The 3rd Annual West Adams Block Party returns this Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 12pm on LA’s historic West Adams Blvd. for a free celebration of unity, love, life, and culture. This family friendly event will space six blocks on West Adams Blvd, from Delicious Pizza (5419 W Adams Blvd) to Fais Do Do (5257 W Adams Blvd) and is proudly presented by Delicious Vinyl, Dreamhaus, Lets.Give, West Adams Family, Elevate Culture, Embrace LA, Fusicology and Herb Wesson's Office (District 10).
The block party will feature six stages with 40+ live music and DJ performances spanning Hip Hop, Reggae, Afrobeat, Cumbia, Funk, Dancehall, Latin Jazz, Soul, Salsa and Disco (see lineup and stage info below). Artists set to perform include GRAMMY®-winning rapper Big Daddy Kane; Jamaican dancehall artist Mr. Vegas; soulful Reggae and R&B singer Lila Iké; influential Reggae DJ Yaadcore; eclectic Latina DJ Mia Carucci; The World Famous Beat Junkies with special guest T3 of Slum Village; Compton, Calif.-based artist/MC/writer Ill Camille; Producer/drummer and DJ Tiara Monique; Jamaican Dub innovator Scientist, Trinidad and Tobago-born, L.A.-based designer and DJ Foreigner; daughter of Stephen Marley and rising DJ Shacia Payne; Amplify Africa x NNEOMA; internationally acclaimed L.A.-based DJ R-Tistic; West Coast legendary hip-hop DJ/producer Chris “The Glove” Taylor; Ugandan Hip-Hop pioneer Saba Saba; Neo Soul vocalist Jhamasa; former KCRW DJ/producer Jeremy Sole, L.A.-based DJ KiiLu Grand; notable Los Angeles DJ CeeBrown; DJ and videographer from Belize Lady X; influential beatsmiths/DJs Exile and Budamunk; DJ/producer and Decibel Festival founder/curator Nordic Soul; funk mistress DJ Glenniest and many more.
The event will be hosted by DJ QwessCoast and Cece Valencia from 93.5 KDAY and will also feature 40-plus merchandise vendors and 15-plus food vendors (see vendor list below).
Entry is all-ages and FREE with RSVP at dice.fm/wapb (REQUIRED FOR ENTRY).
A limited number of V.I.P. TICKETS (premier seating, 2 drink tickets, poster) are also available for sale at dice.fm/wabp
Doors open at 12pm and the event ends at 8pm, followed by The Official After Party taking place at Fais Do Do (8pm - 2am)
- ALL SIX WABP STAGES AND FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED * This year the West Adams Block Party is expanding from two to six official stages spread across our six block footprint (Redondo to Hauser). With over 40+ performers and music styles ranging from Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul, Afrobeat, Funk, Dancehall, Latin Jazz, Cumbia, Salsa and Disco; there'll be something for everyone this year. Here's a complete break down of each stage.
DELICIOUS / MAIN STAGE (All-ages / 12pm - 8pm / located in front of Delicious Pizza) Presented by Delicious Vinyl, Delicious Vinyl Island and Delicious Pizza With icons like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Doug E Fresh and Masta Ace gracing the main stage in 2017 and 2018, classic Hip Hop has reigned supreme West Adams Block Party. This year the Delicious / Main Stage is injecting a healthy dose of Dancehall, Reggae, Dancehall, Afrobeat, Reggaeton and Cumbia into the mix. Lineup: Big Daddy Kane, Mr. Vegas, Lila Iké, Yaadcore, Mia Carucci, The Beat Junkies w/ special guest T3 of Slum Village, Ill Camille feat. DJ Tiara Monique, Chris "The Glove" Taylor, DJ CeeBrown, Ellis Block and hosts DJ QwessCoast and Cece Valencia
ROADBLOCK STAGE (All-ages / 1pm - 8pm / located on the corner of Cochran and W Adams) Presented by Foreigner By borrowing traffic sign imagery, encouraging guests to pull their best motorsport looks, and featuring vintage BMW’s as props to climb and dance on, Roadblock is a slight nod to the premise of defiant, lawless, masquerading revolutionary roots that Afro/Caribbean music and carnival festivity are rooted in. The WEST ADAMS ROADBLOCK will feature 10 DJ’s atop A TRINIDAD CARNIVAL STYLE TRUCK STAGE delivering relentlessly vibrant and joyous SOCA, DANCEHALL AND AFROBEAT RHYTHMS all day until sunset. Lineup: Lady X, Shacia Payne, SwaziSujshine, Zuri Aida, Chief Boima, Mysta Crooks, Tomi Tribe, Major League, Fly Zulu, DJ Epik and Foreigner
FAIS DO DO STAGES (21+ / Full Bar / 11am - 2am / located on the corner of Cloverdale and W Adams)
Presented by Soul Therapy, Dub Siren HiFi, Delicious Vinyl Island, Namaste Studios, Foreigner and West Adams Family
This year we’re proud to be partnering with one of West Adams’ most iconic venues, Fais Do-Do; a gumbo of eclectic music and diverse people coming together to build a stronger community by offering exposure to new cultures, foods, sounds, and philosophies. With three unique stages and a multitude of activity spanning yoga, dancing, a funk BBQ, live music and the Official After Party, Fais Do Do will be a welcome addition to this year’s block party.
Lineup: Mr. Vegas (After Party), Yaadcore (After Party), Scientist (After Party), House Shoes, Shacia Payne, Saba Saba, Jhamasa, Mysta Crooks, Jansport J, Hitmakerchix, Zuri Aida, Roommate, Daryle, DJ Glenniest (yoga set), Wyldeflower, DJ Epik and G33ZY
RECORD BOX TRUCK STAGE (All-ages / 12pm - 8pm / located on the corner of Dunsmuir and W Adams) Presented by the Record Box Truck and West Adams Family The Record Box Truck has the distinct honor of being both a stage and vendor at the West Adams Block Party. Curated in collaboration with The Record Box Truck and West Adams Family, come shop, dance and listen with some of the best Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Disco selectors L.A. has to offer. Lineup: Jeremy Sole, Exile, Budamunk, Nordic Soul, Glenniest, Jose Jurado and more TBA
BOOMYARD STAGE (21+ / Full Bar / 12pm - 8pm / located behind Delicious Pizza) Presented by Delicious Vinyl, Delicious Vinyl Island and Delicious Pizza Located behind Delicious Pizza and next the V.I.P. / Delicious Stage viewing area you'll find the Boomyard Stage, which will be playing host to a wide assortment of special guests and deejays spinning an eclectic assortment of hip hop, reggae and funk throughout the day. Boomyard is also home to one of two bars located within the West Adams Block Party footprint. Lineup: Natural High, DJ Daneekah and many more TBA
- OFFICIAL WABP AFTER PARTY ANNOUNCED *
All roads point to Adams Blvd! This year we’ll be closing down the West Adams Block Party with an Official After Party at Fais Do Do featuring a stellar program of Reggae, Dancehall, Afrobeat and Soca.
Dub Siren HiFi / Delicious Vinyl Island Stage lineup: Mr. Vegas feat. Yaadcore, Scientist feat. General Jah Mikey and Tippa Lee, Roommate and special guests
Roadblock Stage lineup: Shacia Payne, Hitmakerchix, Zuri Aida, Mysta Crooks, DJ Epik and G33ZY
Doors at 8pm / 21+ Tickets available at dice.fm/wabp2 Fais Do Do: 5257 W Adams Blvd
- MERCHANDISE AND FOOD/BEVERAGE VENDORS ANNOUNCED * This year’s West Adams Block Party will have our largest and most diverse selection of vendors to date (40+ merchandise booths and 15+ food/beverage trucks/booths). Here’s a list of confirmed vendors (more to come).
Merchandise vendors for the West Adams Block Party include: Record Box Truck, B. Gems, Four Ground, Party Affair Store, ENFUSE 88/Treatmentroom, Kiara The Voice Massage, Delicious Vinyl, Soul People, High Art Tattoo Gallery, Niknak, The Don, Nitz by Nat, Kelly, Chigola's Marketplace, Kinetik Soul, Old Dirty Money, West Adams Crop Swap, Ayo Waistbeads, JDN73, Lot XI, A Man Who Sews, High Fidelity Records, Junie Bees Butta, Shaddy Business, Xxposure Photography, Atlas, Boom, Through the Grace of Shea, Brianna Bags, Quincy, Kasheera, Juju, Zoe’s Vintique, The Global Trunk, Nena’s Organics, Devin James Art, Wifey Inc, and more to be announced.
Food/Beverage vendors/partners for the West Adams Block Party include; Alta, Delicious Pizza, Fais Do Do, Rockenwagner, Adams Coffee, POKE2GO, Billionaire Burgers, Soulistic Food, Vital Proteins, Fancy Ice, Richeeze Melts, All Flavor No Grease, The Bleu Kitchen, Creole City, Dream Donut Truck, Grilled Fraiche and more to be announced.
- KIDS ACTIVITIES * The West Adams Block Party prides itself on being a free, family friendly event for all ages. Regardless of you affinity towards music, dancing, food and shopping; we’ll have an assortment of activities for the kids, including multiple jumper castles, inflatable soccer field, jumbo games, hopscotch, corn hole, board games, free kid portraits and cotton candy.
- FREE YOGA SESSION * Presented by Namaste Studios and West Adams Family The morning or September 1st as kick-off to the West Adams Block Party Shira from Namaste West Adams will be leading the class and DJ Glenniest will be providing the soundtrack for the yoga flow.
11am - 12pm / all-ages welcome / Please bring your own yoga mat
RSVP at dice.fm/wabp Fais Do Do (Ballroom) 5257 W Adams Blvd
- COMMUNITY PARTNERS * We'd like to offer our sincerest gratitude to the 2019 WEST ADAMS FAMILY COMMUNITY PARTNERS whose support is vital to this year's program (more TBA).
HULU / WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA In celebration of “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”-premiering September 4th exclusively on Hulu- the 3rd Annual West Adams Block Party are proud to host the world debut of the Wu-Tang Clan Ice C.R.E.A.M. Truck, which will be dishing out free ice cream to WABP attendees (first come, first served).
VITAL PROTEINS We’re proud to be welcome Vital Proteins, who will be handing out free samples of their products, which help people feel better and live fuller lives through sustainably-sourced nutrition products, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. We do that by providing nourishing collagen and promoting our production of collagen - an essential nutrient stripped from our diets by modern food-processing.
ROCKENWAGNER All Röckenwagner products are thoughtfully handmade in our 20,000 sq ft facility that operates 24/7 in the heart of Los Angeles' West Adams Neighborhood. From food safety & product development to customer service, QUALITY COMES FIRST. Key an eye out for the Röckenwagner tent in the vendor area.
TECATE Proudly born in Mexico All great traditions have to start somewhere. Tecate began brewing its signature beers in the town of Tecate, Baja Mexico over 60 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. Come join us in either the Boomyard or Fais Do Do, both of which will be serving Tecate throughout the West Adams Block Party.
DELICIOUS VINYL In the summer of 1987, two Los Angeles DJs — Matt Dike and Michael Ross — converted a tiny L.A. apartment into a recording studio and started a record label called Delicious Vinyl. Championing artists from the streets and delivering music to dance floors and living rooms worldwide, the upstart label quickly made hip hop history with releases by Tone Loc, Young MC, Def Jef, Body & Soul, The Brand New Heavies, The Pharcyde, Masta Ace, Born Jamericans, The Whoridas, Fatlip, Mr. Vegas & many more.
DREAMHAUS LA Dreamhaus was developed to serve as a catalyst for social change through the arts and be a home for innovation, education and creativity. We hope to be pioneers in South Los Angeles by hosting programs, workshops and events that involve our youth and fellow artists within our community.
LETS.GIVE Lets.Give is a federally recognized 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit, created by high school students across Los Angeles. Joined to GIVE via community, culture & global initiatives. We provide monthly volunteer opportunities to young adults, to empower and maintain a movement of love, compassion & support. Lets.Give's mission is to connect independent minds and deliver change. We unite students and young adults across Los Angeles to create a community family to mobilize & create change.
WEST ADAMS FAMILY West Adams Family strives to CONNECT COMMUNITY THROUGH CULTURE in the West Adams neighborhood. They do so through highlighting local artists, restaurants, educators, shops, galleries, musicians, concerts, festivals and through their own West Adams Family Function events.
ELEVATE CULTURE PRESENTS Elevate Culture Presents was founded in 2002 by Los Angeles’ premier dj, host, producer and cultural curator DJ QwessCoast. QwessCoast has toured with Stevie Wonder, Nas, Damian Marley, Omarion, and Jasmine V. QwessCoast hosted Dom Kennedy’s debut mixtape “The 25th Hour”. Also, QwessCoast co-created the G Funk all stars with DJ BattleCat and DJ FM. He serves as the official tour DJ for Premier Boxing Champions on Showtime and Fox networks. QwessCoast is a consultant and production partner of the Miracle Theater in the City of Inglewood. Elevate Culture is associate producer, curator and host of the West Adams block party for the 3rd year in a row.
EMBRACE LA Unifying Angelenos and empowering communities through a citywide conversation about race and racism to challenge and change inequities.
HERB WESSON'S OFFICE (DISTRICT 10) Herb J. Wesson, Jr. has served as the President of the Los Angeles City Council since November 2011 and has represented Council District 10 since 2005. Wesson is the first African-American to hold the position of Council President in the city’s history and has been re-elected three times to lead the city’s legislative body. During his tenure as Council President, Wesson has presided over monumental policy initiatives making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family. Not only have local policy initiatives —which include raising the minimum wage, pension reform and consolidating city elections to increase voter turnout— positively affected local residents, but in many cases the city’s actions have spurred state and national response and served as a model for similar policies.
DELICIOUS PIZZA Delicious Pizza is a hop-hop pizza shop founded in 2015 by father-son duo Fred and Travis Sutherland and Delicious Vinyl founder Michael Ross and brother Rick Ross. Located in L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood and on iconic Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, the restaurant’s high-quality pies and golden-era hip-hop memorabilia has made it a destination for local residents, music fans, pizza lovers & travelers from around the globe.
ALTA “On the surface, Keith Corbin’s cooking — which he describes as “California soul food” — exalts the foods of the American South: oxtails over rice, fried chicken, smothered steak, macaroni and cheese. Corbin, a native of Watts, grew up on these dishes. But his intent is also to lighten and refresh a lexicon that, as he sees it, moved away from its agrarian roots and suffers from a stigma of being unhealthy. For example, he pulls back on dairy and sugar for his take on candied yams (enriching them with almond milk and a gloss of browned butter) without sacrificing enjoyment. He seasons collard greens with vinegar, chile flakes and smoked oil and bundles them in a steamed collard leaf creased like an envelope. Miso and soy sauce add subtle umami to his oxtails, the West Adams restaurant’s finest dish. For sheer indulgence, pair the fried chicken with cornmeal pancakes at brunch.” -LA Times
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