Once Upon A Time In Long Beach Music Festival

Once Upon A Time In Long Beach,

People started lining up around 9 am and until 3pm traffic was backed up over the bridge. The waterfront breeze rushed over the crowd as the sun was high in the sky as over 30 acts performed on stage two time in two days and you had to be there to really understand what I am talking about. Five months ago Bobby Dee Promotions announced that this concert was going to happen and the first day that the tickets went on sale they were sold out in 20 minutes. There was so much anguish about some people not being able to go that they added a second day to the concert so that fans could enjoy all of these acts. Shortly after the concert was announced the South Central rapper, Nipsey Hussle was murdered and all of the tribute acts were announced to be dedicated to his memorial

The event was held at the Queen Mary Park in Long Beach California. New and veteran artist between two stages performed from 12pm to 11pm both days. Warren G also brought out the Twinz from Long Beach. Old school artists like the Mary Jane Girls, Trish Toledo, The Persuaders, The Dramatics, Lisa Lisa, Brenton Wood, and Zapp still draw a huge crowd from the young and elders. There were surprise performances like HeyDeon from Long Beach, Kamaiyah from Oakland, and Dom Kennedy. Artist like OT Genasis come on stage with verve and gave a solid performance every single time.

John B and his golden voice swayed the crowd with all of his hits while he played the keyboard and sang at the same time. King Lil G fans poured from the Marathon stage to the Hussle stage through the tunnel and over the bridge to hear “Hopeless Boy” and “No Face No Case.” Ginuwine and brought his Greatest Show on Earth set and really performed it.  The R&B Legend, Keith Sweat closed out Sunday night on the Hussle Stage and it was everything I thought it would be. Amanda Perez, still shows that she is a fan favorite because every one in the crowd was singing at the top of their lungs just word for word.

Compton rapper, The Game came with his live band and performed the documentary as was one of many to pay tribute to the late rapper and entrepreneur Ermias Asghedom also known as Nipsey Hussle over at the Marathon Stage. Also from Compton, YG, and best friend to Nipsey Hussle performed as he wore an outfit bearing the effigy of his being on the back of his jacket. Surprisingly the high energetic rapper, DMX, performed the entire set of Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood of My Blood and other nostalgic hits from the early 2000’s. There was a very memorable moment when DMX was enjoying himself backstage and The Game brought him up on stage and they performed a few songs together and shared a drink. There were easily 30k people there the on Saturday and seemed to be even more on Sunday.

Snoop Dogg who is known by many monikers but, the Dogg Father performed in his hometown and did every single hit he has had with almost three decades in the music industry. The crowd never wavered in their enthusiasm. Snoop Dogg brought out almost every one he has ever worked with on stage. He has a high energy performance and it even includes exotic dancers. This was an amazing line up and the atmosphere I cannot wait until the next Bobby Dee and Golden Voice concert.

Written By- Christopher Wallace

Photos- Akashic Photos

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