Wattstax, the largest concert in Los Angeles history, was created to unite Black people during times of unfair racism. It was a concert of peace and joy and was a mixture of many known African American music styles, including jazz, gospel, soul, blues, and funk. This festival featured musicians including Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and the Staples Singers, along with numerous others. In the audience, listening and dancing to the music, was over a hundred thousand people, mostly Black Angelenos. The idea for Wattstax came from Al Bell and the Stax Record Company, a small, but tight-knit group of artists from Memphis. Co-owned by white siblings Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, and Black producer Al Bell, this company was a rare example of an equal partnership between African American and white record producers. The neighborhood of Watts went through many unpredictable highs and lows, including the 1965 Watts Uprising, and the Watts Renaissance. Join us on our trip back to the past, where we hope you will learn about the complicated story behind the concert, and gain an understanding of the challenges and power of the African American community. As Steven Williams, who was at Wattstax, said to LAMoG, “It’s a battle of the story. It is who is left out of the story that is different.” Welcome to Wattstax.