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‘Greater at Eight!’ The No. 1 Family Festival Oct. 19
The economic engine that continued to fuel business during the recession and swells by the hundreds of thousands with each growing year, Taste of Soul, will celebrate its 8th anniversary on Saturday October 19 on Crenshaw Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 6p.m.
Presented by the Bakewell Company, Taste of Soul will have more than 300 vendors including popular eateries such as Harold & Bells and Uncle Darrows, major supporters Metro, Chevy, Toyota, the law firm of Ivey, McNeil & Wyatt, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, SEIU, CBS/KCAL Television, Radio Free KJLH, The Wave Radio Station, Bank of America and the Brotherhood Crusade, one of the largest street festivals in the nation will resume its celebration of community and culture.
Last year, more than 300,000 people attended Taste of Soul and through seven years of the event, more than 800,000 people have been attracted to what has become known to many as Taste of Soul Nation.
What humbly began as a giant street scene festival where friends and family congregated along Crenshaw Blvd. south from Stocker and north to Rodeo Road, Taste of Soul has evolved into a launching pad for aspiring entrepreneurs who conceive an idea and watch it birth at Taste of Soul.
n 2012, Taste of Soul introduced a new singing and dancing competition called StarQuest and in just its second year has increased two fold and also because of popular demand added a StarQuest talent competition for kids.
This year’s contestants for StarQuest are as talented and diverse as ever.
Taste of Soul staples include the two concert stages hosted and sponsored by Radio Free KJLH and 94.7 The Wave, respectively.
The price for the galaxy of entertainment is free to the attending public and often will include rarely seen performance such as last year’s Stevie Wonder surprise performance.
The Wave revealed that it would present the powerful Poncho Sanchez among its headline entertainers and Radio Free KJLH has counted this week with additions to its line-up.
Among the new add-ons is R&B sensation Johnny Gill and a surprise special guest and the ever-popular Kenny Lattimore.
Taste of Soul Chairs include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks and Los Angeles County Supervisor Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Co-chairs include Congresswoman Karen Bass, Assembly members Isadore Hall, III and Reginald Jones-Sawyer, L.A. City Councilman Curren Price, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Marguerite LaMotte and KCBS Channel 2 Anchor Pat Harvey.
“This is a culmination of a lot of hard work from people who have been committed to this vision from day one,” said Taste of Soul -Creator and Founder- Danny J. Bakewell Sr.
“They are far too many to mention here, but the ultimate goal is to bring our community together in an atmosphere that is safe, harmonious and loving. This event is for US, and our community have demonstrated throughout the years just how important it is and that is what I appreciate.”