Art + Soul Oakland will return to the streets of downtown Oakland with a fresh lineup on a new weekend. While the festival usually takes place in mid-August, the 2018 edition will see it Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29.
The Pointer Sisters, the Oakland R&B group who won three Grammy Awards during their peak of fame in the 1970s and ’80s, headlines this year’s festival. At Art + Soul, the trio will be given keys to the city. As with past years, Art + Soul keeps the lineup focused on homegrown talent. Other headliners include Lyrics Born, the rapper who is set to release his tenth record later this year; Alphabet Rockers, the Grammy-nominated hip-hop group aimed at children; and Jazz Mafia with specials guests Tiffany Austin, Martin Luther, and Gift of Gab of Blackalicious fame.
New this year is live salsa with free salsa dance lessons, backed by Mario Salomon’s new band Mario y Su TimbeKO.
The festival will also bring back its turf dance battle, world dance showcases, blues stage, arts marketplace, local food and drink, and carnival with activities for kids.
In honor of Art + Soul’s 18th birthday, kids ages 18 and under will get into the festival for free, ensuring that this will be an extra family-friendly weekend. Advance tickets for adults cost $12 and $6 for seniors 65 and older. For more information, visit ArtandSoulOakland.com.