Free live music and local entertainment in Downtown Oakland from May to October.
Broadway & Telegraph at 15th Street
Looking for fun, free live events in Downtown Oakland? Look no further!
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square offer family-friendly live entertainment, food, beverages and shopping, all right here in Downtown Oakland. Come out, kick back and enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, local Oakland talent, Off the Grid food truck vendors, local Oakland vendors and beer and wine.
You can view this season’s line up below. Check back frequently as we’ll be updating it with new information regularly.
SambaFunk! Funkquarrians w/King Theo
May 18, 2017
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square | SambaFunk!
SambaFunk! is a collective of dancers, musicians, artists and community members, bringing to life the essence of Carnival. Their work links African cultural traits and traditions to African-Latino, African-Caribbean and African-American cultures and music. Prepare yourself for a feel good, Downtown Oakland Dance Fest by checking out a sample video. Learn more about the creative force driving SambaFunk!, King Theo.
Jennifer Johns and Friends
June 15, 2017
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square | Jennifer Johns
Jennifer Johns’ soulful “Afro Diasporic”rhythmic sounds and lyrics evoke feelings of love, power, freedom and fun that calls you to community action. She has visited many countries and opened for an impressive list of musicians, including Lauren Hill, Ziggy Marley, Common, and The Black Eyed Peas. Learn more here and stay in touch via Facebook.
July 20, 2017
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square | Alta Cali
Coming out of the rich cultural and musical diversity of Northern California, Alta California is a musical experience that could only have happened here. Original music which draws from the beautiful traditions that have become part of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re talking about flamenco, Afro-Cuban, R&B , salsa, pop music, and Spanish Rumba.
Altogether, these styles were named “Rumba Esquina” by the band and its fans. Connect with Alta Cali on Facebook or check out a sample video.
East Bay Express’ Best of the East Bay Party
August 17, 2017
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square | Zion I Crew
The Annual Best of the East Bay Issue by East Bay Express celebrates their editors’ and readers’ picks for the best restaurants, bars, shops, people, and places in our region. The most popular issue of the year is celebrated at Latham Square on August 17 as part of the 3rd Thursday series presented by Oakland Central.
The Oakland-based MC/Producer Zion I (a.k.a. Zumbi) is in the top echelon of conscious, party-rocking hip-hop artists. With more than two-dozen albums, mixtapes, EP’s and vibrant collaborations with notables such as Amp Live and DJ K-Genius under his belt, Zion I has transcended the hip-hop world and evolved into an independent touring artist who appeals to a broad spectrum of the live music community. Learn more here and stay in touch via Facebook.
The Hogan Brothers featuring Omega Rae and Ajai Kasim
The Hogan Brothers are a progressive-world-fusion band hailing from Oakland, Ca. Bay Area natives, their music is Funk and Jazz steeped in many world music genres studied in their extensive travels around the globe. Learn more here and stay in touch via Facebook.
DJ D-Sharp, Official DJ of the Golden State Warriors
A skilled entertainer and triple threat, D Sharp can produce, DJ and rock his own mic. His passion for music coupled with diligence, has gained him attention from industry professionals, and to move with the best of the best. Whether touring the world with acclaimed artists, producing albums and orchestrating mixtapes, or DJing for hungry party-goers, his love for music shines through all his projects and has awarded him success on all fronts. Learn more here and stay in touch via Facebook.
Dirty Cello featuring Oakland Symphony’s Rebecca Roudman
September 21, 2017
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square | Dirty Cello
From China to Italy, Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! Check out their website and sample clips of House is a Rockin’ and Don’t Call Me Honey.
Axis Dance Company – Opening Performance
Oakland based AXIS Dance Company will open the evening with a short performance excerpt from their upcoming 30th Anniversary season. www.axisdance.org.
Kev Choice Ensemble
October 19, 2017
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square | Kev Choice
Kev Choice leads The Kev Choice Ensemble is a jazz-hip-hop-funk big band, in addition to producing and performing his own material, which includes original jazz and classical compositions as well as classical-, jazz-, and funk-inspired hip-hop.
Currently based in his hometown of Oakland, Choice has also spent considerable amount of time in the South and Midwest, attending college in Louisiana and Illinois and living for awhile in Atlanta. “I may travel and dip to different places from time to time, but The Town will always be home,” he says. “I grew up in Oakland so I definitely have a strong connection to the city and community.“ Check out his website to learn more or a watch a clip of Choice Live at Yoshi’s.
This event series is made possible thanks to the support of our generous sponsors