The Delfonics Experience (Courtesy photo)



Bakewell Media and Taste of Soul are pleased to announce the lineup for the Bakewell Media “Sounds for the Soul” Music Stage at the upcoming 18th Annual Taste of Soul festival on Saturday, October 21. The stage is sponsored by Chevrolet, and beloved actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish will serve as the celebrity chair.  

Taste of Soul’s signature blend of fun-filled festivities will kick off at 10:00a.m. and continue throughout the day until 7:00p.m.  

Among them, at the Chevrolet Bakewell Media “Sounds for the Soul” Music Stage, a spectacular array of performances will include legendary R&B hitmasters like The Whispers, a group long celebrated for their beautiful ballads, their #1 R&B/Dance singles “Rock Steady” and “And the Beat Goes On,” as well as myriad other timeless songs; The Delfonics Experience, known for classics like “La-La Means I Love You,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind this Time),” and “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)” and more; and Switch, who with frontman Bobby DeBarge captured hearts in the late 1970s with “I Call Your Name” and “There’ll Never Be.”   

Switch (courtesy photo)

Additional highlights on the Bakewell Media “Sounds for the Soul” Music Stage will be performances by acts as diverse as Soul Play, party band B.I.G. (Brothers Igniting a Groove), who will be serving up R&B, smooth jazz and old school funk, and Perri Jones, up and coming pop/R&B artist, who is the daughter of singer Oran “Juice” Jones. 

Taste of Soul partners consist of Bakewell Media, Los Angeles Sentinel, L.A. Watts Times, Mothers In Action, Brotherhood Crusade, 94.7 The Wave, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, LAUSD, 102.3 Radio-Free KJLH, CBS/KCAL Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall and the Law Offices of Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell and Diggs. 


Sponsors include Metro, Chevrolet, City National Bank, SoCalGas, Chase, Destination Crenshaw, HPP Cares, Waymo, AAA, Wells Fargo, McDonalds, Bank of America, SEIU 2015, Southern California Edison, UCLA Health, South Coast AQMD, Pasadena City College, DoorDash, MLK Community Healthcare, US Bank, California Black Power Network,  California Teachers Association, California Black Media, Watts Health, Metropolitan Water District, Lucas Museum, Charles R. Drew University, UTLA, AT&T, Anthem Blue Cross, Verizon, Californians for Energy Independence, Kroger, American Heart Association, Providence, LADWP, Self Help Federal Credit Union, Superior Grocers, Cal Fire, OneLegacy, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Blue Shield of California, St. John’s, Center for Healthcare Rights, Commerce Casino & Hotel, Kaiser Permanente, Long Beach PD, Cedars-Sinai, Center Stage Group, Ozeran Law, NHS, Save Our Water, Lee Andrews Group, Airbnb, SEIU Local 721, Private School Village, Law office of Vincent Davis, USC, Comerica Bank, West Basin, LAWA, California Highway Patrol, ABC7, Black Girl Sunscreen, First 5, MRKT Co.,  and AltaMed. 


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