Let’s be real: In recent years, it has gradually become harder and harder to consider church a safe place to be who you really are, especially in a post-Trump America. The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, on the other hand, welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds, and genuinely wouldn’t dare turn away members of the LGBTQ+ community, including drag queens and transgender individuals.
Jon Arterton—who co-founded The Flirtations, an all-gay a cappella group that appeared in 1993’s “Philadelphia”—and his husband James Mack—a former New York fashionista—established St. Pete’s One City Chorus in 2016; the two will showcase a rare performance together this weekend at the church. Backing them will be pianist Aaron Cassette and singer Todd Wellman.
Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.