The iconic Native American rock group REDBONE, who has graced the music world with such long-lasting hits as “Come and Get Your Love” is set to headline a grand finale concert to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 8 at Grand Park in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced that the celebration will serve to shine the spotlight on the culture and traditions of the Native community around California.
The Indigenous Peoples’ Day, celebration October 8 at Grand Park in Los Angeles.
REDBONE, was formed by brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas in Los Angeles in 1969, the group reached musical acclaim on the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1974 with the hit ‘Come and Get Your Love.’ The song saw a secondary surge in popularity when it was featured in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy and was part of the released soundtrack.
“The perfect way to cap off our first official Indigenous Peoples Day celebration is with the timeless music of REDBONE, the critically acclaimed rock group and a great source of pride for our community” said Councilmember O’Farrell in a release. “Their music is Native American but universal, and admired around the world. This is something we can all look forward to!”
Indigenous Peoples Day will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Civic Center in downtown Los Angeles, billed as one of the largest Indigenous Peoples Day events in the country.
A Facebook event page has already received thousands of responses from people planning on attending the celebration.
“My son and I are very proud to represent unity and love within our community of Los Angeles in honor of the very first Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Pat Vegas, who will be joined by his son, special guest PJ Vegas. “REDBONE has always led with love and awareness through music, and we can’t wait to keep the message alive on stage on Oct 8th.”
Other activities are planned throughout the day, including: a sunrise ceremony; 5K run; parade of nations; powwow; panel sessions on trending topics related to Native Americans and the community; a fashion show; and the grand finale concert.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, led the charge 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. Cities that have adopted resolutions to declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day include San Francisco, Berkeley, Denver, Seattle, Anchorage, Portland (OR), Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and Santa Cruz.
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.”
PJ Vegas, son of Pat Vegas of the legendary Native Rock Group REDBONE, is an Indigenous R&B/Hip-Hop artist from the Native State of Mind publishing group.
PJ Vegas, courtesy photo
Recently off his 2017 MTV Video Music Award win for the song ‘Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL’ alongside Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and the group Mag7, a collective of Native artists from all over the globe that bring awareness to social issues in Native Country. From coast-to-coast, Vegas is known for his silky smooth vocals, polished image and gritty content. PJ is the voice of a new generation of Native artist, and his latest release “Tears” can be purchased on Itunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.
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