3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September 20, 2018

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September 20 2018. Oakland

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

September 20, 2018

5pm-8pm

Jammin’ into fall all funky and soulful with a splash of house!

Live Entertainment
Event host – Sterling James – the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality.

Sal’s Greenhouse – A unique, original funky and soulful sound that feels good and moves you. Bay Area vocal powerhouse and baritone saxophonist, Sally Green formed her band, Sal’s Greenhouse to get the listeners shaking and showcase her more than considerable talents in an original music setting.

Solas B. Lalgee – An artist who has that house flavor with a mellow groove. Lalgee’s credits include studying, working, and performing with Ledisi, Zendaya Coleman, Latoya London, Mooncandy live house music ensemble, Jennifer Johns, Valerie Troutt, Nicole Klaymoon, and The Embodiment Project.

Nina Sol – Constellations comes to 3rd Thursdays with Nina Sol spinning beats that get you up out of your seat on a Afro-Latina vibe. Nina Sol, a nod to her Afro-Latina heritage & warm and sunshiny disposition, delivers a genre-bending soulful sound that resonates with audiences locally and across the globe. She has opened for artists including Rich Medina, Solange, Pete Rock, Jose James, Vikter Duplaix, and many others.

In addition to the great entertainment, we are celebrating Oakland Cocktail Week by featuring 3 specialty cocktails from
The Miranda mixing up a Bamboozled cocktail
Make Westing hitting us with a Rum Punch
Cafe Van Kleef stirring up their famous Greyhound

Vendors
Eat Play Events & Catering – serving refreshing and delicious Aqua Fresca.
Kenny’s Heart and Soul – Fast food soul food.
Old Kan Beer and Co. – local Oakland brewery
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions to the success of the 2018 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series:
John Muir Health, Visit Oakland, Oakland Athletics, HP Investors, Main Street Launch, Carmel Partners, Junction Properties, 11 West Partners, and Kapor Center.

Marketing Partners: Life Is Living and OAKHELLA

Second Saturday Jack London Square

Second Saturday of each month

Jack London Square, Oakland

Second Saturday

Serving as Jack London Square’s flagship monthly event, Second Saturday is held from 11:00AM – 5:00PM every second Saturday. This full-scale family event is marketed and promoted by both Wiggins Consulting and Jack London Square. Second Saturday brings in immense audiences as it showcases up to 100 unique vendors, features live entertainment, a plethora of foods, and children’s activities.

For those who look forward to supporting local small businesses, Second Saturday seeks to bring together those local artists with their ideal consumers.

Providing an affordable platform for local entrepreneurs and business owners.

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August 16, 2018

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August 2018

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

August 16, 2018

5pm-8pm

Enjoy a HOT summer party right before school starts.

Live Entertainment
Event host – Sterling James – the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality.

Girl6 – A Prince tribute band, comprised of a rotating lineup of 6 dynamic female vocalists primarily hailing from the Bay Area: Oakland-based RyanNicole, Candice Antique, Netta Brielle, Femi Andrades, Viveca Hawkins, and Kween.

Afroholix with Alphabet Soup – Born and raised from Oakland’s rich musical legacy, Afroholix began their journey in early 2015. Influenced by Miles, Jimi, Sade, classic Hip Hop and golden era Jazz, we do our thing and make it funky!

Davey D – Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor at San Francisco State, Hip Hop historian, political commentator, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, media justice and community activist. Also, the Co-founder of the Bay Area Hip Hop Coalition, started out as one of the first Hip Hop radio deejay collectives in the country will be spinning the beat!

Vendors
Eat Play Events & Catering – serving refreshing and delicious Aqua Fresca.
Kenny’s Heart and Soul – Fast food soul food.
Old Kan Beer and Co. – local Oakland brewery
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions to the success of the 2018 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square series:
John Muir Health, Visit Oakland, Oakland Athletics, HP Investors, Main Street Launch, Carmel Partners, Junction Properties, 11 West Partners, and Kapor Center.

Marketing Partners: Life Is Living and OAKHELLA

Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2018

Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2918
Oakland Youth Art Explosion 2918

Oakland Youth Art Explosion
Sunday, August 5, 2018
11am – 7pm
Downtown Oakland (14th St. b/t Broadway & Webster)
OYAE 2018!

Oakland Youth Art Explosion Festival returns to bring our community a FREE youth visual and performing arts festival featuring and organized by the Oakland youth and young adults. This youth extravaganza has garnered support from seasoned artists/mentors, community leaders, and youth arts & cultural organizations.

Main Stage – Entertainment Showcase performed by local youth groups (ages 13-25)
Art Crawl – 10 mentoring local artists guiding youth with hands-on art making
OYAE! Cinema – Youth created videos on the theme “How Do We Love?”
Young Entrepreneurs – Youth produced products for sale
Farmer’s Market – Eco-education and the promotion of healthy eating
Get Fit – Sports activities creatively motivating youth to move their bodies
Face and mural wall painting, photo booth, food and more!

Joyce Gordon Foundation of the Arts
406 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
510.465.8928
For more info, visit: jgordonfoundationofthearts.org
For inquiries please contact:
info@jgordonfoundationofthearts.org

See you at OYAE!

OYAE! 2018 is made possible in part by The Akonadi Foundation, The Allen Group, LLC, MacPherson East Bay Performing Arts Fund, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, Carmel Partners Inc., Oakland & the World Enterprises, The Massie Family Charitable Trust, The Greenlining Institute and M&A Real Estate Holdings, LLC

Oakland Teen Seen Festival

Oakland Teen Seen Festival 2018
Oakland Teen Seen Festival 2018

The Oakland Teen Seen Festival

Jack London Square
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Teen Seen Festival

The Oakland Teen Seen Festival (OTSF) is a showcase of local youth who exemplify an uncommonly advanced level of achievement in their respective disciplines. We will feature several music ensembles, spoken word, and dance artists.

The group JAX, who are also to be featured on this event, expressed an interest in creating a showcase to share the talents of their music ensemble as well as those of their very talented peers. The result of a dream spoken out loud has resulted in the realization of the OTSF.

Audience members will be inspired and filled with joy by this collective of positive young artists who will most certainly overwhelm us with their talents. The OTSF lineup includes JAX, Ajai Wilborn, Jamming Nachos, Lyla Neely, The Void, and more to be announced!

Soul Mechanix at Yoshi’s Oakland!

Soul Mechanix at Yoshis
Soul Mechanix at Yoshis

Soul Mechanix

Yoshi’s, Oakland
April 27, 2018, 10:00pm

Come down to Yoshi’s Oakland on April 27th for a special evening of classic Soul music with Soul Mechanix!

Soul Mechanix blends groove-based Soul improv and progressive Funk drawing from a diverse universe of influences. Born from a fire to create something funky and unpredictable, Soul Mechanix is all love and features many of the top musicians in the Bay Area.

Drums: Billy Johnson (Santana, Maze, Patti LaBelle)
Percussion: Juan Escovedo (Pete Escovedo, Sheila E, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Patti LaBelle, Tito Puente)
Keys: Frank Martin (Sting, Stevie Wonder, Richard Bona, Larry Coryell, Al Jarreau)
Bass: Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake, Too $hort, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Lyrics Born)
Guitar: Vernon Ice Black (Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Maze, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey)
Sax: Daniel Casares
Trumpet/Trombone: Shane Cox
Vocals: Kimiko Joy, Luq Frank
Guitar Graal
With special guests: RyanNicole – Raps/Vocals
Vocals:Tony Lindsay (Santana)

To purchase tickets Yoshi’s

Adorable Energy – Healing & Coaching

Adorable Energy Oakland

Looking to relieve stress?

Adorable Energy offers quality alternative healing/coaching services for stressed out urban dwelling professionals, leaders in service-oriented industries, and nonprofits. People new to astrology, tarot, energy healing sessions and those seasoned both benefit from gaining new perspectives, clearing and grounding their energy, and assistance with moving their lives into a new direction.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
For over a decade, I taught health and wellness to youth and adults all across the Bay Area, and realized that true health comes from the inside out. When you gain awareness of who you are and make life decisions in alignment with love, then you can live a happier life in alignment with your path. It is my desire to bring empowering healing support to Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
I love the family owned Afghani restaurant across the street from my business,Kamdesh Afghan Kabab House. I met them the first week I moved in and they were so friendly and loving. The food is amazing as well!

What inspires you to go to work everyday?
The thought that my service provides genuine healing support that can radiate out into my community is spectacular. We are all connected, and when people are beaming with joy, it infects everyone around.

Do you have any advice for people looking to start a business in Oakland?
I myself have received a lot of resources for starting my business from Oakland Impact Hub and Centro Business training. If you are starting from scratch, having experienced coaching can make a huge difference in helping you better manage your time and energy.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
I consistently witness transformation of the U.S emerging first from Oakland. We are the spiritual, artistic, social justice hub of our nation. People walk around wearing these identities of change proudly is awe inspiring and shapes my work for the better.

What’s your favorite hidden gem in Downtown Oakland? Why?
Compared to SF the entire Downtown Oakland is a hidden gem.

Do you partner with local suppliers / craft people / artists? Why?
I partner all the time with local businesses and events to lead rituals and workshops on energy healing. Collaboration creates so much more awareness as I get to connect with new audiences and bring my following into new spaces.

What must-see spots are within walking distance to you?
Clearly everyone who visits or lives here MUST frequent Lake Merritt. It’s like the heart of Oakland.

What’s your favorite Nightlife/Cultural destination in Downtown Oakland? Why?
First Friday is a monthly event that I enjoy frequently. The event brings out all of the diversity within the crowds, musical artists, vendors, food, etc.

What are your favorite things to do in Oakland? Why?
Hands down my favorite place to visit is the Redwood Regional Park. I feel there’s no place that’s more important than nature. I go there often to clear my head and breath in fresh energy.

Where’s the best spot to catch live music Oakland? Why?
Over the years I’ve enjoyed the quality music from the The New Parish.

Who’s your favorite Oakland-based visual artist or performer?
My favorite Oakland-based group is actually the Thrive Choir. They sing amazing spiritual, social justice songs at the Thrive monthly gathering and have a street choir that sings at protests and demonstrations. I love Thrive East Bay.

The Oakland Symphony

Oakland Symphony

The Oakland Symphony, Youth Orchestra and Chorus bring together orchestral music, choral music and youth education to strengthen the Oakland/East Bay community.

What does your business offer and why should people check it out?
We offer classical and symphonic music not only “for” Oakland, but “of” Oakland’s diverse communities.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
The desire to celebrate inclusion and diversity through classical music.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
The Paramount Theatre – beautiful, historic, great shows.
The Port Bar– friendly, local, community.
The Uptown Nightclub – intimate live shows.

What inspires you to go to work everyday?
Our mission – to make classical and symphonic music available to all, especially those who might not normally be exposed to it.

Do you have any advice for people looking to start a business in Oakland?
Develop a mission around how your business will contribute and enhance the Oakland diaspora and use that as your guide.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
A sense of togetherness and focus to preserve and enhance Oakland’s rich culture.

What must-see spots are within walking distance to you?
Lake Merritt, statutes in Kaiser Park.

What’s your favorite Nightlife/Cultural destination in Downtown Oakland? Why?
I like the Port Bar for it’s sense of community.

Where’s the best spot to catch live music Oakland? Why?
The Paramount Theatre, it’s beautiful and historic.

Who’s your favorite Oakland-based visual artist or performer?
Michael Morgan, Music Director and Conductor of Oakland Symphony.

Rooted In Oakland featuring Kev Choice and Schubert

Oakland Symphony Rooted in Oakland Kev Choice
Oakland Symphony Rooted in Oakland Kev ChoiceRooted in Oakland March 23
Oakland Symphony presents
Rooted in Oakland

featuring Kev Choice and Schubert

Oakland Symphony

We look into the future of Oakland’s music with Oakland Native Kev Choice, a classically-trained pianist and composer debuting “Soul Restoration Suite”, an original symphonic piece commissioned by Oakland Symphony. Kev uses wit and creative lyricism to bring a positive and inspiring message to his unique blend of jazz, R&B, and soul. Also, for the more traditional, we are featuring Schubert, Rossini, and Bristow: Schubert was only 19 when he wrote his exuberant 5th symphony. Like Kev, he bent the genre of his day and discovered a unique symphonic voice of his own. Oakland Symphony’s high school and middle school orchestra, MUSE VIVO, joins the symphony as they play Rossini’s famous “Barber of Seville” overture–with a wink and a nod to Bugs Bunny!

Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Attendees will love this event because they will be exposed new music in a classical style and traditional classical music.

What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
An opportunity to showcase talent from Oakland, next to great composers of the past.

Mixtape, vol 2: Soul Restoration feat. D’Wayne Wiggins

Soul Restoration Mixtape Vol 2
Soul Restoration Mixtape Vol 2

Mixtape, vol 2: Soul Restoration feat. D’Wayne Wiggins

OakSym Mixtape vol. 2

Mixtape2: Soul Restoration feat. D’Wayne Wiggins brings together old-skool Oakland and today’s players with a dash of Oakland Symphony flair.

Curated by Oakland’s own Kev Choice, Soul Restoration celebrate’s the foundation and future of Oakland culture. Experience soul restoration with Tony! Toni! Toné!’s D’Wayne Wiggins, NAACP Image Award
nominated poet Prentice Powell with members of the Oakland Symphony, Lalin, and official DJ to the Golden State Warriors DJ D Sharp at The Uptown Nightclub.