* Los Angeles – If you are like most people, you can’t believe this year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Taste of Soul Family Festival, presented by Bakewell Media.

I have attended Taste of Soul for eight straight years. I missed the 9th Annual Festival, due to the fact that I was in New Orleans covering the 9th Annual Crescent City Blues Festival.

Saturday, October 17th, hundreds of thousands gathered on “The Shaw” Crenshaw Blvd., between Stocker and Rodeo Road for a day long music and food festival, from 10:00am-7:00PM.

Taste of Soul Signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Taste of Soul Signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The Taste of Soul menu provided festival goers with a delightful smorgasbord of musical options on this bright, sunny, hot Southern California afternoon.

The KJLH-Buffalo Wild Wings Stage (Rodeo Road/Crenshaw) presented a soulful gumbo of some of the music industry’s top-charting soul, R&B singers-Angie Stone, Monica, Deitrick Haddon, Mint Condition and Joe to name a few.

94.7 The Wave Stage (Stocker and Crenshaw) took the crowd down memory lane with a funkified, soulful blend served up generously by Mark Wilson of Lakeside, Zapp, Jon B and DW3.

The Lord God is my strength and my song Isaiah 12:2

The Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Stage sponsored by McDonald’s in collaboration with Holman United Methodist Church featured another stellar line-up of artists to liven up the festival with some handkerchief waving, hand clapping, foot stomping, roof raising songs of Praise. The first part of the program was hosted by Aundrae Russell of KJLH Radio Free 102.3FM and the hilarious J-Redd from Oakland, California.

Local choirs and performers provided the musical soundtrack for the first portion of the show. Jubilant Voices, Holman Quartet, Linda Broadus Miles, Episcopal Chorale, Ward AME Choir, Kevin Henderson, Jackie Gouche, Jay Frazier/G-Rap, Brent Jones with KJLH Mass Choir, Karen Wiggins and the Inland Empire Explosion Choir, West Angeles Choir, Echoes of Praise, Joe Douglas and Spirit of Praise, FAME Choir and Donald Jones and LA Mass Choir.

Ronald McDonald: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Ronald McDonald: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Aundrae Russell, Donald Jones and LA Mass Choir and J-Redd: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Aundrae Russell, Donald Jones and LA Mass Choir and J-Redd: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Kevin Henderson: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Kevin Henderson: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Jay Frazier/G-Rap: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Jay Frazier/G-Rap: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Joe Douglas and Spirit of Praise: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Joe Douglas and Spirit of Praise: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Brent Jones with KJLH Mass Choir: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Brent Jones with KJLH Mass Choir: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Yes, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, we are having Church up in here. Organizers of the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival took it up a notch this year. McDonald’s Operator’s Association of Southern California teamed up with Taste of Soul presented by Bakewell Media to bring the Inspirational Celebration Gospel Tour to Los Angeles.

2015 marks the nine-year anniversary of McDonald’s Inspirational Celebration Gospel Tour. True to its motto, this year’s show promised and continues to inspire, entertain and spread a whole lot of love like never before.

McDonald’s 2015 Inspirational Celebration Gospel Tour was hosted by J. Moss and comedian Small Fire. The show kicked off with a heartfelt, spirit filled tribute to the late great Andre Crouch. Dewayne Woods, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, and Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole and Yolanda Adams shared with the audience their Faith in God. Emotional joyful shouts of Amen! Praise God! Glory be to God! Praise the Lord and Hallelujah! Resonated with the congregation assembled at Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

McDonald's Inspirational Celebration Gospel Tour: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

McDonald’s Inspirational Celebration Gospel Tour: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Tasha Page-Lockhart: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Tasha Page-Lockhart: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Yolanda Adams: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Yolanda Adams: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

The internationally renowned award winning singers thrilled the crowd with their heavenly voices, lifted up God’s name. We were in awe as these gifted singers sent Praises high above into the stratosphere.

Every genre of gospel music was represented during this stellar line-up of performers at the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage sponsored by McDonald’s in collaboration with Holman United Methodist Church.

Backed for its ninth year, McDonald’s Inspirational Gospel Tour focuses on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). In recognition of the Charity’s 41st anniversary, this year concertgoers had an opportunity to learn about RMHC and the importance it plays in helping families heal and thrive in their local community and worldwide.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]