Bay Area Vibez: Strictly Roots, Almost


Bay Area Vibez: Strictly Roots, Almost

Though it featured many legendary musicians, the new Oakland festival prioritized nostalgia and feel-good music over innovation and local talent.

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Dragon Master's Fellowship of the Twelve-Sided Dice

Yee Olde Dragon Master's Guide to the Mighty Labyrinth Quest, Oakland's premiere role-playing band, brings fantasy to life onstage.


The Younger Lovers

Expect a beer-soaked, sweaty live show.


Burning Palms

Witch rock from the Arizona desert at Leo's.


Queens D.Light

The Oakland MC will perform at the beloved queer party Ships in the Night.

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The Bay Area rapper skillfully melds personal narratives with urgent sociopolitical commentary on his new album with New York producer the KickDrums.

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Archive Fever @ Make-Out Room

w/ DJ Andy and guests spinning indie pop, C86, punk, new wave,...

The Montclair Women’s Big Band @ Yoshi's Oakland

Equal Rights Advocates Gala Dinner followed by music, which begins at 8...

Freight Open Mic @ Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Signups on a first-come, first-serve basis. Performers who bring non-performing audience members...

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