We’re so excited to announce our pikes peak PrideFest
Belzin Whistlez is ecstatic to be back this year to emcee for Pikes Peak Pride. Last year was such a joy and they are feeling fantastic to be invited back for another fabulous weekend of pride and visibility. With a quick wit and a bald head, Belzin’s gift of gab has always been their best feature - even leading to a regular stint every Saturday and Sunday at ICONS downtown for Drag Bingo Brunch. But more than anything they are so incredibly grateful to the producers, sponsors, and organizers of Pikes Peak Pride for working to provide space and a platform for unbridled queerness and community here in Colorado Springs. Happy Pride! Instagram: @belzinwhistlez
Tracey Garcia, ERYT-500, RCYT, RPYT
Tracey is a natural teacher who meets students where they are and supports them in both accepting modifications while continuing to challenge themselves. As an experienced teacher both in the classroom and the studio, she is uniquely poised to teach in such a way that all students can benefit from their yoga practice. She teachers beginners to advanced students to include children, adults, special needs and seniors. She strives to teach yoga in such a way that the practice is healthy and physically sustainable, allowing it to be a lifelong tool for growth, health and curiosity and expansion! Tracey believes that your yoga practice can be your best resource to remember your wholeness, connectivity and true self, which allows you to be in more satisfying relationships and live your most authentic life! You can practice with Tracey at her studio, Hippie Soul Yoga with locations in Colorado Springs and Falcon.
YAN YEZ is the musical project of singer/songwriter/actor/producer/writer/advocate/father/chef/homosexual/professional-wrestling-fan/citizen-of-Raider-Nation/sand-volleyball-enthusiast Nico Yan Yez. After spending months honing in the niche musical style of Indie/Subgenre/Subgenre, YAN YEZ released two singles, Tryer (a sentimental Indie-Pop tune) and SINNER (a hip-hop infused electro-punk anthem.) While the music jumps tonally here and there, there is something static; YAN YEZ consistently writes intimate and raw songs that speak personally and politically to the human experience. Primarily trained as a producer and percussionist, YAN YEZ songs often take shape sonically through musical collaboration. Energy. Love. Frustration. The Pursuit of Truth. Spirituality. Analytics. Sound. Satire. And hopefully a little Sexy. Nico Yan Yez has also been a featured guest on high-profile podcasts (including NPR’s The Pulse) where he speaks on matters of religion, sexuality, and more. Based out of the beautiful state of Colorado.
Originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, Amy spent years fronting the Alternative Bluegrass band, Many Nights Ahead, where her voice bridged the gap between string band & soul. In 2021, Martin relocated to Denver, Colorado and has gained notice in the Americana genre through the recent release of her crowdfunded solo album, Travelin On’, produced by Grammy Award Winning Artist, Chance McCoy (form. Old Crow Medicine Show). Amy Martin is known for her powerhouse vocals, stage presence & representation in the LQBTQ+ Americana/Country sphere.
Marti Cummings is a NYC based drag artist who made history when they ran for City Council as the first openly non binary person and drag artist to run for city office in NYC. They were the first drag artist in history to be invited to the United Nations to moderate panel discussion on Queer Electability and currently serve on the boards of The Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBTQ Youth, Drag Story Hour NY, Equality NY. In addition to their regular appearances in New York they travel the world as a perform with Vacaya Cruises and have been seen on some of your favorite TV shows on NBC, Logo, Hulu, and The Food Network. For more information visit www. martigcummings.com
Since its inception in 2020, Icons has become a staple in the downtown community. Voted both Best New Bar and Best Overall Bar by the community, Icons has proven that the queer community of Colorado Springs is strong, united and ready to be heard. Icons celebrates iconic figures of the queer community through its artwork, entertainment and even the bathrooms! The owners and team members of Icons are all professional singers and provide a unique experience each night as they serve up craft cocktails and the best vocals in Colorado. We are truly an all inclusive establishment and invite you, yes YOU, to come join the party. For the latest on weekly and special events please follow our Instagram @icons_colorado and check out our website at www.icons-co.com
Alexis Mateo is a Puerto Rican drag queen, performer, reality television personality, fashion designer, and the winner of All American Goddess 2016, Miss Gay Days 2016 and National Showgirl 2017. She became internationally known as a contestant on season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and seasons one and five of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Alexis is a high energy drag artist who has performed alongside Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, and is featured in episode 2 of “Drag Me To Dinner”, currently available on Hulu.
Billboard Magazine award recipient, Laurie Dameron, has been playing the guitar for over five decades. Between solo performances and performances with her band, Laurie D and the Blues Babes, she has performed for hundreds of venues in and out of Colorado over the past 20 years. Laurie is extremely versatile and includes selections from all genres, allowing her to play a variety of venues. She has entertained at Boulder Creek Festival, Capital Hill People’s Fair and A Taste of Colorado and the 2008 Colorado Democratic Convention to name a few. Other performances include Denver’s popular clubs including Dazzle Jazz Club, The D Note, Mead Street Station and the historic Stanley Hotel in Beautiful Estes Park.
Dameron has opened for some of Denver’s most popular bands such as The Informants, The Delta Sonics, Lionel Young Band and Chris Daniels and the Kings and Hazel Miller.
Born and raised in Odessa Texas. Aundria has been entertaining for over 19 years. She has won several titles including Miss Gay West Texas UsofA and currently Miss Gay Colorado United States. She is a regular at Hamburger Mary's and enjoys working with gay and queer youth. She is so excited to be joining pikes peak pride this year.
Hitting 1400 performances this next year in 2023 and a new full length album releasing Feb 2023, Dear Marsha is a well-oiled rock & roll machine. While studio recordings are forever, Dear Marsha, is a magically live band. They play upbeat, energetic Rock and Southern tunes, and are known as "the band that has too much fun!" Based in Colorado, but with performances across east to west coast and shows in Europe and Scandinavia, they have developed a brand and a major following and a huge love for their fans (self-named "Marshans") and with as much passion-their fans love them. Getting to know this band will have you saying things like "Who's your daddy?" ... "hot, sticky, and wet!" ... and "Marsha did me Dirty"
Spur (Travis Duncan and Jerry Cordova) have been playing their unique blend of Americana folk music at locations around the Pikes Peak region over the past few years. Jerry joined Travis on piccolo guitar for the release of his solo album, From the Mouth of Pikes Cave, in 2018. Since then they’ve played at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, ROLL Bike Art Festival at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, Aravaipa Running group After Party, the Starlight Spectacular, Sustain-A-Fest (earth day event), Stargazers Theatre for Dragon Theatre, the Muscular Sclerosis Alliance Benefit Concert at Hillside Gardens, Pikes Peak Art Council’s Art Month, Council of Neighbors and Organizations’ CONO Block Party, PikeRide’s Anniversary Party at the OTC Velodrome, Peaks N Pines Brewery, Fossil Craft Brewery, Cerberus Brewery, Cogstone Brewery, Dueces Wild Brewery, Trails End Taphouse and the Black Rose Acoustic Society. They have also been featured in the Riff Rag local music magazine and The Gazette.