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Rita Ora, Lisa Loeb to headline free concerts at St. Pete Pride 2019

St. Pete Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations on the East Coast. It's about time it got a festival-style concert to match.

Organizers on Wednesday announced plans for a free two-night St. Pete Pride concert in St. Petersburg's Straub Park, with Stay singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb headlining on Friday, June 21, and British pop star Rita Ora performing at the conclusion of this year's Pride parade on Saturday, June 22.

"After two increasingly successful years of being downtown for the Saturday night parade, the board really wanted to focus on enhancing participant experience and decided the entertainment aspect would deliver the most impact," the festival's secretary and entertainment chair Richard Brandt said in a statement.

Ora, while not quite the pop idol in America that she is in her native United Kingdom and around the world, still brings quite a bit of star power to St. Pete Pride's first-ever post-parade concert. Her 2018 album Phoenix featured collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Avicii, Cardi B, Liam Payne and others.

More artists will be announced for each night's lineup soon. While the concert is free, VIP tickets are available for $50 and up.

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