Neo-soul singer/songwriter producer Aloe Blacc, known for his international hits “I Need a Dollar,” “Wake Me Up” and “Green Lights,” has been confirmed for the lineup of the inaugural Bay Area Vibez Festival, which will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on September 26 and 27 in Oakland, CA.
Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, aka Aloe Blacc, was born to Panamanian parents in Orange, County, CA. Blacc’s 2014 release “Lift Your Spirit” received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album. Blacc’s style is reminiscent of classic soul singers such as Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye as well as folk singers such as Bob Dylan. The politically charged video for “Wake Me Up,” a collaboration with the immigrant rights group, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the ABC* Foundation's Healing Power of Music Initiative, was directed by Alex Rivera.
“Aloe Blacc’s music resonates personally, having a home here in the Bay Area; fitting in with our provocative politics, diverse music scene and culture; he fit the bill,” says co-producer, founder and tour manager to Damian Marley,” Albert “Pretty” Cooke.
Blacc will perform with Sankofa Sound on Saturday, Sept. 26, along with Bay Area Vibez festival headliners, multiple Grammy winners Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley. Sankofa Sound is a collection of musicians that align themselves with a-list artists, who gather through Sankofa.org, a non-profit founded by Harry Belafonte. The foundation works to shape society’s culture through their stature and music with a common goal to promote social justice.
Also performing Saturday are a full-bodied genre-bending infusion of EDM, Ska, hip-hop, alternative rock and reggae acts, as Morgan Heritage, The Grouch & Eligh, Tarrus Riley, Fishbone, Cut Chemist, Mod Sun, Queen Omega, I-Live, Skip Marley, Forrest Day, I-Wayne and Black Am-I.
Bay Area Vibez Sunday, Sept. 27 headliners include wildly popular electronic dance music DJ Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, Grammy nominated rapper, Nas and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer Meshell Ndegeocello, best known for her acclaimed breakthrough album “Plantation Lullabies.”
Sunday’s lineup also includes acts from the Pacific Islands, Belize, Jamaica and the states. Those artists will include, Fiji, Paper Diamond, Z-Trip, Dimond Saints, trending reggae-rock artists, Krooked Treez, Richie Spice, The Courtney John Project and Rick Haze.
Bay Area Vibez is endorsing HipHopSavesLives.org (HHSL) as the festivals charity partner. HHSL works in conjunction with Sankofa.org to better spread social justice, through youth and music, with a plan to bring portable music studios to community centers in both San Francisco and Oakland.
“We chose to benefit HHSL, due to the high moral and social qualities that the non-profit stands behind. They work to elevate humanity in youth, through the introduction to music and the education of the business as well,” says co-producer, Yurel Hassan Cooke.
The mission of this “urban lifestyle music festival” is to celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area through live music and the arts. Bay Area Vibez embodies the true essence of the San Francisco Bay Area, while supporting regional youth and music programs. The Bay Area Vibez festival is the brainchild of a group of Bay Area entrepreneurs, TourN’ Entertainment, including Albert “Pretty” Cooke, Yurel Hassan Cooke, Tressa Wells and Alreca White. Each an accomplished music industry professional partnered to bring diverse music euphoria to the Bay and beyond.
Early bird General Admission are set at $85 for 1-day passes, $160 for 2-day passes and $225 1-day VIP, or $400 2-day VIP passes, which include early entrance to grounds, special VIP viewing and lounge area, VIP beer and wine garden and select organic foods and snacks. Shuttle services will be available for convenient entrance to the festival. Parking passes are $29 per day. For more information, or to secure tickets, visit www.BayAreaVibez.com.
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