Although the June 18 Stonewall festival is a public affair, organizers have left the entertainment to the private sector.
Jeffrey Sterling, CEO of Wilton Manors Entertainment Group, the organization working with city officials to run the event, said the bars can do a better job at providing entertainment.
“Providing entertainment is an expensive proposition that has bankrupted all the other Stonewalls. That money is better spent on items to improve the festival and keep it financially solid. Remember that last year was the first year in over six years [Stonewall] did not lose lots of money and this year will be in the black again.”
And the bars say they’re happy to do it.
“The community supports us all year and it’s kind of a way of giving back and giving them a great show,” said Nick Berry, co-owner of Rumors Bar & Grill. It’s also a point of pride for Berry. “We try to put on the biggest and best event. I don’t know if its [because of] competition but it’s just conducive for us to have a big entertainer, big stage. A lot of the other bars only have the street and can’t [do something big in front of their businesses].”
“If the bars don’t do it, nobody will. We always have. It’s just part of being in the community. It’s good for everybody . . . a fun event,” said Matt Auslander, owner of Matty’s Wilton Park.
The Stonewall Family Friendly Village will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hagen Park. The main event goes from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. along Wilton Drive. Visit wiltonmanorsstonewall.com for more information.
2440 Wilton Drive
Hosted by female impersonators Jasmine Lords and Willow Bierce Austin, Progress Bar’s entertainment includes DJ D-STU from noon to 6 p.m., DJ Aulden Brown from 6 to 11 p.m., and DJ AJ Reddy from 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Matty's Wilton Park
2100 Wilton Drive
Power 96 is scheduled to be a part of Matty’s Wilton Park’s Stonewall entertainment with Dipping DJ slated for 2 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. The headliner will come on at 5:15 p.m. but owner Matt Auslander said he hasn’t confirmed yet, saying only that he or she will be affiliated with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Rumors Bar & Grill
2426 Wilton Drive
Rumors’ headliner is former X-Factor contestant Carlito Olivero. He will perform at 10 p.m. Female impersonators Erika Norell and Mia Patricyk will perform at 7:30 p.m. Velvet Lenore and Company will perform at 11:15 p.m.
2345 Wilton Drive
The Manor’s entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. with DJ JPS. He will perform until 11 p.m. After that, DJ Dan Slater will go from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Alibi & Hunters
2266 Wilton Dive
Alibi & Hunters share the same shopping center, The Shoppes of Wilton Manors, and will share the same stage during Stonewall. VJ Cliff R will host a pre-festival warm up from 2 to 3 p.m. Starlet Skye will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Kat Riggins & Her Blues Band will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Mistey Eyez, serving as emcee, will be on stage from 6 to 7 p.m. VJ’s Cliff and Andy will do the Spinoff Dance Party from 7 to 8 p.m. Divas Celebrated with All Star Live Talent will be from 8 to 10 p.m. VJ Dance Party & Fantasy Light Party featuring VJ’s Cliff R and Andy Fiacco will start the finale at 10 p.m.