Long Beach Pride: Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded to perform at festival

LONG BEACH — Don’t you want her?

R&B pop singer Jody Watley is set to perform at Long Beach Pride as one of the festival headliners.

The 58-year old Grammy Award winning singer, who won Best New Artist in 1987, will perform with Shalamar Reloaded at the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival on May 21, Long Beach Pride announced on social media.

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The two-day pride festival will take place along Shoreline Drive at Marina Green and Rainbow Lagoon parks in downtown. Long Beach Pride is the city’s second largest event and party along the waterfront.

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The Long Beach Pride Parade takes place May 20 at 10:30am., stepping off at Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and marching west to Alamitos Avenue.

Originally from Chicago, Watley got her musical start from on the TV dance show “Soul Train” when she was only 14, and later became as well as being one of the original members of the R&B soul group Shalamar.

In 1987, Watley began her solo career with her self-titled debut album, which included the smash, gold-selling single “Looking For a New Love” and “Don’t You Want Me.”

In December, Billboard magazine ranked Watley as the 21st most successful dance artists of all-time.

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