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Alameda Music Project Succeeds

A successful afterschool musical education program in Alameda expands to reach more underserved students.

Tweaking Art and Soul

When downtown Oakland’s first Art + Soul festival debuted in the summer of 2001, it had one sponsor, one stage, and one small crowd. Yet the weekend festival steadily grew each year after. By its 10th anniversary, Art + Soul encompassed 10 city blocks around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and City Center, and MC Hammer, En Vogue, and CAKE headlined in honor of the special occasion. More than 25,000 people came—Art + Soul’s largest crowd.

Bochan Huy Fuses Cambodian Rock and Hip-Hop

In one video, Bochan Huy puffs a cigar and sings soulfully about luxury cars. In another, she wears shimmering traditional Cambodian costumes in scenes cross-cut with photographs of people executed by the Khmer Rouge.

Eileen Meredith Hits the High Notes

A Q&A with the Virago Theatre Company maven.

Eileen Meredith Hits the High Notes

A Q&A with the Virago Theatre Company maven.

Bochan Huy Fuses Cambodian Rock and Hip-Hop

In one video, Bochan Huy puffs a cigar and sings soulfully about luxury cars. In another, she wears shimmering traditional Cambodian costumes in scenes cross-cut with photographs of people executed by the Khmer Rouge.

Baritone Pushes Sailing Singalongs

From his Oakland home, Peter Kasin crosses shark-infested, wind-whipped saltwater to stride gleaming decks amidst sextants and spankers, his clear baritone rising into the rigging to sing of nor’easters, fo’c’sles, backbreaking labor, drunken benders, and much-missed milkmaids left behind.

It Takes a Village to Play an Album

Given the concept animating UnderCover Presents, which produces stylistically encompassing concerts that re-imagine beloved albums track by track, it was only a matter of time before the organization turned its attention to Graceland, Paul Simon’s landmark 1986 recording. Featuring a different act on each song, UnderCover concerts have drawn on an ever-expanding array of Bay Area talent, and Graceland is no different.

The Mambo Kings Kick Ass at the Grammys

There are always a lot of hangovers the morning after the Grammy Awards, but the 56th annual ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in January left an already reeling music industry positively woozy. While the vast majority of Grammy trophies went to favored acts, an upstart salsa band from Oakland, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, ended up taking home the award for Best Latin Tropical Album for its eponymous debut release, and the shock waves continue to reverberate.

Vanessa Solari Espinoza Is a Graffiti Artist and Hip-hop DJ

Agana, a female graffiti artist and hip-hop Dj in Oakland, shares her artistic insights and influences.