In the heart of South Los Angeles Exposition Park is home to the Natural History Museum and the California Science Center, but this past holiday it was home to the Labor Day Music Festival. Taking the stage was Grammy-nominated and L.A. native Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound (Kurupt & DAZ), Grammy winners Los Lonely Boys, the New Orleans All Star Band, Dr. John, DJ AS-IS, Pancho Sanchez, Martay, Thunder Snatch, Victor Orlando & Fun Jala, The Infernal Machine, Mahkenna and Korduroy.
This year’s Labor Day Music Festival at Exposition Park had many attractions, BBQ grills, the beer garden, lowriders, vendor booths and, of course, the main stage. Many of the concertgoers were union workers in the labor trades and film industry. Families laid out their picnic blankets and stretched out on their lawn chairs enjoying the mixture of music at this year’s event. Most of the younger crowd anticipated the arrival of Snoop Dogg for the evening show while many of the older crowd were grooving to Los Lonley Boys, the New Orleans All Star Band and Pancho Sanchez.
Snoop Dogg took the stage in classic California style, wearing all blue Chuck Taylors and a custom blue bandana outfit. He came onto the stage with his Dogg Pound crew, Kurupt and DAZ, rapping classic West Coast hits like “Gin & Juice,” “Two of Americas Most Wanted,” “Next Episode” and newer songs like “Young Wild and Free” and “All The Way Up.” Snoop, staying to true to his gangsta self, lit up a blunt on stage and puff puff passed it to his fans in the crowd. The crowd went nuts rapping along to his hit songs and also partaking in a small chronic break.
WCA, Working Californians non-profit organization, put together the fifth Annual Labor Day Music Festival promoting new businesses in ensuring the rebuilding of the American economy by developing private and public programs in California, which brings together industry leaders, environmental and labor organizations. Some of this year’s sponsor’s were IATSE, IBEW, SBCTC, Teamsters Local 396, UA Pipe Trades Council, LA Federation of Labor, 93.5 KDAY, Anthem, REAL 92.3, Delta Dental, Waste Management and KPFK 90.7FM.
Photos and text by Alexander G. Seyum
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