Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Antique Naked Soul Gets Ready to Rumble!

Antique Naked Soul will be stinging the competition on Sunday at Gorilla Music's Battle of the Bands. Join them in the ring on Sunday, June 8 at San Francisco's DNA Lounge.

Antique Naked Soul is a beat-boxing soul quartet consisting of renown beat-boxer Tommy “Soulati” Shepherd, lead singer Candice "Antique" Wicks and two background singers, Jayme Brown and N'gala McCoy. ANS builds beats live on stage using only their voices and two loopers to create an experience like no other.

Cheer ANS to victory! Tickets $10. All ages welcomed.


Friday, May 9, 2014

20 Feet From Stardom

As little girls my twin sister and I would often sing background to our younger sister's airy soprano, which later morphed into 3 part harmonies for church. Not believing we had the voices to be out there, but definitely close, my twin and I developed an affinity for background singers. So when I saw the commercial for 20 Feet From Stardom my heart jumped.

A 2014 Oscar nominee in the Best Documentary category, the film tells the stories of Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennair, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill and their determination and drive for the spotlight. See cameos from Mic Jagger and Stevie Wonder. Take a look here:

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

Sources: 20 Feet From Stardom | YouTube

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three Good Ways to Celebrate Record Store Day in Oakland

Record Store Day “is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.”

Official Record Store Day Venues in Oakland:
Groove Yard
 The 45 Sessions, popular for bringing the 7 inch experience to the Oakland Art Murmur scene, hosts a record release party for Baby Jaymes’ coke-bottle-colored disc, 21 Questions at Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, on Friday, Apr 18. Doors open at 8 pm. The West Coast’s premiere all 7″ vinyl monthly event, ‘The 45 Sessions’ was started by DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders in February of 2010. Having traveled all over, worked with Red Bull, Puma, and many more, the Sessions has proven to be much larger than its 7″ circumference. Little records, big sound — all 45s, all night! Come see what the hype is all about. Join the fun with special guests Vinnie Esparza (Groove Merchant), Justin Torres (All Bay Productions), Legionnaire DJs Mr. E, Platurn and Jern Eye.

Step into a time where the needle hit the wax. Vamp, where the vinyl collection takes up most of the space, has become a big draw for First Friday’s aficionados who enjoy live sets from local artists. Vamp offers many hidden treasures. It’s the type of place where you can have proprietor Fernando Carpenter spin whatever you like while you peruse the store’s new and used offerings.
A music crawl hosted by the music community, Oakland Drops Beats’ goal is to connect artists with locals. Starting at 2pm, on Saturday, April 19, 15th and Webster and venues surrounding the area, will be in celebration of Oakland’s diverse music scene. Notable acts include Kev Choice, CaliMade, DJ Oracle, The Oakland Freedom Jazz Society, Dom Jones, Oakland Future Trio, and Youth Radio.

Sources: RecordStoreDay.com | 45Sessions.com | OaklandDropsBeats.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

45 Sessions | Baby Jaymes Record Release Party April 18

 45 Sessions hosts
Baby Jaymes Record Release Party
21 Questions | The Visit
Friday April 18 at Legionnaire
2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Limited edition colored vinyl will be available for purchase

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The nominiations are in... 8th Annual Oakland Indie Awards


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 with Black 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.

Antique - @AntiqueNaked & @AntiqueNakdSoul
"In 2012, Antique founded Antique Music because she believes that music is a powerful educational tool and hopes to use her music to inspire people to achieve their highest potential." You can check out this innovative vocalist, educator, and member of
Antique Naked Soul Wednesday, April 9 at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall, SF. Doors open at 8p.

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 Facebook page for upcoming gigs.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Native Sons: Oakland Future Trio

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 Jazz Combo.

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.

In the summer of 2013 Oakland Future Trio was featured in the Oakland Unified Public School District (OUSD) video I’m an Oakland School Kid, playing their instruments to the Rhianna inspired song.

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