An evening with Baby Dee & Phat Man Dee (Proud Haven Benefit)

Baby Dee

One of the industry's most flamboyant musical discoveries of the last decade, Baby Dee is an enchanting song writer, classically trained harpist, circus sideshow veteran, and transgender street legend Her infectious cackle and extraordinary talent on piano, harp and accordion has caught her many musical admirers including Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, Maxim Moston, and Andrew WK, all of whom have produced unique and magnificent albums for her.

Phat Man Dee

Phat Man Dee is a cosmic jazz cabaret vocalist, bandleader, events producer, videographer, poet and part time sideshow marvel. She regularly appears with both her jazz group "The Cultural District", the sideshow burlesque group "Kabarett Vulgare" and in "The Lemington Gospel Chorale" directed by Pastor Deryck Tines. She performs live approximately 100 dates a year in nightclubs, theaters, educational facilities, private events and festivals. She has been voted in the Pittsburgh City Paper's Readers' Polls of 2010-2015 as one of the top 3 local jazz acts. Phat Man Dee's passion for social justice is evidenced by the number of events she has performed for, and organized, to raise funds for and build awareness of important social issues like fighting racism, pursuing environmental justice and peace. In addition to her live performances, Mandee also teaches voice to young people through two musical programs, the We Rock Workshop, directed by Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and Creative Life Support, and the Afro American Music Institute, directed by Dr James Johnson and his wife Pamela Johnson, currently celebrating 33 years in existence.

Frank DeBlase of Rochester, NY's City Paper had this to say about Mandee: "This woman is as zaftig as she is zany. It's the perfect marriage of a beautiful voice and a twisted mind, kind of like Karen Black in a more cabaret setting. But it isn't all high-brow low-jinx; Phat Man Dee has a set of powerful pipes behind her exquisite phrasing."

Phat Man Dee is an old-fashioned jazz torch singer with a number of new twists. She sings & duets her original compositions and eclectic repertoire of standards in English, Spanish, French and sometimes German and Hebrew. Her performance range is just as wide, spanning opera, theater and burlesque. From blues to filk, from opera to indie, Mandee's range is nothing short of breathtaking. Her CDs include "Life Just Goes On", "Torch of Blue" and "Merry ChristmaChannaKwanzaa Vol 1.1" and "Hey Phat Chick! (Ya Got it Comin' to You!)" During the summer of 2015, Phat Man Dee spent a glorious summer exploring the hither, the thither and the yon, in a massive 12 country, 15 city tour of Europe, shooting season one of the currently in post production, "Take it to the Bridge with Phat Man Dee"!

Steel City Sisters

Steel City Sisters, Abbey of the Trinity Rivers, a Mission House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, are helping to present this event. The Steel City Sisters, Pittsburgh’s mission house of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, were founded in June 2016. The mission of the Sisterhood is to become a supportive and loving presence in the LGBTQIA community, particularly through their knack for fundraising and financial support. The Steel City Sisters found inspiration in the “Three Sisters” bridges connecting downtown to the North Side, and hope “to emulate the bravery and altruism of Clemente, the activism and awareness of Carson, and the radical creativity and general weirdness of Warhol.”



Donations of warm winter clothes in excellent condition also accepted!

This evening will be held to benefit Proud Haven, a Pittsburgh-based organization working to serve homeless and unstably housed LGBTQ+ youth, who make up 40% or more of the homeless youth population. All proceeds from the door will go to support their work. More information about Proud Haven can be found at

This evening is sponsored by the Positive Health Clinic, a comprehensive HIV primary care clinic providing state-of-the-art care to HIV-positive persons. 

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