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celebrating resiliency through music, art & culture


september 28, 2019 | 12pm - 10pm

old oakland | 9th & washington

The FESTAC Festival, a one-day live-art festival of music, art and culture, considered one of the nation’s most anticipated free outdoor live-work events on the west coast. The 1-day Festival will attract over 100 artists and more than 5,000 attendees from around the Bay Area. Visitors will enjoy a true “Live-Work” exhibition throughout the Old Oakland’s Cultural Corridor. The festival will include youth village activities for kids and artist workshops throughout the day.

festac 2019 line-up



Sterling James KBLX

Sterling James has been a strong vocal presence on the FM dial in the Bay Area since 1987. Her consistent presence on major music radio stations and events across the Bay Area has led to high familiarity among the public, and her sassy, sharp personality has endeared her to a generation of fans. Mrs. James currently appears live on San Francisco heritage R&B 102.9 KBLX Monday through Friday 10:00AM-3:00PM, and Sundays from 9:00AM-2:00PM.

Tyranny Allen

Multi-talented, consultant, producer and artist manager who has emerged fulfilling his overall purpose -- To inspire, innovate, empower & accomplish everything he set out to do. Through proper preparation, education, and hard work.,Tyranny started with the opening of my first business Lucky’s Barber Shop, making a name for myself in the bay area’s art and entertainment industry. With an innovative, creative, approach led to the success of not only one but multiple businesses in Old Oakland. Marketing Kings is currently one of the most prominent branding and marketing company’s to hit the Bay Area.


Pharoah Stewart

Educator. Art Therapist. Poet. Life Coach.​ Keynote Speaker.  Community Organizer. Business Consultant.







Preston Justice

Entertainment director at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts YBCA & the Oakland Museum Of California OMCA



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Cava Menzies

Cava is a multidisciplinary musician, visual artist, and educator who resides in Oakland, Ca. She is a Bay Area native and hails from a long line of creators; her grandmother a pioneer in the New York Jazz scene as a dancer at the Cotton Club, her father, Eddie Henderson, an accomplished jazz trumpeter and early member of the Herbie Hancock sextet, and her mother a classically trained flautist and music enthusiast. Cava holds a BA from the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz piano and music education. She received her MM from the University of Miami where she studied composition and music production and recording. 

RustaFunk/Jazz Mafia

A creative force on the Bay Area music scene for more than a 16 years, the loose-knit band of jazz cats, MCs, arrangers and composers known collectively as The Jazz Mafia, has emerged as the most prolific musical organization on the West Coast- and they are all on stage at once here in the Jazz Mafia Symphony.


Calle Ocho

Calle Ocho is a charanga ensemble specializing in Cuban son, danzon and jazz for your dancing and listening pleasure. Our members have played with John Santos and the Machete Ensemble, Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, Orquesta La Pena, and Bahia Son. Rita Hargrave, timbales; Suzanne Schrift, bass; Ismael Rodriguez, congas; Annette Oropeza, lead vocals; Ahni Robinson, flute; Sara Herrera, violin; Kit Robinson, tres guitar.




Piwai Wekuharare

Piwai has masterfully created her own hypnotic sound that layers rabi (vocal based rhythms), jazz, blues, traditional folk and reggae on top of the traditional sacred sounds of the 3,000 year old mbira instrument. Her songs capture the delicate aspects of life and explore the wide realm of the human condition.




Jacques Ibula

Ibula Mwana Katakanga Jr., better known by his stage name of “Jacques Ibula ”, is a Congolese singer-songwriter, painter, and activist. His unique, captivating voice has a refreshing artistic quality atypical to mainstream depictions of Congolese music. Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and from an ancestral lineage of Lunda, Jacques emigrated to California in 1997 in pursuit of a higher education.

Jonah Melvon & Adesha

Jonah is a Oakland legend with dreams to keep holding the game up on his shoulders. Singing, rapping, mentor to young cats, business owner, entrepreneur, activist and connector Jonah lives and breathes the bay. His music draws people to him with a familiar flare that makes people fall in love with his smooth swag. Old school soul with a heart to stand on the cutting edge of music, Jonah brings crowds back time and time again. His music is a cross between Common and Musiq Soulchild with a charisma that can not be defined. Jonah has played with Miguel, Goapele, Ledisi, T.I., EPMD, Black Eyed Peas, and Heiro just to name a few, just listen you won't be disappointed.


Alphabet Soup

Since 1991, Alphabet Soup has been a Bay Area cultural and musical institution. Showcasing virtuoso musicianship, integrated with social conscious lyricism, the artistic synergy between the wordsmiths and players creates a musical landscape unto its own. Injecting Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and Jazz, this incarnation features Eric “EQ” Young on bass (Con Funk Shun), Alcide Marshall on drums, Andre Marshall on guitar/keys/vocals, Dave Ellis on saxophone (Rat Dog, SF Jazz) Mic Blake on vocals and CB on vocals (Luv Phenomena).

Oaktown Jazz

The OPC-SFJAZZ Academy brings music educators and clinicians to work with Oakland-based middle and high school age musicians in an after-school program. The program is free to all student musicians & meets weekly.



Oakland Public Conservatory of Music 

OPCMusic opens the world of music to all through access to quality instruction in a nurturing environment. We provide economical study in a variety of musical arts. We value rigor, innovation and scholarship in our quest to preserve the musical traditions of Oakland.



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artist makers & curators

Jules Henry

Trained as a mechanical engineer at Carnegie Mellon, Jules Henry began my professional journey with Toyota of North America. After two years of improving transmission assembly and robotic welding processes, he felt strongly called to realign with his passion for design.  From that insight, he enrolled in the Industrial Design Engineering department at the Royal College of Art in London.

Arthur Monroe

Abstract Expressionism was the prevailing American art style in the 1950s and was generally recognized as being the most important modernist art to have occurred after World War II. As a young artist, Arthur Monroe immersed himself in the exciting milieu of the East Village. He had a studio facing that of Willem De Kooning’s, and he hung around the Cedar Street Bar, where he knew some of the most acclaimed Abstract Expressionists, including Franz Klein.

Irene H Feiks

Irene Hernandez-Feiks founded Chillin’ Productions in 1998, with the purpose of discovering and aiding Bay Area fashion designers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, DJ’s, musicians and performers.

Kaya Fortune

I examine the artistic and cultural roots of the African Diaspora, and its influence on cultures around the world. The work celebrates African American culture through exploration of blues and jazz music, and political and social movements. In my assemblage sculptures, I revive the voices of found materials to create new interpretations of African American experience. My work celebrates African American artists and musicians whose creative ideas have guided us towards self-determination and liberation. 


Andrea McCoy Harvey

Andrea McCoy Harvey is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas.  Andrea received her formal art training at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. She is currently obtaining a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the Academy of Art San Francisco.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and a public school Art Teacher for Emery Unified School District. Andrea has recently opened her own art studio in Emeryville that will allow children and adults to create, explore and enjoy their interest for the visual arts.

James Gayles

Fine artist (painting & mixed media), illustrator, graphic designer, musician, husband and father. “A lot of times when I am making artistic or creative decisions I go by feeling rather than intellectual reasoning. I emphasize the shapes, the tones and the lighting. By doing that I am able to bring out the personality of the person, it makes the painting more emotional.”

Maria Garcia Pacheco

A West Oakland Native, Maria began selling her custom clothing, paintings and prints during Oakland’s First Friday in 2013. She is now a resident artist at Era Art Bar in Downtown Oakland, has been commissioned to paint her first 2 murals inside of Oakland business’s, had her first solo art show this past March, and has been curating the Oakland Artist Collective Gallery since May. OAC is a gallery located in Jack London Square supporting local Bay Area artist only. Maria also host local wine vendors, along with special events celebrating the artist in her space. 

Tom ShultzTanya HerreraTimothy B Smokie ArceCharles Blackwell

Ashara Ekundayo Gallery

old oakland community sponsors

The Cook & Her Farmer


Miss Ollies




Super Juiced



536 9th Street, Oakland, California 94607


907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607


907 Washington St. Oakland, CA 94607 


827 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607


821 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607


817 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607


811 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Fort Green

736 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607


468 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Urban Ecletics

735 Washington Street Oakland, CA 94607
Beast Mode

811 Broadway Street Oakland, CA 94607

Oeste Lounge

730 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607


499 9th Street, Oakland, California 94607

E14 Gallery

461 9th Street, Oakland, California 94607

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Welcome to FESTAC  


Oakland’s new cultural arts festival seeking to preserve artist small business and the live/work community.


A celebration dedicated to the cultural arts of Oakland CA: This collaborative effort will integrate the people while challenging policies against displacement and evictions. A festival for the people by the people representing freedom of expression.Together, with other artistic communities, we seek to localize policies to protect cultural activities while creating a structured platform for social justice.


Alistair Monroe


As an inner-city, community-based music producer and festival promoter, founder of the North beach Jazz Festival San Francisco, Alistair works to enrich and beautify urban environments to educate the public about the process and history through humanitarian and education platforms. Working with a wide variety of neighborhoods and communities, Alistair has inherited the creative process through neighborhood arts organizations.


Tyranny Allen

Custom Design 

Marketing Kings: A creative agency that specializes in branding, design and social media marketing

Graham Jackson

Business Development

Over 30 years in concert and festival promotions, domestic and international markets. Specialize in business development while conceiving and executing ideas that drive revenue and exposure. Experienced in consumer product sales, distribution and development Graham uses proven leadership to identify opportunities at every corner.

KaSelah Crockett

Jamal Williams

Culinary Green Zone

E360 West Events / KaCierge

Over 30 years in concert and festival promotions, domestic and international markets. E360 West Events and KaCierge specialize in business development while conceiving and executing ideas that drive revenue and exposure. Experienced in consumer product sales, distribution and development; using  proven leadership to identify opportunities at every corner.


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