Win Tickets ($40): Portland Gaylabration 2016 @ Crystal Ballroom | Pride Festival, Featuring DJ DrewG, Orographic, Lyfe Dance Co & More!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Gaylabration 2016 @ Crystal Ballroom on June 18. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, June 17.


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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St., Portland

Pride Northwest announces the fifth annual Gaylabration, a dance party and fundraiser and official Pride Festival event to be held Saturday June 18th, 2016 to celebrate the diversity of love and relationships in our community. All profits support the fulfillment of the Pride Northwest core mission. Gaylabration 2016 will feature premiere entertainment provided by DJ DrewG, Orographic, LYFE Dance Company, and Revol Artists, Lighting by and effects by Portland Productions.

The first Gaylabration was launched in 2011, following the passage of marriage equality legislation in New York, as a way to celebrate love and community. While the United States continued to deny same-sex couples in Oregon and throughout the nation the right to wed, our community chose to unite in support of marriage equality. Now, with LGBT rights an ever-growing issue we unite once again in celebration and support. Gaylabration has also evolved to become the featured Saturday night dance party of Pride weekend and therefore expanded its mission to include enhancing the dance music scene in Portland by bringing in premier DJs and production.

DJ DrewG
There are few sounds on the DJ circuit today as fresh and innovative as those of DrewG and his Dirty Pop brand. Based in San Diego, but constantly being heard out on the road, this prolific DJ and music producer continues to push dance floors to the limit in clubs both in the U.S. and abroad.

DrewG’s trademark “Dirty Pop” brand and production team (with fellow producer Brian Cua) falls under the distinct umbrella of SoCal House — a blend of house, circuit, and EDM… all accompanied by the hottest vocals from the biggest names in music. The Dirty Pop brand also encompasses the No. 1 traveling dance party in the U.S., as well as the Dirty Pop apparel line.

Sonic boundaries mean nothing to DrewG – he breaks them week in and week out — thriving on the unexpected and never ceasing to surprise. A Dirty Pop live set is infused with relentless energy. Hard kicks and dark electro drops — set to both new vocals and classics — are common trademarks. DrewG flows in and out of tracks flawlessly and fans never see what might be coming.

DrewG’s production work is no stranger to the top of the Billboard Club Charts. Drew and Brian together have procured official remixes for some of the hottest music artists in the world, including Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, Deborah Cox, and Mary J. Blige… just to name a few.

Orographic grew up sneaking off to parties in the New England rave scene and collecting illegal mix tapes from DJs. Inspired by the urgent sounds and energetic temples of dance music Orographic built his own DJ gear from a hodge-podge of electronics and has DJing ever since. In his sets he weaves together a seamless sound that travels from house to disco cuts to strange techno to outerspace magic and even some rave classics. For Orographic it’s about sharing a musical story that’s both fun and strange. You can find Orographic playing up and down the coast in dimly lit basements, sunny patios, and everywhere in between. Orographic is the co- organizer of Queerlandia, a founding member of Bridge Club, resident at Family Home Evening and the man behind Spookitinis.

LYFE Dance Company
Under the Artistic Direction of Durante Lambert. LYFE Dance Company, formally known as The Detail has been a training ground for developing dancers; creating a segue into the professional field. These dancers have had the opportunity to perform for sold out audiences since 2005. Known as the premiere, Portland based, Hip Hop Company of the Northwest; famed for it’s incomparable athleticism, energy, innovative choreography and visual effect. This passionate group of dancers have trained extensively in many styles including African, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Tap. Many of them have performed professionally for companies such as the Northwest Afrikan American Ballet, The Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), The Portland Fire (WNBA), Jefferson Dancers, and have been featured in industrial shows for Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Many of LYFE’s dancers have done music videos and gone on tour with artists such as Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Snoop, Ne-Yo, Usher, Cassie, Missy, Ciara and more.

REVOL Artists
REVOL ARTISTS was created from the group Just Hoopers. Originally a collaboration with our friends, the band Just People, Just Hoopers began to take on a life of its own. Our vision is to inspire communities to unite through innovative collaborations and movement. REVOL ARTISTS has a focus in unforgettable ambiance and choreographed hula hoop entertainment.

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Portland Gaylabration 2016 @ Crystal Ballroom | Pride Festival, Featuring DJ DrewG, Orographic, Lyfe Dance Co & More!

  1. Belen June 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    This sounds like a fantastic event! Never been since I’m new to Portland.

  2. Danika June 8, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    I would like to win tickets because this is my first Pride in Portland and I would LOVE to be able to attend as many events as possible [but that gets spendy, unfortunately]! I am so looking forward to celebrating my first Pride in my new city!! <3

  3. Carlos Negrete June 9, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    sounds exciting !!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Lynn Elsdon June 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Pease pick me?!!! I want to celebrate too! :D

  5. Meghan Hakala June 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

    This is my first Pride celebration since coming out as Bi- I would LOVE to join in the fun!

    • Chloe June 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      Would love to go and actually participate in my culture for once!

  6. Rodney June 10, 2016 at 12:40 am #

    First Portland Pride!!

  7. Jessica June 10, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    I’d love to go with my friends to have an amazingly good time of course! I’ve not really gone to pride here in Portland because it just never worked out.

  8. Michelle June 10, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    What a fun way to celebrate Pride!

  9. Monica June 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    My girlfriend and I are the newest lesbian couple of Portland from NYC and we want to celebrate and make new friends with wonderful people!

  10. Cris June 10, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    This sounds like a blast!

  11. Kelly June 11, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    This is right around the corner from me and I’ve never been! I can get my drink on, dance my face off with my fellow queers and walk home. Safety first right guys???

  12. Jamie June 11, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Pick me!!!! :) I’ll have the happiest girl in the world

  13. Myranda Hodgson June 12, 2016 at 12:24 am #

    This would be my first ever pride related event and I’d love to celebrate it by dancing the night away amongst my flaming peers :D

  14. Shadow Rose June 12, 2016 at 12:32 am #

    I Love Pride!

  15. John Vogan June 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Can’t wait to come down from Seattle to celebrate next weekend! I <3 Portland, I <3 Pride.

  16. Erin June 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    I would really love to attend the Gaylabration! After the news of the tragedy in Orlando today, I want to be with community celebrating love and authenticity. I refuse to be too terrified by terror to not come together with community. I have attended Gay Pride events less and less over the years as I came out at 14 and felt that after 19 years of being out I did not need to celebrate at Pride events- I just celebrate love each day in the World. It occurs to me today that my celebrating Pride not only includes me in a precious and proud community, but shows others that they are included, not alone and that LOVE wins. Hope to dance all night w you beautiful beings!

  17. Kemi June 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    I refuse to let hate stop me from being free and loving who I love. Gaylabation sounds like the perfect place to dance and celebrate!

  18. Emma June 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    Because every party needs a “wooo!” girl.

  19. Dustin Ott June 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    From the coast heading out on my honey moon with my husband and portland d pride is our honeymoon destination! Cover free honeymoon dance party sounds like a hit to me!

  20. Danny G June 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    I would love to win this ticket and have the opportunity to join a community that is hanging on in love for humanity. Love always wins!

  21. Amber Lysiak June 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    I recently came out and this is my first pride in Portland. Looking forward to fully embracing who I am, and celebrating who others are too! In the wake of the terrible tradegy, and for all those who aren’t here to celebrate with us – Let love win, let love flow, always ♡♡♡♡

  22. Lucy June 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    This is my first Portland pride, and I would love to go to Gaylabration!

  23. panda June 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    dance dance dance

  24. Elinor Hickey June 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    As a queer woman new to Portland, I want to get more familiar with my local community!

  25. Celeste June 14, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    I’d love to hit up this dance party with my lady! This will be my 10th Portland Pride!!

  26. Ivana Horvat June 15, 2016 at 10:08 am #


  27. Mika June 15, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    I want to attend this event because I’m a proud, classy, outgoing LESBIAN!!!!

  28. Sammi June 15, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    What better way to celebrate love than music and dance? I want to be there, dancing with the best of them!!

  29. Allie Brady June 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    I wanna go and bring all my kickass queer friends!

  30. Myra Long June 15, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    I’ve never been to Gaylacation and would love to live up my Pride this weekend and be surround by my queer brothers and sisters! I need this after all the awful that has happened.

  31. Britney Schones June 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    I want these tickets because i am 15, last year i finally admitted to myself that i was gay, turns out im not the only one. My bestfriend recently came out to me, it led me to open up to him and nothing felt better than to be around someone else that i knew was like me. I want these tickets to Gaylebration because i want to be sureounded by real genuine people that know what i have been through and what my friend has been through. I feel like the lgbtq community has a strong connection and i really would like to expirence that in real life. Thank you!

  32. Adriana Hernandez June 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I’ve never been, I’ve wanted to take friends and do something rather then be afraid of what others say, or think, get to know more people in the community that hold open arms…

  33. Lindsay Wolf June 16, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    This sounds like the gayest thing I could do on Saturday night… winning. This is me and my wife’s first pride here in Portland, we moved across the country and we’re so excited to celebrate!! The recent events in Orlando will not stop us from being free and sharing love and light to our fellow LGBTQ community #LOVEWINS

  34. Alice June 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm #


  35. Meredith Wrinkle June 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    I’d love to finally check this out as a broke, proud queer! I have to work this weekend but it’s not going to stop me from enjoying the nights :)

  36. Josephalan June 17, 2016 at 10:38 am #

    Turned 21 this year. Excited to finally go to all the events :).

  37. Jo q June 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Our daughter and her partner got married last year and invited us to Portland to join them at pride. We are coming to join them & also celebrate Father’s Day! They came from Humboldt we are coming from p.t., WA

  38. Kathryn Sanchez May 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    This would be an amazing event to attend. So much fun.

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