Artists Updates

Robert Urban Updates

Spectacular DAY TO BE GAY photos of Yolanda's & Robert Urban's performances from the recent glbt fest in Callicoon, NY have
been archived on the website at:
Thank you photographer KEITH GEMEREK for the fine work. You truly captured Yolanda in all her glory.
New photos added to the Robert Urban/ Mike James/Yolanda concert page from July's NYC MEOW MIX MEN'S NIGHT.  Archived at:
Thank you JASON SCHNUDERMAN for the great shots. you captured Mikey the firecracker - for sure!

Was great to catch up with rap artist DUTCHBOY at the recent sneak preview of HOW DO I LOOK (  ) - the film features some of his music.  A while back, here at URBAN PRODUCTIONS recording studio, D-BOY and crew layed down raps, vocals & effects on four new Rainbow Flava tunes.  One of the songs "OKAYPLAYA" has been included on the Rap compilation CD "The Dozens". Another of the four is set to appear on the successful "Dozens" sequel - "The Dozens 2".

GO, ALLISON TARTALIA, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrats! on your firstborn CD!
Per Allison's recent post forwarding current info on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" U.S. Military policy and the latest Anti-gay harrassment in the military - any interested news/radio sources on this weblist - My anti-harrassment rock anthem on the issue entitled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", (one of the songs on the upcoming Robert Urban cd release), is ready & available for airplay - just email me - can postal mail or download.
Check out the article on the ROBERT URBAN/URBAN PRODUCTIONS Website  in the Arts & Entertainment section of this month's issue of EQUAL PRIDE

Thanks to photographers Terry Mola, Jason Schnuderman, The Fairfield County Press, The Pink Triangle, JD Doyle, Rozeanne Gates, The Westport News, Bridgeport Post, etc - who took live-in-concert photos of our URBAN PRODUCTIONS BOLDLY PRESENTS Concert series this summer - check out their great pics of our shows at 

1. Thanks so much to radio guy JD Doyle for the awesome FOUR CD set (boxed - like Proust!) - capturing 4 different shows from our URBAN PRODUCTIONS all gblt concert series last June in NYC.  JD recorded the shows live from the audience, and used the beautiful photos he took of the artists live onstage for the CDs' nifty cover-art.  A true labor of love,
a great memento and a phenomenal GLBT live CD compilation, capturing some very special performances. These will go up on the studio wall for sure.

2.  Thanks so much to Julie Nicolay for the special photos she took at our Connecticut show.   I've added these to all
the others sent in by friends & fans on the website's BOLDLY PRESENTS concert pages.

3.  Hot off the press! - I just got my own copy of MIKE JAMES's debut CD of 13 songs, entitled FINDING.  Mikey blew into the studio last month, like one possessed,  and in one Dionysian whirlwind night session we recorded seven of the songs,
often making parts & grooves up on the spot. This exciting sense of creativity, immediacy and fevered inspiration can be
heard right on the CD - by far Mikey's finest singing to date. I dare say - this exciting young artist has found his voice.  For more info, contact Mike James via his I don't know his website's url.

4.   What a joy - at the recent Hartford, CT Pride Fest to have our band play right between two of my fav heavy rock groups - THE ECHO JANES and SISTER FUNK.  These pros make rock the old-fashioned way - they PLAY it!!!!  Beyond their place in the women's and/or GLBT music scene, they are keeping alive something very special & endangered in rock music -
and will hopefully run with it!  - WAS THAT A GREAT SHOW OR WHAT!!!

thanks and congrats to all -

Upcoming ROBERT URBAN live appearances:

Mike James has an exciting new 13 track CD entitled "FINDING" - of which 7 tracks were recorded at gay-owned & operated Urban Productions in NYC.

- Sunday, Nov 17 - Robert Urban & Friends at MEOW MIX BAR, NYC
- Wednesday, Nov 20, 7:30pm CAROLINE'S COMEDY CLUB with JULIE GOLDMAN, et al

Some exciting recording engineering & session work this month for URBAN PRODUCTIONS clients -  including glbt musical artists:
- MIKE JAMES of Red Siren Records at Urban Productions (additionally for his new CD, Mike' sings two Robert Urban songs - "We Are the Haunted" and
"The Waiting Song" (Winner 2002 Stonewall Society Pride Song of the Year), and the Marshall Zarne/Robert Urban collaboration "If I Strayed")
- NICK DeJESU at Sarabella Recording Studios, Rosalyn, NY)
- MARSHALL ZARNE at Taboo Studios, Manhattan
- HOW DO I LOOK glbt film documentary 

FLASH! The "Dead Guys" gay murder mystery film, with original orchestral score by Robert Urban and songs by a variety of gay male artists, already available on VHS, will be released on DVD this fall - and include a "play music only" feature on the DVD - makes a great gay male rock compilation CD.

LOL - last but not least - am hard at work producing the brand new 2002 Robert Urban CD -  Heartfelt thanks to all nyc musical colleages who offered gigs this month - Sorry I had to turn so many down - but I gotta lay low to focus on production & studio work.  Will be back in live-land soon.  It's great to see other glbt artists creating real professional performance opportunities for musicians.

robert urban

Stonewall Society Pride Song of the Year Award Winner - "The Waiting Song"
Outmusic OMA Award Winner - Outstanding Live Performer
Outmusic OMA Award Winner - Outstanding CD - "Elegies"
OMA Outmusician of the Year Members' Choice Nominee
Award-Winning Men Book 2002

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Stonewall Chorale Updates

The Stonewall Chorale, the nation's first Gay & Lesbian chorus, announces auditions in all voice parts at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 346 W. 20th St., (between 8th & 9th Aves) in Chelsea, NYC.

The next audition date is on Tuesday eve, August 27th between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. 

Regular rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 9:30, in the West Village, beginning Sep't 10th.

The Stonewall Chorale draws its repertoire from every era of the choral art.  Recent performances have featured contemporary composers John Corigliano, Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt, Amy Beach, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Leonard
Bernstein, as well as works by Mozart, Brahms and Faure. The Chorale has received grants from the Florence Gould Foundation and a Community Arts Project Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. for quality of performance and program creativity.

Cynthia Powell is the new artistic director and opens the season on December 10th at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC.  "¡Holiday Fiesta!" will feature festive music of Spain, Latin America and the American Southwest, accompanied by
marimba, guitar, percussion and harp. Two concerts are scheduled in March and June of 2003.

People who love to sing and who have a working knowledge of music notation are warmly welcomed. Additional audition dates will be available. Please call (212) 971-5813 or e-mail  to schedule an 

Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director
The Stonewall Chorale
P.O. Box 920,
Old Chelsea Station
New York, N.Y. 10011

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Skott Freedman Updates

Violent Yodel Productions
Malcolm Warren-Director of Public Relations
P.O. Box 266
Charleston, SC 29402-0266

For Immediate Release


CHARLESTON, SC-September 17, 2002 - A recent winner of both OUTMUSIC and STONEWALL SOCIETY music awards, 23-year-old bisexual activist and singer/songwriter, Skott Freedman, heads "down under" next month to tour Australia. Freedman will hit Melbourne, Sydney, Noosa, and Brisbane in his three week international tour with featured
performances at the Sydney Gay Games, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne's Midsumma Fest "Sprung", and more. This year Freedman holds the honor of being the youngest American to perform at the Gay Games.

Freedman will be a guest performer at the Gay Games 20th Anniversary Celebration, "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow", presented by the Federation of Gay Games at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, November 3rd, 2002.

Freedman is also scheduled to be the keynote performer and guest speaker at the 7th International Conference on Bisexuality in Sydney on Saturday, October 26th, 2002.

Freedman recently began his fall tour in the United States, headlining pride festivals in Connecticut and Georgia and once again touring college campuses. Before heading to Australia, Freedman will perform and lecture at universities in New Hampshire, Iowa, North Carolina, California, New Jersey, and Maine.

Freedman, now residing in Charleston, South Carolina, is currently speaking and performing at colleges and pride festivals across the country. He has conducted various workshops and activities centering on awareness and acceptance of bisexuality. In 2000, Freedman began publicly speaking on bisexuality in response to the growing biphobia that has unfortunately become present in the LGBT community. This speaking has developed into his powerful lecture, "Battling Biphobia and Bringing Bisexuals Back to Both Communities", concentrating on breaking down common stereotypes and advocating for acceptance of bisexuals within the LGBT community.

Freedman has since become one of the most popular speakers on college campuses due to his unique presentation mixed with humor, insight, wisdom, and empowerment. He has been invited as a guest lecturer at several renowned institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Kansas University, Michigan State University, Virginia Tech, and more. Freedman has appeared on NBC News, ABC's "Daybreak", international radio program "This Way Out", and in national publications such as Billboard Magazine and The Guide.

Freedman recently headed back into the studio to begin work on his next project, SOME COMPANY, due out early 2003. The young prodigy's fourth release will feature all new songs and his early roots of solely voice and piano.

For bio information, reviews, tour dates, and more, visit Freedman's official website:

Soundclips are available directly at:

For further information, artwork or to receive an official media kit please contact Malcolm Warren at 843-534-0442 or at

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Contact: Artists Against AIDS / 415.674.1582 /


International Jazz Soulstress Jacqui Naylor Records & Performs "I Remember You" for
World AIDS Day and Artists Against AIDS
San Francisco

"I just don’t think anyone can learn to sing like this; it must be a natural, organic thing that comes from the heart, from the soul"
Los Angeles Jazz Scene

"Jacqui Naylor has the ultimate momentum of becoming the next big thing. We’ve all heard of Norah Jones but this is stronger, deeper, sexier." –

Fast-rising vocal star, Jacqui Naylor, has just finished recording an original song for this years World AIDS Day/Day Without Art in remembrance of those lost to HIV/AIDS and to bring attention to the prevention/education efforts of Artists Against AIDS.

The song was written by the artist’s dear friend, Joe Wilson, who has been living with HIV/AIDS for nearly 15 years. Wilson uses his diverse talents as songwriter, producer and promoter to educate and increase awareness of the disease by using his own personal experiences of loss, illness, poverty and even homelessness for prevention & education. Joe is also the founder of Artists Against AIDS in San Francisco. "Joe and I chant and do prayers together every day as part of our Buddhist practice. When I heard "I Remember You", which was written for his best friend who died from AIDS, I soon realized that this was only one of many friends Joe has had to bury because of this disease, I cried and knew I had to sing it. Especially in this year when everyone all over the world knows what it feels like to lose someone they love. This song spills over the heart and helps us remember how good it feels to value the most precious human life" says Naylor.

The single will be released worldwide on (or before) December 1st solely to promote World AIDS Day via Naylor’s Ruby Records Label. The artist has released two jazz recordings on this label and has just completed a third with pianist-producer Art Khu who also lends his talents on "I Remember You". The single is the first cut from an upcoming CD called "Soundtrack for the Soul" where different vocalists/bands will perform each of the 12 songs written by HIV+ Artists. The CD is expected for a spring release. "We really want to use the music to honor those who have left us and to further educate and inspire those who are still here. So much love has gone into this project and it is my great benefit to have such heartfelt and talented musicians bring it to life." says Wilson. The objective of the Artists Against AIDS CD Project, is to educate, inspire and help keep HIV-Positive Artists working and contributing. "We’re trying to develop ways to let artists tell their stories and continue their work and hopefully, educate in the process."

Jacqui Naylor performs at the Plush Room in San Francisco – December 3-7 with her trio featuring Art Khu on piano, Devin Hoff on bass and Emiliano Benevides on percussion. Opening night, December 3rd honors World AIDS Day and Artists Against AIDS which includes special guests and a remembrance celebration. The show is at 8pm nightly and admission is $25 (please contact us directly if you are on limited income/disability and wish to see the show). The Plush Room is located at 940 Sutter Street in the York Hotel. For tickets or more information on the show, please call 415.885.0750 or

The CD single is available online ( and Ruby Records is donating a substantial amount of singles to non-profit and educational organizations around the globe. Qualified groups can also use the CD for fund-raising. If you would like to learn more about requesting CD’s for your group or event, please contact (415.674.1582).

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Singer/Songwriter AMY FIX will guest host OUTMUSIC's Open Mic on Monday, November 4th at the C-NOTE, 157 Avenue C (at 10th St.), NYC,  7:30 PM (7 PM signup). $3. members / $5. non-members + 1 drink minimum. More Info - (212) 330-9197 or


The first 20 people to sign up perform 1 song or 5 minutes (whichever shorter). We provide a keyboard, amps, mics, lights, CD and cassette playback.  Listeners are also welcome.

Teamed up with guitarist Sam Fenster, Amy Fix sings sassy lesbian comedy songs, sweet innocent ditties, and raw ballads full of the pain and transformation of overcoming childhood sexual abuse.  For more info, see

Now in their 12th year, OUTMUSIC's monthly first-Monday Open-Mics provide a safe, encouraging space for LGBT musicians to share music and make connections.
OUTMUSIC - Making music within community and community within music.



Outmusic and the Office of LGBT Student Services of New York University have teamed up again to announce two open mic/coffee house events:

Wed., November 13, 2002 7:00-10:00 PM: LGBT COFFEE HOUSE hosted by comedian Courtney Knowles at the Violet Café 45 W. 4th St. (SE corner of Washington Sq. Park) New York, NY
NYU and OUTMUSIC especially invite all LGBT musicians of color to SHADES- MUSICIANS OF COLOR COFFEE HOUSE Sun., November 17, 2002,  7:00-10:00 PM also at the Violet Café 45 W. 4th St., New York, NY
Outmusic members wishing to take part in either or both of these 2 events, please contact Jon Gilbert Leavitt, Events Director- Outmusic at to sign up.
You can arrive as early as 6:00 PM for sign up. Performance is one song or 5 minutes, whichever is shorter. The Violet Café stage is equipped with a sound system, tracks (CD or cassettes can be used if needed), and a beautiful acoustic baby grand piano.
(Also keep March 26, 2003 on your calendar for the spring NYU/OUTMUSIC GLBT Coffee House)
See you at the Violet Café!
Jon Gilbert Leavitt -
Outmusic Events Director
Jessica Pettit -
Program Advisor/Office of LGBT Student Services

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Successful everywhere at once:

New York, N.Y.-October 16, 2002- Fab Act Productions in association with Vicarious Productions is very proud to present Estrella award-winning Latin star JADE ESTEBAN ESTRADA's debut of his ambitious new one-man show "ICONS: THE LESBIAN AND GAY HISTORY OF THE WORLD, VOL. I" for fourteen performances only. Special guest performances by performance artists Denise B. Flemming and Aliza. The show will open with a gala reception at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2002 at The Grand Theatre at Producer's Club located at 358 44th Street between 8th And 9th Avenues in New York City's famed Theatre District (Take the A,C,E, N,R,W,Q,1,2,3,9 to Times Square). Showtime is 7:00 p.m. Gift bags will be given at every performance along with door prizes. Tickets are $10. Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended. For information log onto or contact 646-271-6845 or for reservations. The performance schedule is as follows:
Sunday, November 10, 2002   3pm   PREVIEW MATINEE
Sunday, November 10, 2002   7pm 
Monday, November 11, 2002   7pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2002  7pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 7pm
Sunday, November 17, 2002   3pm
Sunday, November 17, 2002   7pm
Monday, November 18, 2002   7pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2002  7pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2002  7pm
Sunday, November 24, 2002   3pm
Sunday, November 24, 2002   7pm
Monday, November 25, 2002   7pm
Tuesday, November 26, 2002  7pm   CLOSING NIGHT

Estrada's third solo endeavor "ICONS" is a dazzling extravaganza that entertains and explains the events that have shaped lesbian and gay history and introduces the colorful personalities that have led us to where we are today as told through the voices of Sappho, MichelAngelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen Degeneres. The music and book are by Jade Esteban Estrada. Direction and costume design by Aliza. Additional musical arrangements are by Tracy Stark.

ICONS made its world debut at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio in September 2002. Columbus Alive warns "Estrada's Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Rivera are sheer brilliance!" The Columbus Dispatch calls "ICONS" "compelling…Broadway-caliber!"

The man the Twin Cities Pride guide calls "the new John Leguizamo" appears on the cover of the new book "AWARD-WINNING MEN" by best-selling author Ed Karvoski Jr.. Estrada is celebrated for his music and the awards he has received from the beauty pageant industry where he is known as "The Prince of Pageantry."

Estrada recently joined Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, k.d. lang, Taylor Dayne and many others in a CD compilation entitled BEING OUT ROCKS (Centaur Entertainment) to benefit  the Human Rights Campaign for the National Coming Out Day Project. Estrada has also worked closely with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and OutFront Minnesota and recently was awarded LLEGO's Premio Estrella at the 9th Annual Encuentro Awards in Miami for visibility excellence in the entertainment industry as a prominent gay Latino.

   The Copenhagen Post calls him "a Latin gay icon." Out Magazine christened him "the first gay Latin star" while The Advocate hails him as "exquisite Jade." Genre Magazine calls him "the most exciting Latin pop artist ever to emerge on the music scene." The Palm Beach Post calls him "an emerging Latin star" and the Richmond Times-Dispatch calls him "incredible." The San Diego Union-Tribune calls him "unforgettable" and Ritmo Beat Magazine says "Look out, Ricky, there's a new Latin sensation in town!" Urban Latino TV calls him "a twenty-first century Oscar Wilde."

Estrada begins a tour of "ICONS" on December 14, 2002 in Louisville, Kentucky while concurrently touring America and Europe promoting his latest CD ANGEL (available at

"ICONS" is proudly sponsored in part by SAPPHIRE sponsor Centaur Entertainment, our RUBY sponsors Amnesty International, MoMA, The Riant Theatre, MPress Records, Allison Tartalia and Skate with Mimi. Thank you to our GEM sponsors Carolyn Diaz and Liz Murdocca.
    For interview requests, further information, artwork or to receive an official media kit please contact Adam Salazar at . Sponsorships are still available. You can also visit his official website at
Vicarious Public Relations
Vicarious Public Relations
PO Box 205096
Brooklyn, New York 11220 
Vicarious Public Relations congratulates Jade Esteban Estrada for being this year's winner of the 2002 PREMIO ESTRELLA for outstanding work and visibility in the entertainment industry at LLEGO's 9th Annual Encuentro Awards in Miami.
Join the Jade Esteban Estrada E-List and receive monthly newsletters and hot news about this rising Latin star.
E-mail us at: 

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Freddy Freeman Updates

I put my ear to the ground and I heard :
  • Freddy will be playing a few shows over the coming weeks. One is TOMORROW ! Monday Oct 21st
    Also exciting is a SATURDAY night ! Yeah ! Oct 26th both at Hannahs Lava Lounge.  
  • The Buzz on Bearapalooza is amazing! We will feature seven great acts, giveaways, and BIG surprises for a full evening of FUN FUR AND FROLLICK !!  All for 10 bucks !!!
  • I also still need acts for Landshark Nov 4th. Kris will be in Sydney, but the show must go on , so I stepped in to take over at Hannahs. E-mail me or call  if interested.
  • Remember if you need a hot dance mix or backing track, Freddy is the man to call!! Hear samples on my website!!

Monday Nov 4th
LANDSHARK at Hannahs

Freddy HOSTS a Landshark evening .
Freddy Freeman
Max Christopher
Times TBA
Hannah's Lava Lounge
8:30 pm
923 8th Avenue (bet 54th & 55th)

Cover: Free - Tipping encouraged

Monday Nov 11th

So thats what I heard when I put my ear to the ground !!! 

Freddy Freeman
201 770 1953

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