NOTE: This is the lineup from our May 2019 festival. While the focus is usually on the month’s theme, in this case we rolled over performers who had been booked for the March (Black Expressions) and April (Poetry of eARTh) festivals, which were rained out. this information, with links to further information, is circulated on our web site and social media to give maximum exposure to the artists and performers in lieu of compensation.


friday, may 3, 5:00-9:00pm!

Oakland is home to people with roots all over the globe, with some who go back generations and some who just landed. This month we celebrate them all, with performances and activities all along Telegraph.
As always, Oakland First Fridays is free (though donations are always welcome), and fun for the whole family. Come join Oakland's premiere event celebrating our arts, culture and community!

ENTERTAINMEnt highlights

5:00-8:30pm at 25th east of Telegraph
TURF dancing started in Oakland and TURFinc is on a mission to spread the culture and give urban youth a powerful and positive form of expression. It creates a safe and positive showcase for dancers to share their stories and skills to a broad audience. TURFinc and Oakland First Fridays go way back, and they always put on a great show.

6:00-8:30pm, on Telegraph by the main entrance at W. Grand
Soulbeatz Oakland has been a positive light in the East Bay for years. They create community through dancing and drumming, sharing drums with everyone from master drummers to children. All are welcome and it's fun for everyone.

5:00-8:30pm, Sycamore Street East of Telegraph
Rob Skate started the Rob Skate Academy ten years ago to provide safe spaces for young people to build confidence and promote mindfulness through skateboarding. Rob and his team will provide free open skate lessons at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30; Skateboard, blade and scooter demos at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00, and a not-to-be-missed Grand Finale Show at 8:15.


5:00-8:30pm on Telegraph at 27th
Curb Service began playing on the streetcorners of Oakland, and are known for building a natural rapport with audiences in any setting. They feature Rob Woods as lead vocalist, Drummerboy Aaron on percussion, Kevin Freeman on sax and David Chapman curating and documenting. Music lovers love Curb Service!


Greg Harris (The Taz) and Phillip Wilson (CM) Crowd Motivator have run When In Need MC/DJ Services for more than thirty years. They’ll be bringing their passion for bringing music, fun and creativity to the 24th Street Stage all evening long.

Gregory F Harris, III or Tre as his friends call him, has been blessed with the gift of music but ultimately, he understands that it’s the Word of God that will bring about salvation and not music itself. Greg is currently enrolled in the Christian Leadership Program at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. 

SoL DeVeloPMeNT a Hip-Hop/Jazz/Soul ensemble based out of Oakland California is the soundtrack to the movement for justice, freedom and hope. Their music, their energy as a team and their brand identity illustrate a future of unlimited possibilities and a message of hope.

Marisha Murphy resides in Oakland, California. She is a singer, songwriter, and poet. Continually inspired by the things around her, no subject is off limit, no culture is uninteresting, and no soul is unworthy of being saved. Currently working on her second project, you can find her first EP on SoundCloud entitled Rebel With A Cause.

Kimball Hooker is a seasoned singer and entertainer with a global following. He wrote and produced "Steppin Out”. It has gained the most attention with a line dance created by Patricia Lowe. Kimball’s music can be found on Spotify.

Leila Mottley is the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, an ambassador for literacy, arts, and youth expression. She is a 16-year old native Oakland author who uses poetry as protest and believes in pushing the boundaries of comfortability to make change.

It's The PK Experience Oakland’s own Pretty Kenny Blues RB live show master of ceremony performer...

If Jamiroquai and Stevie Wonder were Italians, they would sound like Sonamó. 
An eclectic funk band with a dynamic, passionate blend of Italian melodic lines shot through with hefty doses of American funk and acid jazz, Sonamó makes a both danceable yet introspective, at once familiar yet exotic, intense yet energetic, romantic and yet somehow carefree.

Greg Harris has been a DJ since 1987 working around the world with legends such as Whodini, Snoop Dogg, Kid-N-Play, The Whispers, The O’ Jays, The Temptations, Chaka Khan, Sinbad, Mark Curry, Michael Culyer, and Damon Williams.

Please note, our permit specifies amplified music must end at 8:30…so that’s when the show has to end.

the Plural Music stage

5:00-8:30pm at 25th west of Telegraph

One Beat. One love. All genres welcome.
Plural Music is a platform for artists to create, collaborate, release, and perform their music.  From team members in Oakland to San Diego, artists in Boston to Detroit, DJs in San Jose to Los Angles, and familia música in Spain to The Philippines we are establishing our roots around the globe, making possible our mission to deliver timeless music to the world.

Selecta MC started mixing at the age of 15, where he learned to rock house parties. Once in college, he picked up his first set of turntables and never looked back. With roots in R&B, Hip-Hop, and House, Selecta MC in known to deliver an eclectic mix of tunes behind the decks.

Stockton, California may be considered one of the prominent musical cities of our generation, yet a young emcee Carlos Bryant has a slightly different outlook on his hometown. "Stockton," Carlos states, "is dangerous and beautiful at the same time." Although he lost his father at age 11 and grew up with difficult circumstances, Carlos uses his past experiences as musical motivation.

Soul7’s live sets combine groovy bass lines and the infectious lyricism of hip-hop with the thumping house beats to create a musical experience both hip-hop heads and PLUR warriors can enjoy. Soul7’s hybrid G-House sound has resonated with crowds across Northern California and he has opened for notable acts such as Donald Glaude, Panic City, KAKU, and DJ Mustard. 

B.Magïn (pronounced Be Ma-Jeen) is a trilingual lyricist and hip-hop artist who grew up speaking English, Português and Spanish and incorporates those languages in his writing and music. Over the last five years he’s released two mixtapes and two EPs, and now looks to take it to the next level with his debut album: “A.Magïn then B.Magïn”.

Philippine-born and Northern California raised, Selecta QURE grew up on classic Bay Area hip/hop. He learned from one of the best DJs in Manila, Nix Damn P, and has been curating his own style of open format DJing for over a decade. In college, QURE co-founded Plural Music, a DJ company and record label with the mission of spreading good music around the world.

does it all - a pop singer, recording artist, and song writer whose smooth vocals take any track to the next level.  She is inspired by all kinds of music, especially EDM and electro-pop. You can find her performing with Plural Music throughout the Bay Area very soon. In the meantime, check out her recently released debut EP ‘Royalty’ on all streaming platforms.

is a conservatory trained musician who combines EDM, Pop, Jazz, and Orchestral music under one roof, creating a sound that will make you want to dance and think at the same time. His deep taste in music ranges from classic Jazz to the dirtiest Trap bangers and encourages him to push the boundaries of typical genres.

AND IN kono lounge…

23rd Street west of Telegraph
Featuring Cheat Day with special guest Grlgod

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On top of the libations served up by Oakland First Fridays' 23rd Street bistro, Cheat Day will spin tunes for dancing and socializing. They'll feature new and emerging music curated by members Joogmac, Dasboots, Salty Sherilyn, Jon Reyes, Lil Thow Wow and Druskee. Cheat Day aims to fill a gap that most nights and clubs miss with a well-rounded experience and high caliber DJ'ing.
Oakland-based guest DJ grlgod is an Oakland-based DJ, musician and co-founder of the DJ crew "BoUnCe". She has a deep love for electronic music of all kinds and the ways it channels energy on the dance floor; house, techno, jersey club, RnB, future beats, genre-bending music and more. grlgod has opened for Ana Sia, LUNY and others, playfully sampling music and blending sounds for the purpose of celebration and dance.

Photo by Eva Gibea

Photo by Eva Gibea

a big thank-you to our sponsors
for helping make the magic happen!


welcome to the team!


Ari Curry is the new Development Director for the KONO CBD and Oakland First Fridays. An Oakland native with a background in organizational and sales management, Ari's worked with a number of community-based nonprofits, with an emphasis on LGBTQ and minority issues, he boasts an impressive track record in sales in the tech sector.

Frida Fonn Rod hails from Norway, and is doing a semester abroad at UC Berkeley through the Berkeley International Study Program as she pursues a Master of Science degree in Innovation and Technology Management. She’s joined us as an intern to bolster our volunteer recruitment.


Marisa Madrigal is our new social media intern, bringing some amazing chops to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. She'll be with us for the next three months, bringing you the best of Oakland First Friday content. If you see her during the event make sure to smile! She'll be live posting direct from Telegraph Ave.



To keep this event alive we need to keep the peace and clear the streets after shutdown, both in our footprint and the surrounding area.

  • Drinking alcohol inside of the event is prohibited except for the Tiki Garden area on 23rd Street, and inside the many bars in the event footprint.

  • Municipal codes on alcohol and illegal vending will be enforced during and after the event.

  • Riding bikes/scooters/skates/skateboards is not allowed because it endangers other eventgoers. Please walk your bikes and scooters and carry your skates and skateboard inside the event. Violators are subject to citation.

  • Parking can be scarce on First Fridays! Consider ridesharing, BARToractransit.

  • Tag us in your photos! #oaklandfirstfridays

  • Interested in vending, performing or volunteering?

  • For information on post-event activities, visit

see you on friday, april 5, 2019, from 5:00-9:00pm
telegraph avenue between West grand and 27th street