If you’re like me and missed out on the Black Weirdo Day Party at The New Parish this past Sunday and seriously regretting it, you have a chance to redeem yourself this Friday for an all Black frontwoman lineup, also happening at TNP.
Side Note: The New Perish is seriously best music venue in Oakland-hands down. For various reasons, one being my favorite band, Thievery Corporation hits up this spot on the regular).
Bio: The Seshen is a seven piece band comprising of Lalin St. Juste (Vocals), Akasha Orr (Vocals), Aki Ehara (Bass), Mahesh Roa (Keys), Kumar Butler (Samples), Mirza Kopelman (Percussion) and Chris Thalmann (Drums). The Seshen’s story is akin to Love And Basketball, where Juste and Ehara met while studying abroad in Ghana, bonding over their affinity for music. Based in San Francisco, the group creates a unique blend of elements as far ranging and diverse as the Bay.
Bio: Band members Sandra Lawson-Ndu (Vocals, percussion, keys) Derek Barber (Guitar), Geneva Harrison (Drums, percussion, keys) and Doug Stuart (Bass, vocals, keys) formed Bells Atlas right here in Oakland. As the lead singer, Ndu’s sound is inspired by her musical influence growing among her West African family. . “I think of our music as being very cinematic,” Lawson-Ndu said in an interview with Okayplayer. “And I’m hoping that people can grasp onto their own visual for it. Bells Atlas music is ethereal. It’s dreamy. They take all the best Oakland has to offer, transmutation the city’s vibe into sound, being the musical alchemists they are.
Zakiya Harris & Elephantine
Sound: soul/dance/afro-punk/neo soul
Bio: Oakland native Zakiya Harris’ relationship with music was fate. After going down the conventional route in life, Harris took the plunge to walk away from what she had been told to do and decided to start doing things her way. Zakiya’s sound is a reflection of those decisions–her music is far from conventional, infusing generas from around the world with an Oakland spin.
Don’t miss out on this powerhouse lineup!
Friday, May 8th
The New Parish
$11 adv/$15 door
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/879277822131082/