Upcoming Shows

As part of YBCA's 2017
Clas/sick Hip Hop Festival

Doors: 8:30pm, Show 9:30pm sharp!

  1. Lost Ones - Femme Deadly Venoms (Hip Hop/Electronica)
  2. Ex-Factor - Cosa Nostra Strings (Acoustic/Chamber/Soul)
  3. To Zion - The RUBaDUB Posse (Reggae)
  4. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Babii Cris (Social Conscious Hip Hop)
  5. Superstar - Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy (Authentic Black American)
  6. Final Hour - Kev Choice Ensemble (Hip Hop/Jazz/Soul/Funk)
  7. When It Hurts So Bad - FR333 feat.Astu (Hydra-Hop)
  8. I Used to Love Him - Josh Jones Latin Ensemble (Latin)
  9. Forgive Them Father - Inspector Gadje feat. Sandman (Balkan Brass)
  10. Every Ghetto, Every City - Noah Kibreab (Soul/Songwriter)
  11. Nothing Even Matters - Meklit (Ethio-Jazz)
  12. Everything Is Everything - KATDELIC (Funk/Soul/Rock)
  13. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Vocal Rush (Soul/A Capella)
  14. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol (Jazz/Blues/Beyond)
  15. Tell Him - SOL Development (Movement Music)



1. “Lost Ones” Femme Deadly Venoms

Bay Area based, Femme Deadly Venoms, includes MC and vocalist Aima the Dreamer and DJ, producer and vocalist Lady Fingaz in a sweet gumbo of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Electronica.  FDV started as a jam session at Lady Fingaz' house where women could come together and share in their passion for music.  The first project, "La Femme Deadly Venoms The EP", was produced in 2013 from the collaborations that spawned from the jam sessions.  Along with Lady Fingaz and Aima "The EP" included artists Kat O1O, Celskiii and Deeandroid. From the jump Aima the Dreamer and Lady Fingaz were a perfect pair on stage and in the studio picking right up where the other left off.

Music Video - “Hustle and Change”


2. “Ex- Factor” Cosa Nostra feat. Lilan Kane

A branch of the bay area’s illustrious Jazz Mafia, Cosa Nostra Strings specializes in original hybrid crossover music ranging from acoustic heavy metal to power ballads, and everything in-between. The group performs compositions & arrangements written by its five members, and is most certainly one of the deadliest acoustic groups on the West Coast.

Music Video - “Safe to Say”

3. "To Zion" The RUBaDUB POSSE

Singer/Songwriter, Kimiko Joy, captures a myriad of influences in her songs. From Blues and Jazz to R&B and Soul to Reggae and traditional classical Indian, Joy’s vocal stylings combine passionate, heartfelt melodies with powerful poetry. “Music is a parallel dimension that can express the language of the soul. My job is to translate.”

The RUBaDUBz are a 5-8 piece, female fronted, live reggae band that performs songs going far back to the roots of reggae. Their live show features classic tunes from the rocksteady, roots, dub, rockers and lovers rock era all the way to dancehall and contemporary reggae.

Music Video - Live at New Parish

4. "Doo Wop (That Thing)" Babii Cris

Babii Cris is an independent San Francisco based emcee, sound engineer, and producer pushing boundaries of music through experiences, emotions, and actions from yesterday, today and tomorrow. While one cannot define her music under just one genre, she combines the rhythm of old school, the energy of West Coast hip hop, the suave of alternative hip hop, and the lyricism of conscious rap with major influences of nineties and early millennium hip hop and RnB, alternative rock, and just recently, some chillstep. Raised by single teenage parents, Babii Cris grew up bobbing her head to nineties hip hop and early millennium artists such as Eminem, Alicia Keys, TLC, Bone Thugs N Harmony, The Fugees, Amanda Perez, NB Ridaz, Outkast, and many more.

Music Video - “My Music”


5. "Superstar" Howard Wiley and Extra Nappy
Extra Nappy offers a glimpse into an organically- developing musical movement encapsulating the vibrant history of African American music, from gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and funk, all the way up to contemporary hip-hop. Bandleader Howard Wiley may still be a young lion in jazz years, but he’s also cemented a reputation as the hardest bopster around, the purveyor of a retro aesthetic which wouldn’t have been out of place when cool jazz was undergoing labor pains. Witness and hear master-level groove played so originally, it’s not just nappy, it’s Extra Nappy.

Music Video - “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”


6. "Final Hour" Kev Choice

Pianist, Composer, M.C. Kev Choice rocks with his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, soul, classical, and more. Backed by his powerhouse band of some of the East Bay's top caliber and in-demand musicians. Choice never ceases to amazes with his fiery stage performance, social conscious and always relevant lyrical content.

A classical trained pianist, with a Master's Degree in Piano Performance, Choice has performed and travelled the world with an incredible cast of artist such as Ms.  Lauryn Hill, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Coup, Zion I, Too Short, Goapele, and Dwele to name a few.

Music Video - “I Don’t Walk, I Fly”


7. "When It Hurts So Bad" FR333 feat. Astu
Maddy is an accomplished Hip Hop Artist and Educator whose mission is to inspire audiences and empower young people.  Aside from receiving her MFA from Mills College, she has also performed widely and released three independent musical projects.  Maddy is dedicated to her local community; she’s spent the last five years teaching underserved students across the Bay Area, from after school programs, to college campuses to youth detention facilities. But her work has allowed her to travel as far as Kampala, Uganda to use hip hop as a tool for diplomacy and conflict resolution.  When she isn’t teaching, Maddy is hard at work on her next musical project with local producer, XOA.

Music Video - “BLOCKA” (Don’t Block My Sunshine)


8. "I Used to Love Him" Josh Jones Latin Ensemble

Drummer/percussionist Josh Jones has influenced on the Bay Area jazz scene since the early 1990s.  A performer and teacher, he has recorded with jazz legends and worked with hip hop icons Tupac Shakur, Digital Underground, and Too Short.  Designed to inspire dancers, the Josh Jones Latin Ensemble plays Cuban and Puerto Rican style salsa, latin jazz, and Cuban Son.

Music Video - “Live at The Cigar Bar”


9. "Forgive Them Father" Inspector Gadje feat. Sandman

With up to 14 musicians (12 horns and 2 percussionists), Bay Area-San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans of south-eastern Europe. Hearing Inspector Gadje is love at first listen. The driving, tight groove of low brass and drums with soaring melodies from trumpets, saxophones, and clarinet incite joy and dance from the very first downbeat. Inspector Gadje ignites the dance floor and makes the party wherever they play, be it clubs (including notable venues such as the MGM Arena, Fox Theater, Palace Of Fine Arts, & The Independent to name a few) weddings, parties, and street festivals.

Music Video - “Second Sasa”


10. "Every Ghetto, Every City" Noah Kibreab
Noah Kibreab and family came to the United States as refugees in 1983. Raised in the Bay Area he came to know Blues and Soul music as the scene was beeming with it. It was here that he learned the musical styles of Hendrix, BB King, Otis Redding, and many more. His band of the past seven years, Melted State, has toured the west coast, opened for big name acts, and currenty just released their EP Dipped In Soul. It has only been recently that Noah has been working on solo music. It is music that promises to be full of love, understanding, acceptance, and most definitely Soul.

Music Video - “Home”


11. “Nothing Even Matters” Meklit

Meklit’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita (haunting and nostalgic music) drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock. She aptly describes her music as emanating from “in-between-spaces.” Listening to Meklit transports us to the post-national space of Africa and America, inspiring us to bridge the frontiers between language, tribes and disciplines. Her songs celebrate the newness of life and the hyphens that bring us together.

Meklit has been an artist-in-residence at multiple Universities, including NYU, Purdue and the University of Missouri. In 2011, she co-founded the Nile Project with Egyptian Ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis, which the New York Times called "a committed, euphoric, international coalition."

Meklit sits on the board of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, on the Artist Council of the de Young Museum, and holds a BA from Yale University.

Music Video - “Kemekem”


12. "Everything Is Everything" KATDELIC
Projecting a wide range of talents as a composer, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Ronkat Spearman showed an aptitude for music at an early age and developed a unique style, playing guitar left handed but strung for a right handed player. Realizing his gift for making music, Ronkat left his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Los Angeles to pursue his dream.


Ronkat is a polished entertainer and Katdelic delivers the goods. The band is a hybrid of rock, funk, soul, and pop; an infectious, sophisticated mix that moves mind and body into a groove that lasts all night long. The Katdelic ensemble features 2 bass players, a horn section, DJ loops and background singers to deliver a wide range of musical textures.

KATDELIC is the new school sophisticated funky expression for right now - this moment. A tidal wave of musical love coming right at ya.

Music Video - “The ONE”


13. "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush is a three-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011.

The ensemble has the soulful stage presence and urban swag that reflects all that is unique to OSA and sets them apart in the a cappella scene. Vocal Rush brings to life the heart and soul of Oakland School for the Arts, putting their all into every performance.

Music Video - “Unbreakable”


14. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist, arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.
This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors including 2014 Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards. Fresh from a sold out appearance at The SFJazz Center, Faye Carol and Joe Warner consistently throw down with funky grooves, swingin sounds, and down home blues.  

Music Video - The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol


15. “Tell Him” Sol Development
MLK Jr. said “there comes a time when silence is betrayal.” These words are cut from the same cloth that fueled individuals like Dr. King & St. Theresa to lift the weak, empower the strong and uncover the truth for all to see. Oakland’s Sol Development shares the same mission, vigor and passion to undo the centuries of ignorance & hate that precede them. Their music, their energy as a team and their brand identity illustrate a future of unlimited possibilities and a message of hope.

Music Video - Hope Dealer




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