The Whispers dazzle the audience with melodic vocals. (TOS photographers)

With hands in the air and bodies swaying to the music, thousands of people sang along to the songs of artists appearing on the Bakewell Media Sounds for the Soul Stage presented by Chevrolet.

The Delfonics Experience perform favorite classics for the crowd. (TOS photographers.)

The popular scene was among the many attractions at the 18th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21, on Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles.

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The huge concert platform, erected on the corner of Crenshaw and Stocker St., featured some of the most beloved R&B icons in history.  The Whispers headlined the show  and regaled the crowd with favorites such as “And the Beat Goes On,” “It’s A Love Thing,”  and “Rock Steady.”

(TOS photographers)

The lineup also included The Delfonics Experience, melodic creators of “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” and “La-La Means I Love You;” and Switch, known for the endearing classics “There’ll Never Be” and “I Call Your Name.”  Additional entertainment was provided by vocalist Perri Jones, party band B.I.G., and musical act Soul Play, who performed incredible covers of Michael Jackson’s “PYT,” Bruno Mars “24K Magic,” and George Clinton’s “Flashlight.”

During intermission, the deejay from 94.7 The Wave conducted a “Wobble” interlude, enticing hundreds of people to participate in the popular line dance.


Taste of Soul Photographers: Robert (CameraMan) Torrence, E. Mesiyah McGinnis, Renee Newman, Larry (Bull) Russell, Kirk McClain, Bre Vanderbilt, and Malik Perry.