Oakland Local



Friday, August 8th, 2014

When is music more than music? When it’s being played by Oakland-based Alta California

Alta California’s music has been described as salsa, flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Spanish, hip-hop, Brazilian, soul, funk, jazz, and Afro-menco. The band self-identifies as Rumba Esquina. “We have deep roots” says Piero Infante, who, along with Orlando Torriente, acts as lead singers for Alta California. “Interests so deep, it became a new genre.” I caught up with

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Axis: Oakland Dance Troupe Mixes Abilities

We’ve been trying for quite a while to get the acclaimed, Oakland-based AXIS Dance Company to perform at Children’s Fairyland. Founded in 1987, AXIS aims “to create, perform, educate, and support ‘physically integrated dance’— a contemporary dance...

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Oakulture: Welcome to Alta California, Elephant Man Jooks Oakland, Rokia Traore Wows SF, Chinyakare Ensemble “Zims” Berkeley.

As we prepare to give thanks and count our blessings, it’s good to remember what we are thankful for. Oakulture is grateful for the amount of Afro-Caribbean vibes emanating through Oakland and the Bay Area on a...

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Children’s Fairyland for grownups (Community Voices)

Twenty-nine-year-old Lara Walklet knew exactly what she wanted as she made a beeline to one of the talking storybook boxes that brings stories to life in Oakland’s storybook theme park, Children’s Fairyland. For one night each year...