From our friend Steve Snider:
Oakland Box Theater and Gallery 10 Year Reunion Party will have many local legends in the house from musicians to poets to visual artists to DJs and filmmakers. There will be some really great people and organizations participating in this event, as well.
Production and promotion collaborators are: Hot Water Cornbread, Unify Sound and Go Live. This night will be something really special! Think First Friday’s in Oakland with food vending, arts and crafts vending and many live performances.
There will be at least two performances areas: the 400 seat Lakeside Theater and the amazing new Pop Up Gallery space adjacent to the theater. There will be more than eight hours of performances by some of the Bay Areas finest poets and musicians to be followed by a legendary dance party featuring DJs Sake One, Fuze, Aebldee and Jah Yzer. Tickets are $10-20 sliding scale. This is a fundraiser to support future Oakland Box Theater programs and additional donations are gladly accepted. All donations are tax deductible.
Special guests confirmed for the night are:
Live Musical Performances by Jennifer Johns, Los Rakas, The Getback, Rico Pabon, Foreign Legion, Tommy Shepherd, Ajayi Jackson, X-Roads (featuring Kimiko Joy and Paris King), Do Dat, Iamani Ameni, Jessica Rice, Nu Dekades, Company of Prophets, Earth Amplify, Aaron Ableman, Ras K'Dee, Valentino Peeps and more. Also ... Hot Water Cornbread will present a special scripted addition of The Singer's Lounge featuring the great Oakland vocalist/poet Sonia Whittle!
Performance poets from past Oakland and Berkeley Poetry Slam Teams, and Youth Speaks participants including: Scorpio Blues, Nazelah and Dahled Jefferies, Rafael Casal, Chinaka Hodge, Sonia Whittle, Dyanna Loeb, Y.A.D.D.O.S., Drew Dellinger and many others.
DJs: Sake One, Fuze, Jah Yzer, Aebldee, Agana, Tekneek, Carlos Wilborn
Gallery Exhibition curated by Aaron Lane, Eric Murphy, and KDub. Featuring the work of Aaron Lane, Kaya, KDub, James Gayles, Eric Murphy, Gabriel Navar, Asual Aswad, Malik Seneferu, Refa One and more to be announced soon.