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(Left to right) Carol Fleming, board member, Commonwealth Club of California, and director of the Music Matters series; Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director, Cole Porter Society; Jo Jo Osgood; The Honorable Edgar dePue Osgood; and Margaret Griffith. Photo by Conway Jones.

Noah Griffin Brings Cole Porter to Life

Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director of the Cole Porter Society, brought the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter to life when he presented a program recently at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sugar Pie DeSanto Finds Respect in Europe

  Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto wowed the crowd at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy last month with renditions of her 1960s hits, “I Want to Know” and “Skip-In Mules” among other songs.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Denise Perrier Circles the Globe Singing Jazz and Blues

  Although singer Denise Perrier was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her music education didn’t really begin until she relocated to Oakland with her mother and older sister in 1945.
Oakland Jack’N for Beats winner, Doc D (pictured left) walked away with a cash prize and a slot as a semifinalist at the Jack’N for Beats local finale for its national competition. He’s now entered in the running to win $10,000 and a studio session with DJ Khaled. Visit www.jacknforbeats.com for more details. (Photo provided courtesy of CT Films)

Jack’N for Beats Continues National Search for Next Hip Hop Star Winner Receives $10,000 Grand Prize and Studio Session with DJ Khaled

  A national hip hop competition, Jack’N for Beats, is searching for the hottest unsigned MC to crown as this year’s winner with a $10,000 grand prize and studio session with hip hop mogul and [...]
Vicki Randle rocks out with her guitar.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Vicki Randle Returns to Her Roots in Rock and Women’s Music

Vicki Randle snarled over her throbbing electric bass lines and the bashing beats of the other three Skip the Needle women band members during an original song, “We Ain’t Never Going Back,” last Thursday at [...]
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is presenting "Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos" in New York's Central Park through June 20.

Local Artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph Inspires Dialogue about Black Joy through New Art Experience in Central Park

As part of Creative Time’s Dreaming in Daylight series in Central Park, poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present a new art experience, “Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos,” that celebrates Black life. <
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Ledisi Counts Stevie Wonder, Prince & the Obamas among Her Fans

Even before her rise to national fame began 11 years ago, Oakland soul singer Ledisi had formed a mutual admiration society of sorts with some of the best vocalists in the business.
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BottleRock Festival Returns to Solano County

Solano County will be rocking for three days this weekend when the annual BottleRock festival returns.   BottleRock is a three-day, delicacy-fueled foray into the absolute best music, wine, food and beer the world has [...]