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2018 MATATU Festival of Stories: Saul Williams at Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre, 9/26

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 19, 2018 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Saul Williams

Amoeba is proud to partner once again with MATATU for the 2018 MATATU Festival of Stories, which kicks off on Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm with an evening with Saul Williams at Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre. Part film, part performance, everything is on the table in this conversation with one of the world's most prolific artists.

Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to perform with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.

Wednesday, September 26th, includes a special film screening of The Third Part of the Third Measure The Third Part of the Third Measure(2017), a new audiovisual composition commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Sharjah Biennial 13. The Third Part of the Third Measure creates an encounter with the militant minimalism of avant-garde composer, pianist, and vocalist Julius Eastman. The film focuses on what The Otolith Group describe as “an experience of watching in the key of listening,” invoking political feelings of defiance and the collective practice of movement-building that participates in the global struggles against neo-reactionary authoritarianism. The Third Part of the Third Measure invites viewers to attend to exemplary ecstatic aesthetics of black radicalism that Eastman himself once described as “full of honor, integrity, and boundless courage.”

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Burger Boogaloo 2018: John Waters, Devo, The Damned & More!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 4, 2018 07:22pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo is back at Oakland's Mosswood Park for its sixth year on Saturday, June 30th and Burger Boogaloo 2018Sunday, July 1st! This year’s "shok"-inducing lineup includes performances from Devo, The Damned, Le Shok, Mudhoney, The Traditional Fools, The Mummies, DwarvesThe Flakes, and plenty more. Of course, no Boog bash would be complete without the one and only Czar of Bizarre, John Waters, as the Mister of Ceremonies!

You just can't afford to miss this celebration of rock, roll, food, booze, and shopping. Look for the Amoeba Music booth for great deals, hot vinyl, and fun prizes.

Tickets are on sale now HERE, with weekend passes starting at $169 and VIP passes going for $269. Saturday passes are $125 and Sunday passes are $99.

SATURDAY 6/30
DEVO
THE MUMMIES
THE TRADITIONAL FOOLS
SPITS
MUDHONEY
HUNX AND HIS PUNX
FLYTRAPS
CUMSTAIN
NOTS
THE FRANCIS LAU EXPERIENCE

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Mdou Moctar: Tuareg Acid Western Film & Desert Blues Performance, May 24

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 10, 2018 08:38pm | Post a Comment

Zerzura

The MATATU performance series presents Mdou Moctar: Tuareg Acid Western Film & Desert Blues Performance on Thursday, May 24 at 7:30pm at Oakland's Starline Social Club. The night pairs Zerzura, a feature-length film shot in the Sahara desert starring an entirely African cast, followed by a live performance featuring Nigerien musician Mdou Moctar and the film's star Ahmoudou Madassane. Tickets are available now HERE!

Zerzura is a folktale transposed into an acid western, a collaborative achievement - written and developed with a Tuareg cast, and shot in and around Agadez, Niger. Once an important stop for trans-Saharan camel caravans, it has today reestablished itself as a hub of movement, but for different reasons. Migrants from all over the continent pause here on their trek North, bound for mythic cities in Europe. Tales of riches in the desert abound, and men sell their houses for gold detectors. Young Tuareg leave home to seek their fortune in the fractured Libyan state. As people leave, their stories return, becoming wildly exaggerated versions of truth.

Taking its cues from the ethno-fiction proposed by Jean Rouch, Zerzura mixes folktales with documentary to explore Saharan dreams and imagination. The film was developed and written collaboratively on site with a local team. The images were shot over the subsequent two weeks with a cast of non-actors in improvised performances. Stylistically, Zerzura exists between cultures, an attempt at transcultural cinema. Narrated throughout with improvised instrumental guitar from protagonist Ahmoudou Madassane, the score sets the tone for a fever dream of a journey.

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Blurry Vision Fest at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, May 12-13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 25, 2018 07:15pm | Post a Comment

Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park hosts Golden Voice's first ever Blurry Vision Fest for a weekend full of hip-hop and R&B goodness on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Headlined by SZA and rap trio Migos, this all-ages festival also includes Oakland's own Kamaiyah, BROCKHAMPTON, NxWorries (Anderson.Paak and Knxwledge), and many more!

Tickets are on sale now HERE. Make sure you stop by the Amoeba Music booth for some hot deals on vinyl, cassettes, t-shirts, and more!

Blurry Vision Fest 2018

Noise Pop 2018: February 19 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2018 03:39pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop 2018

Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival returns with events all over San Francisco and Oakland, February 19 - 25! Throughout the week, check out different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts from national music acts and up-and-coming Bay Area artists.

This year's line-up includes live shows from Tune-Yards, Built To Spill, Ty Dolla $ign, Real Estate, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Superchunk, Rostam, Shabazz Palaces, Dengue Fever, No Age, The Coathangers, The Fresh & Onlys, and so many more!

Check out the full schedule of events and more HERE. There are two ways to attend the fest this year -- buy a badge and get into everything or pick and choose by purchasing tickets to individual shows and films.

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