Peaches to Headline Castro Fair
Canadian gender-bending musician Peaches and her Peachettes will headline the main stage at this year’s Castro Street Fair.
The outdoor festival is celebrating its 40th year Sunday, October 6. The late gay Supervisor Harvey Milk, who won election in 1977 as the city’s first out elected politician, launched the fair in 1974 as a way to promote the businesses in the emerging gay neighborhood where he owned a camera store.
According to the event’s organizers, Peaches’ performance will include a never-before-seen tribute to disco legend Sylvester, who performed at the second annual Castro Street Fair in 1975. The Castro resident died of AIDS complications in 1988 at the age of 41.
"I am so proud to be part of Castro Street Fair, especially because it was started by the fearless Harvey Milk," stated Peaches in a news release the fair organizers issued Tuesday, August 20. "This year, being the 40th anniversary, I will help honor another fearless incredible San Fran LGBT legend, Sylvester. I can’t wait to be a part of this! Yes!!!!"
Born Merrill Beth Nisker, the 46-year-old Peaches lives in Berlin, according to her Wikipedia entry. The Peachettes are a group of local performers produced by Midnight Mass choreographer Rory Davis, according to the press release.
"The Castro Street Fair is beyond thrilled to have Peaches as part of our Ruby Anniversary celebration," stated George Ridgely, the fair’s executive director. "She will undoubtedly deliver a show-stopping performance."