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Out & About: Pride in the Park

Roanoke's Pride in the Park is Southwest Virginia's largest gay, lesbian and transgender event. And there is plenty of music scheduled to fuel the festivities.

The 21st annual version of the festival, set for Sunday at Elmwood Park, features pop/R&B music from Kelly King. In 2007, King's single "Workin' Girl" got to No. 19 on the Billboard dance/club play chart, and "I Don't Wanna Sing That Song" reached No. 24 on the adult contemporary chart.

King N His Naughty Bunnies deliver funk, rock and soul. There's pop/rock from Mike Rickard. Carol Plunk brings folky acoustic-rock with enthusiasm.

Kristi Emmons, of Roanoke, is also an acoustic folk/rocker -- check out her cover of Trey Songz "I Invented Sex" at her MySpace.com page. Another Roanoke Valley performer, Joe Kraft, does crossover country, jazz and pop.

-- Tad Dickens

What: Pride in the Park 2010

With: King N His Naughty Bunnies, Mike Rickard, Kelly King, Joe Kraft, Carol Plunk, Kristi Emmons, Josh Dickerson, Metropolitan Community Church Choir

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Where: Elmwood Park, Roanoke

How much: Free

Info: roanokepride.com, myspace.com/manlyagenda (King N His Naughty Bunnies), mikerickard.com, myspace.com/kellykingsings, carolplunk.com, myspace.com/kristiemmons

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