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Exclusive YMTK Listening Party @ DTO

If you haven’t had a chance to check out East Oakland native and hip-hop artist YMTK, you’re in luck. Oaklandish is hosting an in-store listening party at our downtown Oakland store on Sunday, July 14th. Stop by 1444 Broadway from 7 to 9 pm to get an exclusive listen of YMTK’s new, unreleased project “9 […]

Spotlight on AXIS Dance Company

Local dance company, AXIS, has been at the forefront of exploring contemporary dance, integrated dance, and disability culture for the past 30 years. Founded in 1987, AXIS is our nation’s most acclaimed dance ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers. The Oakland-based group has visited over 100 cities in the USA, Europe and Russia. They have […]

‘OG Beat Meet’ @ DTO

Oaklandish and Lo-Fiction proudly present the ‘OG Beat Meet,’ a live beat-making session hosted at our downtown Oakland store. Join us on Friday, July 7th from 7 to 9 pm at the downtown shop (1444 Broadway) for two hours of beats and raps created by local crew of artists and creatives, Lo-Fiction Collective, or Listener […]

Elhae Meet and Greet at Oaklandish

Elhae Meet and Greet at Oaklandish

This coming Saturday, October 10th, Oaklandish will be hosting a meet and greet with the experimental musician and producer Elhae at our downtown Oakland retail store! Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Elhae has been steadily making waves in the music industry. Combining sounds typically found in R&B and Hip Hop with hypnotizing vocals, Elhae has been […]

2016 Oaklandish Innovators: Call to Nominate!

2016 Oaklandish Innovators: Call to Nominate!

Oakland is known for its extensive history of innovators – people and groups who flip the establishment on its head and reinvent the norm for future generations. Oaklandish also has a rich history of supporting Oakland’s local innovators. A portion of proceeds from Oaklandish gear goes to support local organizations working to strengthen the community. […]

Oaklandish & Dion Decibels Present First Friday: The Official OMF Pre-Party

Oaklandish & Dion Decibels Present First Friday: The Official OMF Pre-Party

Come through next Friday to our Downtown shop (located at 1444 Broadway) for the official OMF pre-party with live performance by Bang Data! Oakland Music Festival is coming up with the quickness and we’re excited to be bringing in festival performer, Bang Data for a special preview set. We’ll also have a sneak peek of the 2015 […]

Maker Spotlight: Bird Vs. Bird Designs

Maker Spotlight: Bird Vs. Bird Designs

Bess Petty, aka Bird Vs. Bird Designs, hand-makes a variety of gifts with her own designs of little critters printed on each item. Bird Vs. Bird’s range of products spans from throw pillows in the shape of owls and chipmunk coin pouches, to magnets, stickers and buttons celebrating local wildlife. We asked Petty to share how she got started with Bird Vs. Bird, […]

20 Years Ago, Luniz Dropped “I Got 5 On It”

20 Years Ago, Luniz Dropped “I Got 5 On It”

20 years ago(!), Luniz dropped the album Operation Stackola, which featured the classic song “I Got 5 On it”. The track was Luniz’s biggest hit. At one point it was number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The remix featured a number of popular Bay Area rap artists at the time, like Spice 1 […]

Burger Boogaloo Pre-Party at Oaklandish First Friday

Burger Boogaloo Pre-Party at Oaklandish First Friday

Burger Boogaloo is coming back to Mosswood Park this 4th of July weekend, and to commemorate the 2-day garage rock festival (hosted by John Waters!), Oaklandish is holding an official Boogaloo pre-party at our First Friday celebration! From 7pm-10pm on Friday, July 3rd, we’ll be boogie-wooging to live performances from Pookie & The Poodlez and […]

Wet Paint: Steph Curry’s New Mural in Oakland

Wet Paint: Steph Curry’s New Mural in Oakland

Some slight adjustments in Steve Kerr’s game plan led to last night’s dominating performance from Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and the rest of the team. This morning, I woke up and paid a visit the latest shrine dedicated to the 2014-15 Splash Brothers and fam. This mural can be spotted on 27th st. and […]

OakZINEish PREVIEW: “Or Whatever Do Whatever,” A Conversation with Kool A.D.

OakZINEish PREVIEW: “Or Whatever Do Whatever,” A Conversation with Kool A.D.

Our second OakZINEish feature interview is from Kool A.D., a Bay Area musician, author, and artist. Penned by Will Bundy of Wine & Bowties, Kool A.D. talks about his views on life, his career, and society: “…Depending on how you’re counting, Victor’s (Kool A.D.) on his second, or third, or fourth act. Or whatever. Back […]

OakZINEish PREVIEW: Days in the Dojo, A Conversation with Tia Nomore

OakZINEish PREVIEW: Days in the Dojo, A Conversation with Tia Nomore

OakZINEish hit the stands last Friday and is filled to the brim with art and music news from around the Town. Here’s a short preview of a conversation with young talent Tia Nomore, written by Max Gibson of Wine & Bowties: “It’s her energy that catches you first: a precociousness grounded by an old soul, […]

The Bridge is Steel Here

Today the Oakland Museum of California launched its Bay Bridge Steel program, in which they’re looking for architects, designers and creative types to apply for ways to constructively reuse a portion of the metal from the old Eastern span of the Bay Bridge. via oaklandish.com Applications are open now and deadlines are rolling through December […]

Oaklandish x Wine & Bowties Zine Launch Party at June First Friday!

Oaklandish x Wine & Bowties Zine Launch Party at June First Friday!

Artistic movements from across The Town are coming together this First Friday for a very special edition of First Friday at Oaklandish Downtown. In addition to having live performances from Main Attrakionz, the Youthful Kinfolk Collective, and beats from Dion Decibels, we’re celebrating the launch of OakZINEish: Vol. 3 – our annual zine. This year we […]

Kendrick Lamar shot his video (near) Oakland

XXL and The Fader both reported that last week Kendrick Lamar shot a video for his song “Alright” in Oakland, and then proceeded to show photos of the MC in front of a crowd of cool kids on Treasure Island. The aforementioned cool kids were mostly from Oakland, but Treasure Island is in San Francisco. […]

Oakland Music Festival: Q&A with Jesse Boykins III

Oakland Music Festival: Q&A with Jesse Boykins III

It’s been almost a week since Oakland Music Festival, but it’s still fresh in our minds. Not only did we get a chance to chat with SZA, but earlier in the day, we also spent some time with singer/songwriter/producer/Renaissance man, Jesse Boykins III. Not only is JB III the epitome of cool, he was kind enough to give […]

Oakland Music Festival: Q&A with SZA from The Town Stage

Oakland Music Festival: Q&A with SZA from The Town Stage

This past Saturday we hit Oakland Music Festival for a full day of music, expression, and style. Out of all the dope artists that performed, singer-songwriter SZA definitely gave a performance to be remembered. Behind the scenes at “The Town Stage”, we teamed up with therethere and were lucky enough to sit down and chat with SZA for a quick Q&A […]

First Friday: Jennifer Johns

First Friday: Jennifer Johns

Join us this First Friday for the purpose and passion of Jennifer Johns , plus a preview of tracks from her upcoming release “Chronicle of the Aquarian Mind.” With Dion Decibels on the turntables. 1444 Broadway, 7-10pm. Jennifer Johns long-awaited sophomore release “Chronicle of the Aquarian Mind” is an organic and percussive Afro-diasporic-soul folks odyssey. […]

Valerie Troutt

Valerie Troutt

This Friday, March 7. First Friday at Oaklandish, with Valerie Troutt and Dion Decibels. 7-10pm Valerie Troutt – Biography Bay‐area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s […]

First Friday with Club Crasherz

First Friday with Club Crasherz

We were on hiatus for January First Friday, but we said we’d be back, and the Club Crasherz will bring you into 2013 with pop, verve, flash, and fun. Club Crasherz will perform around 9pm, with First Friday at Oaklandish running from 7-11pm. Before and after the live set, we’ll be featuring our own DJ […]

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