From left are former L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Assemblymember Isaac Bryan and Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. (Larry Buford/L.A. Sentinel)

The first half of the Bakewell Media Sounds for the Soul Stage was jumping at Taste of Soul on Saturday, October 15th!

Despite the morning off-and-on drizzle of rain, the old adage “the show must go on” was on full display. The audience was filled with many exuberant seniors dancing, from the electric slide to everything else! They moved it the way they felt it, and sang along with the songs, word for word!

The first act, Paschan (pronounced passion), opened with a very impressive rendition of “I’m Every Woman.” Her voice and stage presence were fantastic. She was joined by Sean2Miles, who stated, “I love Taste of Soul. I think it’s a great opportunity for artists to come and showcase their talent.” He and Paschon had great chemistry onstage and their backup singers and dancers were so polished!

Chanel Maryland and group prepare to go on stage. (Larry Buford/L.A. Sentinel)

Trevon of the duo, Shakespeare, expressed, “I love it [TOS], I love everybody coming together and spreading love, all the positive energy. I’m happy that we were invited to be onstage. This is our first time performing at TOS.”

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Offering her opinion of Taste of Soul, Travessa said, “I think it’s amazing.  After I get off this stage, I’m gonna eat everything I see! And I’m gonna buy everything I can from every Black business that I can possibly buy ‘cause we need to uplift each other so we can grow together.”

SEan2Miles and Paschan work the Bakewell Media Music for the Soul Stage. (Larry Buford/L.A. Sentinel)

The duo is also a songwriting team with some notable releases and connections with major artists.

Chanel Maryland, who performs with The Wylde Bunch noted, “I’m a local artist and I’m really just grateful to be here, and honored to be able to be on such a platform, [thanks to] the Wave and the L.A. Sentinel.”

Demont Crawford of The Wylde Bunch said the group “just finished a new album to be released at the top of the new year.” About Taste of Soul, he admitted, “It’s an amazing thing…we actually did the first one that they had years ago in 2005.”  His group member, “Speed,” added, “[I love it] it’s my first time being here!”

The audience dances to the music. (Larry Buford/L.A. Sentinel)

Also commenting about Taste of Soul was Alan Schwartz of Soulplay, who said, “I started the group about four years ago. We’re all local and my business associate is Melanie Butts. She’s also a lead singer. We’re the main, behind the scenes [force].” They did a wonderful version of Frankie Beverly & Maze’s, “Before I go.”

“Reel” of DW3 confessed, “We’ve been doing this for about 10 years and every time it’s just so exciting! Glad to be back with an audience [opposed to virtual]. I’m just glad to see people out having a good time.”

More positive remarks were shared by MC Michelle Briddelle of 94.7 The Wave, who said, “It’s my first time here and it’s amazing! I’ve already had some incredible food…wonderful entertainment…I’m so excited!”