Review: Identity LA celebrates all things Asian Pacific American
Photo Courtesy of Willie Toledo

Over the weekend, the third annual Identity LA took place at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, where artist's, vendors and beyond spent a day celebrating the city’s Asian Pacific American community. With food curated from the Los Angeles food legend Roy Choi and performances from Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Jay Park and more, culture was showcased in full force, and yet again, Identity LA proved to be a successful event.

"Identity LA experienced it's most successful year yet,” said Councilman David Ryu in a press statement. “Together we made clear just how important and powerful our community is. Seeing all the artists, innovators, activists and over 10,000 attendees stand up for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrate who we are and where we're going, was incredibly moving."

Kicking off the festivities was well-known Los Angeles DJ, DJ Zo who just returned from tour with Koreatown rapper Dumbfoundead. While Dumbfoundead wasn’t performing this year, his other tour mates, duo Year Of The Ox made a special appearance in between sets, as well as G Yamazawa, who also played with them in Los Angeles.

Hotel Garuda, Hoody, Jay Park, The Flavr Blue, MILCK and Ruby Ibarra also graced the stage on City Hall’s steps, but the standout act of the night was of course Shinoda, who played songs from his solo project Fort Minor, including “Where’d You Go,” and a Linkin Park classic, “In The End,” on the piano, dedicated to his late bandmate, Chester Bennington.

While the music was impressive, the food lineup was even more. Roy Choi, who is responsible for some of the most delicious eats in L.A., including Kogi BBQ, Chego, A-Frame, POT and LocoL, curated the food lineup to make sure that no one went hungry. The VIP section was filled with samples from top LA restaurants, and food trucks were scattered throughout the rest of the festival, making it easy for festival goers to enjoy as much L.A. cuisine as they could.

The music, food and all things celebrating the Asian Pacific American community in Los Angeles was standout, and we are excited to see what Identity LA brings in the future. Check out more information on the festival here.