Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:36

Entertainment Announced for pinkdot Utah 2012

2:00-6:00 PM ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

For more information contact Ken Kimball
pinkdot Project Manager
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Salt Lake City – September 12, 2012 - Organizers of the Support Love Courage Council in Salt Lake City today announce the entertainment line-up for the second annual pinkdot Utah event on September 22, 2012 at Jordan Park. Entertainers include Melody and Tyler, DJ Nick James, Joshua Payne Orchestra and Renee Plant. Speakers include Mohamed Baayd, Adam White and Erika Munson. Information about all entertainers and speakers are included at the end of this announcement.

pinkdot Utah is a milestone LGBT support campaign being organized by the Support Love Courage Council, a group of committed community volunteers. The campaign aims to promote its credo ~ Support. Love. Courage. ~ by encouraging Utahans to show their support for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family members, co-workers, neighbors and friends by attending the pinkdot event.

This year's pinkdot Utah campaign will culminate on Saturday, September 22, 2012 with a free celebration next to the International Peace Gardens at Salt Lake City's Jordan Park. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m., with attendees joining together to form a giant human pink dot promptly at 4:00 p.m. People planning to attend are encouraged to wear a pink shirt. The dot will symbolize to the world Utahans support of their LGBT friends, family, co-workers and community members. The festivities and entertainment will continue until 6:00 p.m. Attendees and families are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy an afternoon at the park.

The 1st annual pinkdot Utah event debuted on October 11, 2011 with nearly 2,000 attendees. The Utah celebration is based on the inaugural Pink Dot event in Singapore in 2009, which drew over 2,500 attendees. This figure nearly doubled to 4,000 in 2010, was 10,000 in 2011, and at the 4th annual event, over 15,000 pink-attired Singaporeans turned Hong Lim Park into a sea of pink. The Support Love Courage Council thanks the Pink Dot SG (Singapore) committee for their inspiration.

Statement from Erika Munson of Mormons Building Bridges:
Mormons Building Bridges will be enthusiastically participating in pinkdot Utah on September 22, 2012. The mission of our group--to encourage straight Latter-day Saints to offer love and support to their LGBT brothers and sisters--will be well-served during this event at Jordan Park. The simple yet powerful message of Love, Support and Courage is something our Christian faith teaches us. We encourage LDS families to reach out to their LGBT loved ones and bring them to this nonpolitical celebration of Jesus' admonition to love one another.

The pinkdot Utah website address is The site features a pinkdot store, links and interactive features to engage users. The Council encourages people to get involved by in the pinkdot campaign by:

• "Liking" the Pink Dot Utah page on Facebook and share with all of your friends
• Making a video about why you support pinkdot and share it on YouTube
• Making a donation to support ongoing pinkdot Utah advocacy efforts
• Attending the pinkdot Utah event on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Entertainment and Speakers
(in order of appearance)

Melody and Tyler
(2:00 – 2:30 PM)

Melody & Tyler met in Logan Utah and began playing cover songs and a few originals and decided to start booking shows. Not long after, they started alternating opening spots for each other's gigs rarely playing together as a duo.

In 2008 Melody & Tyler founded the Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival. The Festival was based on the idea that the local talent of singer songwriters and one man band genres deserved the same privileges, promotion, and opportunities as a full band. In July 2008 the first Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival was held at The Star Bar in Park City, Utah. It was 2 nights of multiple acts and was a great place for musicians to network. At the 2009 AAS festival, Melody & Tyler moved from solo acts to a duo called Melody W/ Tyler Forsberg, and soon after changed their name to Melody & Tyler in early 2010.

Melody & Tyler have opened for such acts as J.R. Richards of Dishwalla (Counting Blue Cars), Automatic Love Letter, Meg & Dia (Dia was a finalist on The Voice this past summer), and many other great Local acts and touring bands. They won a Posty Award for Best Acoustic Band, were nominated for best Folk Artist/Band IAMA Award (Intermountain Acoustic Music Association), and have been featured in NOW Salt Lake Magazine several times in the past 4 years as well as a cover story for the Acoustic All-Stars Music Festival in 2010 in the same magazine. In 2008 they played over 100 shows with almost all of them booked on their own. They're avid activists for human and minority rights, heavily promote a better musical community, are co-founders of the Utah Musician's Breakfast Club (a meeting of musicians once a month to share shows and opinions), and members of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Melody Pulsipher has been the undisputed best female vocalist on for 2 years and counting, and Tyler Forsberg currently plays drums with The Brian Bingham Band.

Nick James – DJ
(2:30-3:00, 5:30-6:00 and intermittently throughout program)

DJ Nick James has been dee-jaying world-class dance music for over a decade. Not only has he been a past DJ for Utah Pride Fest, he has played private parties for Sundance Film Festival and Salt Lake City's very own Rocky Anderson. With a passion for Disco, Jazz and Soul, he has had two radio shows on KRCL 90.9 and been a DJ Columnist for SLUG Magazine. He has been voted best DJ of Utah by City Weekly (Reader's Choice Award) and was featured in SPIN Magazine for his famed dance party JUST WANNA DANCE along with DJ Jesse Walker.

Joshua Payne Orchestra
(3:00 – 3:30)

From late night street performances to glitzy hotel and club gigs, the Joshua Payne Orchestra is anywhere and everywhere. The JPO is heavily influenced not only by jazz, but also hip hop, rock, and pop. Their eclectic repertoire features original music as well as surprising hits selected with reckless abandon from all across the radio dial. Joshua plays an extremely rare handmade Thorell archtop guitar. Performing at out of town weddings, summer festivals, and several local weekly residencies, the JPO maintains an intense schedule and is in high demand.

"The Joshua Payne Orchestra takes their love of both vintage and modern music and merges them to create something contemporary and quirky. The result is a feel-good cacophony of innovative composition." –City Weekly

"From jamming in the streets to jamming with Les Paul––this is the perfect description of what Payne is capable of." –SLUG

(3:30 – 4:00 PM)

Mohamed Baayd
Mohamed Baayd was born in very small village called Allougoume, located 12 hours south of Casablanca in Morocco. Most of his childhood was spent in Casablanca. He came to United States on August 25, 1999 something he had dreamt about his entire life. He lived in several states before, coming to Utah in 2010 to attend BYU. While at BYU, he met his wife, Jami. They have been blessed with three beautiful children, Amira who is 7, Norah who is 5 and Naim who was just born in July. Their home has always been, and will always continue to be, an open home to people from different walks of life and with different beliefs. Jami and Mohamed teach their kids to respect and appreciate the beauty of humanity and its diversity. Mohamed is a Muslim Mormon who supports pinkdot. He and his family attended last year's event and are excited to participate this year as well.

Adam White
Adam White is a student from Washington D.C. studying Theatre Arts at Brigham Young University. He helped to organize the BYU 'It Gets Better' video that went viral in April earlier this year. Adam serves as Understanding Same-Gender Attraction's vice president, helping president Bridey Jensen with an ever growing community of allies and friends at BYU and in Utah County."

Erika Munson
Erika Munson is a Latter-day Saint and mother of five from Sandy, Utah. She founded Mormons Building Bridges to help create a safe and welcoming place for LGBT people in her church. Erika's ancestry goes back to Utah's handcart pioneers, and she and her husband have raised their children in the Northeast and Europe. She has served in many capacities in her congregation including as Relief Society President, Young Women's President, and Choir Director. She is thrilled to be a part of the Pink Dot celebration of Love, Courage, and Support.

Reneé Plant

Originally from Warren, Ohio, Reneé began playing piano at age five, and guitar at age ten. She honed her musical skills through music competitions, a musical directorship, multiple bands, collegiate classical training, collaborating with and accompanying other musicians, composing and recording and live performances. Renee has lived in multiple states and has performed her music in Ohio, Oklahoma, Arizona and Oregon. She just recently moved to the Salt Lake area where she is quickly becoming known for her unique and powerful voice, as well as her songwriting abilities. Throughout her journey, she has met and played with some great local artists. Some of the venues she's played at include the Women Who Rock concert series, the Portland Rose Festival, LadyFest Salt Lake City, the Utah Pride Parade, the Women's Redrock Music Festival in Torrey, UT, and has also been a guest artist on many CD's.

"Beautiful, Intelligent and Provocative...Totally Professional and a joy to share a stage with!" –Tracy Klas

"This alt-country band was fun-loving and is the kind of band you'd probably want to see live in an intimate setting, whether that be at a dive bar or at an outdoor festival. Relaxed and easygoing, the musicians performed with a passion that would pair well with a cold beer and a group of close friends." –SLUG Magazine

Nick James – DJ




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