The East Bay Area is rife with large celebrations that focus on the promotion and continuance of the many music genres in the area; none more so than the majesty of the Blues. The bay area has a deep relationship with music. It has seen the birth and success of many musical greats. So there’s very little wonder that the bay area develops a lot of music festivals.

Eastlake Music Festival


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If you always thought that music festivals had a fee, EMF exists to prove you wrong. A wholly volunteer based event, this festival if comprised of local businesses, local musicians, local artists, and many other locals. They pride themselves on being 100% crowd funded. They also emphasize the fact that this event is a not for profit event.

This is a good leg to stand on when you want the people to be truly involved with the perpetuation of the culture greats that this area has produced. The promoters of EMF all aim to establish ways in which the community can fully enjoy the culture that they hail from.

This festival is often held at the Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheater. For any questions, if you would like to make donations, or if you’d like to volunteer, you can get in touch with them here.

Bay Area Blues Festival


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An annual festival that’s completely free. Yup, you’ve heard that right. There is no admission charge. This is the music festival that’s wholly dedicated to showcasing the Blues. With bands like Evan Thomas Blues Revue, Big Blu Soul Revue, Larry Vann and the House Band, and many others.

This event will be held on September 23 and 24 of this year. Join them as they celebrate the roots of the bay area to the rich history of rhythm and blues.

Oakland Music Festival

This festival first started in 2013. Since then, they’ve gotten only larger. They aim to be a platform for the city’s cultural heritage. They also aim to promote a sustainable local economy that will be bolstered with a thriving cultural scene.

Last year, this festival saw over 3000 guests. What sets this festival apart is it usually takes a week for all the events and showcase moments to end. For this year’s festival, occurring on September 29th up to October 7th will be focusing on the theme of “Charge”.

Other than the music, this festival makes it their mission to open up clear dialogue in the community. They understand that it takes the community to keep the traditions and support on Blues alive. If there was anyone who was going to truly keep Blues alive and well, it would have to be the people.

One of the best things about the bay area is that there is a lot of raw talent available. There is much needed promotion for our homegrown talent. It is inspiring to see that we aren’t the only ones who think so. Kudos to the bay area for continuing the good fight! We all need to band together and keep our musical culture alive.

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