It’s finally here!  It is Oakland Pride Weekend, the weekend so many of us wait for all year.  Oakland Pride holds a special place in my heart.  I was lucky enough to arrive just two years before the rebirth of Oakland Pride and have loved to watch it grow each and every oakland-pride-logo1year.  Now in it’s forth year, we have seen it flourish into a great community building event.  Many of you may not know but Oakland Pride’s mission since it’s rebirth has been to donate its monies to build the first ever LGBTQ Center inside the Oakland city limits.  I am excited to see the success of this year’s Oakland Pride and to learn how much has been raised in the last four years for the Oakland LGBTQ Center.  We want to help make this dream happen so let’s make this year the biggest pride ever!

But before we go into the whole weekend of fantastical events going down this weekend in the YaY! I had a chance to sit down with The Memorials performing this Sunday at the Oakland Metro Opera House for the fiveTEN Music Fest and After Pride Party.

The high voltage duo of Viveca Hawkins and drummer Thomas Pridgen form the meat of the musical powerhouse band The Memorials. Pridgen, who started drumming at age 3, became the youngest student ever to earn a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston (he was 15). Pridgen formerly performed with The Mars Volta and formed his own group in December 2009, calling on friend and former Berklee College of Music student Viveca Hawkins to join him. The result is a diverse sound that combines Pridgen’s thunderous drumming with Hawkins’ versatile voice.  Thomas Pridgen has been busy this summer touring and recording with Thundercat, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg,Trash Talk, Electric Wire Hustle, Itch, The Memorials to name a few.  Viveca has worked with artists such as Talib Kweli and Cee Lo Green.  The Memorials are big deal with their hard-hitting, melodic and honest music.  Watching them perform live inspires a rush of adrenaline that will keep you on your feet all night.


Miz Chris [MC]:  Where are The Memorials from?

Viveca Hawkins [VH]:  The group started here in the Bay! Thomas [Pridgen] and I grew up here in the East Bay and the rest of the guys live in Southern California.

[MC]:  How were The Memorials formed?

[the memorials tour picVH]:  Thomas called me and Nick [Brewer] up one day after leaving a big gig and told us he wanted to see what we could do together. We have had many awesome musicians from the Bay and elsewhere help contribute to our sound, including Uriah Duffy, Dave Jackson, Maya Kronfeld, Jon Reshard and many others! Thru our progression we have met many obstacles and had to sacrifice but we continue to work hard at realizing our dreams.

[MC]:  How long have The Memorials been together?

[VH]:  We started recording in November of 2009. Then we released our debut album The Memorials soon after and started touring the U.S.!  In 2012 we released Delirium and are currently working on our next album.

[MC]:   How would you characterize The Memorials music?TheMemorials8Banner

[VH]:  I guess my most common answer is psychedelic soul/progressive rock. There are heavy riffs and complicated rhythms that are complimented by thick vocal leads and storytelling for people to actually relate to..  I really didn’t know how to approach this type of music, so I took a lot of ideas off of Thomas and Nick. It was a combination of how the music made me feel and stuff that Thomas would throw at me, like “what if you were a natural disaster?” or “what if you were God?” So, I would just elaborate on that and make a story out of it. I like to tell stories; that is the kind of songwriter I am. It may not be the most metaphorical or typical stuff you hear in most progressive or hard rock, but it definitely works as something that people can gravitate to.

[MC]:  What are your musical influences?

[VH]:  Everything! We grew up in church and we studied jazz and we love everything from rock to alternative to heavy metal! You can hear all the influences in our tunes.

[MC]: What can the Bay Area expect from performance on Sunday?

[g12c00000000000000092c85677fba11277240c2c4d4e2ce1e2d2a6592cVH]:  We’re coming to do the same thing we do every day… try to take over the world. Seriously. We play to win every night. Come be a part of the glory.  The audience can check out some of our music at   We aim to make music with substance and live to explore all creative aspects of this colorful world!  We are looking forward to being back in the Bay and performing for the home crowd.

[MC]:  We look forward to hearing The Memorials too!  See you on Sunday!




996926_514564491965529_555062337_nSolidarity Rally
Frank Ogawa Plaza
5 p.m.

LATEST UPDATE: 51st Day Without Food, CDCR Continues to Crack Down on Prisoners’ Peaceful Protest, Forcibly Relocate Strikers, Stonewall Mediation Team

Are you outraged that California will start FORCE FEEDING people soon??

Come out and show your support for the thousands of prisoners who have participated in this peaceful hunger strike since July 8!

Come show your opposition to the recent ruling that prisoners can be force fed against their wishes!

They need our support NOW more than ever. We cannot remain silent while California denies these people’s humanity.

We will meet to rally at 5pm, then march to Jerry Brown’s condo on Telegraph and 27th!


Legionnaire Saloon
2272 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

W O M A N O P O L Y: A Burlesque Variety Show
The Legionnaire Saloon!!!

Featuring performances by:
Sgt. Die Wies
Elyse Elaine (The Bay Area’s Betty Boop)
Bella Mia

Plus our featured Stage Kitten …
Lay-Si Luna

Raffle! 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


1098348_711312048894863_1298454169_nSoul of House
The Layover
1517 Frankin St, Oakland
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.No Cover
Classic House + Soulful + Funky + Disco + Latin House

Renoir aka Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
Dedan (Brothers & Sisters)


As a bay area resident (by way of New York), Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist made his mark by curating top notch events featuring hip hop legends and emerging artists from the Bay and beyond. In 2001, his True Skool events won the “Best of the Bay” in the SF Bay Guardian. Since True Skool’s inception in 1999, his online magazine and newsletter has served as an information resource that covers hip hop history, politics, and events. As a DJ, he has spun alongside pioneers such as Mixmaster Mike, Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Red Alert, Q-Bert, Cut Chemist, DJ Premier, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Cash Money, DJ Bobbito, and Rich Medina. In addition, he shared bills with world-renowned artists such as The Roots, Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Wu-Tang Clan, Michael Franti & Spearhead, KRS-One, Lyrics Born, Pharcyde, and the list goes on. Ren is a professional party rocker who can put it down among the best of them with a vast arsenal of music to drop on any dancefloor, ranging from hip hop, reggae & soul to electro, house and breaks. Ren has appeared on numerous publications, such as the XLR8R, 7×7, SF Weekly, SF Magazine and SF Examiner, to name a few. He has graced the Bay Area with his non-stop seemless sets, making appearances at San Francisco’s premiere venues such as Temple, Mighty, Mezzanine, Ruby Skye, 1015, The Independent, among a slew of other venues. In addition, he has appeared at Michael Franti & Spearhead’s annual “9-11 Power to the Peaceful Festival”, Outside Lands Music Festival, and KPFA’s Hardknock Radio.


1175124_10201219693925789_357870950_nParty XO
The Cellar
685 Sutter St, SF
9 p.m. -2 a.m.FREE Admission before 10:00pm w/ Guestlist RSVP
+ After 10:00 or no GL … $5 Cover
+ After 11:00… $7 Cover

#YourThursdayNights… It’s not just a party with us, It’s a lifestyle!! Free shots at midnight from our Sexy XO Bombshells & Bottles Poppin’ all around so come & get ✗●’d 😉

✗● DJ Lineup:
DJ Kidd Sysko
DJ Footy

*Hip Hop + Top 40 + Party Anthems + Club Hits + Dancehall*

– Drink Specials
$5 Wells, Beers & Jamie Shots!

Dress Code
Come as you are… jeans, hats and little black dresses all welcome!

✖✖✖✖✖ FREE Admission before 10:00pm w/ Guestlist RSVP ✖✖✖✖✖
Take your Pick to get added:
+ Click “JOIN” & Write Pluses on the Wall
+ Email names to
+ Text names to 408.893.3005


fridayposterFINALweb600fiveTEN Kickoff Pride Party
Casino Royale inside the Bridge
The Den
1807 Telegraph, Oakland
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Grab your boa, put on your fedora, get suited up and get ready to celebrate pride Vegas style. This is the fiveTEN Oakland Pride kickoff party and we gonna SET. IT. OFF!

♠ Blackjack
♣ Roulette
♦ Craps tables
♥ plus Vegas dealer divas will be slappin’ those cards, turnin’ that wheel and rollin’ tha dice.

Purchase pre-sale tickets and receive $100 bucks in casino cash to try your luck on the tables.

We have hot, hot, hot raffle prizes from

☛Show and Tell
☛Rock The Bells 2013 tix
plus many more

For every $25 bucks you win you get a raffle ticket. The more money you have the more chances you have to win!

ϟ DJ Val G ϟ DJ Lady Fingaz ϟ DJ Trinity

will be keepin’ you hot and bothered on the dance floor. And our Den bartenders will be pouring stiff drinks! Dress to Impress!


1003525_713731048644235_303577950_nRed Hots Burlesque
El Rio
3158 Mission St, SF
7:30 p.m.

Come with your sense of humor, get ready to hoot and holler because Red Hots Burlesque brings you the “city’s best” bump and grind at the “happiest hour”!

The bay area’s best including
Dottie Lux
Ekaterina, NYC
Joy Von Voi, Paris
Bunny Von Tail, RHB debut
Sugar Lee, our Feature
Sugar Magnolia, triumphant return!

and your sexy stage kitten Alexa Von Kickinface!

FRIDAY can tend to sell out. If you would like to come, please make a reservation or arrive early.


fiveTen_2ndPriderideFINALwebfiveTEN 2nd Annual Pride Ride
Lake Merritt @ El Embarcadero
Meeting Spot:
5:30pm, departing 6:00pm

It’s time to RIDE! Let’s roll out in unity and ride into Oakland Pride Weekend the right way!

Please bring flags, music, and anything fun that you can ride comfortably with.

Everyone is welcome to join the ride, so please invite your friends and allies.

✭✭✭ Please make sure your bike is equipped with lights.
✭✭✭ Bring water & light snacks
✭✭✭ Wear a helmet
✭✭✭ Bring your locks
✭✭✭ Bring extra tubes, patch kits, tools, etc.

Ride Leaders/Sponsors: Oakland Spokes, Red Bike & Green & Social Life Productions

Ending Spot: The New Parish for fiveTEN: WERQ!
579 18th St Oakland

Bike Valet Provided By: Binx Garage


970481_617763271588571_248672794_nCountry Nights Dancing
Merritt Dance Center
200 Grand Ave, Oakland
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.


Lessons with Citabria Ozzuna teaching East Coast Swing and the Line dance DIZZY

$10 for the night includes bottled water and light refreshments

Friendly and fun.
Leather soled shoes suggested
NO Partner required – many friendly women to dance the night away!


saturdayposterFINALweb600WERQ! Vogue Ball
The New Parish
579 18th St, Oakland
8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
$10 Pre-Sale

The time has come for you to look fierce and put the bass in your walk. fiveTEN invites you to release YOUR inner DIVA at “WERQ”

Headliners: the incomparable Double Duchess!
WERQing the stage and the runway with special guests Zakiya Harris and Soul NubianL

Two dance floors | Food Vendors | Outside Patio | Vogue Competition

For one night only, high art will meet club culture to create the ultimate vogueing experience. Prepare to be amazed and astounded as a fantastical showcase of performance, and dance streams down the catwalk. The night will feature some of the Bay’s finest voguers, whackers, and House Dancers who will all battle it out for cash prizes and ultimate vogueing supremacy.

ღ Hosted by Lady Lana and Aima the Dreamer ღ

If you are competing in the fiveTEN: WERQ! Vogue Ball we just announced our walking categories. Trophies will be awarded! Check it!

❣ Walking Categories ❣

Virgin Runway ✯ Now calling all the new runway girls and boys to the floor! If you’re new to the runway, this is the category for you! Show us what you got!

Face ✯ Does your face belong on the cover of a magazine? If it does then bring your face to the floor and show us why you’re the next Face Icon!

Old-Way Vogue ✯ Pay your respects biatches! We want to see your BEST sickening poses and old-way vogue

Body Art ✯ Ink it, Paint it, Paste It, Spray It, Bring It!

Performance ✯ Come one come all, it’s time for the main attraction!! Get your 10’s by serving us all 5 elements and then come back out to battle for your life!

Team Vogue ✯ You have 2 mins (must provide your own music on cd) to serve us vogue (new way or old way). Be creative. NO MORE THAN 5 TO A TEAM!

▷ DJs ❣ Lady Ryan ❣ Motive ❣ fflood ❣ Trinity ❣ Fusion ❣ Treat-U-Nice

◁ Bike Valet by Binx Garage ◁

With all of the luscious bodies, fantastical creations, what are you waiting for? Don’t just stand there let’s get to it, strike a pose there’s nothing to it….


ERA Art Bar
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
9 p.m.
Guest list is Free B4 1130pm

|||STIMULI||| aims to bring together like minded folks with a love of MUSIC that spans across many genres.

As always |||STIMULI||| takes a leap into the Global Genres and fuses the genre with your favorite Funk Soul & Classic Jams to keep you moving and musically STIMULATED

On decks are your Local Town Boys

Hosted by the Lovely People of

Need Bottle Service??? Email:

Guest list??? Simply RSVP YES!! and leave names(both first and last) on the Comment Section




1231659_10151588262106517_285253198_nOakland Pride
Downtown Oakland
Enter Gate
Broadway @ 20th
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$5 for children under 12

It is the mission of Oakland Pride to celebrate the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Oakland and the East Bay. We are dedicated to educating the greater community, promoting equality, civic involvement and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities. Oakland Pride is committed to facilitating leadership and coalition building for the funding and development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone.

Oakland Pride is the 2nd largest Pride in Northern California!


sundayposterFINALwebfiveTEN Music Fest & After Pride Party
Oakland Metro Operahouse
630 3rd St, Oakland
7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

fiveTEN Oakland Events presents it’s Oakland Pride Weekend GRAND FINALE!


This years line-up is amazingly diverse, we have artists representing multiple genres of music. Hip Hop, R&B, Indie Rock & Soul Music. Oakland is at the forefront of the musical scene right now. We are excited and honored to feature hottest emerging and established artists.

THREE rooms of music – Live Music, Club Music, House & World Music! When we say Music Fest we MEAN MUSIC FEST!!!

fiveTEN Music Fest & After Pride Party is more than a party, it’s an experience of individualism, fashion, sight & sound. It’s a movement!

▶ Headlining Artists:
▛ The Memorials
▛ Lila Rose
▛ Aima the Dreamer

▶Featured Artists:
▛ Billie Jr.
▛ Micah Tron
▛ Queens D. Light
▛ La Femme Deadly Venoms

▶Featuring beats by cutting edge DJs:
▛ Lady Ryan
▛ Val G
▛ Motive
▛ Trinity
▛ Fusion
▛ Pam the Funkstress
▛ heyLove
▛ Leydis

At fiveTEN we believe in being the change we seek. We instinctively understand that there is more than a dance party, more than a block party, more than a pride party inside the heart of Oakland. fiveTEN Oakland Events believes in the idea that art, in any form, makes our local and global communities better places to live. We challenge ourselves into making those ideas become realities for our team, our artists, our performers, our DJs, our vendors and our communities. Come take a ride with us and close your Oakland Pride Weekend with a bang!

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