3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2018 Series

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Free live music and local entertainment in Downtown Oakland from May to October.

Latham Square
Broadway & Telegraph at 15th Street
5pm-8pm

Looking for fun, free live events in Downtown Oakland? 3rd Thursdays in Latham Square are back!

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square offer free, family-friendly live entertainment, food, beverages and shopping, all right here in Downtown Oakland. Grab a friend and come out to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, local Oakland talent, food truck vendors, local Oakland vendors and beer and wine.


Sterling James

This year’s series will be hosted by local radio host, Sterling James!

Sterling James was born and raised in the Bay Area and has spent all 30+ years of her radio career in San Francisco, CA. She started at her high school radio station, KVHS, in 1985. Went on to get a BA in radio and television at San Francisco State University and honed her skills on-air at KSOL, Alice@97.3 and Energy 92.7. Sterling currently holds down the mid-day slot at R&B heritage station 102.9 KBLX and has been doing so since 2006. Throughout the year, Sterling hosts dozens of star studded and community events nationwide. And when not on the mic, she is dedicated to enriching the lives of Bay Area children by volunteering for organizations such as Youth Speaks, Elevate Oakland and The Crucible. Check out her website to learn more.


2018 LineUp

You can view this season’s line up below. Check back frequently as we’ll be updating it with new information regularly.

brass-boppers

MJ’s Brass Boppers

May 17, 2018

Attending a MJ’s Brass Boppers show is the next best thing to following a brass band down New Orleans’ famed Claiborne Ave. The swinging and singing brass-line is the Bay Area’s only New Orleans-style brass band whose founding members were born and raised in New Orleans itself.

This group’s sound has been meticulously formed over years of practicing and experimenting together, fusing classic high energy NOLA performance with funk, jazz, modern pop, with a second line rhythm and twist. Check out some sample grooves or learn more about the artists on their website.

Naima Shalhoub with Tarik Kazaleh

Naima Shalhoub with Tarik Kazaleh

May 17, 2018

Naima Shalhoub and Tarik Kazaleh are Oakland-based Arab-American artists have been performing, creating and composing music together since 2012. Kazaleh is an MC, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has toured throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Shalhoub is a vocalist, composer and musician who has toured Lebanon and throughout the United States. Collectively they have performed in jails, community centers, jazz clubs and concert halls all over the Bay Area with Shalhoub’s band, most notably for the release of “Live in San Francisco County Jail” recorded in 2015. They draw upon their Arab music traditions and American soul repertoire while experimenting with sound and lyric. Their next recorded collaboration involves Shalhoub’s full-length studio album with plans for release in 2019.

DJ Platurn

DJ Platurn

May 17, 2018

A 24 year veteran of the music industry, Platurn has traveled the world many times over bringing phenomenal music to multiple corners of the globe. With a client list that includes Red Bull, Toyota, Pandora, Adidas, Pixar, Monster Cable, MTV, Rane, and the Golden State Warriors to name just a few, he’s built a reputation as a tastemaker with vision and a sense of community and in turn preserving crucial aspects of DJ and music culture. Founder of the Oakland Faders and The 45 Sessions, the man is just getting started. Learn more.

Bang Data

Bang Data

June 21, 2018

Based in Oakland, California – Bang Data is like California itself – built on Latin traditions, but deeply hybrid in expression. This beloved SF Bay Area based band – led by singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I, and producer/instrumentalist Caipo who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad – they play cumbia, hip-hop and rock into a new language of sound for the people. Most known for their song placement of the self-titled track “Bang Data” from their album La Sopa” on AMC’s hit TV Drama ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 4, Episode titled ‘Salud’. The ensemble released their third studio album LOCO in February of this year. But since the 2016 release of the Quiero Creedence – a Latin tribute album to legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival –  Bang Data has received a growing wave of attention, including from the legends CCR themselves! Learn more.

Gina Madrid

Gina Madrid

June 21, 2018

Gina Madrid formerly Raw-G, Born and raised in Guadalajara Mexico. She brings her own distinct cross-cultural, multi-lingual, politically charged Hip-Hop to the Bay Area music scene captivating audiences with her passionate and aggressive performances. Gina Madrid left Mexico and moved to Oakland California in 1999, where she learned english by translating Hip-Hop lyrics from 2pac, The Fugees, and KRS-1. She developed an engaging, insightful, social conscious flow that challenges our musical and gender preconceptions of Hip-Hop culture.

Gina Madrid has performed with artists such as Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep, DJ Premier, KRS-One, Ozomatli, Royce Da 5’9, Ana Tojoux, La Mala, Natalia Lafourcade to name a few. She is definitely one the most exciting new MC’s to come out of Oakland California and an artist to keep an eye on. Her EP ‘Esperanza’ released July 14, 2015. This project contains collaborations with Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Lila Rose  and other Bay Area artists. Learn more.

El Kool Kyle (Sonido Baylando)

June 21, 2018

El Kool Kyle has been an integral part of the east bay music scene since 1993. He is comfortable in the studio as a producer, on stage as an emcee or rockin a crowd with one of his dj sets. His ability to combine Hiphop, Dancehall & Afro Latin music as a producer & deejay is just one of the things that makes him a local favorite.

In 2013, Celebrating 20 years of making music in the Bay Area, he co-founded Baylando Records, a new independent record label with a focus on modern urban indigenous dance music.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Ensemble Mik Nawooj

July 19, 2018

Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, Hip-Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates New Concert Music based on the musical materials of Hip-Hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques. Executed with MCs/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums and bass, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of Western European concert music aesthetic. The result is seamless tête-à-tête with “textures swimming through the sound…like the world’s fastest ping-pong game” (Pitchfork) and is considered the “cutting edge of hip-hop” (Huffington Post).

Dave Rocha “Hardbop” Quintet

July 19, 2018

The Dave Rocha Hardbop Quintet has been a main fixture in the greater Bay Area jazz scene for over fifteen years. In addition to their “residency” at Cafe Van Kleef in downtown Oakland, they perform at numerous festivals, music “series” and clubs.

The quintet, consists of trumpet and tenor on the front line, with keyboard, bass and drums in the rhythm section. The band has an amazing book of “straight-ahead”, hard driving jazz compositions, mainly in the “hardbop” tradition of the 50’s and 60’s,  with tunes by Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Bennie Golson, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis, just to name a few. They also play some “originals” contributed by the band members. Learn more.

GAHR

July 19, 2018

GAHR is a San Francisco based producer and DJ. Raised on a healthy dose of hip hop, jazz, psychedelia and abstract electronic music, GAHR’s DJ sets along with his own creations are as varied as his influences. Check out the music here.

Girl 6

Girl 6

August 16, 2018

Girl6 is a Prince tribute band, comprised of a rotating lineup of 6 dynamic female vocalists primarily hailing from the Bay Area.  Vocalists have included: Oakland-based MC/Actress RyanNicole, vocalist/producer Femi Andrades, punk/jazz vocalist Viveca Hawkins, Songwriter/Educator Candice Antique, Atlantic Recording Artist Netta Brielle, & Pop/RnB artist Kween, with choreography supported by Starchild Enterprise Creative Director Traci Bartlow. Follow them on Facebook here.

Afroholix

August 16, 2018

Afroholix blends Funk, Soul, Hip Hop and Jazz improv from deep outer space to make the mix just right. Featuring some of the Bay’s top talent, Afroholix combines many different genres of Black music to make something beautiful, funky and fresh. Every show is a unique event. We drop Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz with love and soulful improvisation to make each night a special one. Born and raised from Oakland’s rich musical legacy, Afroholix began our journey in early 2015. Influenced by Miles, Jimi, Sade, classic Hip Hop and golden era Jazz, we do our thing and make it funky!

Alphabet

August 16, 2018

Chris Burger, CB, aka “Charlie Bravo”, is one of the two driving forces of the lyrical juggernaut known as Alphabet Soup. Putting out his first rap record in 1988 and continuing on over 3 decades of work with live Hip hop collectives. He’s done both national and international tours to the tune of over 1500 shows. Most known fronting bands with a rhythm section, horns, and vocalists- the word play, the conscious “edutainment”, and the spiritual soul vibrations to heal through personal transformation and community cohesion, he is one of few emcees that has stood the test of time. Now on his 13th release in summer 2018, his project “Luv Phenomena” is volume 1 in a series featuring many of the producers, vocalists, and players he has built with over the years.

DJ Davey D

August 16, 2018

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. Davey D has been featured as an expert commentator in more than 35 documentaries and TV shows including; Letters to The President, Mac Dre, Beef, Thug Angel, American Gangster and the Award Winning PBS Rap City Rhapsody. He’s also been featured on Democracy Now, the Tavis Smiley Show, BET, Air America, Fox News, CNN, the Ayona Show, Free Speech TV, VH1, Nightline, America’s Black Forum and numerous other outlets. Davey D is a strong proponent of media justice and has spoken around the country at conferences, FCC hearings, Congressional briefings and at the Congressional Black Caucus on matters ranging from Media Consolidation to Radio Royalty Rates to Political Activism within Hip Hop. Davey D is the co-founder and host of several Political and Hip Hop oriented media projects both on and off line including Hard Knock Radio (HKR), an award-winning daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics where he is the co-host. Learn more.

Sal's Greenhouse

Sal’s Greenhouse

September 20, 2018

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. Sal’s Greenhouse built an impressive body of original music with a varied blend of influences like Nikka Costa, Brand New Heavies, Sharon Jones, and many more, resulting in a completely unique and original funky and soulful sound that feels good and moves its fast growing audience. Learn more.

Solas B. Lalgee

Details coming soon.

Nina Sol

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Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather with Special Guests

Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather with Special Guests

October 18, 2018

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Brass Mafia

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DJ Lady Fingaz

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