Satya at The New Parish and The Suffers at Starline Social Club
We’ll start this recap by cheating a bit and recording an event at the Claremont Hotel. It’s so close to Oakland, we just had to.
Speaking of Oakland, the city council dropped the city’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements for indoor facilities, effective May 18. Keep in mind that individual businesses may still require mask use or proof of vaccination. Two of the events we’ve highlighted this week – the We Are Oakland concert at Trinity Lutheran Church and The Suffers show at Starline Social Club – require both. The latter venue also has a more detailed explanation of its COVID-19 protocols.
We are currently on an upswing and Alameda County public health officials are urging the community to use quality masks indoors.
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Satya in the new community
Singer-songwriter and Oakland School for the Arts graduate Satya has been on our radar since last winter when she released her single. Summer. Though she now resides in New Orleans, the young rising star frequently visits the Bay Area. This week she will headline her first show at The New Parish, debuting the video for her aptly titled new song Oakland. The show will also feature some recent graduates from the Oakland School for the Arts.
Thursday, May 26, 8 p.m., $10all ages, The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave.
6th Annual We Are Oakland Benefit Concert
Trinity Lutheran Church has hosted We Are Oakland since 2017, a benefit concert to give back to the Oakland community. Each concert is used to raise funds for a local non-profit organization. This year, the funds will be donated to the Mental Health Association of Alameda County (MHAAC), a nonprofit organization that represents and supports people living with mental illness and their families. Want to see past performances? Then check out her YouTube.
Saturday, May 28, 7 p.m., by donation, Trinity Lutheran Church, 650 Alma Ave.
Swim in Lake Temescal
Swimming is back in Oakland’s public pools and at Lake Temescal. Although originally opened as a reservoir in 1936, Lake Temescal is a popular meeting place on a sunny day. Despite some recurring issues with sewage spills (most recently in the summer of 2020), the beach is fully open again. Note that kayaks and other types of watercraft are not allowed on the lake, and there is no lifeguard on site. Concerned about the water quality? The East Bay Regional Park District has a monitoring tool for verification.
Daily, see website for closure notices $2-3 plus $5 parking fee, 6502 Broadway Terrace
Summoning Miracles at the Claremont Hotel
If you like Las Vegas-style shows, then you’ve come to the right place at this magical event, held at the beautiful and prestigious Claremont Hotel. San Francisco magician Dennis Kyriakos will bring his charismatic personality to the East Bay for a night of magic and tricks. Grab a glass of wine, a cocktail or a mocktail and let yourself be enchanted.
Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m. $55Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley
Gulf Coast soul band The Suffers at Starline Social Club
If you’re like me then you’ve been starving for live music. If you’re venturing out to gigs and interested in meeting new bands, then this eight-piece Houston soul and funk band should be on your radar. If you’ve never heard the music of The Suffers, look no further than their NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. Kam Franklin’s soulful voice and guitar riffs are sure to blow your mind. The Suffers are touring to promote their upcoming LP, it starts with love which will be released on June 3rd via Missing Piece Records.
Friday, May 27, 8 p.m., $20-25, Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way