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“The Roots of Oakland’s Black Culture & Music: How it Evolved, What it’s Become”

March 19, 2019
6:30 pm
The New Parkway Theater

Oakland’s black roots music and unique historic culture is explored in the film, Evolutionary Blues…West Oakland’s Music Legacy. The film tracks the great migration’s westward population expansion that formed West Oakland’s music legacy and its unique culture. Filmmaker Cheryl Fabio will appear at the screening Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:45pm at the New Parkway Theatre: 474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612. Tickets are $10 and benefit the Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice. Ticket link: ABOUT THE FILM Evolutionary Blues traces the earthy, soul-stirring mélange of the blues (roots music) and personal narratives that became the defining soundtrack of Black America. Wherever Black people settled that soundtrack took on a local flavor. Entrepreneurship created a fully contained community that provided work, homes and all the necessities of life, including a fully developed music scene. The film captures 30+ legendary and local musicians sharing their inspiration and describing the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: How it evolved and what it has become. The magnitude of the Great Migration is discussed by Isabel Wilkerson, Author, Warmth of Other Sons. Prominent historians and the musicians, themselves, share stories. The film includes: SUGAR PIE DESANTO, FAYE CAROL, LARRY VANN, MARVIN HOLMES, RONNIE STEWART, LENNY WILLIAMS, JOHN TURK, ALABAMA MIKE, RON WELLS, FANTASTIC NEGRITO, SONY RHODES, WYLIE TRASS, JESSE JAMES, LADY BIANCA, D’WAYNE WIGGINS AND MORE. LEE HILDEBRAND, A MUSIC JOURNALIST AND JAMES C. MOORE, SR., A RECORD PRODUCER AND TALENT MANAGER, SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVES, AS WELL. Evolutionary Blues Film Screening TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019 | 6:45PM NEW PARKWAY THEATRE 474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612 Tickets: $10 | Advance Purchase: Co-presented by Reenie Raschke Images and Allison Bliss Consulting


The New Parkway Theater

474 24th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA

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