Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood welcomed artists Gogo Morrow and 112 Saturday afternoon for a community appreciation event hosted by councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
Visitors and residents alike waited in anticipation despite gloomy clousd overhead for special guest performances on the 1400 block of Point Breeze Avenue in South Philly.
Gogo Morrow, a former backup dancer for Lady Gaga, put on a super fun performance with upbeat pop tunes. She and her backup dancers, who she refers to as "the go-gets," brought a ton of energy to the stage when the rain was just starting.
Before leaving she went on to remind everyone to be proud of their roots and seek big things. "If you have a dream and you're from Philadelphia, it's possible for it to come true," she said.
Preceding the headliners were over a dozen local artists with their own sets of pop, hip-hop and R&B.
Community day is hosted annually in the district to acknowledge local block leaders and community activists that impact daily decisions in the neighborhood.
On stage, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson was dancing and rapping with the MC. When the event coordinator tried to break up the fun, the crowd became silenced an agitated, but he grabbed the mic and kept going. It seemed like the Councilman was having as much fun as the residents.
Point Breeze Avenue is lined with vendors and activists early in the afternoon. Groups like Planned Parenthood and Diversified Community Services handed out fliers and eagerly shook hands with residents.
Small businesses camped out with food, lining their tables with various products from their own stores. Residents strolled by and sifted occasionally through the jewelry, tee-shirts and everything else in between.
The party started at noon with local talents Punchliine Kid, Macus Labon, Dyshon Denson, Young Chances, Klaye, Selfless Ministry, Da Union, Brotherly Love, Naima D’Armond, Asia Sparks, Kion Stokes “City,” Lee Mazin and Michael J Woodard.