Because Of Music Iam! Festival

(Oakland, CA) —Valerie Troutt Projects presents the 2nd annual “Because of Black Music IAM” Festival. BOBM is a soulful conversation piece developed to gather local artists,
industry professionals, and the community. We cultivate safe and informative spaces to make connections and create awareness about the impact of Black music and the need to establish
new music industry infrastructures ensuring the longevity of Black music and Black artists.
DAY ONE: Game Night & Jam Session
Special Edition featuring the extraordinary talents of Saxophonist Howard Wiley and GRAMMY®-nominated MC & Poet RyanNicole. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of music,
games, and camaraderie! Since December 2022, our hallmark event has been the 2nd Wednesday Evening Game Night—a cherished tradition where individuals of all ages and
backgrounds unite for an evening of community-building fun.
(times may shift)
Daytime June 15th, 2024
Part One
11:00am – “A Good Day in Oakland” All Black Musicians meet up and photos. Register online FREE. Frank Ogawa Plaza Steps.
12:30pm-2:30pm: Music Panel 1
Author Larry Batists, speaks to us about “The Possibilities of a Song? Unleashing the Power of Music for Profit”
2:45pm – 3:45pm: Music Panel 2 Musicians Town Hall Meeting
Artists, and Developer Rashida Chase, Joi Rhone, Jay Whittington,
Evening June 15th, 2024
Part Two
Join us for a sensational evening concert filled with exceptional talent, sophistication, laughter, love, and soul. Prepare to embark on a journey! Experience the captivating spoken word of poet Nazelah Jamison, the soul-stirring jazz from youth saxophone sensation Ayo Brame, the powerful affirmations of Takiyah Franklin, and the mesmerizing performance of headliner Pher. Pher’s unique vocal blend of jazz tradition and
classic soul promises to enchant audiences and leave them craving more.
About Valerie Troutt Projects
Valerie Troutt Projects (VTP) creates multiple music-based platforms for Black people to thrive mentally, physically, and spiritually. VTP hopes to inspire, empower, and develop new
frameworks to help build healthy alternatives to the constructs of white America. VTP nurtures community and is part of a vast network of BIPOC, Womyn, and Queer artists revitalizing
Oakland’s music scene. During a time of displacement, poverty, and struggle we seek out the rich medicine found in community gatherings and uplifting songs to remember love.
Because of Black Music IAM (BOBM), is a two-day music festival in celebration of Oakland’s Black Music Week is being held in Oakland, CA on June 12th and 15th, 2024.
The festival will include Game Night and Jam Session, an artist panel, and live music concerts. For more
information contact: (510) 626-0118,
This festival has been made possible by grants and funding from Mr. Tipples SF, Zellerbach and Zoolabs.
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Jun 15 2024


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