After the success of last years inaugural event, NBC’s ‘The Voice’ finalist Brooke Simpson, PJ Vegas, the recipient of an MTV Video Music Award, and world-renowned Native American rock group REDBONE, will be performing at the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Grand Park, Los Angeles.
The second annual Indigenous Peoples Day will commence on Sunday, October 13, at 4 p.m., on the stage next to the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N Spring Street 90012 in Los Angeles, California.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Wyandotte Nation, collaborated with the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission to host the annual event. This year’s theme will be “Past, Present, and Future”
In a release, Councilmember O’Farrell stated there will be, in addition to the celebration, “a call to action for our state and federal lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.”
O’Farrell also expressed his excitement to host the Native American artists at this year's event.
“I am thrilled to work with PJ Vegas and REDBONE once again on this very special event for the Native American community in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember O’Farrell in the release. “The addition of Brooke Simpson will also help amplify our message that we must take this movement to the next level and inspire the entire country to affect change in their communities.”
“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.”
PJ Vegas, Shoshone/Yaqui, son of Pat Vegas from Redbone, and Brooke Simpson, Haliwa-Saponi tribe, also offered comments in the release about their upcoming performances.
“I’m looking forward to taking the stage once again with my father for this historic event. Redbone’s message is all about ‘love and music,’ and this is a perfect theme for an event aimed at uniting our community.”
“The performance for Indigenous Peoples Day will allow me to celebrate who I am as a human being and as an artist,” said Simpson. “Native American people have been through so much and often we are forgotten. I’m so proud to play a role in shedding light on this event.”
According to the release, other musical performances will be featured throughout the day, including artists such as Kelly Mejia, Doc and Spencer Battiest, Antoine Edwards, Jr., Poodeezy, and MATO WayUhi.
Organizers of the celebration at Grand Park are billing the Los Angeles event “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.”
Other efforts on the release in connection with Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles
In collaboration with countless Native community leaders, Councilmember O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, led the initiative to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day during his first term in office. After numerous hearings with members of both the Native American and Italian American communities, the City Council voted in August of 2017 to establish Indigenous Peoples Day as the second Monday in October.
Nationwide, there has been a movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The long list of cities that have adopted resolutions to declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day include Berkeley, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Anchorage, Portland, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and Santa Cruz.
Since Los Angeles replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017, other large cities such as Detroit, Tulsa, and Long Beach followed. New Mexico, South Dakota, and New Hampshire are just a few states that also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
Media info about the artists
Brooke Simpson is an American singer and songwriter from Hollister, North Carolina. She finished third place of the thirteenth season on Team Miley Cyrus of NBC's talent competition, The Voice. She recently released the singles “2 AM,” “Perfect,” and “Little Bit Crazy.”
PJ Vegas is an indigenous RnB/hip-hop artist and activist from Los Angeles. He’s a Native American Music Award and MTV VMA winner, and the son of Pat Vegas, legendary member of the Native American rock band, Redbone. PJ is the voice of a new generation of Native artists, and his latest single “Lose My Mind” can be purchased on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.
REDBONE is a rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1969 by two Native American brothers, Pat and Lolly Vegas. Two other Native Americans joined them, Tony Bellamy on rhythm guitar and Pete DePoe on drums. They produced several hit songs including Maggy, The Witch Queen Of New Orleans and Come And Get Your Love, which was also the featured track in the 2014 movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy.”