Oakland's got another new music festival, and this one promises to take over more than ten venues in downtown on Saturday, April 19. Organizers of Oakland Drops Beats, which is being billed as the city's "first ever music crawl," just announced its debut lineup: Kev Choice Ensemble, B. Hamilton, Prozack Turner, Jel, and Odd Nosdam are among those scheduled to perform the free, all-day, all-ages event. Organizers said they took their inspiration from the Venice Music Crawl in Los Angeles and added "Oakland’s grit, soul, community, and culture," according to an announcement released today. Full lineup below.
Burger Records’ annual Burger Boogaloo festival was held for the first time in Oakland last year, drawing about 3,000 people, and it appears the success of that event has convinced organizers to again hold their two-day all-ages music fest in Oakland’s Mosswood Park. This year’s iteration, scheduled for July 5 and 6, will feature none other than legendary girl-group pioneer Ronnie Spector, as well as Long Island’s Milk ‘N’ Cookies (in its first West Coast appearance), Asheville, North Carolina’s Reigning Sound, SoCal’s The Muffs, and locals Shannon and the Clams (who also performed last year) and Nobunny. Other performers include Bananas, The Trashies, Phantom Surfers, Juan Wauters, La Sera, Chad & The Meatbodies, The Terry Malts, Wand, Danny James, Summer Twins, White Fang, Pookie and the Poodlez, Honey Power, Tina Boom Boom Lucchesi, and Russel Quan. This year’s ticket prices are slightly cheaper than last year: $35 for one-day tickets and $50 for weekend passes. Watch for more bands announced soon; in the meantime, get your tickets here.
Mark Kozelek, Lord Huron, Bob Mould, No Age, Cayucas, Kinski, and Bottomless Pit are among the performers confirmed so far for Noise Pop's 2014. The music festival will take place February 25 through March 2, 2014 at venues throughout San Francisco.
Early-bird badges are on sale now for $125 (regular badges will be $150). This year, there will also be a limited amount of "super fan" badges; at $350, they'll give fans everything the regular badge has to offer, plus an official Festival merchandise package, drink tickets to select events, rideshare coupons, guaranteed entry to any non-seated show, and a Noise Pop Fest representative available for assistance during the Festival. An official announcement party will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1772 Market Street from 6-10 p.m.
Party on a boat, er, aircraft carrier, y'all. Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn are among the bands scheduled to perform at the third annual Slaughter by the Water show, happening Saturday, August 25, aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda. Testament's Chuck Billy will host, and a headliner and other acts will be announced later.
Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Bands start at 5 p.m. and go till 2 a.m. There will also be free access to the pier from noon to 9 p.m., which includes a Pier Stage entertainment (bands?), food vendors, and retailers. Parking is free.
We're extremely happy to report that the Total Trash hillbilly-rock festival, now in its fourth iteration, will take place in the usual sylvan settings. Weather forecasts predict idyllic conditions in Oakland this weekend (if you like fog, that is) as the lineup of roughly a dozen bands descends on the historic Continental Club this Friday, and Eli's Mile High Club this Saturday. Maybe it's a sign of the times that Oakland's old-school blues digs are now the domain of punk power trios and "succulent corn-eating contests." (Not kidding.) Either way, Total Trash founder and curator Marcos Ribak is pleased with the arrangement, and he's highlighting' the venues' history in festival press materials. "This place is amazing!" Ribak hooted in a recent Facebook post, pointing out that Continental Club once hosted Bo Diddley, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding. He promises to trash it up.here.
We were saddened to learn that local comedian and Cal creative writing alum Chris Garcia is departing for drier, tonier, potentially more fertile pastures (depending on whom you ask) — namely, his hometown of Los Angeles. He said as much in a triumphal email, followed by an even more triumphal Facebook status update. Asked to defend the decision, Garcia issued a semi-formal statement: "I've noticed a serious shortage of multi-talented, big-hearted, and brash snaggle-toothed Cubans represented in Hollywood, so I'm doing the Industry a favor and filling that void."
And, as always, it's bifurcated into a day of dance and electronic music — headlined by Girl Talk — and a day of indie rock. Saturday's electronic-oriented lineup features locals The Coup and K. Flay, Public Enemy (making their 25th anniversary), glo-fi hunk Toro y Moi, and the famed Gregg Michael Gillis, who, press materials say, is the first artist to ever return to the festival. Sunday's bill will include Gossip, garage rocker Ty Segall, Best Coast, and headliner The xx.on sale now; look for single day tickets this Friday.
And this year East Bay Express helped quarterback the event, partnering up with the city of Oakland to bring additional arts programming from The Crucible, NIMBY, Oakland Underground Film Festival, Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, and a slew of other worthy organizations. Not to mention we booked the eponymous EBX Plaza Stage, which will feature DJ Dyloot, Metal Mother, Saviours, Vetiver, Forrest Day, Persephone's Bees, long-standing local hip-hop group Souls of Mischief, indie fourtet Churches, and Oceanography.