Tag Archives: music

Heavy metal fans crowded Rasputin Music in Berkeley on Record Store Day to see Metallica perform. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Murphy)

Despite loss of thrash metal scene in Bay Area, musicians find reasons to keep playing

In the early 1980s, the Bay Area was at the center of thrash metal music, one of the many subgenres of heavy metal. During that decade, heavy metal became incredibly popular around the world; kids...

Tales of Two Cities #6: Music in the East Bay

Today’s episode of the Tales of Two Cities podcast is all about music! From innovative music education programs in Oakland, to the Contra Costa Chorale in Richmond, celebrating their 50th anniversary, it’s clear that music...
A picture of Maya Cooper hangs in the music room. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Maya’s gift to Richmond: Music therapy for people with developmental disabilities

As she gets off BART, Chloe Lipton makes her way to one of her favorite destinations: Maya’s Music Therapy Fund. Her new caretaker, Kayla Jenkins, worries that they might be going in the wrong direction. But Lipton...
The RYSE Center is a youth media arts program in Richmond. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

“Innocent Until – Why Black and Brown Lives Matter” unites youth and art

Young Richmond and Oakland artists came together at the RYSE Center on Friday to deliver their brand of poetic expression in response to community violence, particularly the deaths of young black and brown men at...
A flyer advertising the premier of the "Street Literature" video made by local Richmond youth.

“Street Literature” music video takes a stand on discrimination

Richmond residents gather at RYSE Center to celebrate the premier of “Street Literature” a hip-hop song and video created by local youth to speak out against the criminalization of minorities.
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Nonprofit allows music to sing at Peres Elementary

On Thursday, students are Peres Elementary School performed during their annual winter music concert. Music is alive at Peres and three other Richmond Schools in part because of a program called Education Through Music East...
Band teacher Jane Magid explains to the Mira Vista band how to cut off when she stops conducting during a Tuesday after school band rehearsal. Three years ago Mira Vista's PTA brought band, orchestra and glee club back to the school. (Photo by: Brittany Patterson)

After school music is alive at Mira Vista Elementary

When the bell rings signaling the end of the day at Mira Vista Elementary School the playground comes alive with the sounds of elementary students pouring out of their classrooms. The brown portable on the...
Noel Perez records his song "What Makes Her" in the RYSE center studio on Tuesday.

RYSE mixtape collects beats from the heart

Dodging guitars, cords and speakers scattered throughout the room, Noel Perez makes a beeline to the small padded booth in the RYSE center. He squares himself with the microphone, phone clenched in hand, awaiting the...
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Richmond’s hip hop community comes together for industry photo shoot

The baseball field at Kennedy High School was abuzz with activity Saturday. But the sounds weren’t the cracks of bats or the smacks of leather. They were laughs, and rhythmic staccatos of some of the...