Edited by AZI Staff
This years Multicultural Music Festival, set for Saturday, May 14, continues its tradition of bringing quality national artists to the Valley. Beginning 4 p.m. at the amphitheater behind Peoria City Hall, 83rd Ave. and Cinnabar, headliners will include legendary R&B singer Carl Carlton, a special performance by soul and blues giant Willie Clayton and legendary Chicana singer Ersi Arvizu.
Carlton is known for his Grammy nominated hit songs “Bad Mama Jama” and “Everlasting Love” which was recently featured on PBS Classic Music Series. Carlton’s old school R&B roots began in the heart of Motown and his music journey has taken him all over the world. He currently resides in Detroit.
Soul and blues master Willie Clayton has recorded over 25 albums since the 1980s. He has been performing since the late 1960s. His chart successes span the decades from the 1980s onward.
Singer Ersi Arvizu who grew up in East Los Angeles in a highly musical family. She was raised on a steady diet of ranchera, mariachi, soul, and R&B. Her familial ties brought the young artist her first taste of success in 1964 with the single “Gee BabyGee,” a number three hit for her Latin soul group, the Sisters, featuring siblings Rosella and Mary. Arvizu spent the remainder of the decade fronting a variety of groups before landing a permanent spot in the mid-‘70s with Latin rock giants El Chicano (“Sabor a Mi”and “I’m a Good Woman”). In 2004 she appeared on Ry Cooder’s award-winning concept album Chavez Ravine. Cooder eventually returned the favor in 2008 by producing Arvizu’s very first solo album, Friend for Life.
The music festival will also have art, dance, vendors, food, education and awareness stations. The festival is presented annually by The Northwest Black History Committee and the City of Peoria. Over the years the Peoria event has featured Little Joe y La Familia, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Beau Williams, Tierra, Brenton Wood and many others. The event takes place at the Amphitherater behind Peoria City Hall, 83rd Ave. and Cinnabar. The west entrance is at 9875 N. 85th Ave in Peoria.