Inglewood Celebrates the Arts Festival 2009

by Ricky Richardson

Inglewood-The City of Inglewood held its annual Inglewood Celebrates the Arts Market Street Festival 2009 on October 3rd. Festival organizers were blessed with a beautiful Southern California day-warm with a nice breeze. Thousands of local residents and visitors enjoyed a fun filled day of entertainment geared for individuals, families and children of all ages. The festival was held along historic downtown Market Street from Florence Avenue to Manchester Boulevard from noon until 6PM.

Festival attendees enjoyed mouthwatering food at different booths, car show, arts and crafts, an art exhibit and many activities for children- arts and crafts workshops, face paintings, carnival games, a rock climbing wall, and obstacle course- sports zone.

Kevin Nash and Nautica de la Cruz from 102.3 KJLH FM served as co-MC of the festival.

Living Proof kicked off the live entertainment on the Main Stage. This was a tight group that played a set of R&B, soul and blues blended together with some funky grooves. The band members Wally Ali- guitar, Dwight Radcliff- bass, Cedric Anderson- drums, Mike Rhodes- keyboards with guest vocalist Scott Peoples got the festival off to a good start with the following tunes “Remember When You First Found Love,” “Love and Happiness,” “Power of Love,” “Sweet Thing,” “Do I Do,” “Love TKO,” “Down Home Blues,” and concluded their set with “Fire” by The Ohio Players.

T-Lou and His Super Hot Zydeco Band took the crowd on a musical tour thru the humid bayous of Louisiana. One can’t help but dance to the infectious sounds of zydeco.

Mayor Roosevelt Dorn, City Councilmember’s Eloy Morales Jr., and Danny Tabor and City Treasurer Wanda Brown welcomed the crowd to enjoy another fabulous festival. Members of the Inglewood Blackhawks, a minor league football team roamed throughout the crowd passing out their upcoming schedule. Fantasia Dance Ensemble entertained the crowd on the second stage near Florence Avenue.

Vocalist Zola Moon took us on a nice ride to “Bluesville.” She was backed by a solid band of Michael “Monster” Carter- guitar, Eric Williams- bass, and Jerry Olsen holding down the beat on drums. Zola belted out one blues tune after another for their scheduled time slot. The group performed “Sweet Pea,” “Piece of my Heart,” “Bad Dog Fight,” “Hollywood to the Hood,” “Hot Texas Sun,” “Tore Down” and concluded with a song made famous by Etta James “Tell Mama.”
Vocalist Alana returned to the festival to wow the audience once again as she so superbly did last year. Elliott Caine and his band were given the honor of performing two crowd pleasing sets of jazz and Latin jazz. Saxophonist Alvin McKinney played a solo set.

The 2009 supporters, sponsors, and contributors for the festival were Mayor and City Council, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas ( 2nd District), Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Hollywood Park Casino, Hollywood Park Land Company, Kaiser Permanente, LA Health Care Plan, West Century Medical Center, KJLH, Inglewood Today and Next Door Advertising Inc.

----- Ricky Richardson

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