Thursday, June 6: Milwaukee Drag Review

Milwaukee’s drag stars are ready to bring it OUT! 

Don’t miss the Pride Weekend Launch Party on Thursday, June 6.  Performers include Lendo Jo, Lady Gia, Malaiya Marvel and Marbella Sodi, with your host Chanel D’Vine.

Lenda Jo

Lenda Jo has had a meteoric rise since her premiere in the Milwaukee drag scene in 2017.

She has performed all over Milwaukee and the Midwest including Chicago, Madison, Rockford, Portland, Oregon and her hometown, Houston.

She is a high energy, electric and eclectic queen, who likes to sprinkle political messages into her performances when she can. Her dream is to inspire queer people, especially queer people of color, to love themselves and inspire everyone to live in the truest version of themselves.

She co-hosts Karaoke with DJ Jason Rocks every first and third Tuesday at DIX Milwaukee, hosts a monthly show at DIX Milwaukee called The Switch-Up and a quarterly show called Bad & Boujee with Gluttoni Sinn.

pridefest_milwaukee_ladygiaLady Gia

Lady Gia is one of Milwaukee’s legendary transgender entertainers, and currently holds the title of Miss Trans Wisconsin USA 2019, and is our state representative.

She got her start in the Lily White Drag Review at Club 219 over 22 years ago as an amateur entertainer who eventually became 219’s final show director. She went on to become one of Triangle Bar’s regular entertainers and last show director until the venue sadly closed.

Lady Gia has been a show director for numerous other venues throughout the city as well, and is well-known for her high energy, high kicks, splits and next-to-nothing costumes.

Currently, she is the show director at LVL Dance every Friday night at 10:30 p.m.

She is involved in the community, donating her time to various charities, including the UWM Annual Drag Ball for the past 21 years.


Malaiya Marvel

Malaiya Marvel is Milwaukee’s cosplay oriented drag performer.

Malaiya is a Milwaukee resident bar queen and founding member of the D.I.X Doll Haus performance troupe. She can be found hosting her monthly cosplay themed drag Show, D.I.X. Marvel Comix.

Malaiya can be found frequenting popular drag venues from Milwaukee to Chicago and throughout the Midwest.

Her drag focuses on combining comic, anime, and video game references with over the top gender expression. Malaiya is expanding her drag  by hosting drag events for comic conventions including Daisho Con in the Wisconsin Dells. 

She hopes to use her artistry to inspire a new generation of queer geeks!


Marbella Sodi

Marbella is a Latin beauty queen originally from Mexico.  She is one of Milwaukee’s favorite queens.

She  has won multiple titles during her drag career, including the Latin Community Title.

This beauty is a skilled and compassionate dental assistant by day — as you can clearly see by her bright-as-diamonds smile — and performs every single weekend at many locations in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison.  

Marbella was crowned the first Miss Hamburger Mary’s MKE in 2017 and became the Shows Director of “Dining with the Divas.”

Everyone who knows Marbella will say without a doubt that she is a passionate and lovely human being who loves helping others achieve their dreams of being fabulous.


and, your host………Chanel D’Vine!

chaneldvine_pridefest_milwaukeeI am Chanel D’Vine. I have been doing drag for 4 years. Hosting shows and events is something I prefer to do in this crazy world of drag. I host a bingo show every Thursday and I host my Friday Foreplay show every 2nd Friday at This Is It. You can also catch me in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee at numerous venues. My style of drag is more female impersonation.

Every now and then it’s fun to be a bit more creative and create looks that are a little more over the top. I am so excited to be a part of PrideFest this year!