Happy Pride!!!!!!!  What? What!  You might be thinking didn’t we just do this?  Well yes about two months ago we celebrated San Francisco Pride but this weekend we celebrate OAKLAND PRIDE which is this Sunday.  Not in the mood for big crowds and hot daze, no worries plenty of things to do this weekend in the YaY! Area at cool places doing cool things with cool drinks so check out the calendar of some of the best things to do in the Bay this weekend.  BUT first check out my interview with NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa.  He will be performing live in Oakland this Saturday at The New Parish and his show is gonna bring down the house!

[Miz Chris]:  Where are you from?

Cakes_BehindtheScenes_0011[Cakes Da Killa]:  I am from Teaneck, New Jersey.  It’s a little suburban town outside of New York.

[MC]:  What got you interested in producing music?

[CDK]:  I have always been a creative person, writing, acting and designing.  I started rapping in high school because it was funny to me to see these straight boys in the cafeteria trying to rap.  I was an attention whore, like I was always the gay one.  There was other gay boys in school but I stood out.  I would go over to these straight boys and rap with them because I was good.  Then when I was in college I would rap over YouTube instrumentals and post them.  One day someone wrote in the comments you should come to the studio and record a song.  So I did and every since them I have been a rapper.

[MC]:  How has it been being a gay male rapper in a heteronormative genre?artworks-000082719455-ae8sid-t500x5003

[CDK]:  I haven’t had many negative experiences.  Even though I am one of the few effeminate rappers on the scene I have been doing shows at both straight and mixed clubs.  When I started I was working in dive bars and at events that were not gay.  It has only been recently that I have been doing more gay centered shows.  I don’t have too many sad stories about being discriminated against for being gay.

[MC]:   Your lyrics use a lot of humor and metaphor.  What inspires your lyrics?

[CDK]:  Writing makes my mouth water, kind of like those kids who love Cakes Da Killa - Portraitdoing math equations that is how writing makes me feel.  Writing like a really good sixteen with a perfect metaphor that is what gets me off.  After I record a track it is like my baby, but then I have to put it out into the world and move on because I have more to say.  My life inspires my lyrics.  I write a lot when I am annoyed or angry.  I feel like my style comes from the 90’s hardcore rap kind of style.

[MC]:  What can folks expect at your concert this weekend in Oakland?

[CDK]:  I have a theater performance background so trust it is definitely going to be a show.  I am going to make sure people have fun.  I can’t wait to see Oakland and for Oakland to see me.



1703 Telegraph, Oakland

10406593_670130176394572_7022241338770888229_nWe are finally going to have comedy in-house. Make sure you all come out to this Hella fun event. There is limited seating. If you don’t get a seat there is standing room outside where a speaker (sound) will amplify what the hell is being said. See you soon

Our lineup for this date:

Shanti Charan
Arthur Ballesteros
Emily Van Dyke
Matt Gubser
Chris Riggins

Union Square, SF

10382311_10152488774548901_9039824115226505520_oLive in San Francisco’s Union Square! Live music from some of the bay areas best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie!

About the The Rumble Strippers
Combining eclectic hip-shaking originals with a blend of surprising covers, The Rumble Strippers embrace and redefine the rockabilly genre. Singer Johanna Sorrentino, guitarist Benjamin Hudson, bass slapper Roxane Chicoine, and drummer Eden “Heart Attack” Uscilowski weave together their collective passions for all genres of music to bring a fresh approach and a bold sound to the San Francisco Bay Area’s rockabilly scene.

DJ music with Dj Tanoa “Samoa Boy”
6pm: DJ Music
6:15pm: live music
7pm: Dance lesson with Jeff Kroll
7:30pm-8pm: live music

Presented with A-Town Booking Agency & Events LLC

supperCLUB, 657 Harrison St, SF

10645311_10152412160954833_7184715774010263825_nLet’s all crawl into bed and feast on some fantastic performances sure to get your adrenaline up!
This weeks starts our later seating DOORS at 8pm!

Aug 27th
More acts than ever!

Dottie Lux
Lula Applebruise
Lascivious Jane, PARubenesque Burlesque
Ruby Vixen
Roxy Stardust, Scotland
Kat De Lac, PA
Reggie Bügmüncher, PA
Patty Cakes
Mojo DeVille
Rizzo Rogue

Buy your tickets here: partyearth.com/redhots

Our show includes babes, burlesque, circus, sideshow, variety, musical acts, drag and comedy!
Doors open at 8:00. We are punctual! In order to secure your seat (especially if you are a large party of 4 or more) please buy your tickets here www.partyearth.com/redhots
Show includes full menu of delicious a la carte snacks and meals expertly designed for Red Hots Burlesque.


Show & Tell Concept Shop
1427 Broadway, Oakland


Show and Tell Concept Shop and Betti Ono invite you to kickoff OAKLAND PRIDE WEEKEND with a fun evening of drinks and dancing with the flyest Queers in The Town.

Oakland’s own Ari Fitz from MTV Real World Ex-Plosion will be on hand as our host for the evening!

Tickets currently on sale on eventbrite!
$10 for entry
$20 for entry+ unlimited refreshments

The Gathering Cypher
1714 Telegraph, Oakland

10359149_10204929684987549_3511364746528965528_nCome join The Oakland Mind collective as they take over SoleSpace in downtown Oakland and bring you live freestyles, performances, and much more.  Started at the end of 2013 The Oakland Mind rose from the ashes of broken groups and good music. Six months later and they lead the bays hottest cypher, have the most recognizable hip hop brand and have been featured in the East Bay Express. With music ranging from Jazz to Trap they are Oakland’s Mind.



The New Parish
579 18th Street, Oakland


The New Parish presents a night of cumbia with La Misa Negra and DJ’s Roger Mas and Kool Kyle!

$12 Presale / $15 Door / 18 & Over

After a 300+ turnout at the Elbo Room and a string of shows that include, a Dodger Stadium appearance with Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and a sideshow performance at the Shoreline Amphitheater for Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Tour, La Misa Negra returns to Oakland for a long overdue, cumbia throwdown at our favorite hometown venue, The New Parish! Joining us will be special guest DJ’s Roger Mas and Kool Kyle from San Francisco’s only weekly cumbia party, El Super Ritmo! Get your 3-day weekend started right, with cumbia, cumbia y mas cumbia!!!

La Misa Negra (Black Mass or Black Ritual) is an 8-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950’s and 60’s style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. The symbolism behind their name pays tribute to the genre’s African roots and Caribbean heritage, and celebrates the spirit and ritual of dance. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have been exorcising bodies on the dance floor and proving, through dance and sweat, that La Misa Negra is not just a band, but a PARTY!

Leo’s Music Club
5447 Telegraph, Oakland
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm

10484213_289199681264568_283365068109429633_oHosted by Jamie DeWolf of Tourettes without Regrets

Burlesque Acts:

Mojo Deville
Sheba Queen of the NIght
Francine Dead
Babraham Lincoln
Ava Lanche
Hunny bunny
Penny pound cake


Bad Angle
The Hormones

Food Trucks:

Kenny’s Heart and Soul


Fatal Jewelry


The New Parish
579 18th Street, Oakland

Cakes2014v2poster1000Party people it’s that time of the year and Oakland Pride is upon us. fiveTEN invites you to celebrate our 4th year as we kick start the weekend with a bang!

FiveTen – Oakland Pride Weekend presents..

Cakes Da Killa performing live Saturday August 30th!
Limited $10 Pre-Sale: http://bit.ly/fivetentix

Cakes Da Killa is a 23-year-old rapper and writer with three EPs under his belt. Cakes Da Killa’s unique sound is a mix of various musical influences, cinema and underground experiences. He is praised on both his lyrical content and flow — a raunchy style usually compared to Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown.via .

Cakes brags that he can, “spit that shit to make a homophobe a hypocrite,” and with each release he seems to be proving his point.

Catch him rocking the stage along with special guest
Ixquel Delaluna aka Zulu Nasty and Jocquese Whitfield serving fierce moves for the kids!  MicahTron on the mic!

Hosted by the #Soulovely Ms. Aima the Dreamer

All-Star DJ lineup!

DJ Val G.
Lady Ryan

All spinning the latest and greatest beats to keep you motivated on the dance floor!

The Living Room Project
1919 Market St, Oakland

10517349_10204371017905781_416990582547575178_oPlease join us Oakland Pride Weekend as we unveil the new wood burning, one day art installment “DIVA” from Creations by Apreal Showers. FEATURING DIVAS PAST & PRESENT.



MO’ CLEARLY ( Monica Hastings-Smith)
IWALANI ( Iwalani Venerable)

Sounds provided by Funky Sunsets Resident Dj


Treasure Island

FOB 24 logoFestival of the Babes (a.k.a. FOB)…the only soccer tournament/festival in the world (that we know of!) for lesbians and those who are not afraid to be mistaken for one!

This Labor Day weekend join us for the 24th year of FOBly grrljock mayhem, revelry, spectacle, and fun…and yeah, some (costumed) soccer too! A truly one-of-a-kind event, don’t miss it! Babes are travelling here from Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Canada, and beyond! Don your gay apparel and cheer for the teams with names like “Super Queeros” and “Harlem Globe Twatters.”

Games Saturday (8/29) and Sunday (8/30) on TREASURE ISLAND from 9 am – 4 pm (see website www.festivalofthebabes.com for details)

Not a player? Come play with us at our Saturday nite BLOW OUT at Roe Nightclub and Lounge (SOMA SF)

9:00pm – 2:00am

$5 cover for non-players

Spread the FOBlove…come out and PLAY!


Downtown Oakland

op2014headliners_1Pride Parade starts at 10:30am at Broadway and 14th St.
The parade is FREE!

Festival gates open at 11:00am
General festival admission $10, ages 12 and under, $5!

Oakland Pride PARADE starts at Broadway & 14th Street (Oakland City Hall) and ends at Broadway & 20th Street (Oakland Pride Festival Main Entrance).

Oakland Pride FESTIVAL main entrance is located at Broadway & 20th Street. Secondary entrance located at Webster and 21st Street.

811 Washington St, Oakland

fiveTEN_Sunday1000When Oakland Pride ends your night keeps going at the fiveTEN Oakland After Pride Party. In the heart of Old Oakland inside the gorgeously appointed Parliament. Spend the night with friends and family groovin’ to the beats of the best DJs in Oakland, snackin’ on food provided by Kainbigan with the legendary Mona Webb hostin’ on the mic and Zulu Nasty performing live on the dancefloor.

▶Beats by:
▛ DJ Lady Ryan
▛ DJ Val G
▛ DJ Motive
▛ DJ Trinity

▶Featured Artist:
▛ Zulu Nasty

▶Hosted by:
▛ Mona Web

▶Eats by:
▛ Kainbigan


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