FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The 4th Annual Oakland Music Festival Set To Takeover Downtown Oakland
Celebrating Nine Days of Oakland Culture with Music, Art, Panels and Workshops
OAKLAND, Calif., September 29, 2016 -- Oakland Music Festival (OMF) announced today the full lineup and events schedule for its fourth annual event set to takeover Downtown Oakland beginning tomorrow Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 9, featuring some of Oakland’s most eclectic and promising artists, as well as emerging national talents.
For the first time since the festival’s start in 2013, OMF has expanded from a one-day street festival to a weeklong format, partnering with 12 venues across downtown Oakland to curate a comprehensive event series dedicated to highlighting Oakland’s diverse culture, while providing a platform to discuss and support the local creative community. The expanded format will include nine days of showcases, parties, community events, workshops, and panel discussions, that aim to fully encompass Oakland’s thriving music and arts scene.
Musical headliners include Masego, the highly acclaimed saxophonist, jazz vocalist, and producer known for captivating crowds as he creates songs on the fly in his uniquely crafted style of sound dubbed “Trap House Jazz,” the Bay’s own multi-talented rapper and producer extraordinaire Jay Ant (HBK Gang), legendary Los Angeles house and hip-hop pioneer Egyptian Lover, Fool’s Gold Records Co-founder Nick Catchdubs, and Soulection’s dance and hip-hop genre-bending producer LAKIM.
Oakland Music Festival 2016 will feature musical performances by:
8ulentia (Club Chai), Another Party Fam DJs, Anthony Ant, B-Side Brujas, Big Baby Gandhi, Black Spade, B-Side Brujas, Byron the Aquarius, Chris Turner, Chuy Gomez, DJ HeyLove, Down 2 Earth, Dreafauxreal, Elujay, Fela Kutchii, Gabriela, Jay Ant, Jay Stone, Joyce Wrice, Jusmoni, L-Deez, LAKIM, Masego, Mind Motion, Nanosaur, Namaste Shawty, Nick Catchdubs, Nick Jame$, Nina Sol, Otayo Dubb, Prozack Turner, Rayana J, Sazon Libre, Scott Charles Morgan, Show Banga, Sick Sad World, SiR, Stass Thee Boss, Suavecito Souldies, The Egyptian Lover, The Tambo Rays, Trackademicks, Trill Team 6, Turfinc, WAVBROS, and Yayuh.
This year’s festival kicks off with a launch event on Friday, September 30 at Starline Social Club in collaboration with Oaklandish. Other OMF participating venues include 25th Street Recording, Classic Cars West, Eli’s Mile High Club, Era Art Bar & Lounge, SoleSpace, Tamarindo, The Legionnaire Saloon, The New Parish, The Night Light, and Youth Radio.
In addition to the showcase events, OMF is hosting a series of panel discussions and workshops as part of the #OaklandMovingForward campaign, focused on promoting a sustainable creative economy in Oakland. Events will be hosted in collaboration with SoleSpace, 25th Street Recording Studio, SPUR, and Youth Radio. The full #OaklandMovingForward series panel and workshop events include:
"ACM (Arts, Culture Music) II: Tools for the Future" Panel
Tuesday, October 4 from 6:30-8 p.m. at SoleSpace (Broadway location)
This year’s ACM panel in collaboration with REHAB Online Magazine will feature Oakland artists Kev Choice and Baba Zumbi (of Zion I), along with industry vets Nima Etminan of Empire Distribution, and Sarah Sexton of Oaktown Indie Mayhem, who will share advice, exclusive insights, and tools and practical tips for navigating Oakland’s bubbling indie scene and the broader national music industry. ACM II is your guide to making your next move your best move whether you’re an artist or work behind the scenes.
Industry Networking Mixer
Wednesday, October 5 at 25th Street Recording Studio
Join industry professionals and prominent creators for your chance to connect and network with Bay Area artists, performers, producers, engineers, curators and the like. The event is an 18years and older evening featuring a keynote speaker, beer and wine for attendees 21 years and older, and local DJs spinning throughout the evening.
“Building a Creative Economy” Panel
Thursday, October 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at SPUR Oakland
This panel will explore ideas and solutions for creating an industry that can support Oakland’s artists (full-time and part-time), how to channel the influx of capital to support artists and the creative economy (e.g. venues), and how companies can incorporate local artists into their workforce.
"Production Showcase" Workshop
Friday, October 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Youth Radio
Some of the Bay Area's most notable producers including Jay Ant, Kuya Beats (HBK Gang), Trackademicks, and Max Kane, will join together to discuss their process, workflow and lend their advice on professionally making music. Each will discuss their experiences and demo producing a song for the audience. This event is geared toward high school and college age audience but anyone interested in music production is welcome to attend.
Individual event tickets are now available for purchase online beginning at $10, as well as a limited number of $75 VIP All-Access tickets for guests 21 years of age and older. VIP All-Access passes will grant access to the full program of ticketed events and include a commemorative festival package.
To view the full lineup of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.oaklandmusicfestival.com. You can stay up to date with all OMF news and content by subscribing to the OMF newsletter.
OMF is sponsored by the generous support of local businesses, including: Oaklandish, Lagunitas Brewing Company, EAZE, Blum, AC Transit, PS Print, Oakland Surf Club, Crap Eyewear, and Mountain High Club.
About Oakland Music Festival
Oakland Music Festival (OMF) is an annual celebration dedicated to keeping Oakland creative. OMF serves as a platform to highlight the city’s cultural heritage for a national audience with the goal of creating a sustainable local creative economy that can support full time artists and a thriving cultural scene. This year’s festival will feature a weeklong series of showcases, parties, community events, workshops, and panel discussions geared to highlight Oakland’s eclectic scene, while also addressing the issues facing the creative community.
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