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Re: “Evolutionary Blues Chronicles the Life and Afterlife of Blues in West Oakland

Why only one screening of the movie here in Oakland ?

Posted by Paul Hunt on 09/29/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Another, critical part of the problem of better pay for musicians is that most are freelancing, i.e., independent contractors (ICs), instead of employees. Being ICs has generally put freelancers of all kinds out of reach of unions, since it is generally harder to organize ICs, and labor law even forbids it for most purposes. However, there are ways to do it, nonetheless. A case in point is Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM), which was organized in 1993 to make AFM musicians working as ICs eligible for union benefits, which they were not previously. AFM is one of several unions inching towards full recognition of ICs.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/25/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

We should extend this model to LA

Posted by Dyan Kane on 09/23/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

I'm guessing this is the report Ms. Eby mentioned: http://www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Economic-and-Community-Development/Music-City-Music-Council/Music-Industry.aspx

I'd love to hear more about programs like this. I'm currently dissertating on this issue, but with a focus on Memphis. If anyone has other articles, resources, and info, feel free to email me at lkw2eq@virginia.edu. Thanks!

Posted by Lydia Warren on 09/22/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Thank you Stephanie and Barbara.
Stephanie if you read this and can get us a copy of your economic impact study we would be interested to read it.
Thanks
Mario Guarneri

Posted by Mario Guarneri on 09/21/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

I am happy to read this. In 2013 I did an economic impact study of live music on our economy, analyzing New Orleans, Seattle and Nashville. In every instance where musicians were paid and there was a living wage, it produced secondary employment in hospitality and tourism sectors.

Keep on Going!

Posted by Stephanie Eby on 09/21/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Mario Guarneri has done and continues to do an amazing service to jazz music and jazz musicians. THANK YOU! We who love this music appreciate all the work you and your organization are doing to keep the music alive and well.

Barbara N.

Posted by Barbara Natale on 09/20/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “We Asked Locals How They Discover New Music

In the Aug 30 2017 edition in the Music section on page 38 you had a one page article entitled "We asked locals how they discover new music" with several answers from local luminaries. Conspicuously absent from all the answers was local college radio stations, notably UCBerk's KALX and my all time favorite Los Altos Hills Community College's KFJC. As any volunteer set up the dj's exhibit a wide range of tastes, etc. but there are quite a few who have done their homework and bring an amazing assortment of new music, be it ambient, dub, down temp or for the most part uncharacterizable but great music. They also publish their playlists. It may take some listening to find the djs you like but generally the good ones are during the morning commute or later in the evening. In contrast, the best the responders in the article could suggest are after the fact sites like Pandora and spotify, or asking friends for suggestions. Not even helpful.

Posted by Robert Peck on 08/31/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Lee Williams and the Holy Ghost

I enjoyed the reading from 2012 of Lee Williams and the Holy Ghost

Posted by Essie Goodson on 08/07/2017 at 2:35 PM
Posted by Devi Genuone on 07/19/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Björk Breathes New Life Into Craneway Pavilion

My wife and I saw Bjork at Craneway and it was amazing. Intimate and mind expanding. The venue is a beautiful use of architecture / preservation and reuse. This venue is top notch. @vallejo could take a tip and put something like this on the edge of the Napa River. If we had a venue on the Waterfront we could be visited by Icelandic Fairies and magical performers like Bjork.

Posted by TJ Walkup on 07/07/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

Great, great music--but two major complaints.

1. Only two alcoholic beverages sold: A craft beer...and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

2. It's called Burger Bugaloo...and only one vendor was there selling burgers. A tiny...expensive....grass-fed....yuppie burger.

That makes no sense! Have a dozen burger trucks!! Not one!! Why would you think of rejecting a quality vendor that wants to sell burgers at the Burger Bugaloo?????

Posted by Les Toil on 07/01/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

Autocorrect error:
Mr. Ribak, not Mr. Final.
Thanks.

Posted by Kirk Steven Baugh on 06/30/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

2015 was great, 2016 was an entrance line nightmare. Mr. Final says he has the line thing figured out -- I hope so, but just splitting the VIP and GA doesn't sound like a solution.
by the way, my comments last year -- about standing in line for 2 hours, and then just giving up and giving my tickets away -- wasn't grumbling. It was a customercomplaint, and a plea to the promoter to get it right this year.
Thanks, Kirk Baugh.

Posted by Kirk Steven Baugh on 06/30/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Shayla Jamerson is So Oakland

Thank You Shayla for making a difference.
Although, I'm not a native of Oakland, but I'm a black lady from Chicago living in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of attending "SoOakland"this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for your vision and continued Blessings on your Journey!!

Posted by stephanien12 on 06/26/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “'Turn It Around' Looks Back at East Bay Punk

This is why we all have 24-hour donut shops now. Thanks Green Day!

Posted by Marc Arsenault on 05/24/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “The Berkeley Bluegrass Festival Returns To Freight & Salvage

Correction:
Tessa Schwartz (not Tracy Schwartz) is the name of the fiddler in 35 Year of Trouble. Helen Lude (not Lundee) is the multi-instrumentalist in the same band.

Posted by Laurie B Lewis on 05/20/2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Oakland’s Soul and Funk DJ Nights Now Rival Those In San Francisco

Good start in introducing and highlighting the vinyl scene in Oakland. However, this piece comes off as a list of the different nights with no actual substance as to what the atmosphere is like at these events. Where are the photos that highlight the real heroes of these events, the supporters who come and dance, the DJs who pour their hearts and souls into keeping this music relevant, the photographers who capture the true essence of what it is to be at one of these nights? The whole scene deserves more attention than a simple article that tries to capture the feeling of these nights, but fails in doing so by simply listing the events and the few folks that are behind them. This scene deserves more than a quick blurb. A lot more could have been said about this scene to truly highlight the movement that is currently happening.

Posted by ANONYMOUSOUL on 05/03/2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Welcome to the Shmoplife

Dope article. Bay Area stand up. - 1130Worldwide.com

Posted by 1130 WorldWide on 04/26/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “REVIEW: Radiohead Marvels Sold-Out Crowd, Comments on Coachella Hiccups And Saturday's Alt-Right Brawl, During Its First Night in Berkeley

If Radiohead is as revolutionary as they claim to be, why is it cool to charge $100 for the show?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 04/23/2017 at 3:36 PM

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