5 DE MAYO was NOT observed at Friday’s Oakland Festival!!!
It’s a BIG SHAME there’s NO LATINO/MEXICAN observance for Oakland’s biggest cultural event!
INSTEAD, they pay homage to SMALL BUSINESS WEEK!! This event sends an UGLY MESSAGE by choosing BUSINESSES OVER CULTURE.
Really? Oakland? May 5th? What’s your thoughts! PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!
Join us as we celebrate National Small Business Week in partnership with Oakland Fiesta Sin Fronteras (Party Without Borders).
With over 150 vendors at each event, Oakland First Fridays has become the Bay Area’s ultimate small business destination, and an epicenter for community to come together to celebrate, sustain & support the arts and Oakland’s creative economy. #DreamSmallBiz #SmallBusinessWeek #ShopLocal #KeepARTAlive
Entertainment Line Up! http://mailchi.mp/
💙 FRONT GATE 💙
Julia Chigamba and the Chinyakare Ensemble – 6pm – 9pm
Julia Chigamba and the Chinyakare Ensemble are a family of musicians, dancers and teachers committed to preserving and sharing traditional Zimbabwean culture, and promoting community building through music and dance. Chinyakare presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music, and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The music (played on mbira, ngoma, marimbas, and chipendani), songs, and dance weave colorful stories that show scenes from everyday life. Chinyakare provides audiences with a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional African dance and song.
💙 23RD ST PERFORMANCE AREA 💙
Say It Loud – A 70’s Fashion Show by Mario B Productions – 6pm – 7pm
This fashion show features looks inspired by the love and glamour of retro 70’s fashion, with models strutting down the catwalk in styles inspired by the African-American Ballroom scene.Afros, jumpsuits and platforms will come down the runway to the beat of your favorite groovy funk and soul classics, sure to leave you feeling absolutely fabulous!
💙 24TH STREET STAGE 💙
DJ Wiley E – 5pm – 6pm and 8:30pm – 9:15pm
DJ Wiley-E has been performing around the Bay Area since 2004. His dynamic setlists includes songs from Motown, 70’s, Rock, Latin, Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae, and today’s top 40’s. DJ Wiley-E loves what he does, providing good entertainment flow for party people.
Elegant Trash – 6pm – 6:30pm
Elegant Trash was formed in Atlanta, Georgia and they have been playing Indie punk electro music since 2003. They have featurings with many really talented musicians as REZ HOWELL,Will Cornelius,Shane Thornton,Mike Perez,Cameron Carter, Matt Herman,Johnny Melmfelt,Mitch Smith,Trevor Fain,and Laura Watanabe.
💙 25TH STREET STAGE 💙
Elembe – 5pm – 6pm and 8:15 – 9:15
Return of the Cypher – 6pm – 6:45pm
ROTC is for Bay Area Hip Hop artists to collaborate at live events for the main purpose of sharing our love of this culture. Our values are: positivity, community, equality, lyricism, improvisation, musicality, talent and keeping Hip Hop live!
💙 24TH STREET PERFORMANCE AREA 💙
TURF Inc – 5pm – 9:15pm
TURFinc has created a platform for inner city kids to learn the fundamentals of TURF dancing and has given them an engaging, exciting way to keep the youth off of the streets in order to give them a fighting chance in the world. The overall goal of TURFinc is to take this powerful dance style that is changing lives beyond the streets and into a safe, positive environment where dancers and the youth have the opportunity to showcase and share their story and skills with a broader audience.
💙 SAKE GARDEN 💙
DJ Joogmac – 6pm – 9:15
Joogmac & DasBoots, based out of SFC & Oakland, respectively, are young musical talents learning among DJ veterans. The duo have been lighting up art shows and dance floors for only a year, with an eclectic and fluid combination of tracks that you would least expect to turn a room upsidedown. Das Boots and Joogmac are sure to bring a memorable experience to the dancefloor.
💙 SYCAMORE PERFORMANCE AREA 💙
Phat Love Band – 5pm – 7:15pm
The full name of the band is “The Phat Luv Participatory Orchestra”. They are an organic, Oakland based band that has played on the streets in downtown Oakland for the past three years.
Urbana capoeira – 8:30pm – 9:15pm
Urbana Capoeira is a talented group of dancers who practice Capoeria – the Afro-Brazilian martial art & dance which combines self-defense, music and acrobatics. During their performances, Urbana Capoeria sings songs in Portuguese while playing Brazilian instruments like the berimbau and the pandeiro. This all-ages, Bay Area based group of performers love sharing their culture with the world!
Samba Funk – 7:30pm – 9pm
Samba Funk are a collective of dancers, musicians, artists and community members, bringing to life the essence of Carnaval in their work. Through African Diaspora infused artistic techniques, Samba Funk provides opportunities for dancers to grow, become in touch with themselves and learn the core elements of Brazilian dance.