If you rely on stereotypes, Oakland is a dangerous place whose population mostly face bleak futures. But it doesn’t take much to realize the bullshit in that. Oakland is alive. It has a rich history, as home to not only the Black Panthers, but also one of the most vibrant African American middle class communities in the country starting in the 1920s, the final destination of Amelia Earhart’s successful solo flight from Honolulu, and the creation of Rocky Road ice cream. It also has a rich musical history with legends like MC Hammer, Digital Underground, Heiroglyphics, En Vogue and the Pointer Sisters all calling Oakland home. Oakland is a place of proud culture and strong community and its present moment is worthy of celebration.
Oakland Music Festival (OMF) set out in 2013 to do just that: pay homage to Oakland’s badassness. Happening next Saturday September 26th, the festival will put 42 artists on 5 stages to close out the summer in style. The bill boasts local and international acts that span pretty much any genre you’d be interested in (hip-hop, electronic, R&B, indie, Latin, rock, World), most notably buzzing rapper Goldlink and local indie darlings Trails & Ways. Per Bay Area festival standards, there will also be an Epicurean array of delectable edibles from local restaurants, and beverages from local breweries.
We want to help you get there, and we’re giving away two passes to the festival.
Though some stages are 21+, OMF is all ages (but strollers aren’t allowed). Doors open at Noon, ends at 9pm. Tickets are here in case you don’t want to rely on lotteries.
The line up:
Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals
BJ The Chicago Kid
Trails & Ways
Marc E. Bassy
The Sam Chase
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science
Starship Connection (Teeko + B.Bravo)
Trill Team 6
Latin Soul Brothers
DJ Hey Love