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Friday, May 29, 2009

Malcolm X Jazz Arts Fest This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

click to enlarge Emancipator: Howard Wiley
  • Emancipator: Howard Wiley

For the past nine years, Oakland culture-keepers Eastside Arts Alliance have presented the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival , an annual, free event in San Antonio park. This year's event, which happens Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., features jazz legend David Murray, soon-to-be jazz legend Howard Wiley (performing with the Freedom Now band), Chicano funkster Fuga, and the Abraham Burton Trio, from NYC.

The MXJF is a fun, family- and kid-friendly, community-oriented, afternoon of music and art which gets better every year. In addition to the main stage acts, the park's basketball courts will be overflowing with dancers, poets, MCs, and vocalists, and there's also a graffiti battle for the visually-artistically-inclined. Other activities include arts & crafts for kids, and a food court so you can get your grub on. If you're coming from outside of Oakland, bring your bike, hop on BART, get off at Lake Merritt or Fruitvale, and enjoy a nice ride (and hopefully a nice day).


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