Jay Bakker is a pastor, speaker and author of 3 books. His parents, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, were Christian royalty in the 1980s and Tammy Faye would later become a gay icon for her eye lashes and her early work with the gay community. Jay, following in her footsteps, is an LGBTQ rights advocate and fights for equality within the church. In 2012 Jay was honored to received PFLAG’s first ‘Strait for Equality in Faith Communities’ award. Today, he also host a new weekly podcast called ‘This is Radio Cast’ where he discusses life with guests from all walks of life.
Kristen Becker has been entertaining people all over the US and Canada since 2001. A comedian who happens to also be an out lesbian, she consistently wins the hearts of all audiences, straight and gay alike, with her unapologetic humor. Her childhood, divided between the Rust Belt and the Deep South, has left her uniquely able to connect with all manner of people. Becker’s ability to win the affection of such a wide range of audiences is due to her understated southern charm juxtaposed against a raucous and powerful persona. An accomplished producer as well as performer, Becker founded the Dykes of Hazard comedy tour in 2006 to bring top notch comedy to small town gay bars in the south.
In 2012, her op-ed piece about LGBT equality in the deep south, “ To the Louisiana I Know” gained much momentum and helped push Becker towards her next bold move. Becker cultivated a comedy tour in the Pelican state called Becker on the Bayou to help promote awareness of HB199 Louisiana Non-Discrimination Act (LANA), which intended to provide legal protections for a multitude of people in the state. She also traveled to the state’s capital to testify on behalf of the bill, which did not pass, but will be brought before the Louisiana House again this year. Becker’s comedy has been described as “a slice of bawdy reality served with southern charm” and her “never bite the bullet” attitude, coupled with a keen eye for irony, leaves audiences — both gay and straight — ready for more.
SarahRose Marie came down the mountain with a ukulele in her hand – the Adirondack Mountains, to be precise. It was there she first found her uke, her voice, and a heart for writing musical tunes with her own sense of fascinating style and flair.
The Heavenly Chillbillies formed in Buffalo N.Y. in early 2008 and knew right away that their unique blend of rockabilly and country-infused blues was something special, and thus wasted no time getting down to the business of making music. Within a few months, the band began playing locally and immediately developed a solid fan base, which resulted in several residencies at local clubs.They have shared the stage with New Orleans Legends Tab Benoit and Carl LeBlanc, Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band, and blues heavyweight Tinsley Ellis. The Heavenly Chillbillies are also the house band for the National Buffalo Wing Festival, held at Coca-Cola Field; this event draws 85,000 people annually.
Dwayne Duke is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He began performing in Tampa, Florida, at the Tampa Improv. He draws his humor from personal anecdotes, observations of the world around him, and his own vivid imagination. His act takes you on a journey through adventures with his Baptist family, alcohol soaked memories of his fraternity years, and his world wearied observations on popular culture. He refused to let the boundries of polite society dictate his lifestyle, and you’ll yearn to hear which taboo he’ll tackle next. Dwayne has performed in many shows, showcases, contests and festivals across America. Notably competing in the 2012 & 2013 Florida’s Funniest Comedian, and the 2013 Cleveland Comedy Festival. Most recently he worked aboard the Carnival Sensation as the Punchliner Comedy Club Manager. Dwayne is currently living and performing in Las Vegas. His first wide release album – “Drunk In A Basement” is available now.