3rd Thursdays at Latham Square
August 15, 2019
This month we are celebrating the Black Arts Movement with some to the Town’s most cool talent. Enjoy world sounds, jazz, R& B while shopping local vendors and bites for the food truck!
Terrible Tom Bowden – “Terrible Tom” Bowden comes from a very popular musical family. Tom started his music career in Oakland, CA in 1948 at the Lincoln Theatre on 7th Street as a singer in a talent show. He performed Mule Train by Frankie Lane. By the early 50’s, Tom was harmonizing with vocal groups singing doo wop. By the 60’s he was singing in some of the top clubs in California. He broke in at the difficult North Beach music circuit with The Queen of Broadway, Carol Doda He also worked at Big Al’s, and The Condor Club working with Mr.Swim, Bobby Freeman and Wally Cox. Tom soon moved to the Los Angeles music scene and was an instant hit. Tom was the first black to perform on La Cienega Blvd. at the Apartment Club with his band, LTD with Jeffrey Osborne on drums.
Tom has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Count Bassie, the Four Tops, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Richard Pryor, Redd Fox, the Whispers, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson and Sam & Dave. Terrible Tom sat in for Dave so it was Sam & Tom at the Sportsman Club where they sang When Something Is Wrong With My Baby. At one point Tom’s back up band was a group of singers who became known as Bloodstone. Tom was Stevie Wonder’s driver and body guard and worked with Shorty Long who made the hit Function at the Junction.
Prosperity Movement – Spreading peace love and prosperity through music and film. The Prosperity movement brings the best of Elevated Urban World Lifestyle Music!! From Oakland Ca. to the rest of the world!!
Their album was made for the urban traveler. Prosperity Movement is Culture, Orisa, Reggae, Hip Hop, Rhythm and Blues through the lens of Urban World Music artists, WolfHawkJaguar and Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri. From Oakland Ca. to the rest of the world sonically and visually they travel through the beauty, love and prosperity of Urban World African Culture. Enjoy the sounds, and sights, travel with the Prosperity Movement.
Valerie Troutt – Bay-area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. The Sound of Peace, her long-awaited, full-length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years culminating in Valerie Troutt’s acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies.
Beer, Wine & Beverages – Old Kan and Beer Co., Urbano Cellars, Craft Bar Services, and Dr Hops Kombucha Beer
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.
Come out after work, invite your friends, co-workers, and family to join in on a fun evening of music, food, and that Oakland community vibe!