Indigenous Peoples Day Los Angeles will be bringing forth a vast array of Native talent this weekend as organizers have recently announced the appearance of Grammy Award-winning Shoshone musician of the Black Eyed Peas, Taboo.
Taboo will be making his second appearance in 2019 as he had also performed in 2018’s Indigenous People’s Day celebration. He will also be heading up the roster of performances including artists such as the iconic Native American 70s rock group REDBONE,The Voice finalist Brooke Simpson, MTV Video Music Award winner PJ Vegas, eco-rapper Xiuhtezcatl, A Tribe Called Red, Kelly Caballero, Doc and Spencer Battiest, Antoine Edwards, Jr., Jessa Calderon, Poodeezy, and MATO WayUhi.
The event will take place Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m., on the stage next to the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012
As stated in a release, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Wyandotte Nation, collaborated with the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, “to focus on the theme: Past, Present, and Future, with a call to action for our state and federal lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.”
Taboo told Indian Country Today, “The Black Eyed Peas just rocked Brazil and we are now heading to Paraguay. But you know I had to make time to be part of the 2nd year of indigenous Peoples Day. I feel like a voice and a representative of this amazing event and if I'm not touring I will be part of Indigenous Peoples Day L.A. every year.”
“The gathering of all our Native people, on Tongva land, is a beautiful sight, and I am honored to participate once again in the event,” said Taboo in the release, who is of Shoshone descent. “We welcome everyone — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — to join us in this celebration and share the occasion with us.”
“I am thrilled Taboo is joining us again to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Councilmember O’Farrell in the release. “With his participation last year, we were able to elevate the conversation, and encourage other municipalities and states to follow Los Angeles and replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.”
“Our community has fought hard for this annual celebration, and for this platform to uplift the issues, talent, and contributions of Native Americans in Los Angeles,” said Chrissie Castro, Chair of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission. “Through this event, we are paying tribute to the city and nation’s first peoples, the Tongva, and rejecting the violent, genocidal man that is Columbus.”
According to the organizers, “the celebration at Grand Park is being billed as one of the largest Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in the country, with a Facebook event page that has received thousands of responses from people planning on attending the special celebration.”
Councilmember O’Farrell also said in the release of additional performances, “Hosting the talented Xiuhtezcatl and A Tribe Called Red this year will help elevate the importance of honoring the contributions and sacrifices made by our ancestors while putting the charade of Columbus Day and the false narrative that he personifies in the past where it belongs.”
In addition to the performing musical artists the organizers have also announced media personalities who will appear at the event.
As stated on the release, KJLH Radio host Adai Lamar and actor Eugene Brave Rock will join the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.
"I am happy that Adai Lamar is returning to our annual celebration, and this year will be joined on stage by Gene Brave Rock," said Councilmember O'Farrell. I appreciate Adai and Gene lending their powerful voices to this conversation nationwide!"
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"[INSERT ARTIST NAME] will take the stage at the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Grand Park on October 13th! The event is set to take place Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m., on the stage next to the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N Spring Street. See you there!"
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