LA, Day 1: Jody Watley and Chaka Kahn

by Winston "Stone" Ford

My first day in LA started off with a trip to the The 25th Annual Sunset Junction Street Fair in Silverlake, North Hollywood.

First off, Silverlake is one of those places that makes Dupont Circle look like….Alabama. I’m not going to say more than that. Anyway, this festival benefits the Sunset Junction Community Neighborhood Alliance.

In most cities, the typical neighborhood festival consists of some local bands and a few vendors. But this is LA, so in addition to the glorious food (the Hawaiian BBQ was off da hook), we get Jody Watley and Chaka Kahn. All for $10.

I'm not the biggest Jody Watley (or Chaka) fan. Jody has got the looks of Sade with the attitude of Janet Jackson, yet she still dosn’t make the cut. As for Chaka…well, I'm not in the “grown and sexy” stage of my life yet, so I can't really appreciate her for what she is.

Jody's performance was so-so. Actually she faces a bind that many old school artists: you have a new album that you want to promote, yet people only want to hear your old songs. Chaka brought down the house as usual. However, the night belonged to Sharon Jones &
The Dap Kings


Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, but seriously, this chick outstaged Jody AND Chaka with her renditions of James Brown and Janet Jackson classics. The girl tore up the stage and could seriously be called the “Female James Brown.”

  • Miss Hipstah

    Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were listed as one of URB's top 100 artists to watch.

  • ej

    I've noticed that in all her performances, Jody's been just so-so. I'll definitely have to check out Sharon Jones.

  • Stone

    Yeah, it would've been a better show if she at least sang a few of her old tunes. But I paid $10, so I really can't complain!