ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride announced April 24 that entertainers Lisa Loeb and Rita Ora will headline concerts for the organization’s 17th annual celebration in June.
Loeb is a singer-songwriter who began her career with the platinum-selling hit “Stay (I Missed You)” from “Reality Bites.” Other singles include “Do You Sleep” and “Let’s Forget about It,” which she’s sure to perform as she headlines the organization’s SP2 Concert June 21 from 7-10 p.m.
This year’s SP2 is hosted by fan favorite entertainer Alexis Mateo and will feature celebrated bands and singers from throughout Tampa Bay. The concert is free, although VIP tickets are available, and beverage sales benefit the St Pete Pride Community Grants Program. SP2 serves as a fundraiser for various area organizations.
Ora will headline St Pete Pride’s first After-Parade Concert June 22 the subsequent night, from 9:30-11 p.m. The entertainer is known for hits like “Your Song” and “For You,” her Liam Payne collaboration from “Fifty Shades Freed.” Ora also released “Girls” with Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha. Ora’s concert is also free, with VIP tickets including options for a meet and greet available for purchase.
“After two increasingly successful years of being downtown for the Saturday night Parade, the board wanted to really focus on enhancing participant experience and decided the entertainment aspect would deliver the most impact,” St Pete Pride Secretary and Entertainment Chair Richard Brandt said in a statement. “With the goal of securing a headliner for Friday night’s concert, it was also critical that we continue to showcase the exceptional talent that calls St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area home. In doing so, the largest pride celebration in Florida would be able to maintain the quaint and welcoming feeling that makes St Pete Pride so unique.”
“We are beyond excited to bring two amazing talents to St Pete Pride for two incredible performances,” St Pete Pride Executive Director Luke Blankenship added.
The 17th annual St Pete Pride will be held June 21-23, 2019. For more information about its upcoming concerts and events, visit StPetePride.com.