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OAKNYE: New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble + The Coup + La Pelanga

  • Starline Social Club 2236 Grand Avenue Oakland (map)

OAKNYE 2017: Year of the Rooster
According to the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2017 is the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to Fire. Therefore, 2017 is also called the year of the Red Fire Chicken… The rooster being the sign of dawn and awakening. Chinese Zodiac 2017 energies are subject to the fire element in its yin form. Yin Fire expresses inner warmth and insight.

Amoeba Music: "Oakland’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party!"

East Bay Express: "Compared to fancy hotel and club parties happening in San Francisco, OAKNYE's tasteful events are uber-affordable and will likely have a more enjoyable, intimate vibe." 

Montreal Gazette: "[Boots Riley] is a consummately charismatic front man, establishing his as one of the best live rap acts going, after Philadelphia untouchables the Roots."

Austin American-Statesman: "The Coup isn't a rock 'n' roll band. It's a hip-hop band. But they are a miracle of everyday life and proved it at Emo's on Saturday night. I have no idea when the Coup turned into one of the best bands on the planet, but here we are."

The history and depth between these master players represents the highest level of performance stemming from the 20th into the 21st century. The new EHE is music endowed with an authentic pedigree that urges to push the boundaries of creative music into the soulful heart of fresh expression! After 43 plus years of eventful music making, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is still reinventing itself while forging innovative pathways upon the African American musical pantheon.

Kahil El'Zabar, percussion
(Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Simon)

Corey Wilkes, trumpet
(Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Kurt Elling, Greg Osby, Roscoe Mitchell, Osunladé, Harry)

Fareed Haque, guitar
(Dave Holland, Sting, Joe Zawinul, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Ramsey Lewis, Nigel Kennedy,)

Alex Harding, baritone saxophone
(Aretha Franklin, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, Sun Ra Arkestra, Roy Hargrove)

For nearly a decade, La Pelanga has been building community around a crazy, positive dance floor – cooking up sonic flavors from all over the globe, melting down borders in time and space, whipping up a frenzy of the freshest beats from their own backyard in the Bay, to Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond.

Born out of Cali, Colombia, and based in Oakland, California, La Pelanga mixes music from Nueva York to Port au Prince, Kinshasa to Cartagena, Oakland to Abidjan. They unite the old with the new, the city with the village, the popular with the obscure: cumbia, dancehall, afrobeat, reggaeton, soukous, hip hop, salsa, champeta, kompa, coupé decalé, currulao, and much, much more.

The night kicks off at 9pm a vinyl-only hour of tracks on wax that have crossed oceans and borders into the depths of La Pelanga's crates. From 10pm onward, the dance floor transforms into a party connected across decades and continents – celebrating how music and culture transcend, transform, and live on.

Nadie te quita lo bailado. / Nobody can take away what you’ve danced.

STARLINE x OAKNYE Dinner Program

-Ahi tuna crudo w/ pan di mie crostini & fried shallots or
-Tempura fried broccoli w/ bwf ricotta & togarashi

1st Course
- Little gems with bacon, bleu cheese, and radishes
- Seared gulf white prawns w/ brokaw farms avocado, kiwi kosho & cilantro
- Oysters w/ hoxie rosé mignonette

2nd Course
- Seared scallops w/ butternut squash, pumpkin seeds & pomegranate
- Roasted mushroom risotto w/ grana
- Grilled filet mignon w/ roasted garlic mashed potatoes & onion rings

3rd Course
- Cheese plate w/ candied walnuts & marinated cherries
- Ici ice cream w/ pie or olive oil cake

Earlier Event: November 26
The Art of Storytellin'
Later Event: January 19
I Am Not Your Negro: Advance Screening