Art+ Soul Brings Out the Talent

Fantastic Negrito. Photo by Lyle Owerko.
R&B artist Estelle

Oakland’s beloved 19th annual Art+ Soul festi­val, held in the heart of the downtown area on July 27 and 28, will feature a range of musical talent on its stag­es, a dance contest, family fun, a marketplace of ar­tisans and food for every appetite, from down-home barbecue to world class fu­sion cuisine.

Oakland welcomes home two-time Grammy® win­ner Fantastic Negrito who co-headlines along with Grammy® winning R&B artist Estelle.

A powerful something-for-everyone lineup fea­tures Oakland favor­ites Agape Soul, SOL Development, Jonah Mel­von, Grammy® nominees Alphabet Rockers, a parade with Samba Funk!

Also, a newly established Emerging Artists Stage dedicated to the late Vic­tor McElhaney will feature artists on both days.

Other features include the crowd-pleasing Kinetic Arts Center circus stage; a huge Family Fun Zone jam-packed with interac­tive arts, carnival, bouncy houses and more; hundreds of handcrafted art and ar­tifacts at the festival’s an­nual Artisan Marketplace; scores of food vendors cooking up everything from down-home barbecue to global and fusion cui­sine; plus beer, wine and specialty cocktails featur­ing Effen Vodka, a festival sponsor (21 & over).

Saturday, July 27, high­lights


On the heels of her ac­claimed 2004 debut The 18th Day, Estelle soared to international prominence on 2008’s Shine. The lead single, “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, won a 2009 GRAMMY® and double-platinum certifica­tion. She released the fol­low-up All of Me in 2012, and the single “Thank You” received a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best R&B Performance.” 2015’s True Romance yielded the smash “Conqueror.” Guest star­ring in a popular episode of “Empire” in Season One, Estelle joined star Jussie Smollett for a duet of the tune. It stood out as “one of the show’s highest-charting songs” and fueled the Orig­inal Soundtrack to a #1 bow on the Billboard Top 200.

The multiplatinum GRAMMY®Aw a r d – winning UK singer, song­writer and actress is also an entrepreneur and activ­ist, launching her own on­line boutique named Elle Vie while also establishing the All of Me Foundation, which grants college schol­arships and opportunities abroad. Among many high­lights, the foundation spon­sored a trip to Senegal for Los Angeles students who had never ventured outside of the city.

Warming up the main stage for Estelle will be Oak­land’s Agape Soul, Alpha­bet Rockers and other artists soon to be announced.

Community of Unity Gospel Showcase

Darnell Davis & Rem­nant headlines the Gospel stage presented by Commu­nity of Unity that is certain to inspire. The ever-popu­lar showcase also features Lawrence Matthews & Friends, Derrick Hall & Co., Terrance Kelly & Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Pastor Botiwa Jackson & Restored, Leonard Bailey & Friends, Jonathan Johnson, Doris Bumpus, Dale Antho­ny & Faith Out Loud, Qui­nese, and the Community of Unity Choir.

The high-flying annual Turf Dance Battle presented by Yak to the Bay will also occur.

Art + Soul Oakland 2019 takes place in downtown Oakland Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, from noon to 6 p.m., centered in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Advance tickets are available for purchase online for just $12 Adults and $6 Seniors (65 & old­er). Save even more with two-day tickets available through advance purchase only. At- the-door admis­sion will be $15 Adults and $9 Seniors (65 & older). Ages 18 and under enjoy free admission (no ticket required).

Art + Soul Oakland 2019 is Northern Califor­nia’s most accessible festi­val with direct service via both BART’s 12th Street City Center station and AC Transit, in addition to $5 parking in the adjacent City Center West Garage, 12th Street at Martin Lu­ther King Jr., Way. Free at­tended bicycle parking will be available (please bring your own lock).


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