranging array of influences, Chanell Crichlow creates an alt-pop auditory landscape with catchy melodies and haunting textures leaving room for live improvisation.
www.tubafresh.com

Flow State

Creating beautiful walls of sound and ambient textures, Ben Brody’s FL◊W STATE combines post-rock and modern minimalism to create a dynamic resonance with their listeners.

A short film by Nasser Samara

Nasser Samara is a Palestinian-Mexican-American-Baptized
Catholic-Queer-Muslim. As a director, he is passionate about telling comedic stories with characters that reflect juxtaposing
backgrounds. As a writer he hopes his stories create discussions beyond the comfort zones of the status quo.
We will be showing his first shirt film title “Temporary”

About Temporary:
Malik exists in many in-betweens. He’s half Arab and half Mexican, not really gay or straight, and has too many temporary
jobs to juggle alongside his failing acting career. To help tackle his deep rooted insecurities, Malik’s successful actress
roommate Marlow “politely asks him to leave.” Marlow’s naive request painfully forces Malik to deal with his unresolved anger
toward society and himself.
Following the screening there will be a 10minute Q and A with the writer and director.

Local performers so far include:

“thousandzz of beez”: is a perpetually evolving project that shifts and startles between memories and spills out into the ether through walls of sound. ”

Mario Farid: queer film video performance. narrative color rhythm realities. documentalista cineasta bruj@. IG: @marioashkar twitter: @MAF_FAG and fb.com/marioashkarfilm. marioashkar.com

BIG girls: lady bandits out to have a good time and ruffle some feathers. Singing songs of both truth and nonsense.

A prince tribute band: what more needs said?! Beautiful fun covers to honor the late and great. The magical visionAry the human unicorn Prince.

Cabaret Sleaze- bringing you the sexy angry beautifully sweet songs of 90s goddess Tori Amos

The night will end with dancing to former Sappho and Hot Mass DJ Theodore Rexx. Live from Balitmore!!!!

http://theodorerexx.com/

Tabling locals include:
Cute queer arts by Jen Cooney
And

The Pittsburgh Health Brigade will be present with health care practitioner surveys. Share your experiences, both the joys and sorrows, and help your fellow Pittsburghers find the good care they deserve!

$5-10 (buy tickets at the door)
21+

About Rhinestone Steel:

Founded in 2012, Rhinestone Steel strives to support and expand Pittsburgh’s queer music and arts scene. We organize an annual music festival as well as host events throughout the year- like homo aerobics and Queer Lecture Night.

In an environment where queer voices are seldom heard in mainstream music and arts spaces, Rhinestone Steel is more than just a music festival; it is a celebratory political action creating visibility and space for queer expression.

We work towards creating a more inclusive, queer, artistic space that people can participate, feel accepted and become motivated! Rhinestone Steel cares! Rhinestone Steel is what happens when you mix queers, music, art, politics, compassion, dance and inspiration!

2016 Performance Schedule

7pm- Thousands of Bees (PGH)
7:30- Short film by Nasser (LA)
With a Q and A to follow
8:30- Flow State (NYC)
9:30-Big Girls (PGH)
10:00-Mario Farid (PGH)
10:20-Tubafresh (NYC)
11:00- The CooLots (DC)
12:15- DJ Theodore Rexx (BLT)

There is a chance things might run a little early. So if there is an act you want to see come at least a half hour before the time posted here:) thank you!!!!

Rhinestone Steel Summer Festival

Get ready for Rhinestone Steel’s summer fest!

July 9th 7-2am

Roland’s Seafood Grill- 1904 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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FEATURING:

Headliner- The CooLots

The original Rock/Soul band hailing from the Washington, DC area. A melting pot of different styles and talents, The CooLots come together to create feelings never experienced before. These creations embody sincerity, musicality, rock, funk, and soul, with influences including: N.E.R.D, Me’Shell N’Degeocello, Sade, Staind, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and System of A Down. You can hear all these influences on their debut effort ‘The CooLots EP’ (2014) and in their newest single ‘Doors’ released February 5th, 2016.

Thecoolots.com

And featuring- Tubafresh

Sing-song melodies and orchestral strings lying somewhere between RnB, Soul and Hip-Hop creates the organic sounds of tubafresh. Drawing from a wide-ranging array of influences, Chanell Crichlow creates an alt-pop auditory landscape with catchy melodies and haunting textures leaving room for live improvisation.
www.tubafresh.com

Flow State

Creating beautiful walls of sound and ambient textures, Ben Brody’s FL◊W STATE combines post-rock and modern minimalism to create a dynamic resonance with their listeners.

A short film by Nasser Samara

Nasser Samara is a Palestinian-Mexican-American-Baptized
Catholic-Queer-Muslim. As a director, he is passionate about telling comedic stories with characters that reflect juxtaposing
backgrounds. As a writer he hopes his stories create discussions beyond the comfort zones of the status quo.
We will be showing his first shirt film title “Temporary”

About Temporary:
Malik exists in many in-betweens. He’s half Arab and half Mexican, not really gay or straight, and has too many temporary
jobs to juggle alongside his failing acting career. To help tackle his deep rooted insecurities, Malik’s successful actress
roommate Marlow “politely asks him to leave.” Marlow’s naive request painfully forces Malik to deal with his unresolved anger
toward society and himself.
Following the screening there will be a 10minute Q and A with the writer and director.

Local performers so far include:

“thousandzz of beez”: is a perpetually evolving project that shifts and startles between memories and spills out into the ether through walls of sound. ”

Mario Farid: queer film video performance. narrative color rhythm realities. documentalista cineasta bruj@. IG: @marioashkar twitter: @MAF_FAG and fb.com/marioashkarfilm. marioashkar.com

BIG girls: lady bandits out to have a good time and ruffle some feathers. Singing songs of both truth and nonsense.

A prince tribute band: what more needs said?! Beautiful fun covers to honor the late and great. The magical visionary the human unicorn Prince.

Cabaret Sleaze- bringing you the sexy angry beautifully sweet songs of 90s goddess Tori Amos

The night will end with dancing to former Sappho and Hot Mass DJ Theodore Rexx. Live from Balitmore!!!!

http://theodorerexx.com/

Tabling locals include:
Cute queer arts by Jen Cooney
And

The Pittsburgh Health Brigade will be present with health care practitioner surveys. Share your experiences, both the joys and sorrows, and help your fellow Pittsburghers find the good care they deserve!

$5-10 (buy tickets at the door)
21+

About Rhinestone Steel:

Founded in 2012, Rhinestone Steel strives to support and expand Pittsburgh’s queer music and arts scene. We organize an annual music festival as well as host events throughout the year- like homo aerobics and Queer Lecture Night.

In an environment where queer voices are seldom heard in mainstream music and arts spaces, Rhinestone Steel is more than just a music festival; it is a celebratory political action creating visibility and space for queer expression.

We work towards creating a more inclusive, queer, artistic space that people can participate, feel accepted and become motivated! Rhinestone Steel cares! Rhinestone Steel is what happens when you mix queers, music, art, politics, compassion, dance and inspiration!

Last Year’s Line Up

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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

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New to the stage: Schedule coming soon…

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

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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.

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Testify!

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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Cate-Giordano

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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

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Bekezela!

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)gmail.com

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

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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.
Bender
Bergie
Bekezela
Jangerous
Feral Child
Unstitched
Boy Bush
Layne James and the Bang Gang
Chyna White
Janet Granite
Mahogany
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

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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!