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"Big Mama" Thornton

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton Belted the Blues

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 [...]
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Dizzy Wright, Casey Veggies, Pell Will Perform at Benefit for Eric Garner’s Family

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 [...]
From left: Lashawn Holcomb, Alvin Gilmore, ChauntiAna Thomas, W. Allan Taylor, Ricardo Moncrieff, Carol Thomas, Reggie Murray, and Oshalla Diana Marcus. (Not shown: Chauntina YaVette Keene-Thomas). Photo by Godfrey Lee.

Readers Theater Puts on August Wilson’s “Piano Lesson” at Hannah Gallery

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 [...]
Jazz singer Mary Stallings

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jazz Singer Mary Stallings Still Feelin’ Good After All These Years

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
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Motown Soul Revue Teaches Influence of Music on Black History

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 Rance Allen Group will perform at the Charles Reid Gospel Festival on Feb. 14 in Richmond.

Reid’s Records Honors Family Legacy with Charles Reid Gospel Festival

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 [...]
Rosie Gaines.

Soul Singers Come to the Aid of Rosie Gaines with Benefit, Jan. 31

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.