Hill City Pride is thrilled to announce Delighted Tobehere as our headline entertainer and Emcee/Host for the 2019 Pride Festival.
Delighted Tobehere’s entertainment career began February 2001 where she performed alongside The Armorettes – “The Infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South” – in the legendary nightclub Backstreet Atlanta. Since her momentous first performance, she has been a tour de force in the drag scene both on-stage and behind the scenes.
Delighted Tobehere was named as one of the funniest drag queens in America by the Huffington Post, and the internationally celebrated comedian Pam Ann says that she is “hysterical!”
In 2015, Delighted debuted on NBC’s America’s Got Talent to rave reviews and 4 Yes votes from the judges: “I loved the entire performance” – Howard Stern, and “[Delighted] just became the first country music dragstar!” – Howie Mandel.
A self described “Queen of all Trades,” Delighted combines celebrity illusion, vocal impressions, live vocals, lip sync, comedy, intelligence, and quick wit to wow audiences from corporate functions to pride festivals.
Delighted’s feature celebrity illusion is none other than Adele. London’s QX Magazine says that her impersonation is “something that has to be seen to be believed!” and Boy George said that it was “perfection!”
It’s not just about laughter. Anyone who has attended Delighted’s shows in the last few years, seen her TEDx talk, heard her speak at a university campus, or been an invited guest at one of her lectures has experienced what she considers her personal mission: “Encouraging self-discovery and acceptance of others through the lens of drag through laughter and thought provoking entertainment.”
Hailing from the Carolinas, her southern upbringing lends a charm to her performances that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcomed, even in her new home of New York City! Within her first two months of living in The Big Apple, Delighted won the titles of “New York’s Best In Drag” and a live singing drag queen competition called “Sing, Queen!,” as well as securing weekly residencies at local nightclubs. She has performed over 100 shows in both London and LA and travels extensively across the nation.
Delighted was featured in the New York Times for her work as a top Broadway style live singing drag queen, and she has also performed two solo cabaret shows – High Heels and Low Notes, and Broadway Life Hacks – at New York City’s legendary Feinstein’s/54 Below, a cabaret space in the basement of the famed Studio 54.
In 2016, Delighted formed a relationship with Act II Stages in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, performing her live singing one-woman shows annually in residency in their Red Room Cabaret.
Delighted is currently on a national tour with her new transformation show DRAG 101. A hilarious, live singing A to Z course in drag where you get to watch the magic of drag happen right before your eyes!
You can follow Delighted Tobehere on social media @QueenDelighted (IG, Twitter, YouTube) and Like her on Facebook! You’ll be DELIGHTED you did!
Flat Five Jazz is a modern jazz combo based out of Lynchburg, Virginia. A menagerie of backgrounds and influences create a unique, yet beautiful soundscape that is both pleasing and engaging. Listen here!
Flat Five got its start as a happenstance combo playing the reception of a small wedding. From our first rehearsal on the stage at Sydnor Performance Hall, it was clear a strong chemistry was present between us all. With just a few select performances, the vision of the group has always been to play the jazz we have always wanted to play as individuals. Charts and originals deemed inappropriate for other gigs and other groups. I feel as though no idea for a new chart has been denied. Everything is given a fair chance. Part of that, though, is the combined knowledge of each member of the group. I feel truly humbled by each member of that group and consider myself lucky to create with them on a regular basis.
Rose Wood is a new queen in RVA! She loves to bring a sense of quirkiness to her performances and experimenting with makeup. She is beyond excited and grateful to be performing with so many amazing people and can’t wait to see what everyone brings!”
Chicki Parm is one of Richmond’s most well known performers. She has been performing in drag for three years and has been featured at many of Richmond’s venues. “In some cities, drag is all about the look, while in others drag is all about who can dance the hardest.” Parm said. “Richmond falls somewhere in the middle, where you can succeed excelling in any part of drag.” Her main show, Extra Cheese Drag and Comedy Show, is on the second Monday of every month at Fallout in Richmond. You can also regularly catch her at Impulse in Charlottesville and Nellies Sports Bar in DC.
Amazon Rome wants to know: Is your membership renewed? Cause this mess in a dress is coming to Hill City Pride.! She’s addicted to taking selfies and eating Cookout. You can catch her at Impulse in Charlottesville and The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg Monthly, along with her other various gigs around the area.
Shelita Bonet Hoyle
Alma Hesson, songwriter
Lonestar Karaoke will be open and available for all who want to test their vocal prowess!
Richard K. Tinnell