Oakland Music Festival

Oakland is experiencing a resurgence of its culture capital. Launching the first annual Oakland Music Festival will highlight the musical talent locally and nationally.

WHAT
The Oakland Music Festival (OMF) is ready to move forward and invites you to support what will be an amazing event highlighting local and regional music acts. OMF will look to further capture the city’s essence by featuring local artists and eateries.

WHEN
Saturday, September 21, 2013 marks the launch of this exciting and new music festival. OMF is looking to provide an outlet for local performers eager to make their mark, or further stamp their growing influence, while integrating a select number of established acts, with a focus on those with local Bay Area roots. OMF is a one day, outdoor music festival featuring three stages. One of the two stages will be located indoors, at a 700 person capacity venue located in the heart of the festival.

WHERE
OMF’s central, urban setting, located in the Uptown Oakland district, offers a unique backdrop, while also taking into consideration the public transit opportunities available within the immediate area (BART, Bus Lines and Ferries located within a few blocks of the event location).

OMF will support pre-event and post-event shows at local venues, expanding the opportunity for promotion and branding.

While the core mission of OMF is music-centric, the festival will feature food, beverage and art vendors, showcasing local artists and featuring local eateries, fashion designers and businesses.

WHY
Oakland is experiencing a resurgence of its culture capital. Launching the first annual Oakland Music Festival will highlight the musical talent locally and nationally.
Oakland ranked #5 top city to visit in the World- New York Times, Jan. 8 2012
May 2, 2013, the real estate website Movoto ranked Oakland as the most exciting city in America on its roster of the “The 10 Most Exciting Cities in America.

The Coup is a political hip hop group based in Oakland, California. It formed as a three-member group in 1992 with rappers (Raymond) Boots Riley and E-Roc along with DJ Pam the Funkstress. E-Roc left on amicable terms after the group's second album, but appears on the track "Breathing Apparatus" on The Coup's third album, Steal This Album. The group is now a duo.

The Coup, part of the sub-genre of political hip hop, is politically radical and Marxist in their music, and align themselves with other radical hip-hop groups like dead prez. Their music is characterized by electronic sounds and bass-driven backbeats overlaid by humorous, cynical and sometimes violent lyrics criticizing capitalism, American politics, pimping as a form of patriarchal exploitation, and police brutality, among other things.

The Coup's debut album was 1993's Kill My Landlord. In 1994 they released their second album, Genocide and Juice. After a four-year recording hiatus, the group released the critically acclaimed Steal This Album in 1998, the title of which was reminiscent of lifestylist Abbie Hoffman's Steal this Book. The album featured the stand-out single "Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night". The online magazine Dusted called Steal This Album "the best hip-hop album of the 1990s".

Known as Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," Dãm-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dãm (pronounced: 'Dame' as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-'80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk.

The next phase of the Ambassador's mission is his debut album Toeachizown: continuing the classic West Coast tradition into today's scene with Dãm's own original "Modern-Funk" compositions. By plugging in his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, Dãm channels the galactic harmonies of his inspiration into his own brand of new boogie. Stones Throw Records' like-minded honcho Peanut Butter Wolf brought Dãm on to the team to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe. It's a promising new chapter for Southern Cali space funk.

Religious Girls

Religious Girls are a diverse group of multi-instrumentalists, with each member hailing from separate musical backgrounds that ranges from metal to noise to math rock and pop. Using their talents, Religious Girls focus thier energy into creating beautiful harmonies and layering them over intricate percussive ryhthms. Preferring to play on the floor near listeners rather than a distant stage, they feel that no matter how high of quality a recording may be the live set is what moves people, and therefore focus on creating intimacy with the crowd. Collectively, the band has tried to push aside the standards of popular song writing with non-repeating structures, an intricate mathmatical style, and a carefully laid out set in which all songs are interweaved into one. Religious Girls offers an intense and dramatic set, leaving viewers in awe by the end of the performance.

Oakland quartet that could be the Bay's own Animal Collective. "As they began their set, my whole perception of noise and music was completely blown out of the water. Religious Girls took the rhythmic pounding of HEALTH and the tropical loveliness of High Places and made it their own, a completely new sound that was as beautiful as it was harsh and brutal. ... The manipulated vocals through the microphones and the call and response keyboard and drum melodies amazed me and captivated me in the best way. They were absolutely fucking terrific." --KEXP Blog

James & Evander

A cacophony of synths, pedals, drum machines and looped beats, the Oakland-based analog synth duo, James & Evander have been churning out future pop since 2005. Comprised of college friends, Adam Myatt and Glenn Jackson, their discography showcases an exploration of ambient Dntel influenced techno and woozy weed-wave.

James & Evander just dropped the Constellating EP + 2, marking their first foray into the land of vocals. This five song EP is a hybrid of the pair's electro roots with emotive vocals layered over their signature subdued, lush synth pop that’s equal parts dreamy and alluring.

thePeople Oakland

Photo by Bryon Malik

thePeople started in November 2007 when some djs and music lovers realized a shared concern that the East Bay was overlooked as a taste making force. Oakland, with its history as a community of immigrants, transplants, leftists, same-gender-lovers, artists, and people of color, was an obvious place to create a gathering focused on creative community building through art and culture. thePeople quickly caught on and invigorated nightlife in the East Bay by with fresh dance music, fresh energy, and by mixing music, with other creative strands from visual arts, to dance, fashion and food. Guest artists created live paintings and photo mosaics. Local activists registered voters. Local chefs sold tasty grub. All the while, the djs were dropping forward looking soulful tracks from across a spectrum of genres. You could hear cutting edge bass driven broken rhythms folded into Afrobeat or Brazilian flavored tracks. Of course the sounds of hip-hop, and the Caribbean would be heard. But the tracks always came from the influential rather than the derivative commercial end of the record crate. Oceans of dancers sweating until the lights came on became a regular occurrence. Meanwhile, world class urban dance artists of any style were conjuring ciphers and artisan vendors displayed their jewelry and t-shirts. But, the hallmark of the party may not be any of these things. It may be the most any night at thePeople you will see old friends and meet some new ones.

thePeople takes place monthly, every 4th Saturday at The New Parish in downtown Oakland, California.

Sweater Funk

San Francisco's Sweater Funk DJ crew have been the city's most dedicated purveyors of the funky subgenre known as BOOGIE since the summer of 2008. Their vision to bring boogie, modern soul & 2 step soul strictly on vinyl originals to the masses has earned them a diehard following who pack The Knockout nightclub every Sunday. They've won SF Weekly's Best new club 2009, had a hand in releasing a few of their friends boogie records and have hosted artists such as Leroy Burgess (The king of boogie), Steve Arrington of Slave, Dam-Funk, Daz-I-Kue, DJ Spinna, Mayer Hawthorne, Peanut Butter Wolf, Kon and Amir, Onra, Benedek, Mr. Peabody Records, Cool Chris and San Francisco's own K-Maxx!

San Francisco resident DJ/producer J-Boogie has challenged the boundaries of music across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 20 year career. He speaks to his listeners, integrating musical genres like downtempo, hip-hop, dub, soul, reggae, funk, Latin, afro-beat, bhangra, dancehall, disco, dubstep, electro and house music.

You can hear his masterful mix of culture, soul, rhythm and beats through the award-winning radio show "Beatsauce" on KUSF 90.3fm & Brooklynradio.net, earning awards such as "Best Hip–Hop Radio Show" by SF Bay Guardian and "San Francisco's Best Radio & Club DJ" by citysearch.com.

J-Boogie has also earned himself worldwide success and a global fan base spinning DJ sets in countries like Colombia, India, Japan, and Spain, traveling in both the club and festival scene. He's been a featured artist at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Outside Lands, Treasure Island Festival, Earthdance, Harmony Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Lighting in a Bottle, Sundance, Winter Music Conference, SXSW, Power to the Peaceful, the 2010 Winter Olympics plus tours with Bassnectar, Spearhead, Herbaliser and Widespread Panic.

By popular demand, J-Boogie's DJ skills have also landed him bookings in world-class clubs such as Turntables on the Hudson, APT, Cielo, Hudson Hotel, The Palms Hotel, Halo, 18th Street Lounge, The Nokia Theatre, Temple Bar, Afro Funke, Root Down, Firecracker, The Do Over, Deep LA and more.

Incorporating musicians and vocalists into a live band/DJ fusion set, J-Boogie has truly re-defined the concept of what it is to be a DJ. He brings this style to life with his band "Dubtronic Science" featuring a full horn section, Latin percussionists and MC's. Performing as a solo DJ or with the full band, J-Boogie is always guaranteed to get the party started.

You can hear the unique sounds of J-Boogie on a wide array of full length releases, DJ mixes, remixes, edits and compilations. He's released 5 artist projects on Om Records and is featured prevalently on the Om Lounge and Mushroom Jazz series. He's also worked with artists such as Alice Russell, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, Lyrics Born, Bassnectar, Ohmega Watts, Zion I, Crown City Rockers, Jazz Mafia, DJ Vadim, Miguel Migs, Goapele, People Under the Stairs, Karsh Kale, Mark Farina, and Vieux Farka Toure. Hear for yourself, and interact with J-Boogie online using the links below.

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Oakland Music Festival with The Coup, Dam-Funk, Religious Girls, James & Evander, thePeople Oakland, Sweater Funk, J Boogie, plu...

Saturday, September 21 · 11:00 AM at The New Parish