Devo to headline San Diego Pride Festival

SAN DIEGO – The legendary Devo will take to the Cox Communications main stage at next month’s San Diego Pride Festival.

The two-day festival will be held at Marston Point in Balboa Park on July 17 and 18.

Devo will be the headliner performer at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, July 18.

More than three decades after the release of their visionary debut, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo,” the group has reignited the music scene with its original band members in a comeback album titled, “Something For Everybody.” The music contains the band’s signature mechanized swing, though with rare input from focus groups contributing to song mixes.

Devo’s earlier works, which caught the attention of music icons David Bowie and Neil Young, include the wildly popular songs, “Whip It” and “Girl U Want.” Combined with revolutionary music videos, the group became one of the defining, cutting-edge acts of the 1980s.

Since its founding in 1973, in Akron, Ohio, the group for a while morphed from concert and recording artists to pursuing individual creative enterprises. Lead singer and synthesizer maestro Mark Mothersbaugh, for instance, made music for films and television in the early 1990s, having worked on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” and “Rugrats,” while bass guitarist Gerald Casale directed scores of commercials and music videos for the likes of Miller Lite, the Foo Fighters and Soundgarden.

Though it wasn’t until after appearing sporadically in concert and working in 2006 on the Devo. 2.0 project that the band members returned to the business of making music as a group, producing songs such as “Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man)” and “What We Do,” both of which enjoyed critical acclaim.

San Diego Pride recently announced two other headline performers that will appear at this year’s festival: the glamorous rap and hip-hop artist, Eve, plus “American Idol” alum and beatboxer Blake Lewis.

The concerts are included with festival admission, which is $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass if tickets through the San Diego Pride web site by midnight, July 16. Entry fees at the gate are $20 per day or $30 for the weekend.

For more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, call 619-297-7683 or visit the web site at: www.SanDiegoPride.org.

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