Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mission Creek Oakland Needs Help

By Kathleen Richards
Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM

The Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival has been going on in San Francisco for fifteen years, highlighting independent and underground music, art, dance, etc. Three years ago, Mission Creek came east, and now Mission Creek Oakland is hoping to expand from a week-long event into a month-long event at various venues in the East Bay during the month of September.

To do so, organizers of Mission Creek Oakland are currently holding a Kickstarter campaign to raise $3,000. So far, they've got about $900, with just ten days left in the campaign. If they raise the funds, they'll hold shows at Uptown, Rock Paper Scissors, the Stork Club, Gamma Space, and others. Local bands confirmed so far include Horns of Happiness, Field Trips, Casy and Brian, and White Cloud. The festival is still accepting applications for bands via Sonicbids.

Mission Creek Oakland Music Director Kiyomi Tanouye said if they don't meet their goal, the festival will still happen in Oakland, but just "with less bells and whistles." Tanouye said they'll probably rent out Mosswood Amphitheater for an all-ages show at the end of September, paying all the involved folks appropriately, and printing out nice programs. It's still unclear whether that show will happen, however, because "Oakland Parks Department has been super flaky."

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