Taylor Dayne, Martha Wash to headline Denver PrideFest in June - Reverb

Taylor Dayne, Martha Wash to headline Denver PrideFest 2013 in June

Where’s Tig Notaro when you need her?

The L.A. comedian — a former Denver resident with a long-form joke about running into pop singer Taylor Dayne — would be no doubt psyched to learn that Dayne is the musical headliner for the June 15-16 Denver PrideFest, the GLBT celebration that takes over downtown’s Civic Center each year.

Past PrideFest headliners have included ’80s teen stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson (in separate years), Fab Morvan from Milli Vanilli and Thelma Houston.

Notaro’s joke about repeatedly running into Taylor Dayne is part of an act that has propelled her into the comedy mainstream over the last year, and it’s included on her acclaimed album “Good One.” Louis C.K. released her latest album, “Live,” which topped a number of best-of-the-year lists in 2012.

A video version of the joke for NPR’s “This American Life” stage show, which is absolutely worth watching all the way through, is below.

Dayne, whose late ’80s and early ’90s hits include “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love to Me,” will perform on Saturday, June 15 at 5 p.m. on the Denver PrideFest Center Stage. Additionally, big-voiced R&B/pop soprano Martha Wash, who sang the 1982 classic “It’s Raining Men” and helped make C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” a massive dance hit in the ’90s, is also slated to perform.

If, like Tig Notaro, you’re dying to meet Taylor Dayne, there’s a VIP package available that grants such an audience, plus beer tasting, food and beverage, and other private performer meet-and-greets.

Organizers of the Denver PrideFest, which was founded in 1975, call it the third-largest pride festival in the U.S. with over 325,000 attending annually. Get more details on this year’s event on The Center’s website.

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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and comedy critic for The Denver Post. Follow him @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.

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