Janelle Monáe added to Long Beach festival Music Tastes Good

Enigmatic singer Janelle Monáe has been added to the lineup for the Long Beach festival Music Tastes Good, organizers announced today.

Monáe is touring in support of her third album, “Dirty Computer,” and performed at the Greek Theatre in June.

In April, the 32-year-old funky-as-hell singer-songwriter, in an interview with Rolling Stone, called herself a “queer black woman” who identifies as pansexual.

Music Tastes Good will take place at Marina Green Park September 29 and 30.

Monáe will perform on day two of the festival, which features James Blake as the headliner. Other musicians on the bill include Australian alt-rockers The Church, the Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, Hollie Cook, Hailu Mergia, Ezra Furman, Ladama, and The Blow.

Janelle Monae Music Tastes Good

Janelle Monáe will bring some funk to the Long Beach festival Music Tastes Good when she performs on day two. Photo: Publicity photo.

British new wave legends New Order headline September 29. More musicians on that lineup include Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene, Joey Bada$$, Santigold, Lil B, Princess Nokia, Blake Mills, Big Thief, and Cherry Glazerr.

Along with music, food is a headliner at Music Tastes Good. Several guest chefs will cook their favorites dishes. Food vendors and speciality beer and wines also will be on site.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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