Elephantine and The Seshen 

Soak up the sun and enjoy live music at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

There are few summertime activities more satisfying than catching some live music at a park while sipping a cool, refreshing beverage. And that’s the kind of atmosphere you can expect at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, a summer concert series in the outdoor area of the venerable SoMA arts institution. For the May 7 edition, Oakland bands Elephantine and The Seshen are slated to perform. Elephantine is the new project of musician, entrepreneur, and activist Zakiya Harris, who creates rich neo-soul steeped in Afro-futurist philosophy. While Harris is also a solo artist, she recently joined forces with fellow powerhouse vocalists Tossie Long and Solas B. Lalgee and several other musicians, and together, they make big, ecstatic tracks with life-affirming messages. The Seshen, a multifaceted seven-piece band with a similarly soulful vibe that incorporates electronic elements and jazzy instrumentation, will also dazzle audiences with virtuosic musicianship.

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