LOS ANGELES -- NBC’s ‘The Voice’ finalist and pop singer Brooke Simpson, MTV Video Music Award winner PJ Vegas, and acclaimed Native American rock group REDBONE, will take the stage at the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Grand Park, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.
**The event is set to take place Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m., on the stage next to the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012.**
Councilmember O’Farrell, who is joined by the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission as co-collaborators on the event, are using this platform to focus on the theme Past, Present, and Future, with a call to action for our state and federal lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
“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. “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.”
“I’m looking forward to taking the stage once again with my father for this historic event,” said PJ Vegas. “Redbone’s message is all about ‘love and music,’ and thi 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.”
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.
The celebration at Grand Park is being billed 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.
In collaboration with countless Native community leaders, Councilmember Mitch 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.
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.”