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Oakland School for the Arts ENCORE Ensemble

Oakland School for the Arts’ ENCORE Ensemble is a group of youth performers from Oakland School for The Arts, a public charter school that offers immersive arts experiences in a college preparatory setting. Under the direction of Solas B. Lalgee.
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The Void

The Void is a Jazz Fusion band from Oakland, CA. Members, Ben Ard (Drums), Malcom Best (Alto Sax), Johnny Kaster (Piano) and Jack Riley (Bass) are currently in the 10th grade at Oakland Technical High School and have been playing together since the 6th grade at Edna Brewer Middle School. In addition to playing in The Void the members also perform with the Oakland Eastside All Star Ensemble and the Oakland Tech Jazz Band. The Void performs all over the Bay Area at festivals, community events and parties.

Black Excellence

The Black Excellence Band is a collective of independent artists, songwriters and musicians who often come together to perform as a group. 
Based in Oakland, CA the band has performed at events such as
The Art and Soul Festival in Oakland, The Spirit & Soul Festival in Richmond, The Contra Costa County Fair in Antioch as well as a host of other local venues and festivals. The Black Excellence Band completed their first 30-date tour titled It’s A Boy (2018) which was in recognition of CLEAN’s (lead emcee) soon to be arriving son. Notable shows include, the Taste of Oakland Festival, the So Oakland Day Festival and the National Night Out event in Oakland.

Pacific Boy Choir Ensemble

The Pacific Boychoir is composed of boys ages 4-18 from our choral music program, and boys grades 3-8 from the Pacific Boychoir Academy, an independent day school for boys. The only secular choir school in Western North America, PBA offers unique and rigorous choral and academic programming, producing confident, engaged scholars and artists.

Check out their performance on America’s Got Talent!


Hubert Emerson and The GroWiser Band

The GroWiser Band, led by vocalist Hubert Emerson. Lyrics that speak to the soul coupled with hypnotic melodies characterize this intoxicating sound.

It’s jazz but not jazz. It’s soul but not soul. It’s blues but not blues. It’s reggae but not reggae. But whatever it is, it makes people happy. Emerson has been moving and grooving audiences for 15 years with his soulful voice and seductive instrumentation. What’s more, Emerson touches people. With passion and intensity, the singer/keyboardist sings of love, desire, and human connection. “His music is honest and moving,” noted the San Francisco Observer. Sometimes after shows, people even come up crying as they buy one of his CDs.