Oakland Drops Beats is Oakland’s “SXSW”


Oakland Drops Beats is downtown Oakland’s first ever music crawl. Spanning from 2 pm into the night, within a five block radius, including 10 different locations, and over 25 Oakland bands and event producers, the free and all ages event kicks off next Saturday, April 19th. Beginning at 2:00 on the outdoor stage at 15th St. and Webster with performances by youth non-profit organizations Youth Radio, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and Today’s Future Sound.

The production of the first Oakland Drops Beats event was organized by a wide range of Oakland artists, musicians, event producers, and organizations. Event producers include Oaktown Indie Mayhem at the outdoor stage and Awaken Cafe, Anticon. Records and Calimade Collective at Le Qui Vive art gallery, A Thousand Wordz at Spice Monkey restaurant, and several other locations such as the Naming Gallery, VAMP, and Imagine Affairs Art Lounge. The outdoor stage will be at the street closure on 15th St. and Webster with music from 2:00-6:00, and will feature local artists Planet Booty and the Kev Choice Ensemble.

The event organizers are also holding a fundraising campaign until the day of the event that you can contribute to, here.