Tag Archives: Music

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 [...]
Cellist Alex Hunn

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents Two Young Competition Winners

Two young competition winners will be featured on the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra’s final concert of the season, Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names [...]
Terry-T Butler (aka "Mr. Community") and D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! in the studio producing with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child. (1999)

Grammy Winning Star Beyoncé Got Her Start in Oakland

Beyoncé is one of the greatest female artists of all time. Like many other artists, during the course of her career with Grammy-award winning group Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s big break in the music industry was [...]
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
Oakland native Kingdom the Crown says he finds inspiration in the art of Oakland. Photos by Ashley Chambers.

Oakland Artist Honors Black History with Powerful Message

Oakland-bred artist “Kingdom the Crown”, 23, has a powerful and descriptive message of the passage through slavery, from Africa to the modern African-American life. Tall, dark, and poetic, Kingdom brings a much needed voice into [...]