Tag Archives: Music

Left to right, Deborah Geddins and Irma Geddins stand next to a mural of their father, Bob Geddins. Photo by Adam Turner.

Family to Honor Oakland Blues Pioneer Bob Geddins

Even though blues pioneer Bob Geddins wrote and produced numerous national hit records between 1948 and 1961 – by such blues and R&B artists as Lowell Fulson, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Jimmy McCracklin, the Oakland [...]
"Jack London" George Rowan, Jr. Photo by Godfrey Lee.

Jack London George Plays for California’s Bullet Train

“Jack London” George Rowan, Jr. recently gave a piano and vocal performance at the April 14 meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority in support of California’s Bullet Train, which is planned to run [...]
Faye Carol

Bay Area African American Women in Music: ‘Music is in The Ear of The Beholder,’ Says Faye Carol

Veteran Bay Area vocalist Faye Carol doesn’t like being tagged a “jazz singer” or “blues singer,” although she sings both. “Music is in the ear of the beholder,” says the longtime Berkeley resident. “Those are [...]
Bobby Brackins in Oakland's Maxwell Park.

Bobby Brackins, Creating Music to Top the Charts

When talking with artist and songwriter Bobby Brackins, it’s natural for one to be in awe of his musical ingenuity. He first entered the music scene with his 2010 hit “143” and has since penned [...]
Narada-Michael-Walden

Narada Michael Walden Foundation Awards Scholarships to Marin Students

Narada Michael Walden Foundation (NMWF), in partnership with San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, will award eight scholarships to the university’s 2015 Pre-College Summer Art Program. <
Lady Bianca

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Lady Bianca Brings Urgency to Blues & Gospel

Whether wailing with her multi-octave pipes and rhythmically pumping piano in nightclubs and at blues festivals, or every Sunday morning at Oakland’s Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, Lady Bianca infuses her songs with breathtaking urgency. [...]
Bay Area vocalist Linda Tillery.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Eclecticism remains Linda Tillery’s Forte

Ever since she answered a newspaper classified ad in 1967 that read, “Wanted: One Soul Singer” – which happened to be the title of her favorite Johnnie Taylor album – Linda Tillery has been one [...]
Actor Delroy Lindo (left, with actor Danny Glover) hosted "The Benefit of Words," a fundraiser held on March 14, 2015 in Oakland to benefit Marcus Books. Photo: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

“The Benefit of Words” Supports Marcus Books

Last week, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland hosted “The Benefit of Words,” a performance event benefitting Marcus Books. The night was filled with music, poetry, and art to honor the oldest African American bookstore in [...]