Tyrese performs. Photo by Shon Smith
Radio Free 102.3 KJLH represented again at the 6th Annual Taste of Soul bringing out some of the best artist in music; both old and new.
KJLH viewers commented on it being one of the best Taste of Soul festivals yet and couldn’t wait for next year’s event. Performing on the KJLH stage included artist such as Goapele, Doug E. Fresh, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Lenny Williams, N’Dambi, Esnavi, Chris Walker, Margo Thunder, Tasha Taylor, Tyrese, Eric Benet, Johnny Gill, Donnie B. Also in attendance were Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and many more.
First time performers included ShaSha Jones performing “Best Thing” by Beyonce, “Found Love” by Lil Wayne and her very own single giving the crowd an awesome performance with a twist of new school. MC Alcatraz, also in his first year of attendance, performed a special tribute song to Dougie E. Fresh. Shorty Mac and his crew, Jon Doe, had the crowd hyped with their new single, “Shorty is a problem.” Zeia King, who also performed, commented on making plans to come back next year.
“I have been trying to perform at the Taste of Soul for years,” said King. “I’m just happy to be here.”
The soulful Band of Brothers also performed smash hits by Georgie Porgie and “Getaway” by Earth Wind and Fire. “This is our first year performing and we hope that they ask us back next year,” said the band members excitedly before going on stage.
Backstage with KJLH, you could have found just about a taste everything. From up-and-coming artist, to legends in r&b, soul, pop and rock. KJLH’s stage was a melting pot of greatness. It was fun for all.
KJLH has brought many great artists to past Taste of Soul festivals. When asked what he was looking for when picking his artist for this year’s event, KJLH’s very own Aundrae Russell commented on making the people happy!
“We know that our viewers are versatile, young and old, some like R&B and some like Soul,” said Russell. “We wanted to please just about everyone.”
The Taste of Soul is presented by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper hosted in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, 94.7 the Wave and Radio Free 102.3 KJLH and every year it is always a blowout experience.
“I have been in the industry for a very long time and this was by far the biggest crowd I have seen, it has doubled last year’s crowd and the year before,” said Russell.
The Taste of Soul happens every year in October and is always free to attend. It is the biggest block party of the year and the only time you will see nearly a quarter million people located on Crenshaw Blvd. It is definitely a legendary event. So if you missed it this year, don’t miss it next year.
For more information on this year’s Taste of Soul go to www.tasteofsoulla.org