October 17, 2013
LAWT Staff Report
While jazz great Poncho Sanchez and R&B artist Mario are sure to give new followers and fans alike a great show, at the this year’s Taste of Soul, there will be many more, including R&B teen sensations Mindless Behavior, Mateo, Johnny Gill, Chosen Recovery, Avant and DW3.
Mindless Behavior, best known for the singles “My Girl” and “Mrs. Right” was put together in Los Angeles in 2008, by Keisha Gamble, Walter Millsap (who has previously worked with Beyoncé and Timbaland) and Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton). They trained in dance and singing for two years before releasing “My Girl.” Their debut album, #1 Girl, was released on September 20, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart at number seven.
“We have to give credit where credit’s due,” KJLH General Manager Karen Slade told the Sentinel before last year’s Taste of Soul.
“A lot of the talent volunteers because it’s a community event. For the most part it’s a free event, so they’re donating their talent and their time. So in that case, we like to highlight them and celebrate them.”
Mateo was born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a musical family. His grandfather, Freddy Jordan was a jazz and session guitarist at the historic King Records where he played for the likes of James Brown, Freddie King, and Charles Brown. His grandmother was a singer who toured Canada and the northeastern United States. Mateo started singing at an early age and playing classical piano at age 5. He attended Morehouse College, majoring in music and business.
Mateo eventually moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in the music industry where he met with former MTV VJ, Quddus. Quddus, who was working at MySpace Records quickly took interest and brought Mateo over to the label which signed him nearly on the spot.
In September 2010, Mateo signed to Krucial Noise and released his debut single, “Say It's So”, on September 21, 2011 off his EP Love & Stadiums II.
“I love the fact that it’s a huge peaceful celebration,” said Pat Prescott of 94.7 The Wave. “[This] gives our community a chance to show our versatility in terms of the cooking, arts and crafts, all the merchants who are out there and of course— great music.
R&B, Jazz and Latin Soul musicians DW3, consisting of Eric, William and Damon are said to be widely known for their artistic abilities. Festival goers can expect to hear the harmonious sounds of keyboards, percussion, drums, bass and guitar. Some of their hits include “On the Floor,” “I Got You,” and “All I Need”
Taste of Soul Creator Danny J. Bakewell Sr. applauded both of the event’s media partners for again delivering on music excellence with performers who bring name/ brand recognition.
“I am not at all surprised by these line-ups, because both our two radio partners consistently deliver big to the Taste of Soul Nation what they have been providing their audiences for years,” said Bakewell.
“What’s remarkable is that our community will get an opportunity to see them while enjoying the foods they love with the families and friends they cherish and will not have to pay to watch them perform,” concluded Bakewell.
Taste of Soul family festival will be held from 10a.m. to 7p.m. on Crenshaw Blvd. Saturday October 19. Below is a full list of line ups for both stages.
Taste of Soul 2013 KTWV Stage
10A – 11A DJ Shell
11A – 11:20A Chosen Recovery
11:25A – 12:10P Local Band
12:20P – 1:05P On Tour
1:10P – 1:30pm Politicians
1:40P- 2:40p DW3
2:50p – 3:00P Star Quest Winner
3:10P – 3:55pm Poncho Sanchez
4:20pm – 5:05P Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler
5:30P – 6:30P Avant
Taste of Soul 2013 KJLH Stage
12:45pm – Sledge Grits Band
2:00pm – Mario
2:05pm – L.Young
2:15pm – Treasure Davis
2:35pm – Mateo
3:15pm – Ravaughn
4:00pm – Johnny Gill
4:05pm – Mindless Behavior
4:40pm – Glenn Lewis
5:10pm – Kenny Lattimore
5:30pm – Marques Houston
6:00pm – Johnny Gill/Special Guest