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April 29, 2015

The New Parish in Downtown Oakland is packed. About 300 attendees wave their hands and clap as five purple stage lights illuminate the silhouette of a guy wearing a plaid suit, a red vest, a tie and shiny black shoes. The band—drums, piano, bass and guitar—starts playi...

April 6, 2015

Blue Bottle Coffee’s historic W.C. Morse Cafe on Broadway became a casual and intimate concert hall Thursday night as three members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony performed selections from Vivaldi, Debussy and more.

 

Called “Cup of Classical,” the event was the latest...

September 4, 2014

 

The heat, thick and heavy. The sun, beating down hard. The air, sticky with the smell of fried food, pungent pot and end-of-summer sweat. It’s Labor Day, and thousands of people from the Bay Area and beyond have gathered in droves for hip-hop group Hieroglyphics’ 3rd...

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