I had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual Westside Musical Festival over the weekend, another great event put together by Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. and Natashee Scott, Executive Director of the Westside Cultural Foundation. This power couple truly worked in front of, as well as behind the scenes making sure this production ran smoothly. It did not disappoint!
The Westside musical Festival was founded in 2012 to establish the West side as a destination for cultural and community programming. Inspired by the late Chicago, official, Michael Scott Sr., the festival is intended to shine light on the positive contributions, culture, and people of our city’s West side. Unfortunately, the weather moved the End of Summer Celebration portion inside to the Douglas Park Field House, but the day included activities for kids and seniors with school supplies, backpack giveaways and more by Alderman Michael Scott Jr. and The Westside Cultural Foundation. The concert portion began at 4 pm and it was on rain or shine! Although a few showers made their way thru the event, that did not stop the guests as they pulled out umbrellas and ponchos and got in formation and continued to jam as the talent kept them entertained.
The opening acts were Chicago’s very own local talent K Love The Poet, Tamish, Krystal Metcalfe, Mark Hood and the Hiplet Ballerinas. The WSMF host was Ramonski Luv, and the headliners for the event were Platinum award-winning R & B artist Kelly Price, the greatest hip-hop storyteller the one and only Slick Rick the Ruler and hip-hop icon MC Lyte! There was also a surprise appearance by Do or Die!
Looking forward to next year’s line up and activities put together by The Westside Cultural Foundation, this is another true example of community.