Dubbed Los Angeles’ largest street festival, The Taste of Soul is a free, family-friendly event presented by Bakewell Media and hosted in partnership with the city of Los Angeles, Radio Free 102.3 KJLH, and 94.7 The Wave.
Celebrating its ninth year, the festival puts all things “soulful” center stage—food, music, fine art, fashion and live performances—this Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Wave stage will be located at Crenshaw Boulevard and Stocker Street. Trading hosting duties are 94.7 The Wave on-air personalities: Pat Prescott, Talaya Trigeros, Frankie Ross and Greg Mack, along with KCBS news anchor and Taste of Soul Co-Chair Pat Harvey. The line-up includes Chosen Recovery Gospel choir, Kitrell, On Tour, DW3, Dominique Toney, Aknu, Troop, percussionist Pete Escovedo wth Sheila E., and rounding out the roster is singer and former member of the 1980s group Shalamar, Howard Hewitt.
Watts-born R&B star and actor Tyrese will headline the KJLH stage, which will also feature performances by Tank, Raheem DeVaughn, Dave Hollister, Syleena Johnson, Ann Nesby and Angie Fisher.
Multi-talented music artist, actress and talk show host Queen Latifah will also co-host the event.
In addition to the performances, there will be a host of other activities, exhibits, vendors, and of course delicious food for the whole family to enjoy.
For, more information on the festival, visit tasteofsoul.org
Also, this year, Taste of Soul will become a huge opportunity for Crenshaw shops to network and market their wares to the estimated 250,000 attendees.
The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will make the most of the street party by operating a large business-friendly marketplace at the festival. Located at the mainstay corner of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King boulevards, the Metro Small Business Pavilion will highlight the variety of food, clothing, electronics and furniture retailers populating the heart of the Crenshaw district.
Some Crenshaw area businesses have temporarily lost customer parking, and the light rail construction has made it challenging for consumers to enter some storefronts. The Taste of Soul Pavilion kicks off a long-term program supporting Crenshaw businesses affected by this five-year major infrastructure project.
The free Metro Small Business Pavilion will connect the public with Crenshaw-area businesses including:
A Sharp Edge Beauty and Barber Salon, African Family Fashions, Babacar’s African Braids, Big Bargain Market, Brooklyn Deli and Mini Market, C-Mobile Metro PCS, Comet Cleaners, Dave’s Tattoos, Delicious Southern Cuisine, Dental Playground, Excel Fashion and Beauty Supply, First Choice Driving and Traffic School, Fresh Prints LA, Happy’s Pizza, Healthcare Medical Services and Enterprises, Law Office of Randall and Associates, Lili Wigs, Love’s Furniture, Madame Kofo’s Boutique, Malai Hair, Mel B Fine Hair Salon, Mother’s Nutritional Center, New Millennium Beauty and Barber Salon, Parisian Wigs, Rokitfly Boutique, Santa Clara Dental, S-Class Salon, Shell Gas Station, Stakely’s Barber Salon, Tax Ease Plus Accounting Services, The Shop Hair Lounge, Turning Headz Hair Studio and Beauty Supply, View Park Automotive, WIC (Woman Infant Children) Center, Wireless Hookups and Yo Halal Popcorn.
Pavilion activities will include prize raffles every two hours, free barber/ salon services and discount coupons from local businesses. For additional information about the Taste of Soul Small Business Pavilion, call (310) 815-8444.