Los Angeles is normally known as a film town, but every February music takes over the city as we enjoy the Grammy Awards and numerous musical celebrations that coincide with the award show. This year, Los Angeles felt a void with the award show taking place in New York City, but one of the most consistent mainstay celebrations kept the party at home. The Annual MOJAMOJA Brunch and Benefit Concert returned to the Avalon Hollywood on Saturday (Feb. 10) for their 10-year anniversary. The upper and lower levels of the venue were packed with attendees partying to performances by breakout musical acts such as Elise Trouw, Jungle Fire, Wajatta (Reggie Watts and John Tejada), and The Steoples as they raised money to provide stipends to students pursuing internships in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) fields.
MOJAMOJA also honored musical icons such as The Beat Junkies, The Revolution, and will.i.am with awards throughout the afternoon. The love and appreciation of these icons’ influence and contributions to music were on full display from Garth Trinidad’s presentation of the 1st Soul Controller Award to the Beat Junkies – accepted by J.Rocc and Rhettmatic – to DJ Rashida’s presentation of the Vanguard Award to the Revolution – accepted by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman. MOJAMOJA’s unyielding dedication to the community-at-large, musical icons, and musical newcomers has made their event one of the top musical events in Los Angeles for 10 years. If you missed it this year, make sure you don’t make the same mistake next year.