We’re just going to assume that you’ve already made plans to hit Art Murmur on Friday. (If you haven’t, fix your schedule.) And we know that as Art Murmur regulars you might spend more time in the galleries and bars, but we have a guide of some specific events you might want to attend.
1. Pandora presents “Sounds of Oakland”
We suggest you stop by The Great Wall for at least 10 minutes. Why? Because you love music like we love music. And you love Bay music like we love Bay music. And Pandora has put together an 8-hour mix called “Sounds of Oakland,” that will debut September 7th at 7:30 pm at The Great Wall. “It’s an incredible mix of music that spans nearly four decades and is as diverse as Oakland is with genres including Funk, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop/Rap, Punk and Rock,” explains Michael Addicott, Manager of Music Curation at Pandora. Visuals will be provided by local filmmakers while Pandora’s Label Relations Manager and Lead Curator, Mike Fink, spins. So, yeah…music from Oakland artists across genres and spanning more than 40 years…ok, maybe more than 10 minutes.
The Wall faces West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley Street, next door to Luka’s Taproom and Lounge in Oakland’s Uptown district. The Lake Merritt-Uptownand Downtown Oakland district associations, along with the Oakland Museum of California, are major sponsors of the Great Wall of Oakland
2. Cre8tiveClass Bike Ride
Oakland clothing brand Cre8tiveClass is hosting their monthly First Friday bike ride around Oakland, and will end at the Art Murmur. For the uninitiated, Cre8tiveClass is an apparel and lifestyle company that promotes fun, creativity, hard work, and independence. Their clothing can be spotted all over Oakland, the country, and the world. You can buy threads from their Summer 2012 release at www.Cre8tiveClass.com and check out their blog as well. Now you know what that C8C jpeg on the right side of our website is! The ride is always a gang of fun and full of good folks from Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area. This go round, they will also be filming a scene for Zion-I’s new video, which is being co-directed by the brand. If you have a bike, meet up with the crew at 6:30pm in front of the main branch of the Oakland Public Library at 25 14th st in downtown.
3. The Oakland Surf Club Remembers Mike “DREAM” Francisco
One of downtown Oakland’s newest business, Oakland Surf Club, will be presenting a commemorative art show honoring Oakland graffiti legend DREAM in their upstairs gallery space. You can also grab the latest gear from notable street and surf wear brands in the downstairs retail space. OSC is located at 337 14th st in downtown Oakland. To get a better feel for who DREAM was, watch this 1993 interview with him that aired on Soul Beat TV.
4. Hieroglyphics Performing at Oaklandish
Last weekend, the first annual Heiro Day was a great day-long celebration of Oakland music and hip-hop culture. Not surprisingly, the news media largely ignored it. No worries though, for the countless in attendance, it was an epic day for the whole community. We’ve already received word that there will be a 2nd annual Hiero Day next year, which of course will be the 20th anniversary of Souls of Mischief iconic record “93 Till Infinity.” If you missed Hiero Day, and the next ones too far away, or if you just can’t get enough of these Oakland stalwarts, check out Del, Tajai, Domino and Life Before Time at the Oaklandish store at 1444 Broadway in downtown Oakland tonight. They should hit the mic around 9 or 9:30.