I love Bay Summers.  Not too hot (in the 100s in my home state of Texas), lots of outdoor festivals to enjoy and the nightlife is bumpin’ each night.  Just a head’s up I have ONE event that is in Sacramento, not technically the Bay Area but it’s BRUNO MARS!  Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming.  This week I interview one of my FAVORITE female DJs in the Bay, DJ Lady Fingaz.  I got turned on to her by Aima the Dreamer several months ago and she continues to blow me away.  I am serious!  If you haven’t seen this BAWSE on the turntables you are missing out!  Check out my interview about her upcoming EP Release Party.  The check out all the fabulousity that is happening this weekend!



DJ Lady Fingaz

Miz Chris [MC]:  Where are you from?

DJ Lady Fingaz [LF]:  Well I am an Austin Texas native, spent my informative years in Little Rock, AR and moved here from New Orleans!

Miz Chris [MC]:  When did you start in djing and then producing original music?  What do you love about it?

DJ Lady Fingaz [LF]:  I’ve been djing for 12 years producing for 8 years.  What drew me to djing originally was turntablism.  Turntablism enthralled me because you could be any instrument or sound, be a one-woman show, or a member of a band.   Scratching and beat juggling was all I wanted to learn when I bought my first pair of turns.  Later I learned mixing and the art of moving the crowd which is a whole other joy I get from djing.  Production is a natural  progression for djs so I fell right into it.  Being a vocalist and a turntablist, production was yet another outlet that I could use to incorporate my other passions so I immediately fell in love with making beats!

Miz Chris [MC]:  What, if any, difficulties have you faced as a female DJ?

DJ Lady Fingaz

DJ Lady Fingaz

DJ Lady Fingaz [LF]:  Being a woman in a predominantly male dominated industry has its setbacks and benefits.  In some instances, you intimidate males just for being a woman. They might instantly underestimate you which is then the point in which you flex your skills and let them know you are not to be toyed with.  On the other hand it can help you get a foot in the door, but this all must be backed up  by real skill! In the past few years I have seen an increase in women entering the DJ scene and it’s changing the industry for the better in my humble opinion!

Miz Chris [MC]:  This Friday you are releasing a new EP alongside La Femme Deadly Venoms.   Tell my readers a little bit of what to expect from the EPs and from the event.

La Femme Deadly Venoms

La Femme Deadly Venoms

DJ Lady Fingaz [LF]:  My all lady crew La Femme Deadly Venoms includes DJs, producers and musicians in a sweet gumbo of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz and Electro with vocals, three turntables, three mixers, drum machines and keys. Our EP and show will reflect the same.  The music is diverse with lush beats, turntablism, souful vocals and at the show this Friday LFDV will be performing with guest emcees Aima the Dreamer and CMG alongside heavy weight DJs Mista-B, Snayk Eyez and Andre hosted by the infamous Z-Man.  My EP is a mix of hip-hop and electronica featuring guest MCs, live musicians and all my original production, cuts and vocals sure to please the eardrums!

Miz Chris [MC]:  You roll deep with an all female DJ crew.  Tell us what you love about working with the astounding and talented group of women.


DJ Lady Fingaz EP Release

DJ Lady Fingaz [LF]:  Yes indeed I do!  Being in a male dominated industry it’s always been refreshing to work alongside a crew of women that can relate and uplift one another.  There’s an unspoken sisterhood that has always been present for me when I hooked up with the right bunch of gals and when it occurs the music process is so beautiful and right on!  I love working with anyone skilled and motivated but I do especially love working with my ladies!




481 9th Street, Oakland
5 p.m. to Late
No Cover

Come join your AFRO-RICAN family of Liege Spirits as we host Hump Day Happy Hour! (What’s “hump day”?? It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week, 3 days from the weekend, 3 days until the weekend!) the festivities KICK-OFF right after work 5pm sharp…

Bring your friends as we mix and mingle over some of the best MUSIC, GREAT FOOD & TASTY cocktails!


Tyranny Allen and Tina Ocasio invites you to…
Taco Wednesday’s Liege Spirits
481 9th st Between Washington and Broadway



Bruno Mars
Sleep Train Pavilion, Sacramento
8:00 p.m.
Buy Tickets

BRUNO MARS will perform at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Sacramento on July 24th! The lovely ELLIE GOULDING will open the show. For more info, visit www.APEConcerts.com

Listen to BRUNO MARS:


Bruno Mars is undoubtedly among contemporary pop music’s most gifted and compelling artists. And with global sales currently certified at 40x-platinum and over 50 million singles sold worldwide, the 14-time Grammy Award nominee has fully proven himself as a true superstar. Released in October 2010, ?DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS” was greeted with both popular success and critical acclaim from all corners of the globe. Fueled by a remarkable string of hit singles, including the multi-platinum #1 smashes, “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade,” the album instantly confirmed Mars as a major force in modern pop music. Mars recently led a breathtaking performance on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards fronting an all-star tribute to Bob Marley alongside the likes of Sting and Rihanna, which marked the Grammy-winner’s third consecutive year to perform on the acclaimed show. As its title suggests, “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX” once again sees Mars melding a multitude of musical approaches to create his own distinctive sound.


WizWebHeadline-01The Wiz
Julia Morgan Theatre
7 p.m.
Buy Tickets

Dorothy, our gal from Kansas, gets fun and funky when she eases on down the yellow brick road, right along with Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.  The Wiz, a modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  The score by Charlie Smalls includes beloved hits, “Ease On Down the Road,” “Brand New Day” and “Home” (which has been recently featured on both  Fox’s GLEE and ABC’s SMASH.)




1025453_10151489705026883_593587783_oW O M A N O P O L Y: A Burlesque Variety Show
The Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m. – midnight

Featuring performances by:
Sgt. Die Wies
Elyse Elaine (The Bay Area’s Betty Boop)
Sheba Queenofthenight
Heaven Mousalem
Blue Charisma
Laika Fox

Prizes include: Bottles of Wine, Pasties and Tickets to other Bay Area Burlesque Shows!

PLUS!!!! Don’t forget to stick around after the show for the dance party…
Music you can swing a 9 Iron to aka the best body rockin
booty shakin soul and funk from the 60’s and 70’s!

Featuring deckmaster crossfade kings
Marc Stretch
Prozack Turner
of Foreign Legion


Somar Bar
1727 Telegraph Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
No Cover

This Thursday at Ultrawave join us for a special night as we celebrate the release of a new mix CD by The Love Movement featuring Ultrawave’s own DJ Sake One!

The Love Movement presents “We Are Love Dealers” mix CD featuring DJ Sake One.

Arrive early for a free hard copy of the CD, mixed by Sake One and designed by NvrOvr.

Hosted by Deshawn Mitchell of the Love Movement and the Hate Hunters Movement worldwide.
9pm-2am 1727 Telegraph Ave.


1070083_197937650365626_287544893_nBacon, Babes, & Bingo
Cafe DuNord, SF

Join your hosts Dottie Lux, sASSy Hotbuns & Bacon Pusher GinO for another fabulous round of Bacon, Babes & BINGO! This event is sure to sell out so get your little hooves on pre-sale tickets here: www.BaconBabesandBingo.com

$10 General Admission
$15 Divine Swine (chair)
$25 Very Important Piggy ** VIP Includes: table & chair + Chunky Pig Candied Bacon Caramel Popcorn pack + $5 Baconery.com Bucks + Priority Snack service!

All ticket levels guarantee FREE Bingo games all night!

Win a Burlesque Performance by the luscious Mistress Marla Spanxx, bodacious and bendy Holli Would or the incredibly stunning Magnoliah Black!
LIVE Music with Alotta Boutte & Joe Wicht!
Photography by FreakTheMighty

Don’t miss the pre-show Happy Hour 5pm-7pm!
$2 PBR & $5 well/shot specials + FREE Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

Mouth Watering? The Cafe DuNord kitchen is open for dinner 5pm-10:30pm. Check out the six pack of delicious pulled pork taco’s for just $10! This is just one of many affordable, delicious options!




1014411_10152064955274676_1716495454_nThe Bridge
Summertime Fine
The Den
1807 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Social Life & Souldeluxxe Snd, LLC invite you to celebrate long days, short sleeves and hot music with us….

Good people of the Bay Area join us for another jumpin’ function this Friday at The Bridge!  A true Oakland original, now in its eighth month, Oakland’s finest DJ Hector causing damage with Frisco’s freshest Sake One!  Hundreds of beautiful people + warm weather = one helluva party.  Chaney hosting on the mic, celebrating summertime with new and classic summertime anthems, cold drinks with umbrellas in ’em, free popsicles and an all out late night rager!!

Guest dj hector (trends / hwc)

+ resident dj sake one (restless natives)

hosted by the incomparable CHANEY TURNER (Social Life)

We encourage you to come looking SUMMERTIME FINE in your best summertime fit (no bathing suits please).

And as always, RSVP to be added to the guest list at:



LAFEMMErelease_flierLa Femme Deadly Venoms
Elbo Room
647 Valencia, SF
10:00 p.m. –  2:00 a.m.
$5 before 11pm $7 after

La Femme Deadly Venoms and Lady Fingaz are both releasing their debut EPs come party with us and cop an album or 2!


(Kat O1O, Celskiii, Deeandroid, Lady Fingaz)

(Conscious Daughters)

Aima the Dreamer
(Dubtronic Science)

Dj Mista B

Dj Andre
(Peaches, Switch, Fix Ya Hair)

Special closing Disco set by DJ Snayk Eyez (Skratchpad)

Hosted by Z-MAN

Shots by Justin Ready






berkeley-kite-festival-san-francisco-bay-area-photography-428th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival
& West Coast Kite Championships
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying. You’ll find something for everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop for kids, you don’t want to miss this year’s Annual Berkeley Kite Festival.

» Worlds Largest Octopus Kite
» Humongous Kites: Bigger than a house and longer than a train!
» Team Kite Ballet
» The Berkeley Kite Wranglers & Friends
» West Coast Kite Championship competition presented by BASKL
» 20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kites from New Zealand!
» Taiko Drummers
» Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies
» Giant Kite Sales Tent
» Manufacturers’ Demonstrations
» Free Kite Making, Kite Flying Lessons and Candy Drop!
» Great Food & Music!
» Arts & Crafts Booths
» Sunday Evening Dinner Cruise on the Empress Hornblower Dining Yacht


art_wine_fairePark Street Art & Wine Faire
10 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Art • Crafts • Food • Beer, Wine and Mimosas • 2 Music Stages
Kids’ Area • Bounce House • Petting Zoo

Enjoy the summer sun at one of the biggest and best events of the year! Located on the island city of Alameda, the 29th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and regional beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. This year’s street fair will be held the weekend of July 27 and July 28. Hours run from 10:00am to 6:00pm both days.

Voted “Best Event in Alameda” by Alameda Magazine readers each year, there is sure to be something for the entire family. Festival-goers can also enjoy a stroll along Alameda’s vibrant and historic commercial district where unique shops and restaurants will be offering event specials throughout the weekend.

The Park Street Art & Wine Faire is fun for everyone!
1003325_10153023463015065_911107253_nthePeople – BAY LOVE
The New Parish
579 18th St, Oakland
$5 before 10pm/$10 after

With unbelievable talent around every corner, Oakland remains a Mecca for fly artists of every discipline. This month, we celebrate a handful of OAKLAND’s FINEST DEEJAYS with another episode of thePeople ~ BAY LOVE featuring aeble dee, Hakobo and Juan G! Giving thanks for the local resources that keep our musical minds properly fed. So, bring your special brand of BAY LOVE with you to the New Parish on the 4th Saturday of July. We need this more than ever right now! Looking forward >>> never back.

One Love, thePeople

Hakobo (Fresco) + aebl dee

2ND ROOM Special Guest DJ:
Juan G (Digging4gold/¡PA’LANTE!)

heyLove* & Ms.Nabong


Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission St., SF
8PM – 18+
Buy Tickets

Bayonics are a 10-piece powerhouse combining hip hop, funk and r&b with elements of Latin music and reggae to create a soundscape that reflects the emerging face of urban music and culture on the West Coast and abroad. Bayonics have performed for packed houses from San Francisco to Miami, including The House of Blues, The Mezzanine, Yoshi’s, The Independent and The Roxy, and have also rocked the crowd at many music festivals and outdoor stages across the country.
Bayonics have shared the stage with international touring acts ranging from Ozomatli, Katchafire and J-Boog to Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Common and The Black Keys. They have also performed as a backing-band for R&B and soul singers such as Jaguar Wright, Lady Alma, Al B. Sure and Eric Roberson.

BAYONICS – http://www.bayonics.com/

KOBO TOWN – http://www.kobotown.com/

DJ LEYDIS – https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJLeydis/2474448786118


1014001_10201598202376839_2024615797_nDark Room 2.0
Cafe Du Nord
2170 Market St, SF
9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

LADYTRON’s RUEBEN WU DJs at the LP Release for SAN CHA!

DARK ROOM and The Black Glitter Collective continue their journey of creating space for local artist to showcase their projects and add an ever growing list of diverse and well known talent from accross the GLOBE. One night a month we bring you THE PARTY!

JULY 27th
San Cha with Special Guests & Ladytron’s Rueben Wu (DJ Set)

San Cha – the ORIGINAL XOLA GOTH, is a local Bay Area artist and Dark Room / Black Glitter Co Producer. We are thrilled to debut her new LP, with never heard before music. You are guaranteed a special show with guests Daddies Plastik.

San Cha delves deep into herself to bring you glimpses of her soul, projected on a back drop of dark synth and soulful tracks. She uses her voice, her body and spirit to grab hold of you and pull you into her performance. She doesn’t ask permission. She emulates a performance strength that will grab hold of you and make you submit.

Think of her as your musical mistress …She’s not asking for your soul, but wants to give you a memory, a longing for more while getting a small glimpse into her black hole.


$3 PBR
and a $6 Dirty Shirley all night.

Dark Room plays vintage and new dark electronic (this includes A LOT!), industrial, gothic, punk and more. We are not about rules, or formulas. IT’S A PARTY and mean’t to be FUN! Always highly stylized and something for everyone can be found at our night.


1064576_605378412840727_114374371_oSissy Strut!
Underground SF
424 Haight Street, SF
10pm-2am, 21+
$3-5+ (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

queer dance party
soul, hip-hop, top 40, disco dreams
with djs durt and sissyslap

Sissy Strut is officially shaking her booty over to 4th Saturdays at Underground SF! Come out to dance and warm your ass up for Dore Alley the next day!

This month we’re excited to be raising funds for Turn Up the Base’s free conference for LGBT youth.




998517_431453560301170_1786981402_nStereo Sundays
Somar Bar
1727 Telegraph, Oakland
9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.


1st & 4th Sundays

Summer is here, Sun is out, STEREO is bumping top down…you know the drill..

We welcome you to join us each First and Fourth Sunday as we provide you with that Global Stereo Sound

Your Residents
Navigate the Sound

The Somar Bar Crew keep the libations coming and the patrons comfortable.


22519 Main St. ( between A st. & B st.)
Downtown Hayward
21+ 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

he Summer is here again so join us for some Soulful House beats under the sun… On the Patio.

This is our Annual Summer fundraiser…*We are fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
75% of your donations goes to patient services & 25% goes to cancer research. Thank You all in advance for helping us one day cure all blood cancers, & in honor of all those who are fighting for there lives as you are reading this & in memory of those who have lost there battle to cancer. Together we can make difference.*

**FREE ITALIANO ICE CREAM**—–(get it while it last)

DJ Lineup:

Guest DJ:
OMAR JOHNSON – Sol 4 Soul Music –
J-FUNK – Funklab

BBQ (until food runs out)


This place is hidden away in the Downtown area of Hayward….yes the city that has been hearing a lot of buzz lately…

Come out and tan with us in the “Heart of the Bay”, at the East Bays Deep House club…world famous TURF CLUB…

69204_10151464167410518_1199243023_nSister Spit takes over Kerouac Alley!
Kerouac Alley, SF
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sister Spit takes over Kerouac Alley as part of City Lights 60th Birthday Celebration!

Hosted by Michelle Tea!

Readings by Mariko Tamaki, Tamara Llosa-Sandor, Raquel Gutierrez, Brontez Purnell, Xandra Ibarra, Chana Wilson, DavEnd, Rhiannon Argo, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Carmella Fleming, and Sara Seinberg!!!  For full details click this link.




SH_Poster.v2Get up! Suit up! Show up! Saint Harridan kicks off its National Pop-Up Shop Tour – right here in Oakland! August 17 & 18. For two days only – you’ll have the chance to shop Saint Harridan in person. Suit-up in handsome garments re-engineered to fit your body. Stand tall, clothed in the respect and self-reverence you command. Stride out with the suit you’ve been waiting for.

It’s a historic moment that demands an elegant Gala to mark the occasion. Saint Harridan has teamed up with fiveTEN Oakland Events and BUTCH Voices to host a remarkable evening of performance and celebration.

Saturday night: BUTCH Voices performance from 7p-9p, immediately followed by Saint Harridan’s Gala with cocktails, DJs, Saintly models in their finest Saint Harridan threads, and (of course) you!*


Saint Harridan Pop-Up Shop (Free. RSVP ticket strongly requested.)
Saturday & Sunday, August 17-18, 2013
LOCATION: Show & Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay Street #160, Oakland – at City Center
1 block from 12th Street Bart and the Butch Voices Conference


Saint Harridan Gala (Tickets $15 pre-sale $20 at the door)
Immediately following the BUTCH Voices Performance (same venue) – $ savings available for combined events
Saturday, August 17th, 2013
9pm – 10pm VIP Reception with Mary Going
9pm – 2am Gala

GALA LOCATION: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle (1st Floor)
410 14th Street, Oakland
2 blocks from 12 Street Bart and the Butch Voices Conference

* Saint Harridan Gala and Butch Voices performance tickets can be purchased separately or you can purchase a combined evening pass for more info go here http://saintharridanoak.eventbrite.com/



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