Monday, May 27, 2024

Rodney O and Mellow Man Ace Fired up 4th of July Community Festival in Exposition Park – PHOTOS!

4th of July Celebration signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

*Los Angeles – Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., (Ninth District) hosted the best musical celebration of Independence Day in Los Angeles.

Thousands of people from all walks of life gathered in Exposition Park for the free, all day, family-friendly festival. The concluded with a spectacular fireworks show.

Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr. :Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

A colorful display of chairs, blankets, towels, and canopies was spread out on the South lawn for this picnic-style event that got underway at 11:00am.

Everyone in attendance was engaged in one way or another. People participated in face painting, a rock-climbing wall and inflatable jumpers. There were tons of swag give always- caps, t-shirts, product samples and free tickets for a celebrity basketball game at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA.

Councilmember Price partnered with 93.5 KDAY (90’s HIP HOP) for an awe afternoon of entertainment. Mezmerise and DJ Q served as Master of Ceremonies for the program.

Councilman Curren D. Price and 93.5 KDAY Staff: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
DJ RizzKay: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Madame Dee “Lady of Soul” from Las Vegas, got the live portion of the show underway. Madame Dee’s soulful vocal stylings were on full display as she covered several classic tunes “Be Thankful for What You Got,” “Sweet Thang” by Chaka Khan, “I Got You” (I Feel Good) by James Brown, I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, and concluded her set with another tune by James Brown, “It’s a Man’s Man World.”

Madame Dee: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Kimba Light is a band based in San Diego that was formed three years ago. They bring their unique sounds and diversity to fit a variety of entertainment venues. The band consists of Yorly Quintero-keyboards/vocals. Ernesto Marin-bass, Rene Campos-trombone, Daniel Feldman-congas/percussions, Michael Alesalp-drums, and Fernando Garcia-vocals and occasional bass. Kimba Light is the hottest Afro-Cuban band in San Diego well versed/school in salsa, timba, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, cha cha cha with a funky twist. Kimba Light added some percolating Latin rhythms to the celebration on the tunes “Corazon Espinado,” No Le Pegue a la Negra,” “Mia,” Vente Pa Ca,” and “24K.”

Kimba Light: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Kimba Light: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Mellow Man Ace is a Hispanic rapper from Cuba, known for bilingual delivery and novelty rhymes. He performed a remixed version of “Lowrider,” and “Funkin’ for Jamaica,” as well as one of his classic hits “Mentirosa.”

Mellow Man schooled young members of the crowd with some old school dance moves from back in the day. The message being this is how we do it.

Mellow Man Ace: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Russel Taylor is a singer/songwriter. He was featured on VH1 as part of the “You Oughta Know” series in 2013. He won the title in December. Russel Taylor entertained the crow with the following tunes “My Foolish Heart,” “Proud,” “Dance With Somebody,” and “War of Hearts.”

Russell Taylor: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Russell Taylor: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

93.5 KDAY Radio Host Romeo and Mass Appeal fired up the proceedings with a high-octane set of cover tunes to the delight of the captivated crowd.

Romeo: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Romeo and Mass Appeal: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The crowd and I were vibing along with Candice Boyd throughout her set. Candice Boyd is a singer/songwriter who rose to fame after competing on the first season of The Four: Battle for Stardom. Candice Boyd thrilled the audience while performing the tunes “Damn Good Time,” “I’m Goin’ Down,” and “Off My Chest,” to name a few.

Candice Boyd: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Selenamos is one of the most popular Selena Quintanilla tribute bands in Los Angeles. People gathered near the stage to witness Selenamos performance as they did justice to Selena’s legacy on the tunes “Coma La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Baila Esta Cumbia,” “Fotos Y Recuerdos,” and “Dreaming of You.” Selenamos turbo charged their set during the Disco Medley- “I Will Survive,” “Last Dance,” and “Funky Town.” They concluded their set with “Stir it Up” by Bob Marley.

Selenamos: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

West Coast Hip Hop pioneer Rodney O set was lit! This was a perfect segue leading up to the 20-minute spectacular fireworks show to conclude the 4th of July celebration in Exposition Park. Rodney O and Joe Cooley performed “Cooley High,” “U Don’t Hear Me Tho,” “Humps for the Boulevard,” “Nobody Disses Me,” to name a few.

Rodney O: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]

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