Oct 12

Life is Living 11

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This Saturday, the Life is Living Festival returns for a FREE celebration of Oakland. This is a people-powered, community-coordinated effort to model a more sustainable, compassionate, creative and just world for all. It is reflective of the beauty, struggle and spirit of our communities. Come dream, dance, create and play! Learn more about what to expect:


Cal Shakes and Youth Speaks are teaming up to curate a theater stage celebrating FUTURISM: AFROS & BEYOND. With a pulsing through-line spun by DJ Slum B & MC’d by Lisa Evans, we’re featuring a mixtape of local artists conjuring liberatory futures through word, music, and movement.

12:00 pm | DJ Slum B & MC Lisa Evans | Theater Stage Opening
12:30 pm | Cal Shakes | black odyssey
12:50 pm | LAVEAU project | Laveau
1:10 pm | RYSE | Lead With Love
1:30 pm | Lower Bottom Playaz | Protection Shields
1:50 pm | TeAda Productions| Master of the Currents
2:10 pm | Dimensions Extensions | See Something, Do Something!
2:30 pm | Afro Urban Society | What Had Happened Was – Bakanal de Afrique
2:50 pm | Claudia Alick | The Revolution Will Be Accessible
3:10 pm | La Mezcla | Pachuquismo
3:30 pm | The Global Street Dance Masquerade| #AFRQM8 Dontuntrah

Be sure to check out The Crucible for a chance to win these dope wheels! In addition, The Crucible will be hosting *free* hands-on activities like copper stamping and leather cuff making AND a kids’ bike raffle. You don’t want to miss this interactive, all ages experience.
With holiday season around the corner, we got you covered with a Marketplace filled with local vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, artisanal soaps, essential oils, apparel, textiles and much more. Support your local Oakland entrepreneurs, creatives and makers!  

They also have an IndieGoGo campaign to help to pay for the expenses associated with putting on the festival.  Please donate here.

11th Annual Life Is Living Festival
Saturday, October 13th
De Fremery Park | 1651 Adeline Street 
West Oakland

See you there!

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Aug 29

Hiero Day #7

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Hiero Day is this Monday.  Tickets are $19.93 now (but go up on Monday).  The festival returns to its 3rd Street location (entrance on 3rd & MLK) in Oakland near Jack London Square.  In addition to music, there will also be a variety of food, vendors and a Kids’ Zone with reading every hour presented by Akira’s Book Club.

And it don’t stop…RSVP now for a free ticket to the after party presented by Wax Poetic x Beat Culture and hosted by Pep Love.

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Jul 06

Sorry to Bother You

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The first feature film from Boots Riley is out today in limited release!  Check showtimes in your area here.

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Jun 15

RIPNDIP Ice Cream Party

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RIPNDIP is hosting an ice cream party this weekend at 826 Mateo St, Los Angeles with special guest Rico Nasty.  RSVP at

Incidentally, Rico Nasty just dropped some new music…

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May 10

Porous Walker at VASF

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Our friend Yong-ki is curating a show by Porous Walker at VASF, 1485 Haight, SF.  Opens May 11, 2018 from 6-10pm and runs through June.

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Apr 27

Souls of Mischief Birthday Bash

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Tonight! Souls of Mischief are celebrating their birthdays at the Uptown Nightclub.  In alignment, all of the Souls of Mischief members were born in April:

 A Plus April 14th
Tajai – April 21st
Opio April 22nd
Phesto – April – 29th

 This is also the 20th anniversary of Focus, which was released April 20, 1998.

The night also features DJ Platurn, DJ True Justice and with special guests Planet Asia & DJ Fresh

Friday, April 27, 2018, Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Oakland, 9pm.

 For $19.93 pre-sale tickets | 21+ with ID

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Apr 18

Del + Amp Live

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Del + Amp Live are dropping a new project called Gate 13  on 4/20.

Hop over to their page to check out exclusive packages.

Upcoming Shows:

4/20 – Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA – Tickets
4/21 – The Stonehouse – Nevada City, CA – Tickets
5/4 – Cervantes – Denver, CO – Tickets
5/5 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO – Tickets
5/24 – Los Gatos BAR & GRIlL – Los Gatos, CA – Tickets
5/25 – Cali Roots After Party – Monterey, CA – Tickets

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Mar 13

Sorry to Bother You (trailer)

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We are so excited for Boot’s new film, Sorry to Bother You (which he wrote AND directed). Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Patton Oswalt, Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, David Cross, Danny Glover and more.  It will feature new music from The Coup with a score by Tune-Yards It will be playing in the Bay Area April 12th during the SF Film Festival,  will be in select theaters July 6th, and nationwide on July 27th.

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Feb 09

Jazz is Dead + Ayalew Mesfin

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The good people at Art Don’t Sleep are cooking up TWO crazy shows on Tuesday, February 13th.  They are taking over both the The Echo and the Echoplex.  Upstairs is #jazzisdead and downstairs is the return of the 70s Ethiopian funk god, Ayalew Mesfin!

If you purchase entry into one of the events, you will be granted entry into both events. This is a very special one time happening and only going down in Los Angeles.

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Feb 07

Dilla Day

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There are Dilla Day celebrations taking place all over the world, but we know that the family/foundation endorse the Detroit dates.  This Sunday is Dilla Youth Day, which will be hosted by his daughter, Ja’Mya.  Later that night is Dillatroit featuring several of his friends and collaborators.  Check the foundation’s FB for authorized events.

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