Published on July 9th, 2014 | by Michael Fitzgerald2
Canonize Tacoma with a massive Pride party – better yet, let’s Coconize
St. Helens Avenue in Tacoma is about to enter the gay canon with Coconize, an all-day street party hosted by Club Silverstone on July 12 featuring some of the best
queer performers in the country as part of Tacoma Pride this weekend.
Party organizer Kawika Ridep, also known as Coco, created the theme around the Catholic process of canonization, influenced by what he called “Gaga-esque/Madonna-esque iconography.”
Acts on the main stage on St. Helens are listed under “Beatification.” The DJ sets taking place in the Silverstone’s lounge are the “Congregation.” The dance floor is the designated “Diocese.” All together, they make up quite the holy trinity.
Kawika said he considers Pride a gallery, and he’s curating a lineup for Tacoma that displays a rainbow of LGBTQ talent.
“I mean, how much gayer could Coconize get?” Kawika laughed, “all I need is a bunch of unicorns running around. I’ve lived in Tacoma for a long time, and although there have always been great live shows – electronic, punk, metal – I’ve never experienced anything that reflects who I am. So instead of waiting for someone else to do it, I decided to make it happen!”
The main stage will feature a truly mind-blowing mix of both local heroes and nationally-recognized legends.
NYC club diva Ab Soto, San Francisco electro-rap group Double Duchess, and Tacoma’s own Mirrorgloss will all rock the main stage. The event will be hosted by a legendary queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ongina.
Kawika was especially inspired by Ongina for her work as a “big crusader for HIV research. We got to meet 12 years ago at a Frankie Knuckles show where I bummed a cig from her.”
Kawika is thrilled to showcase Mirrorgloss, knowing they will provide some seriously delicious up-and-coming local flavor.
Kawika shared, “I’ve seen each of the Mirrorgloss performers play at shows over the years, but they recently got this act together. They’re going to be this year’s Breaklites.”
The lounge and dance floor will feature a set of DJs which Kawika said was no afterthought, “You’re not just gonna walk away.”
It’s a party, Tacoma – get out there and shake it with pride!
The show starts at 5 pm with a canonization, officially anointing St. Helens Avenue as gay.
July 12, 2014
In and outside of Club Silverstone
739 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
4 pm – 2 am
Beach attire is encouraged