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SIghts and Sounds of East Oakland

Let the artists tell it: East Oakland has a “vibe,” a distinctive feel and flavor, and they do all they can to capture and convey it. Join KALW Public Radio and Oakland Voices for Sights and Sounds of East Oakland: Come Together, the second annual event celebrating the community by the artists who live, work, and create here.

The afternoon will feature musical and dance performances by a capella group OSA Vocal Rush, praise dance by Lyric Performing Arts Academy, visual art and poetry by Bobby Arte featuring 2016 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard, and a soul performance by 1-O.A.K., along with multimedia storytelling from community media project Oakland Voices.

Enjoy food from 9 Julio Empanada Kitchen, live art activities facilitated by Laila Espinoza, and a pre-show dance party with resident DJ HeyLove. Also enter a raffle to win special prizes from local clothiers, brands, and artisans!

KALW & Oakland Voices present

Sights & Sounds of East Oakland: Come Together

A celebration of the arts and artists of East Oakland, California


Philip Reeder Theater at Castlemont High

8601 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Show starts at 2:30pm, with food, art, and a DJ in the courtyard starting at 1:30pm.

Audience is also invited to a post-show discussion with community stakeholders.




With a name that truly begets his unique abilities 1-O.A.K. (One of A Kind) is a triple threat: vocalist, musician, and producer.  Part of the Bay Area's Honor Roll Crew, 1-O.A.K., learned to sing and play drums and keyboards in church, and was raised on classic gospel and soul. The Oakland native set out to stick strictly to beatmaking -- he intended to save his singing for the church -- but he eased into doing both at once. After he was featured on tracks by the likes of J. Stalin ("My Mind," "When the Club Over"), Philthy Rich ("That's the Love"), and Teedra Moses ("So Special"), he released Special Request. One of the finest R&B albums of 2012, McFarland wrote, produced, and arranged the whole thing with some help from executive producers DJ Tap.10 and WhizWard, as well as Trackademics, among others.  His latest song "Lost & Found" is featured on KMEL's Home Turf radio.  

Bobby arte featuring azariah cole-shephard


Bobby Arte is a classically trained oil painter and portrait artist, born and raised in Oakland. His technical ability, coupled with his personal journey gives him a very unique perspective and a style all his own: a style some are calling Urban Fine Art.  Bobby Arte calls it his personal voice.  Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard is an electrical engineering student at San Jose State University who cites Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou among her influences and heroes — after her mom.

lyric performing arts academy

Lyric Performing Arts Academy offers a comprehensive performing arts curriculum for students ages 18 months and up. Developed to create well rounded performers, students leave classes with a new / enhanced skill set, and with the self-esteem, discipline and self-assurance to carry them through adulthood. Lyric Performing Arts Academy (LPAA) is the teaching arm of Lyric Dance and Vocal Ensemble and is a faith based performing arts training ground guided by the three principles of inspiration, education and service. “Train a child up in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.

osa vocal rush

Vocal Rush is a four-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011.  Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, led by chair/founder Cava Menzies, Forkish was music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's book "Pitch Perfect," later made into the box-office smash film. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC's hit a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off."


ticketing is NOW CLOSED to the public, 

Thank you for attending.  See you at our next show!