It should be a fine weekend of live music at the 13th annual Art and Soul Oakland.
The festival, which runs noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the city center area of downtown Oakland, is well-stocked with talent. Here are some of the best bets:
Los Rakas (6 p.m. EBX Plaza Stage): The East Oakland duo, consisting of cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun, is garnering quite the following with its mix of hip-hop, reggae and dancehall sounds. Info: www.losrakas.com
Quinn Deveaux (4 p.m. Center City Stage): The guitarist-vocalist, known for his popular tribute to the music of Ray Charles, stands tall with one foot in Chicago blues and another in New Orleans soul. Info: www.quinndeveaux.com
Vintage Trouble (4:30 p.m. Main Stage): The Hollywood blues-rock troupe has earned a reputation as a terrific live act. Vintage Trouble has opened shows for such mighty headliners as The Who and the Dave Matthews Band. Info: www.vintagetrouble.com
Mara Hruby (2:30 p.m. EBX): The young Oakland vocalist is an amazing talent. Her smooth take on soul/R&B somehow manages to feel both classic and contemporary at the same time. Info: www.marahruby.com
Blues stage (all day EBX): I could just park right in front of this stage all day. Why go anywhere else, when you can enjoy a top-to-bottom solid bill all on one stage? The lineup includes such local blues legends as Wylie Trass, Teddy "Blues Master" Watson, "Terrible" Tom Bowden and Fillmore Slim.
ConFunkShun (3 p.m. Main Stage): The Vallejo act was one of the top R&B/funk outfits of the late '70s and early '80s. It should be one supreme dance party when ConFunkShun rolls out such hits as "Chase Me," "Ffun," "Got to Be Enough" and "Too Tight." Info: www.confunkshunusa.com
Leela James (4:45 p.m. Main Stage): This accomplished L.A. soul singer has toured with the Black Eyed Peas, collaborated with Kanye West and recorded with Moby. Info: www.leelajames.com
John Murry (4 p.m. City Center Stage): The Oakland indie-rock singer-songwriter received rave reviews for his debut solo album, last year's "The Graceless Age." He's also reportedly the second cousin of William Faulkner. Info: www.johnmurry.com
Other recommended acts on the bill include jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo (Saturday), folksy pop star Lisa Loeb (Saturday) and Americana vocalist Lia Rose (Sunday). Tickets are $10 per day. For the full schedule and other information, go to www.artandsouloakland.com or call 510-444-2489.
STILL ODD: There's one particularly odd number in the Odd Numbers' world right now.
"Can you believe we've made it for 25 years?" asks Dave Baisa, the vocalist-guitarist of San Jose's Odd Numbers.
It is kind of hard to believe. When I was paying close attention to this tuneful punk band in the mid-'90s and thought it had a real good chance to become one of the few South Bay acts to break into the mainstream, I never imagined that the Odd Numbers would still be going strong in 2013 -- at least not without the benefit of a record deal.
Yet the Odd Numbers are still here -- and ready to celebrate a quarter-century of rocking with a show on Friday at the Blank Club in San Jose.
It's certainly been an interesting ride for the group. It never led to a record contract, fame and fortune. But those weren't the things that Baisa was really thinking about when he originally formed the Odd Numbers with high school chums Dave Miller (bass) and John Cummings (drums) in 1988.
"I wanted to have a good time playing rock 'n' roll music, traveling around," says Baisa, who, like I did, graduated from Leigh High School in San Jose. "That was what I wanted to do with my life." And he and his band mates did it on their terms.
Unfortunately, an Odd Numbers gig is a bit of a rarity these days. So when one comes around, it's a reason to celebrate. The good news is the Odd Numbers has no plans to retire anytime soon.
"Now it's just like -- who is going to stop us?" Baisa says. "It's still our favorite thing to do.
"After 25 years you realize, this is what I do -- this is who I am!"
Show time for the Blank gig is 9 p.m. The bill also features Jonny Manak and the Depressives and Derek See and the Gentle Cycle. Tickets are $10 (www.theblankclub.com).
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