The sixth annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Festival, to be held June 4th at the Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate in Oakland, announced its lineup this weekend. Among the acts to perform are Marley's Ghost, The Kathy Kallick Band, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Wronglers, plus The Tuttles with AJ Lee and Arann Harris and The Farm Band. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greenbelt Alliance, which works to protect the area's natural habitat and farms and to create more sustainable cities. Tickets for the family-friendly event are on sale now. $25 until May 13. After that, $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Outside Lands folks just announced the lineup for this year's festival, which is set for August 12-14 in Golden Gate Park. Drumroll, please:
Phish (2 sets)
The Black Keys
The Original Meters
Big Audio Dynamite
Warren Hayes Band
Toro Y Moi
What’s happening around the Bay in music? Lots! Let’s recap, shall we?
1. New Club Night in Oakland: When it comes to nightlife, Oakland is definitely on the come-up. But Starr Piwowarski says the city still lacks a “great dance night.” Which is why she helped start a new club night in Oakland called “Club Drama.”
Held at the Uptown on the last Thursday of the month, the event features “familiar indie dance tracks all while offering a large selection of electro and dance remixes to really give you that dance-club feeling that you can't find unless you make your way across the bridge,” wrote Piwowarski in an e-mail. Sample artists include Marina and the Diamonds, The Gossip, Dragonette, Martin Solveig, Ke$ha, Ladytron, The Presets, Amanda Blank, Crystal Castles, MSTRKRFT, Goldfrapp, Simian Mobile Disco, Peaches, and more.
Club Drama is also “queer positive,” she says. “With a full lineup of gay DJs, we welcome gay, straight, bi, transgendered, queer oriented and people of all ages over 21.” Club Drama had its first event last month. The next one will be held Thursday, April 28. $5. For more info.
2. Tonight, local rap duo Foreign Legion will premiere its new movie Night Moves, in tandem with the release of its new album of the same name (release date April 12). “It’s a sitcom about two struggling rappers who have just inked their first major-label deal, and are trying, against all odds, not to screw it up,” according to Express music editor Rachel Swan. Check it out the screening tonight at 8 p.m. at Disco Volante (347 14th St., Oakland), followed by a live performance by Foreign Legion.
Speaking of hip-hop and movies, check out the trailer for the Beastie Boys’ new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (release date May 3), featuring a redonkulous amount of celebrity cameos, including Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ted Danson, Jason Schwartzman, Elijah Wood, Will Arnett, and others.
Plan the next 72 hours of your life with help from our critics. Herewith, the five unmissable events going down this weekend in the East Bay.
How does one become America's ubiquitous go-to gal on the subject of sex? For Susie Bright, it started with Catholic Mass and Girl Scouts, then segued into radical high-school politics; in 1984, she co-founded the first-ever female-focused sex magazine, On Our Backs. Bright tells all in her memoir Big Sex Little Death, which she discusses at Diesel (5433 College Ave., Oakland) on Saturday, Apr. 10. 3 p.m., free. DieselBookstore.com — Anneli Rufus
Twenty-two-year-old spoken-word artist Jazz Hudson has been rocking Oakland mics since the eighth grade. From her first writer's workshop at the West Oakland Library — where her father sent her to "curb that mouth of hers" — she has performed from the streets of Oakland and Richmond to the national stage, often with her three-year-old son Nassor at her side. Video by Vanessa Carr.
It's Friday, Friday; gotta get down on Friday! Behold, the top five events this weekend in the East Bay, lovingly hand-picked just for you by our esteemed critics.
Much Ado About Brew
Lest anyone forget that Oakland loves beer, it seems like almost every weekend some brewery or organization is throwing a beer festival. Not that we’re complaining. On Saturday, April 2, KGO Radio presents Much Ado About Brew at Jack London Square (98 Broadway, Oakland), an event that boasts more than thirty craft and specialty beers for sale, as well as food from various local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. Noon-3 p.m., $8.10 in advance or $25 day-of. KGORadio.com. — Ellen Cushing
Shirley Masengill Memorial Gathering
After working for more than sixty years at local bookstores, including Cody's, Sather Gate, and Books Inc., Northern California Children's Booksellers Association Otter Award-winner Shirley Masengill passed away in February. A memorial event at one of her former workplaces, Laurel Bookstore (4100 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland), on Saturday, April 2, includes refreshments and a "Shirley story hour." 1 p.m., free. LaurelBookstore.com. — Anneli Rufus