July 12, 2019, 12th & Clay Street, Oakland, CA, Jonah Melvon featuring Adesha will perform at the Oakland Art + Soul Festival, on Saturday 27th at 5pm. You will find their performance at the Art & Soul: Victor McElhaney Emerging Artists Stage on 12th and Clay which is west of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and easily reachable with public transportation. See entire line up here.
The Oakland Art + Soul Festival is an annual tradition to celebrate art, music, great food and the Oakland Spirit. The festival brings together a wide range of musical performers, artists, dancers, and vendors to create one of the West Coast’s best city wide celebrations. It features 4 stages, dance areas, and a sea of food vendors including Jambalaya, Gumbo, Crawfish Etoufee Catfish, Snapper, Oysters, Crab Cakes, Shrimp, Hush Puppies, Remoulade Sauce Ethiopian Cuisine Fried Chicken Chicken Tikka Masala, Veggie Pakoras Pork, Chicken or Veggie Lumpia Hawaiian BBQ, Malasadas Tri Tip and Sausage Sandwiches, Smoked Turkey Legs, Jerk Chicken, Funnel Cake, Jazzy Juice Drinks and much more.
Jonah Melvon and his sister Adesha are born and raised in Oakland. Their success is based on their world-class talent and their commitment to positivity whether that is at their performances, community involvement, or sharing the positive and mellow soul spirit internationally. Their music can be found on Spotify or Soundcloud.
Jonah Melvon featuring Adesha are taking the world with their breezy sound and intelligent lyrics.
Jonah Melvon and his sister Adesha lift the spirit with their intelligent and fun lyrics and smooth soul music; using socially conscious rap lyrics to spread love and joy from their soul.
Jonah Melvon is dedicated to “Bridging the Gap” and Equity for all!
Jonah Melvon featuring Adesha will perform as the headliners for the Art + Soul Emerging Artists Stage
In Memory of Victor McElhaney
Art + Soul has partnered with Angela Wellman, Founding Director of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (OPC), to present two days of music performed by emerging artists in loving memory of the late Victor McElhaney, son of Oakland City Councilmember Lynette McElhaney. An immensely talented drummer, Victor joined the OPC musical family at age 10 and was a founding member of the Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble, the organization’s pre-professional ensemble that debuted at Art + Soul in 2009. Confirmed headliners include Jonah Melvon and Adesha ─ R&B/conscious hip hop artists and siblings from Oakland on Saturday ─ and Victor’s Village, a special showcase featuring musicians who loved and worked with Victor, curated by Bay Area hip hop artists SOL Development on Sunday. Performances on the Emerging Artists Stage will take place both days of the festival, also featuring Union de la Bahia, Ajai Kasim, Sean Huang Ensemble,and The Void on Saturday; Barbara Deveaux, Genius Wesley, Jayla Hernandez,and Oaktown Jazz Workshop on Sunday. A separate announcement about this new festival stage with more details on the artists will be issued soon.
Art + Soul Oakland 2019 takes place in downtown Oakland Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, from noon to 6 p.m., centered in and around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Advance tickets are available for purchase online for just $12 Adults and $6 Seniors (65 & older). Festivalgoers can save even more with two-day tickets available through advance purchase only. At the door, admission will be $15 Adults and $9 Seniors (65 & older). Ages 18 and under enjoy free admission (no ticket required).
Art + Soul Oakland 2019 is Northern California’s most accessible festival with direct service via both BART’s 12th Street City Center station and AC Transit, in addition to $5 parking in the adjacent City Center West Garage, 12th Street at Martin Luther King Jr., Way. Free attended bicycle parking will be available (please bring your own lock).
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Featuring the songs of Bessie Smith and 1920’s Jazz and Blues, with Lavay Smith and Denise Perrier (vocals), Chris Siebert (piano), Pete Devine (drums), Joe Kyle (bass) and Rob Barics (reeds).
Internationally recognized as the finest voices in classic Jazz and Blues, Lavay Smith and Denise Perrier pay tribute to the Jazzy Blues songs of Bessie Smith and the 1920’s. Accompanied by an all-star band that sounds as tight as the legendary musicians they emulate, you’ll think The Back Room was a Roaring ‘20’s speakeasy.
Tickets are $25 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). Children under 12 are free. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!
“Drew Youngs, Celso Alberti grooving with Rolando Morales at a private event last Saturday”
May 28, 2019
¡Hola, mi Gente!
I’ve been flying under the radar again, doing some private events that really kept me occupied. One kept me jumping for a couple months and we just finished it Saturday night. It was a performance with my 6-piece band, sound and lighting crew. I was proud of my guys: Celso Alberti, David Belove, Omar Ledezma, Drew Youngs, Bob Crawford, and Jeff Cressman running sound. We made our client very, very happy. No small feat, considering he played bass in the early days of the Eagles.
Remember, we can do this for YOU as well! Feel free to contact me if you have an event or party coming up and can use some live music. We’ll contour a package to meet your needs. Don’t be shy and contact us early!
This week is largely private again, but I do have a fun duet show coming up thisFriday May 31st with the irrepressible Estaire Godinez on Latin percussion and voice at Havana in Walnut Creek. It’s been several months since she’s performed with me at this venue. Last time, we really got the place going, and we certainly intend to do so again. Make your reservations! Details below.
We’ll have much more for you next month. I’ll have the full June Calendar for you next week after I confirm details. You can also check my website Calendar Page as we get closer, as I’ll probably be posting there before the letter goes out. See you at the show!
LAST PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR MAY 2019
Friday May 31, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx. 9-11:30pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue. Tonight will feature the charismatic Latin percussionist-vocalist who played with George Benson and Prince, the entertaining Estaire Godinez; and on guitar, vocals and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales. Together they create a unique musical alchemy, so don’t miss it! www.havanarestaurant.net, (925) 939-4555.
If you would like to order a CD, read on. If you’d like to order our CD “Rolando Y Qué?!”, you can pick it up at my website, the gigs or by mail. They’re $15.00 at the gigs, or $17.00 by mail to cover postage and handling. TO ORDER THE NEWEST CD “ROLANDO, Y QUÉ?!” by mail: Send a check or money order payable to Rolando Morales for $17.00 for the CD and postage to Rolando Morales, 9028 Burr Street, Oakland, CA 94605. and I’ll send it to you. Let me know if you’d like .it signed.
TO ORDER THE ORIGINAL “PASSPORT: 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” CD by mail, send $17.00 to the same address as above. Be sure to include your return address.
All other shows are private. Why not hire Rolando for your own private event? He’s available for corporate shows, weddings, parties, concerts and festivals. The Rolando Morales Group is available as sextet, quintet, quartet, trio and duo depending on your entertainment needs and budget.
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The Lot Restaurant, located just steps from its luxury movie theater in the brand new City Center Bishop Ranch complex, the high end shopping and meeting place in the Tri-Valley San Ramon Hills.
Tuesday Jan 29, The Lot Restaurant, City Center Bishop Ranch, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, Suite 2300, San Ramon, 6-9pm. Rolando returns for only the 2nd time to this sprawling center offering a very stylish dining, socializing and cinema experience. THE LOT features a ten-auditorium cinema as well as a dynamic upscale restaurant, café and cocktail bar, all conveniently situated under the same roof. Classy. Elegant. Premium craft beers, wines and cocktails. Delectable menu. And a special Taco Tuesday event with the Rolando Morales Duet, featuring the Latin percussionist-vocalist-guitarist from Ruben Blades, the powerful Danilo Paíz; and on guitar and voice, Rolando Morales. Together they’ll sound like a band! Bring your friends and let’s make this a semi-regular happening! TheLotEnt.com/city-center, www.citycenterbishopranch.com, (925) 664-0069.
The Lot Restaurant, located just steps from its luxury movie theater in the brand new City Center Bishop Ranch complex, the high end shopping and meeting place in the Tri-Valley San Ramon Hills. Enjoy it while it is brand new!
Friday Nov 16, Pairings Wine Bar and Restaurant, 310 Main Street, Pleasanton CA 94566, 7:45-10:45pm. After 2 months away, Rolando finally returns to this exciting social hotspot in downtown Pleasanton.This young, expanding wine bar features fine wines, tapas and now dinners. Rolando will perform his broad repertoire on solo guitar and voice. Free! www.pairingscellars.com, (925) 398-8846.
Saturday Nov 10, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns for this special series of duet engagements at this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue. Tonight Rolando welcomes the charismatic Latin percussionist-vocalist Estaire Godinez, who has played with George Benson and Prince; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, Rolando Morales. This is a rare opportunity to catch this inspiring duet laying down their unique blend of Latin-jazz fusion. Don’t miss it! www.havanarestaurant.net, (925) 939-4555.
and The Tammy Hall Trio
An Autumn Serenade
At Piedmont Piano Company
Come celebrate the leaves turning to vibrant colors of red and gold and rejoice in the cool evenings ahead with songs of the season. The night will start with a solo piano set from pianist Tammy Hall, later joined by vocalist Denise Perrier, bassist Marcus Shelby, and drummer Jack Dorsey. They will serenade you with sultry ballads, Bossa Nova, the blues, and unlimited Swing!
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$20 – To reserve tickets with your credit card,
please call (510) 547-8188 tel:(510) 547-8188)
Tuesday Aug 8, Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx. 6-9pm. After a month away, Rolando finally returns to Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant for Taco Tuesday. $1 tacos, baby! And Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing out on the patio by the fire pits. (925) 820-2366. See www.mariamariarestaurants.com(925) 820-2366.
Sunday July 16, Maria, Maria Cantina, 1470 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, approx. 1-4pm. Rolando returns to the front patio on solo guitar and voice by the creek. He may be joined by Bob Harrison on flute. www.mariamariarestaurants.com, (925) 946-1010.
Saturday July 15, Vine at Bridges, 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville, approx 8-11pm. The Rolando Morales Duet returns to this cool winery and nightspot. Enjoy a wonderful selection of wines, superb dinners and tapas while grooving to this powerful duet.TonightRolando welcomes the exciting Latin percussionist-vocalist Estaire Godinez, who played with George Benson and Prince; and on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales. It’s been close to half a year since they’ve done this. Don’t miss it! www.thevineatbridges.com, (925) 820-7210.
“They see the possibility of a black president as natural as Tiger Woods winning the Masters” Noah Griffin (talking about his children)
Noah Griffin, a highly-regarded Bay Area singer, has been enchanting audiences since the age of 7 when he performed with the San Francisco Boy’s Chorus. His talent was appreciated by such greats as Paul Robeson, Leantyde Price, Johnny Ray and Nat King Cole with whom he shared the stage. He performed with the Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Philharmonic, Fisk University Choir and the famed Jubilee Singers, they performed Porgy and Bess with the Nashville Symphony where Noah had a solo.
As a soloist Noah Griffin performed with Duke Ellington, Shirelles, Kings and he performed in Carmen, Boris Gudenov, Turandot and soloing in La Boheme with the San Francisco Cosmopolitan Opera Company. Noah Griffin was chosen to solo with Duke Ellington in his Boston debut of his “Sacred Concert”.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in Boston, Noah Griffin returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has lived ever since. While raising his children Noah Griffin had an illustrious career as a syndicated newspaper columnist, radio talk show host, singer and songwriter.
Noah Griffin regularly performs in San Francisco, New York, Boston, London, Rome and Paris. Noah Griffin’ Tribute to Cole Porter took the world by storm and he regularly sells out at such classical venues like Birdland in NY. Now Noah Griffin brings Nat King Cole alive with his popular tribute.
Nat Tonight Dear!
A Tribute to NAT KING COLE performance by Noah Griffin will arrive in San Francisco on Friday April 11, 2008 8PM at the University Club, 800 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Noah Griffin pays tribute to Nat King Cole, an unforgettable talent. Come together with your loved ones, friends or on your own to honor the wonderful love songs of the King. April 11, 2008 8PM.
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole was one of the earliest and most famous black cross-over artists who gained a huge national and international following with such popular songs as “Mona Lisa,” “When I Fall In Love”, “Unforgettable”, “Too Young” “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, and “Pretend”. Nat King Cole broke through major racial barriers in the entertainment industry as the first black American to have his own national radio show and the first black American to have his own television show. In 1946, Nat started doing a radio show every week. He would play for half an hour on Saturday afternoon, from whatever town he was doing concerts in. The radio show lasted for 4 years. Nat also appeared in quite a few movies. The best known of these is St Louis Blues in which he played the role of the jazz composer W.C. Handy. He was one of the first people to make records with Capitol Records. He eventually appeared in a film about himself called The Nat King Cole Story. He appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show and performed in Las Vegas. He sold over 50 million records. He passed away at a very young age in 1965.
San Francisco audiences are privileged to be the first to enjoy Noah Griffin’s next classic performance of his “Tribute Series”. He will premiere his new “Nat Tonight Dear! Tribute to Nat King Cole” on April 11, 2008 at 8pm at the University Club, 800 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 For Directions Call: 415.781.0900.
Eddie Fisher has called Noah Griffin a “great singer” and George Shearing “loves his work”. Reserve your seats and buy your tickets now! Buy tickets by calling 415.384-0256 now. Admission is $40.00 per person.
Learn more about Noah Griffin by visiting the following links.