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Novoscene: Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 27, 2007

This weekend the bay is groove central as everyone’s tossing up barbecues, hosting festivals and trying to squeeze the last bit of summer out of the year. Here are some choice musical offerings for the weekend. There’s block parties and beatboxing. There’s thingamajigs and jazz. There’s salsa and Moroccan rhythms, all under the same big Bay Area sky. Damn we love this place… -Kwan Booth

Friday Sept. 28


The 2007 West Coast Open Human BeatBox Battle



Beatboxing-the art of using your mouth to create insane percussive effects to a beat-originated in the early ’80’s on street corners and stairwells in New York and has been growing into an underground movement ever since. The “fifth element of hip-hop” has gained a worldwide following of noisemakers that have stretched the limits of the larynx way beyond its schoolyard origins (Remember trying to beatbox and freestyle with your boys in the bathroom between classes?). The new school has grown to incorporate complicated rhythms along with electronics and music styles ranging from metal to trip hop.
The Vowel Movement, the Bay’s own verbal percussion collective, is bringing back the area’s baddest loudmouths together again for a night of battling and beat making. Competitors include Cornbread, Syzygy, Presice, 4D, Monkstilo, Icebox, Swindel, G, Samson, PG-15, along with local beatboxing luminaries Barsky, Eachbox, the Genie and Josh Walters. Tourettes Without Regrets founder Jamie DeWolf hosts.


The 2007 West Coast Open Human BeatBox Battle
$12/$10 students (w/valid ID)
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Saturday Sept. 29


Wosé Community/ Ile Omode Jazz and Arts Festival



Now in it’s 8th year, the Wose Community of the Sacred Way and the Ile Omode School present their annual Fall Jazz and Arts Festival. The fundraiser will celebrate the school’s 21st year along with the birth of legendary jazzman John Coltrane (September 28, 1926 – July 17, 1967). Performers include jazz harpist Destiny Muhammad, renowned jazz violinist Tarika Lewis, Rudi Mwongozi and SONWA and The Hatfield Brothers along with art displays and spoken word performances.


Wosé Community/ Ile Omode School Jazz and Arts Festival
$15/$10 in advance
Wose Community House of Amen Ra
8924 Holly Street – Oakland, CA
510-654-2620 and 632-8230

Discussion: Made and Found Sound



Come hear Suki O’kane, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Greg Beuthin, and Edward Schocker
talk art, music and sound and the ways each likes to manipulate out-of-the-ordinary materials to create out of the ordinary music. The discussion is part of the Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival, the annual forum for all things “far out” in the realms of man, machine and music composition.

The festival began in 1997 at Mills College and has since broken out of the campus setting for three days of performances and creative sound making that continues at 21 Grand from Sept. 28-30.


Discussion: Made and Found Sound/Music for People and Thingamajigs
RPS Collective
2278 Telegraph, Oakland

Sunday Sept. 30


Out and About Rockridge

Come party like a rock star in the town’s favorite little family friendly hip district. The Out and About Rockridge street festival is shutting down College Ave with 3 stages, dancing, performances and live music stages ranging from Salsa to Moroccan Jazz. There’ll be face painting and a climbing wall for the kiddies and all the shops and restaurants in the area will have their doors open wide. Meet the neighbors. Stop by Diesel for a little literary enrichment, head over to Zachary’s for a slice, then Barclays for a pitcher or two. Then do it all again in reverse.

Out and About Rockridge
Rockridge along College Ave

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