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Fantastic idea and it sounds like a blast.
Good on Sugar Mama, for taking the leap from "we need to do that here" to actually doing it.
Sounds fantastic. More people need to do things like this.
Wow, I heard about this! What a great idea. So glad someone's doing it.
When does the concerts start this year 2010? What is the line up. It is such a treat to bring out the family and enjoy a day out that has been none eventful in years past. Hats off to Desley. She is fulfilling her calling.
I agree completely. When I pulled up & saw how dead it was I almost turned around and went back home. There was no one there to meet me, & no one showed up see me, the other performers I saw as I was driving down the street were playing to empty sidewalks too. So at least I know it had nothing to do with me or my music.
I saw no evidence of any "Dedication and hard work" the headline for this article should have been "Why anything worth doing is worth doing right. The failed Laurel Street Festival"
There are many ways to get the word for events that don't cost anything. It just seemed like no one could be bothered.
I volunteered to play at a struggling street festival because I believed in the cause but I am not a street musician & didn't like being treated as one!!!
They should have canceled this event. We just got back and there was not a single person there. We were among the few performers who set up on the sidewalks with no. tables, no chairs, no staff, no stage or infrastructure what so ever, and most important no audiences. Quite a depressing scene. We should have just gone to play at Bart station we would have been much more appreciated there. To call this a festival is an extreme stretch.
This was an event that was bare bones at it's best last year anyway. But at least we had a table a tarp and there were people who knew about it. They made no effort to get the word out, they didn't even bother posting the lineup on the Laurel Association's website.
My message to the organizers "Next year don't sucker musician's into showing up to a street fest that doesn't exist!!!!"
i highly recommend this critical and important play! i saw it twice. as a palestinian american, i appreciate jennifer's refusal to mince her words. she is unabashed in her presentation of how her life has transpired.
"ambitious plans for the place"?
springfest has been run the same for as long as anyone can remember. having experienced them over the years, they are exactly the same, as the organizers do not come up with new ways of holding the fair, and its only the various groups that keep this great festival alive!
Hip Hop has some roots in disco, so why are you hating on it? Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Disco and R&B remain part of the same musical continuum/tradition. The true enemy of music is the monopolization of the industry and the overbearing weight of crass commercialism. Hip Hop has also been part of the curriculum at Cal for well more than a decade. Also, the OG scene in the Bay flourished/revolved around artists like Too Short, Del tha Funky Homosapien, Tupac and Digital Underground. If you're going to write about Hip Hop and the Bay Area music scene, please get it right. Nothin' but love for DJ Zita and La Pena. See you Saturday night.
yeah. i feel the point above.
i also want to add that hella gay, certainly hella hoppin', is also a scene of hipsters that sorely represent oakland's gentrification. tooooooooo many white people for a spot in downtown oakland. i don't know. great event. good idea. music is so-so. people wathcing fun. whiteness, bothersome.
Sad that, for what's supposed to be a party which celebrates LGBT, these producers and New Parish are presenting a member of Le Tigre, a band which has played at the exclusionist Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and continues to not really support the womanhood of trans women. Moreover, Kathleen Hanna (the lead singer of Le Tigre) referred to the transpeople and allies at Camp Trans who have been peacefully protesting the bigoted policy of MichFest as "terrorists." We all make mistakes and, hopefully, evolve, but I've seen no sign members of Le Tigre truly regret playing at MichFest nor have changed their bigoted views towards trans women, perhaps the most vulnerable group in the LGBT community. JD Samson's event should be boycotted not celebrated.
Right on. Sending good thoughts,
Sounds like fun! I've got to check this out!
Wow, who new? It's on my calendar. Can't wait!
and it's cooler than knitting, amirite?
Went as often as I could in the eighties. Disappointed that UC Theater shut down, not just because of no more Rocky. Glad to see that the Grand Lake and its very progressive owner are showing it. Long live lips! :)
Love this event!!!!!!
I AGREE 100% WITH THE ABOVE WRITER. IT TOOK ME 15 MINUTES TO EVEN FIND THIS PAGE - WHICH ISN'T EVEN VERY INFORMATIVE (& I was starting from the East Bay Express Home Page!). PULL YOUR SOCKS UP AND GET THE EVENT LINE-UP PUBLICISED & LINKED TO DIRECTLY FROM YOUR HOME PAGE!
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