The Oakland Indie Awards is a One PacificCoast Bank & Foundation signature event aiming to build prosperity in our communities by celebrating local economy. Since inception in 2007, the Oakland Indies has recognized over 100 local businesses and artists for their contribution to Oakland's unique culture and prosperity. Party withBlack Pearl Entertainment nominees May 30 at the Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden. Visit OaklandIndieAwards.com for tickets, more information, and a list of the nominees. And the nominees are: Baby Jaymes - @BabyJaymes Baby Jaymes creatively covers 21 Questions and The Visit on his 45 inch release, available on Record Store Day, April 19. Visit www.BabyJaymesMusic.com for more information.
Jonez Cain debuts Set Me Free (Baby Jaymes is the music supervisor) and co-stars in Hope's Identity at the Oakland Indie Film Festival taking place April 3-6, at the Bal Theatre in San Leandro. Learn more about the festival here.
Oakland Future Trio plays classical standards creatively infusing a unique
timbre that could only come from being raised in the culturally and socially
diverse metropolis of Oakland. Check out the boys Facebookpagefor upcoming gigs.
We couldn't be prouder of Oakland Future Trio. Ari Carpenter (bass), Caleb Sankoh (piano), and Mikhi Woodley (drums) opened the Elevate Oakland benefit concert on Feb.8 at the historic Fox Theatre with Westlake Middle School musician Gus Hurteau (vibes). A clip of their KTVU news interview with world renowned percussionist/singer Sheila E. played as the band took the stage. The band opened with Red Clay and ended with a freestyle featuring pianist and rapper Kev Choice to the delight of the crowd.
Ari, Caleb, and Mikhi formed OFT at the young age of 12; passionately honing their craft
under the direction of their teacher Randy Porter, as members of the Westlake
Oakland Future Trio plays classical standards creatively
infusing a unique timbre that could only be derived from being raised in the
culturally and socially diverse metropolis of Oakland.
Now 14 and 15, Oakland Future Trio performs once or twice a month at various venues
around the Bay Area and has open rehearsals Sundays at Studio Grand in
Oakland. They are currently working on original jazz compositions that
intertwine electronica, bossa, and pop sounds. OFT also loves creating comedic
parodies. Click here to catch a glimpse of their stellar performance with Kev Choice, who is another one of Oakland's native sons. *Photo credit Christopher Victorio/Post News Group
As sisters who harmonize, we’re jonesin’ over this group, AntiqueNaked Soul. This powerhouse a capella beat-box
band can be seen at Oakland’s Studio Grand on January 31; $8-12
sliding scale donation.
Via Studio Grand: Oakland Indie Award and Oaktown Music
Festival nominee Antique Naked Soul is an Oakland based independent all-vocal
beat-boxing band featuring singer/songwriter Antique, renown beat-boxer Tommy
“Soulati” Shepherd and two singers Jayme Brown and N’gala McCoy. Antique Naked
Soul just released a self-titled album available at Antique.Bandcamp.com.
Oakland Local reported that, "Antique Naked Soul is as creatively
exhilarating an album as anything that’s come out of Oakland in a long
Linked in a maze of crime and deception, actors Jonez Cain, Reginald
Garner, Amanda Doss, and Michael Grayson get into The Dirty, a web series produced by BlackFloor Entertainment’s M.
The Dirty comes on
the heels of Fruitvale Station’s(Ryan Coogler) success, that’s created
a boon for urban independent film in Oakland. The film’s accomplishments have
created a confidence in indie directors and producers resulting in new
independent films each month. Cunningham had his share of the fun with the
success of The Shop, but has broken
out of the box with his new web series TheDirty.Set in Oakland, the series is
reminiscent of The Wire and now Scandal with a killer plot of twists and
Shortly after it began filming The Dirty experienced a twisted variation of its own when another production
company got flat out dirty and lured a group of actors away. The project moved
underground locking down all details of the series tighter than Fort Knox. It
delayed the process but did not stop the resolve of the actors from pushing
forward. In fact, it gave them purpose. Tonight you will have the opportunity
to see what purpose and preparation have birthed.