Put a little spring in your step and plan a trip to Houston this March for the Third Annual Black Queer AF Music Festival with headliner LeToya Luckett, former member of Destiny’s Child! The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Houston’s premiere Black LGBTQ+ organization, will host the BQAF Weekend, March 14-17, 2024, which will also include the annual music festival.
“We are so excited to present our third year of BQAF Weekend to the community. This celebration is the highlight of our year and the culmination of so much community work, particularly highlighting our program participants and their work to produce such an amazing event,” Ian L. Haddock, Executive Director of The Normal Anomaly Initiative.
On Saturday, March 16, 2024, Black and Queer folx will converge at Warehouse Live Midtown (formerly Rise Rooftop) for the premiere event, the Third Annual BQAF Music Festival, celebrating the 2024 theme – “Homecoming.” From 4 to 10 pm, the music festival will feature headliner LeToya Luckett along with Black, queer artists and hosts Sevndeep, Damez, JeRonelle, Thot Squad, Martell Lacey, and TazDaRealist. DJ Sedrick, DJ Panda, and DJ Rocabye will also perform! From 10 pm to 2 am, an Afterparty will follow with performances by Talameshia, Charlie Xile, and Atlanta-based Anatomy X.
“As the headliner of this event, I am excited to perform because my LGBTQ+ fam has always made me feel seen and loved! It’s beautiful to be able to connect through music and I can always expect good vibes and fierce lewks! I can’t wait,” said LeToya Luckett.
Tickets to see LeToya Luckett perform at Black Queer AF Homecoming are on sale for different sections as well as price points ranging from $20 to $400. Guests can get more information about tickets via the Warehouse Live Midtown or The Normal Anomaly Initiative websites, or just click here to purchase tickets.
In addition to the BQAF Music Festival, The Normal Anomaly Initiative will also host its Annual Pitch Competition for Project Liberate on Thursday, March 14, 2024, as well as a Welcome Reception and Grand Opening of the BQ+ Center at 2310 Arbor Street on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Click here to RSVP!
Host Hotel and Events for the Weekend
Looking for a place to stay? Located at 914 Dallas Street, the Springhill Suites by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center is the host hotel for BQAF Weekend, at the nightly rate of $149/ night. You can click here to book your room now! You can book here at this link.
Check out a highlight video below from BQAF Music Festival 2023!
About The Normal Anomaly Initiative & BQAF Weekend
The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc. opened Houston’s first Black LGBTQ+ space in March 2021. Over the last three years, they searched for a standalone space to house their programs and searched to find a multipurpose space to build community.
So, this year, they will open Houston’s only standalone space for Black LGBTQ+ people in Houston’s Historic Third Ward on BQAF Weekend! This prompted a change to the date of BQAF that will focus on the power of community advancement when people work together.
Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc. is hosting all the events with help from local and national organizations such as ViiV Healthcare’s Accelerate Initiative (Presenting Sponsor), HIV Vaccine Trials Network (Premiere Sponsor), Allies in Hope and the City of Houston funded by Houston Arts Alliance (Title Sponsors), and ABC13 Houston and Outsmart Magazine (Media Sponsors).
A Glance at The Normal Anomaly Initiative’s Achievements
Over the past three years, The Normal Anomaly Initiative has made incredible strides toward progress, visibility, and enduring significance to the Houston community and regionally. Some include being featured on The Jennifer Hudson Show and the Lil Nas X ‘Baby Registry.’ BQAF has also grown into multiple events that reach over 3,000 people annually. Their Project Liberate cohort– a cohort of 19 Black and/or LGBTQ+ social enterprises– is a particular highlight since they have paid internships to produce this year’s festival, and this program is being looked at to expand regionally through HIV Prevention Trials Network Study 096: Building Equity Through Advocacy to Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA; Montgomery, AL; Dallas, TX, and South Florida. This year, we are excited to announce that moving forward, we will continue to expand the festival during the Spring to commemorate the sustainability of both the organization and the celebration.