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 Choice
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

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.

SLATE Art

SLATE Art - Andrzej Art Piece
Andrzej Art Piece at SLATE Art.

www.slateart.net

473 25th Street

SLATE Art is a boutique creative firm. They exhibit and sell the work of their favorite artists armed with their in-depth knowledge of contemporary art, as well as an interest in curating, architecture, and interior design.

What does your business offer and why should people check it out?
The mission of SLATE Art is to create opportunities for people to live, work, and engage with art that delights and stimulates the mind and senses, inspires creativity and innovation, and expresses our clients’ individual taste and values. People should check out SLATE’s gallery for curated shows and come to SLATE for art consulting needs.

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
SLATE contemporary gallery was founded in Oakland in 2009, and SLATE Art Consulting in 2013. These positions allow SLATE to develop relationships with artists all over the Bay Area, to curate over sixty-five temporary exhibitions in both gallery and office environments, to advise both commercial and private clients regarding permanent acquisitions, and sales at auction.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
Kuhl Frames + Art is one of our favorite businesses for custom framing because of their amazing attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of archival issues and environment. We love seeing fine and functional art together so Marion + Rose is another favorite as they have great taste and a deep commitment to the local community.

Do you partner with local suppliers / craft people / artists? Why?
Yes, because local arts are important to us as a business!

“In the Name of Love”, 16th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.

Living Jazz tribute to MLK Oakland
Living Jazz tribute to MLK Oakland

In the Name of Love

16th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

Oakland Scottish Rite Center

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 7pm

In the Name of Love, Oakland’s Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. King, is proud to present “Songs of Change” highlighting five outstanding vocalists including Nicolas Bearde, Kim Nalley, Tiffany Austin, Amikaeyla Gaston and Jessica Lá Rel with Tammy Hall on piano, Marcus Shelby on bass, Allison Miller on drums, Adam Theis on horns and Terrence Brewer on guitar.

The powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project will also perform. Dana King will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented to Wendy Jackson, an outstanding Oakland citizen. The 2018 MLK Tribute will provide a platform for a one-time exciting collective, creative experience meant to inspire hope, celebrate Oakland’s cultural history, and highlight the power of music to spur positive change.

Our 16th Annual Tribute, which will support the Living Jazz Children’s Project (a free music education project for Oakland public elementary schools) promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music. For tickets and information please visit livingjazz.org/mlktribute or call Living Jazz, 510-858-5313

Tell us why attendees will love this event.
East Bay residents look forward to the MLK Tribute each year as a way to honor Dr. King’s legacy, experience a creative, joyful collective experience and to support free music education in Oakland public elementary schools.

What inspired the event?
Recognizing that Oakland, one of the country’s most diverse cities, did not have a non-denominational musical tribute to Dr. King, in 2002, Living Jazz decided to provide one for the city. the event is designed to to celebrate and honor, through music, one of the greatest humanitarians of our time- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to provide a showcase for our public school children and outstanding local talent.

For more information visit: www.livingjazz.org/mlktribute

Flyaway Productions presents: The Right To Be Believed

Flyaway Productions presents: The Right To Be Believed

The Lot

1100 Broadway

October 6 & 7, 2017, shows at 8pm & 9pm

The Right To Be Believed uses the gravity-defying art form of aerial dance—performers navigating vertical urban landscapes with ropes and harnesses—to elevate female voices and call attention to the legal, social, and professional constraints that disempower women.

The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland

Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland

ARTS & CULTURE

www.oaklandoctopus.org

The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space with delicious homemade salads and sandwiches, superb espresso drinks, uplifting house sodas, draft beer and wine. We support local musicians, writers, and performers of all kinds by offering open, nightly local bookings. We are an excellent space to rent for private parties too.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We wanted the combination: café/bookstore/intimate performance space– because there wasn’t one.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We genuinely and uniquely support creative expression in Oakland.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Plum Bar, Era Art Bar & Lounge , Vamp Records, Starline Social Club.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The people!

Whale’s Wake at Flight Deck

APRIL 2016 | EVENTS

www.raggedwing.org/shows/201516-season-kin/whales-wake-april-16-may-7-2016/

Whale’s Wake is an original play by Amy Sass produced by Ragged Wing Ensemble at The Flight Deck. Funny, sexy, incantatory, Whale’s Wake follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead. This ambitious dark comedy about a family dealing with the sudden death of their patriarch engages the audience in a sweeping story that moves from slapstick and religious satire to haunting, abstract, poetic images to explore major themes about the meaning of life, death, and family.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
In 2013, Amy Sass lost her father at the age of 61 and witnessed a beached whale at Stinson Beach. Whale’s Wake was born. This 3-year journey to bring this show to audiences involved dozens of drafts, dozens of artists, and the birth of a truly unique theatrical world on stage.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It combines tragedy, comedy, surreal imagery and emotional grit, and explores onstage a topic (the death of a loved one) with humor, whimsy and gravity all at once.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
There are lots of great restaurants to get dinner at before the show and lots of great bars to get a drink after the show all in walking distance.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
The Flight Deck is a shared space for dozens of small arts organizations and artists.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It is home.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This show is really good you guys. Audience members are leaving saying it’s better than what they’re seeing at Berkeley Rep and other big theaters. Just saying.