3rd Thursdays at Latham Square October 17, 2019

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

October 17, 2019

5pm-8pm

We are very excited to have the legendary Pete Escovedo in the house for the close out of the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square.

Sterling James photo

 

 

 

 

It’s also Sterling James’ birthday come out to join the celebration with great music, great people, good food and unique items to purchase.

Hosts: Sterling James and Leon Dnas Sykes

Live Entertainment
Pete Escovedo – Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years.
Born in Pittsburg, CA, July 13th, 1935, he began his musical journey while attending high school in Oakland, CA. At the age of sixteen, he began playing the saxophone and then discovered percussion which became his love of rhythm and his dream of playing Latin Jazz music.

After performing with various bands, in 1960 Pete and his brothers, Coke and Phil Escovedo formed the Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz band, performing around the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1970 Pete and Coke formed the band “Azteca” that toured the United States with Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. They recorded two albums on Columbia records which are now considered collectors items, “Azteca” and “Pyramid of the Moon”.

In 1972 Pete toured and performed with the Carlos Santana band and recorded three major albums, “Moonflower”, “Oneness” and “Inner Secrets”.

In 1978 Pete and daughter Sheila E. recorded two albums on Fantasy records “Solo Two” and “Happy Together” which were produced by Billy Cobham.
Pete’s versatility as a Percussionist has been featured in performances and recordings by a wide range of Artists such as Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Ray Obiedo, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Angela Bofill, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, Prince, and the list goes on.

He has performed with his Orchestra for President Obama twice at the White House.

The Jamming Nachos – The Jamming Nachos area straight up Rock N Roll band from Oakland, CA.  They are the 2014 Mayhem contest winners for best song/band under 18. They were the  finalist in the 2014 Oakland’s Got Talent contest.  This band is without a doubt one of the most exciting live shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“What are people saying about this group: These kids played a blend of rap, hip hop, and hard rock with lyrics that were socially conscious. It was super inspiring to hear a group of kids under 21 playing music that has roots in funk, soul and rap.”
— SF SONIC

Vendors

Beer, Wine & Beverages – Old Kan and Beer Co., Craft Bar Services, and Dr Hops Kombucha Beer
Food Truck
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!

Sponsors

Kapor Center, Lennar Company, Junction Properties, Main Street Launch, John Muir, Lane Partners, Oakland Athletics

 

 

 

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square September 19, 2019

Oakland 3rd Thurs Sept 2019

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

September 19, 2019

5pm-8pm

Join us for the kick-off of Oakland Cocktail Week with a couple speciality craft cocktails featuring Hennessy on deck from local fave downtown Oakland bars. Come out to enjoy Latham Square activated with LIVE music, food, beer, wine, beverages, games and good ole community fun with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Event Hosts: Sterling James and Leon Dnas Sykes

Live Entertainment
Collectivity  – Freshly transplanted to San Francisco Bay Area from Shanghai, China and originally hailing from Virginia, Ben Misterka’s story is anything but ordinary.  Spending the past 6 years based in Shanghai, he is well known as a top call session and touring guitarist, regularly performing at arenas, major festivals, and intimate clubs alike, with leading pop artists, internationally renowned touring acts, and his original project “Collectivity”.  He is quickly turning heads and making an impact across California and beyond.

Collectivity’s original music is a high energy, jazz-funk, psychedelic soul with a rock edge performed by world class musicians.  Carefully arranged and and uniquely written tunes with a jazz sensibility, ripping and soulful guitar solos, funky ass horn breaks, thick lush organ and synth tones, fat groovy low end, with a dirty pocket made for dancing while gettin yo mind right!

Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine – 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.

Unlearn The World – He’s never won any awards, yet his words win over hearts. He’s never been part of the “Freshmen Class” or on the cover of any magazine, but his message is in a class of its own, proving to be just as potent and relevant as any rapper on your top five list. Considering this, it’s safe to say that UnLearn is probably the dopest MC you’ve never heard, but need to listen to. Labeled as one of “Most slept on MC’s” by a number of Hip Hop Blogs and industry taste-makers, UnLearn chose to embrace his underdog status in the game, titling his debut album “The Wake Up Call”. As an MC, Writer, Poet, Actor, Activist and overall Renaissance Man, UnLearn takes the best from all dimensions of song writing on this project, in order to showcase his substantive, yet accessible brand of lyricism while he chronicles the emotions, triumphs and tragedies that make up the Urban American experience.

Most recently, UnLearn has been gradually becoming an energizing force within the Bay Area Hip Hop scene. With co-signs from members of Hieroglyphics and other OG’s of the Bay, UnLearn has been a Mainstay and now Co-Director at Return Of The Cypher, one of the more popular weekly Hip Hop Cypher events in San Francisco. Further, UnLearn has recently been made Vice President of the All Tribes San Francisco Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, as well as one of the lead beat making instructors for the Oakland based non-profit Today’s Future Sound, which empowers youth in the Bay and worldwide by teaching them beat making, DJ’ing, songwriting and the history of Hip Hop, giving them a sense of the cultural significance of the music. UnLearn has recently released “The New Golden Era” mixtape, his first mixtape in 3 years, as a follow up to his Debut album and is currently working on a Self-Produced EP.

 

Vendors

Beer, Wine & Beverages – Old Kan and Beer Co., Urbano Cellars, Craft Bar Services, and Dr Hops Kombucha Beer
Food Truck
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!

Sponsors

Kapor Center, Lennar Company, Junction Properties, Main Street Launch, John Muir, Lane Partners, Oakland Athletics

 

 

 

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square August 15, 2019

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

August 15, 2019

5pm-8pm

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!

Event Hosts: Sterling James and Leon Dnas Sykes

Live Entertainment
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.

Vendors

Beer, Wine & Beverages – Old Kan and Beer Co., Urbano Cellars, Craft Bar Services, and Dr Hops Kombucha Beer
Food Truck
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!

 

 

 

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square July 18, 2019

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

July 18, 2019

5pm-8pm

Still, feel like celebrating Independence Day, come out to 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square where the party continues.  Check out the line up for this month.

Live Entertainment
Whiskerman  – is a rock-and-roll overture to our great unraveling.  Over the last 7 years the Oakland band has developed an underground reputation for tackling the sublime with their ambitious songwriting, thunderous stage show, and acute lyricism. They have since emerged as an engine of the Bay Area’s revitalized psychedelic and festival scenes. Frontman Graham Patzner, who will crow like a medicine show preacher, and then coo you into the arms of his lovesick eternity, might be a spitfire protege of the underworld himself, though, through and through he will remind you that there is no rapture without artistry. On the surface this is splendid rock-and-roll, rooted in the classic, psych and glam rock tradition, but the pageantry and chaos of Whiskerman’s performances will leave you describing an experience more than a sound.

Whiskerman is preparing to release their fourth studio album, Kingdom Illusion–a rock and roll vision quest that ushers the band’s elegiac psychedellia towards a louder, pushier, more colorful sound. Their past albums have been described as “ecstatic psychedelia, sturdily constructed pop-rock, pick-and-grin folk all together as a single picture.” (Flood Magazine)
The band is: Graham Patzner (vocals, guitar, violin and piano), Will Lawrence (bass), and Charles Lloyd (guitar and sitar), Dan Schwartz (drums), and Jeremy Lyon (guitar).

Speakeasē – started by Adrienne Wickham-Gobert & Daniel Erik, began on a small stage in a Redwood forest up in Mendocino county. Shortly after kindling their musical spirits, Adrienne and Daniel grew the group into a 5-piece neo-soul, funk ensemble.

Our sound is reminiscent of new bands like Hiatus Kaiyote, Moonchild and Grace Potter yet throwback vibes of Sam Cooke and Bill Withers. We blend soul, funk, rock, blues, and folk into a curated hot plate of musical vibrations that will be sure to move your soul and leave you dancing.

DJ True Justice – aka The Man of Steel, has been a pioneer in the Bay Area Hip Hop scene since 1989. In an era where real deejaying skills have become scare, True Justice holds the torch, and is known for tearing clubs down in every city and every town. No stranger to hustle and showmanship, he comes from the era of constantly packing the vinyl crates and being out on the road!

True’s ambition is to showcase the amount of talent that he has amassed in the last 17 years in Northern California, better known as The Yay Area. While still in high school, True Justice was a hip hop dancer for the Oakland, CA super-group A.P.G. (Action Packed Gangstas), and at the age of 16, he found himself doing concerts with the likes of Digital Underground, Capital Tax, Paris and K-Cloud — while witnessing first hand the birth of the independent hip hop game in the culturally rich Bay Area.

Vendors
Beer, Wine & Beverages
Food Truck
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Come out after work, invite friends and family to join a fun evening of music, food, and that Oakland community vibe!

 

 

 

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square June 20, 2019

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

June 20, 2019

5pm-8pm

Come out and celebrate early the beginning of Summer

Live Entertainment
Midtown Social  – Formed in 2012, this band’s mix of sass and brass is guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think. Continuing in the tradition of badass Bay Area family bands, Midtown Social picks up the beat from Sly & the Family Stone and takes off from where Jefferson Airplane landed. Known across the region for their chic and soulful sound as well as their epic dance parties, Midtown Social moved SF Weekly to declare that “An alabaster statue would have two-stepped to that magic.

Touring the West Coast for the past two years, Midtown has been featured at such music festivals as High Sierra, Guitarfish, and Stern Grove, playing for audiences in the thousands while sharing the stage with pop icons such as Janelle Monae and Kehlani.

Midtown Social is a diverse community of writers, musicians, and dreamers. They are black and white, queer and straight, married and single. They represent the face of young America—and they are the new California Soul.

No Lovely Thing – No Lovely Thing is a seven-piece soul band based in Oakland, CA. Led by singer Melissa Jones’ percussive melodies and captivating voice, the band weaves elements of funk, blues, reggae and jazz into their modern R&B mix. Always leaving room for improvisation and giving each song the chance to blow up, the band’s natural bond and instinctive interactions are flawless, exploding with effortless ease.

Known for their electrifying live sets and ever-growing enthusiastic crowds at legendary Bay Area clubs including The Independent, The Chapel, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, The Boom Boom Room, and The New Parish, No Lovely Thing thrives on performing, feeding off the energy of their crowds to make each show unique. They’ve been compared to Alabama Shakes, Vulfpeck, The Internet and Erykah Badu, and have recently opened up for Trombone Shorty, The Soul Rebels, and Royal Jelly Jive.

DJ Black – DJ Black (aka Mellanique Robicheaux) is a veteran of the LGBT scene who learned to spin records while living in Acorn Projects.  DJ Black currently spins at various hot spots in The Town.

Vendors
Beer, Wine & Beverages
Food Truck
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Come out after work, invite friends and family to join a fun evening of music, food, and that Oakland community vibe!

 

 

 

DATE UPDATED 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square May 23, 2019

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

NEW DATE MAY 23, 2019

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

May 23, 2019

5pm-8pm

It’s the 4th season of the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square and 2019 season is starting off HOT! HOT! HOT!

If you have been to the past 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square then you already know the vibe is cool, the music is on point, and it’s all about community!  Don’t be a FOMO this year!!

Live Entertainment
Planet Booty – Conceived in Oakland, CA by two Indiana brothers, Planet Booty first emerged along the west coast as a 6-to-10-piece funk and soul dance party powerhouse with a reputation for limit-pushing and theatrics.  Dance to their eclectic electro-funk and move to their original R’n’B grooves.

Jamming Nachos – The Jamming Nachos are a straight up Rock N Roll band from Oakland.  They are the 2014 Mayhem contest winners for best song/band under 18 as well as the finalist in the 2014 Oakland’s Got Talent contest.  This band is without a doubt one of the most exciting live shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DJ Tek-Neek – Growing up in East Oakland around HIERO and the HOBO – Junction, being influenced by Beat Street, TEK bought his first pair of turntables and a Pyramid mixer and began djing card games during the original side-show day at Eastmont Mall. TEK knows how to read a crowd and has the skills to elevate any party. When Tek is on the mic, his gift of gab will make a crowd of strangers feel like 200 of his closest friends.

Vendors
Beer, Wine & Beverages
Food Truck
Local merchants, community organizations, and artisans showcasing their products and services.

Come out after work, invite friends and family to join a fun evening of music, food, and that Oakland community vibe!

 

 

 

The UpLift Black Pop-up Experience

UPLift PopUp OAACC Nov3

The UpLift Black Pop-Up Experience

RSVP

What does your business offer and why should people check it out?
OAACC’s mission is to strengthen Oakland’s Black business community. The UpLift Black Pop Up Experience features Black makers, designers, and retailers to increase their exposure and revenue while creating community.

What are a few of your favorite businesses in downtown Oakland? Why?
alaMAr, Calavera, Southern Cafe, Lungomare, Miss Ollies, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, Suya Grill – All Black-owned businesses we support. We also like are Agave Oakland.

Why should you attend this event?
It is more than just another pop-up experience, UPLIFT is a curated space that showcases a vibrant environment of women’s, men’s, kid’s, accessories, objects, and much more made by local Black makers and artists.

Poppin’ Bottles, Sparkling Wine Party

Dine and Dashe-Celebrating Bubbles with Chef Aaronette
2016 Vintage Sparkling Wine Release

DATE: Saturday, November 3rd
TIME: Winery open 12PM-6:00PM
Chefs menu available 2PM-5PM
Live music 2PM-5PM
COST: Admission is Complimentary, food and wine available for purchase
MUSICIAN: Back by popular demand — Trace Repeat Trace Repeat is a soul and funk band from Oakland, CA. They bring back that old school funk, with music inspired by their musical forefathers: James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Prince. Get down on it!
CHEF: Chef Aaronette Celebrating Bubbles Menu:
Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche
Roasted Chicken with Grapefruit Glaze served over organic mixed greens or veggie potato hash
Lemon Bars

We’re releasing an elegant sparkling wine made from Chenin Blanc grapes: we harvested the grapes at night, fermented cold, and aged in the bottle on the yeast for 20 months. The complex aromas of toast, minerals, and stone fruit—along with the tiny bubbles—were our reward. This wine deserves a party! Join us the first Saturday of every month for wines by the glass, live music by local artists, and a restaurant pop-up featuring local chefs.

Free admission – Kid-Friendly – Dog-Friendly
No Outside Food or Drink please

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square October 18, 2018

Oct 2018 3rd Thursday Latham Square

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square

Downtown Oakland

October 18, 2018

5pm-8pm

It’s an early spooktacular evening of community, music, and birthday celebration for Sterling James.

We are closing out the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2018 season celebrating Happy Born Day for the Bay Area’s favorite radio personality with soul – Sterling James!

It promises to be a spooktacular evening of off the charts music, vendors selling unique, handmade items, a specialty drink in honor of Sterling, and most of all a community vibe.

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

Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather – bringing us a distinct sound rooted in its five brass instruments, mixing those organic sounds with heavy EDM, hip-hop, rock, and world music. Soulful vocals are often added on top, and it all comes together to create something fresh, eclectic, and genre-defying. Heaviest Feather recently premiered its “Tribute to the Ladies of Hip Hop” in January of 2018 in Jazz Mafia’s monthly Live Mixtape series.

Brass Mafia – is a New Orleans/Bay Area fusion band, who puts a strong emphasis on heavy backbeats, creative improvisation and a unique mix of songs and arrangements. The Brass Mafia includes trombone, trumpet, saxes, drums and most importantly TUBA! But while the band is based on a 100-year-old tradition, the group’s sound incorporates music from many different decades and continents, playing a wide variety of originals and unexpected mashups, with frequent rapper and vocalists guests.

DJ Lady Fingaz – as a Dj, she mixes a variety of genres accompanied by an array of showstopping turntablism and live production this southern belle knows how to rock a party!” Lady Fingaz joined the collective Females Wit Funk, which features the top female turntablists from around the world.

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 Cocktail Week

Oakland Cocktail Week Sept 15-23, 2018

Oakland Cocktail Week

September 15 – 23, 2018

Oakland, Alameda, and Emeryville
Oakland Cocktail Week

Celebrate Oakland’s unique cocktail heritage throughout the week with events and venues throughout Oakland.

There is a little something for everyone to experience from cocktail competitions, to film premieres, to workshops, to community discussions, to tiki crawls.

The festivities start this weekend(9/15/18) with a Local Craft Spirits Showcase at the Eat Real Festival in Jack London Square, ending next weekend(9/23/18) with a Cocktail Competition & Dance Party Fundraiser presented by Hennessy at Starline Social Club.