Neosoul Artist Goapele Headlines 2nd Annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival

Neosoul Artist Goapele Headlines 2nd Annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival
June, 2015 Client News

SAN DIEGO – June 26, 2015 – Renown artist Goapele has been announced as the headlining actfor the 2nd Annual Imperial Avenue Street Festival taking plan on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. held on Imperial Avenue between 28th Street and 30th Street. The event aims to blend art and music in one of San Diego’s most historic and unique neighborhoods, while celebrating the current arts and culture of the Greater Logan Heights community.

Oakland born, Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-lay), which means “to move forward” in Setswana, has been doing just that, moving forward and making her presence felt in the music industry since 2001 as an American soul and R&B singer/songwriter. Her latest album “Strong As Glass” was released in 2014. Most recently, her single “”Play” from her 2011 LP “Break of Dawn,” was featured in a 2015 Victoria’s Secret commercial. Goapele’s love and passion for the world pours out into her music and her “smoky and sensual” voice, as described by Billboard magazine, is sure to make your day.

The all-ages event is free to attend. Festival attendees will be able to browse four blocks of local artists, crafts and some of the most delicious food in the neighborhood. From Columbian to Cajun, attendees will be able to wet their appetite to the flavors of the neighborhood while grooving to Goapele, as well as long list of local bands on the events two stages throughout the day. A full line-up of entertainment can be found below.

The San Diego Reader will be sponsoring the VIP Experience at the Festival, which will include five (5) beers and a meal for $15. Must be 21+ for this VIP ticket. As the event date gets closer, more details about this package will be available.

“From its rich African-American roots to the strong Latino influence that exists today, the Greater Logan Heights area is the ‘melting pot’ of San Diego,” said Monte Jones, chief executive officer, BAME Community Development Corporation. “The Imperial Avenue Street Festival offers San Diegans the opportunity to explore Imperial Avenue and all the great sights, tastes and personal style to celebrate the diverse culture of one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods.”

The Imperial Avenue Street Festival is hosted by BAME Renaissance Community Development Corporation (BAME CDC) a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthening residents and businesses in Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods through community empowerment, education, economic growth and housing development. Through the Festival, BAME CDC aims to fuel the spirit of prosperity the Greater Logan Heights neighborhood and mark the commercial corridor as a destination for unique cultural and culinary experiences. BAME CDC also wants to further create an innovative economic development approach to generate capital back into the local economy.

In 2014, more than 4,000 people attended the inaugural Imperial Avenue Street Festival, and this year, organizers aim to attract over 10,000 attendees. Sponsorships are still available. For more details, visit or contact Ebony James at
Entertainment Line-Up (As of Aug. 7, 2015)
Main Stage
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact
1:45 to 2:30 p.m.: Fabio Alejo
3 to 3:45 p.m.: Eddie Baltrip & Fullfillment
4:15 to 5 p.m.: Missy Andersen
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Banda Tierra Brava
7 to 8 p.m.: Goapele

Community Stage
12 to 12:45 p.m.: Bart Mendoza
1:15 to 2 p.m.: Errverybodi Dancers
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: Charlie Chavez Y Su Afrotruko
3:45 to 4:30 p.m.: Chunky Sanchez
5 to 5:45 p.m.: The McKinney Project
6:15 to 7 p.m.: Piracy Conspiracy
Event Calendar Details
Imperial Avenue Street Festival
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
12 noon to 8 p.m.
Imperial Avenue
(Between 28th Street and 30th Street, and between “L” Street and Commercial Avenue)
Free Admission
More info:

About BAME Community Development Corporation
BAME Renaissance, Inc.’s (BAME CDC) is a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen residents and businesses in the Greater Logan Heights neighborhoods through community empowerment, education, economic growth and housing development. Serving the Greater Logan Heights (Grant Hill, Logan, Memorial, Sherman and Stockton communities), BAME CDC recognizes that in order to promote and provide for a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community, there must be a strong infrastructure of services. As such, the organization strives to strengthen and rebuild the fabric of the community through business, community and economic development. For more information on BAME CDC, please visit Connect on Facebook or Twitter.