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The Oaklash Drag Festival, April 26-28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 15, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to co-sponsor Oaklash, the Bay Area drag and queer performance festival. ThisOaklash year's festival will feature a full weekend of nonstop DRAG including live performance, music, local vendors, DJs, art, and more! Queens, Kings, and friends from all over the Bay Area and beyond will come together in Oakland for this celebration of local queer culture.

The fun starts on Friday, April 26th at 8pm at Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland) with BACKLASH: The Oaklash Kick-off Party. Spend the evening with Punk bands The Gooch Palms (Australia), Muñecas (SF), and Bitch Please (LA), plus a killer drag show featuring La Vanidad, The One And Only Rexy, and Kochina Rude.

The festivities continue into the weekend with the two-day festival on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th at Classic Cars West (411 26th St, Oakland) with shows from 2pm-10pm (doors at noon). Live music with bands Saturn Rising (LA) and Yayah (SAC) on Saturday, and Zedgar Infiniti (OAK) and Dollii (SF) on Sunday. Drag performances on Saturday feature Meatball (LA), Horrorchata (NYC), Cucci Binaca (SEA), Ti To (LA), Violet Hex (PDX), and local luminaries Juanita More, Jillian Gnarling, Nicki Jizz, Glamamore, and many more! Sunday's performances feature Lucy Stoole (CHI), Queef Latina (MIA), Andro Gin (MIA), HAIRY BRADSHAW (DEN), and local legends Mama Celeste, Peaches Christ, Fauxnique, Dulce De Leche, and more!

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Mdou Moctar: Desert Blues in Oakland, April 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 17, 2019 06:38pm | Post a Comment

Akounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar

MATATU's Nomadic Cinema series continues with Mdou Moctar: Purple Rain on Thursday, April 18th at 7pmAkounak: Purple Rain, Mdou Moctar at Oakland's Red Bay Coffee, the largest Black specialty coffee roaster in the nation. Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and his band perform following a screening of his film Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, also known as the Tuareg Purple Rain! This is his third appearance with MATATU, after two consecutive sold-out years. Get your tickets now!

The robust rock tradition among the Tuareg people — a Berber group with origins around the southern Sahara — has long been represented internationally by artists like Bombino and Tinariwen. Moctar, a singer-songwriter, offers a subtler, more intimate variation on their desert blues with his most recent albums Sousoume Tamachek and Blue Stage Sessions.

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Noise Pop 2019: February 25 - March 3

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 22, 2019 06:54pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop Festival, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premiere indie music and arts festival, returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland from February 25 to March 3! Check out shows throughout the week from renown national acts and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Beirut, Bob Mould, Teenage Fanclub, Saul Williams, Albert Hammond Jr., Baths, Princess Nokia, The She's, Fruit Bats & Vetiver, and many more!

Check out the full schedule of events HERE. General Admission, Super Fan, and Super Fam badges are on sale now, as well as tickets for individual shows.

Win a pair of General Festival Badges HERE on Amoeba.com! Contest ends February 14th.

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Treasure Island Music Festival, October 13-14

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2018 07:51pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival docks at a brand-new location this year at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on 10/13 & 10/14 with performances by Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Lord Huron, Courtney Barnett, Santigold, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sharon Van Etten, Cigarettes After Sex, and many more.

Two-Day, Single Day, and VIP tickets are available HERE!

Enter to win a pair of VIP passes to this amazing two-day festival HERE

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The Strange Magic of Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 20, 2018 05:24pm | Post a Comment

ELO

By Brent James

Recently, I had the extreme pleasure of attending the opening night of Jeff Lynne’s ELO world tour. The massive Oracle Arena in Oakland, California could hardly contain the excitement of the sold-out crowd that had traveled from as far away as New Zealand just to witness the return of one of music’s most unique and mainstay institutions in the flesh.

On Thursday, August 2nd, 2018, they were not disappointed…

Opening with “Standing In The Rain”, the 14-piece powerhouse band pummeled the crowd with blast after blast. “Evil Woman” kicked off an operatic hard rock cavalcade, and by the time “Do Ya” was over the fans could take no more! “When I Was A Boy” slowed things down so folks could catch their breath or perhaps refresh libations.

“Living Thing” was the band’s showcase, redefining the word “orchestra.” Iain Hornal was one of many VIP’s this evening and shined through on “Handle With Care,” channeling Roy Orbison with an almost eerie precision. “Xanadu” brought the house down, and “Shine A Little Love” demonstrated the technologically visual prowess that ELO has been known for since the very beginning. A show within a show.

The third “act” kicked off with “Wild West Hero,” and galloped all the way through classic staples “Don’t Bring Me Down” and “Turn To Stone” before finally settling down. The encore, “Roll Over Beethoven” written by Chuck Berry but basically owned by Lynne and ELO, left the crowd on their feet and begging for more. Like an orgasmic, euphoric roller coaster ride, you want to ride it again and again.

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