Wading through the grief, a new home, we will sow

Agua fresca quiero tomar, agua limpia para cocinarPara mi familia y mi comunidad, agua es vida y libertad
2019 Year in Review Dear Friends,  As we wrap up and reflect on 2019, we wanted to take time to thank you. 2019 has been quite a year. Our communities continue to face state violence, deportations, race, gender and sexuality based violence and discrimination, housing insecurity, and environmental destruction, all while we hustle to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities. There were many days where we felt terror, fear, and despair, when we didn't know what to do, how to heal, how to make things better. And despite this, we kept going. Because YOU kept going, It's our friends, our supporters, our children, and our community heroes that push us to take our next step forward.  Speaker Pelosi, we are the youth! Green New Deal, we demand the truth! Week after week, we showed up at the Greenpeace Warehouse, at Manzanita SEED and Community Elementary Schools, at …

Agua Pa' the People + 5 years, 5 shows, $5

We're at it again! With only 6 days until showtime, we're building coral and ships, singing water medleys, assembling a river of costumes, and mixing up a stew of rhythms for this year's drumsical. We can't wait to share it with you! Read on for updates and important information.

Can you believe it? This will be our FIFTH annual drumsical. What started out as a small show has grown and flourished into a weekend long production with 90 participants, 8 artists, a production crew team, costume team and so much love. Can you help us meet our fundraising goal of $6000 by contributing $5 today? We're over 1/3 of the way there and every bit helps! And a BIG thank you to all those who have already donated!

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Drumsical 2019: Agua Pa’ the People! | Dec 14 & 15 | EastSide Cultural Center

“What is Soft is Strong” ― Lao Tzu
Agua Pa’ the People, A Drumsical by BoomShake Music

The Children of Ohlidagu live in a wondrous place- they play in trees, swim with fish and eat fresh homegrown crops. When they learn that there is a dam being built in their village, they become awash with excitement. There will be running water, electricity, and jobs for the adults. But as time passes, mysterious things begin to happen: their sacred well becomes full of garbage, the fish are dying, and their family and friends are disappearing. In despair and frustration the children turn to their village elders Narmada, Tlatloc, Idemili, Moni mekhala, and Osun to help them wade through. But can they move fast enough to turn the tide?

Saturday December 14, 5PM
Sunday December 15, 2PM
EastSide Cultural Center: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland
Free (Donations Accepted)
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BoomShake’s 2019 program year explores the theme of water: the water traditions of our ancestral cultures; communities’ struggles to protect water today; and water’s role in art, healing, and resistance.
Our end of year production is a community-based musical-storytelling project featuring participants from BoomShake's youth and adult programs. An annual event that takes place at EastSide Cultural Center, the Drumsical brings together community participants with Professional artists to create a body of work that empowers our community to use performance as a way to raise up our own stories, traditions and songs; and to explore how ancestry as a source of strength in struggle. 

What's coming up?

SEP 20   
SF Bay Area Youth And Allies Climate Strike
San Francisco Federal Building for youth contingents /meet at civic center plaza for Labor/adults

OCT 7   - DEC 16
Street Drum Performance Workshop for Womxn/Trans/GNC Folks
West Oakland, CA

OCT 12
Performance @…

Tyke Tunes is Back THIS SUMMER | Water is Rising | We are Circling

CRY. FLOW. RAIN | #AGUAPATHEPEOPLE WE ARE RISINGSummer time is around the corner, and as our BoomShake Instructors and Facilitators take a break from our School & Community Winter & Spring programs, we are also immersing ourselves in deep reflection.

How do we keep efforts for liberation of our communities flowing? How do we wade through the pains, beauty and complexity of our ancestral lands/heritage? How keep afloat amidst fights and efforts for justice on the lands we currently inhabit? How do we dive in and immerse ourselves in the beauty, joy and power of each other in these trying times?

Black Lives Matter. Water is life. United We Stand. Together We Rise.

Join us as we keep the music going for the movement, and prepare a deeeeep Fall Session using personal narratives, storytelling, music, theater-making, and performance to explore this powerful theme of 'WATER'!! Agua Pa’ the People!


"We Remember El Rio Le…

Drumluck: An Ancestral Gathering 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019
11 AM – 1:30 PM
East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606

Existing is Resistance. Celebrating our Ancestry is taking Action.

Join BoomShake for a free intergenerational celebration of music, games & food from our community. As we do the hard work of defending our communities - from an international and local regime of violence and hate we also acknowledge music as a way to survive, heal, and celebrate. Hosted and facilitated by participants our various BoomShake's workshops and community classes, family, friends and community will sing, chant, move, drum, and eat together guided by stories of our dreams, ancestral traditions, and childhood memories.

Bring a dish to share that reflects or reinterprets your ancestors' food, and bring instruments if you have them! Be ready to make rhythm and move in celebration.


Winter Street Drum Performance for Womxn/Trans/GNC folks

Do you love drum lines, marching bands, or blocos? Are you excited about using art and creativity as a form of activism and community building? Join our 8-Week Winter session where we explore & share our ancestral rhythms and songs leading up to our Drumluck intergenerational community gathering. Learn new skills/rhythms, dig deep into your ancestral landscape, and share our collective experiences via drumming, play/movement and song.

Holding values of social justice, creative expression and skill-building, this workshop is open to all levels of player from never-drummed to proficient drummer. We aim to create a welcoming space for Womxn, trans and gender non-confirming people of color to be loud, active participants of culture and build community. We prioritize and center the participation of people of color in this class, especially Black and Brown people.

Winter 2019 is currently open to people of color [POC], spots for non-POC are currently full. Priority enrollment for Black…