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California Roots throws party over Memorial Day weekend

California Roots throws party over Memorial Day weekend

Rebecca Olmos,
Staff Writer

June 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

The Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds was filled with music, art, food, drinks, camping, cannabis and lots of good vibes. The ninth annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival started Friday and lasted through Sunday evening. Festival-goers could catch musicians on two...

Black people need gangster rap music

Black people need gangster rap music

Tionne Johnson,
Contributor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

YG, a Compton gangster rapper and Piru Blood gang affiliate, is known for his controversial lyrics that describe life as a gang member and curse the current president of the United States. Earlier this month, the rapper was censored for performing his song “F--k Donald Trump” at Cal State East Bay...

Local rapper from Concord releases debut album

Local rapper from Concord releases debut album

Elijah De Castro,
Contributor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

As a teenager, Klebber Machado was eager to jump into the spontaneous lunchtime freestyle rap circles at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord. Later, Klebb took a History of Jazz and History of Rock & Roll class at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. Both experiences factored into his decision to p...

Young SoCal musician making sound waves

Young SoCal musician making sound waves

Zack Gomez,
Contributor

May 24, 2018


Filed under Features

A young talented musician with Bay Area connections is making her mark on the rock ‘n’ roll community. Sydney Ellen has played shows all over the West Coast, including Leo’s in Oakland and Blue Lamp Concert Hall in Sacramento, gaining a strong following for her guitar skills and dedication to her...

Musicians to watch at this year’s Cali Roots Festival

Musicians to watch at this year’s Cali Roots Festival

Rebecca Olmos,
Staff Writer

May 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

California Roots, also known as Cali Roots, will hold its ninth annual Music and Arts festival on May 25-27 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The Memorial Day weekend is three days filled with drinks, food, art and music with two stages where audiences will get watch live performances and DJ sets. ...

Annual Cinco de Mayo festival celebrates culture

Annual Cinco de Mayo festival celebrates culture

Lesly Garcia,
Contributor

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features, Showcase

The city of Hayward celebrated Cinco De Mayo with the annual festival on B Street last weekend. The festival was organized by La Alianza de Hayward, a local nonprofit community organization, Hayward Downtown Association and by city council members. Francisco Zermeno, a Hayward City Council mem...

Tijuana band headlines Bay Area venue

Tijuana band headlines Bay Area venue

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Staff Writer

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

This Tuesday, at Bottom of the Hill in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco, two East Bay bands, Skank Bank and Day Labor, opened up for touring band Los Kung Fu Monkeys from Tijuana, Mexico. The bands arrived early to unload their gear, set up their merchandise booths and do a soundcheck that c...

Hip-Hop culture gets a reintroduction

Hip-Hop culture gets a reintroduction

Nicole Nool,
Contributor

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

Many young people today think hip-hop is defined by contemporary artists such as Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. But by focusing only on present-day artists, they leave out artists who paved the way for hip-hop to become the phenomenon it is today. In response to this, the Oakland Museum of C...

Rapper YG censored at Spring Mayhem

Rapper YG censored at Spring Mayhem

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Campus, Showcase

A spring tradition at Cal State East Bay made its return on Saturday as students and guests flooded the amphitheater for Spring Mayhem, formerly referred to as Spring Fest. The event featured student acts, a band performance and was headlined by Bay Area rapper P-Lo and Compton rapper YG. During...

California Roots will host ninth annual music and art festival

California Roots will host ninth annual music and art festival

Rebecca Olmos,
Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Music and art are set to collide in Monterey next month. California Roots better known as Cali Roots will hold its ninth annual music and art festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds from May 25-27 that offers festival goers three days filled with music, arts, food and camping. Jeff Monser,...

Hayward High School band and color guard headed to Disneyland

Hayward High School band and color guard headed to Disneyland

Ana Cortez,
Contributor

April 10, 2018


Filed under Metro

The Hayward High School Marching Band and Color Guard are excited to be performing on the Main Street at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim in May this year. After ranking superior in California Music Education Association (CMEA) Festival, the band director music program at Hayward High, Nick Tocco, rew...

Reggae: Not a synonym for marijuana

Reggae: Not a synonym for marijuana

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Staff Writer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer in the lymph nodes) shortly after graduating high school. At a time that seemed that the world was caving in on me, the only thing that helped keep my head above my shoulders were the sweet-sounding positive-vibrations of reggae music. Over...

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