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Programs coming up for September 1–15
Kally Price Old Blues & Jazz Band
Thu Sept 24, 12:30–1:30pm
With her sassy, old-time sound and vast knowledge of pre-World War II songs, Oakland vocalist Kally Price inhabits a musical realm where jazz, blues and pop songs fraternize freely. After Hurricane Katrina cut short her move to New Orleans, Price landed in the Bay Area where she and her all-star band have thrived performing popular and obscure blues and jazz songs from the pre-war era. Inspired by the “purity of expression, individuality and spirituality” in vintage recordings she’s made it her mission “to give voice to these old songs and stories, and to make my own songs inspired by the soulfulness of the old blues, gospel and jazz masters.”
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Bay Area Bold Festival
Sat Sept 26, 11am–4pm
Tue Sept 8, 12:30–1:30pm | FreeInteractive art projects, educational activations and varied entertainment from throughout the Bay Area, as well as community activities in collaboration with San Francisco Foundation’s partners:Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Children’s Creativity Museum, SPUR, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum,Yerba Buena Alliance, and others. Featuring performances by Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and more.
Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio
Sun Sept 27, 1–2:30pm
American history turns into propulsive grooves and thrilling improvisation in the hands of Bay Area bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, a jazz master who knows that the past isn’t past. Commissioned by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Beyond the Blues: A Prison Oratorio is his latest work for the powerhouse Marcus Shelby Orchestra (augmented by narrator and vocal ensemble: Tiffany Austin, Joe Bagale, Mujahid Abdul-Rashid, and Kennedy Shelby). Exploring the troubling persistence of the prison industrial complex and its baleful impact on communities of color,Prison Oratorio is Shelby’s latest musical meditation on contemporary American culture.
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Thu Sept 17, 12:30-1:30pm: The Songwriter’s Lunchbox
Fri Sept 18, 12:30-1:30pm: Fat Chance Bellydance
Fri, Sept 25, 12:30-1:30pm: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents Musical Art Quintet
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