Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, arguably the greatest blues woman of the second half of the 20th century, was alternately tough and tender whether singing on stage and on records, or interacting with musical and [...]
James Brown’s rise from juvenile delinquency to Soul Brother #1 was one of the great musical success stories of the second half of the 20th Century. <
The Bay Area event production collective HGMNY is hosting a “Concert for Justice” to benefit the family of Eric Garner, Thursday, April 9, at the New Parish, 579 18th St.in Downtown Oakland. The fundraiser will [...]
August Wilson’s play “The Piano Lesson” was performed at the Hannah Gallery in Marin City Friday, Feb. 27. Oshalla Diana Marcus directed the play, presenting it as a Community Readers Theater in which actors read [...]
Deciding on which of some 50 women to begin Women’s History Month in a projected yearlong series, “Bay Area African American Women in Music,” presented a dilemma since there are so many distinguished possibilities. &a
Bay Area artists will bring their talents together on one stage for a charitable cause in the Motown Soul Revue on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The fourth annual Charles Reid Gospel Festival will feature the powerhouse Rance Allen Group from Toledo, Ohio, and fast-rising gospel diva Le’Andria Johnson from the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at [...]
By Breanna Edwards, The Root Taking their seats, the symphony orchestra begins with a wave of the conductor’s baton, led by the cheerful sound of the piccolo and the rhythm of the drums—which the program [...]
Oakland soul singer Brenda Vaughn began planning a fundraiser benefit for her friend, singer and keyboardist Rosie Gaines, who has gone through periods of homelessness and was hospitalized for most of last year.
Everyone has a story to tell. In the inspirational musical stage play “Lord Why Can’t I Do Right,” writer and producer Richard Torrence pens a story about faith, family, love, and sacrifice. Torrence’s debut follows [...]