The holiday can bring lots of joy, neurosis, community and loneliness.

BoomShake is ALL IN on the joy and community part, with a full commitment to being financially accessible. We're forging participation and collaborations with various groups who are also working in this realm. From our Youth-led workshops at the OPC Music Fest on December 5 to our upcoming Family Jam on November 15th. All of which we ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT!  Especially since they are either free, donation-based or low-cost/sliding scale!

Holiday Season also brings gift buying, and you know what makes an awesome gift? BoomShake Drum Workshops Gift Certificates!! Send these to the out-of-town friend, the errant Godparents, the overbearing Grandparent, and the clueless cousin. Make 2016 a year of loud, community and movement. With prices at various levels, there's something for everyone


Join BoomShake and Rice and Beans Coop Preschool for some major booming and shaking to ward off the cold season. Let's see how many languages, songs, bangs, shakes and wiggles we can fit in one big room. We will start out with Family Music and dance, and end with some Street drumming for kids & adults.

Sharing our cultures through: Songs in different languages | Dancing | Playground Games | Sing-a-longs | Booty Shaking | Hanging with Friends | Street Drumming

Baby (0-5years) & Family Music: 10:00am-10:45am
Kids (6+) & Adult Drumming: 10:45-11:45am

Bring a healthy breakfast/brunch item to share. Bring instruments, costumes and any props you wish.
Come two, come all!

Intercultural Family Jam @ East Side
Sunday November 15th
La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe
2289 International Blvd, Oakland
$$ Pay what you can*
*Proceeds Benefit the Rice & Beans Coop Preschool


Bring your kids (0-5yrs) and your dancing shoes: Nkei Oruche will lead the group in movement and play. Dances, music, songs, and stories will draw from various cultures and in diverse languages relevant to the families participating.
Healthy snacks provided.
1st Saturdays: 11/7, 12/5
Time: 3-4:30pm Location: Trybe (formerly Lotus Bloom), 2008 Park Blvd., Oakland
Info | Register


Wish that Girls Rock Camp existed when you were a kid? It's not too late! Women's Rock Camp Sampler is a 1-day musical adventure for women ages 19 and up. WRC is a women-centered space that is welcoming to the participation of all trans and non-binary folks.

Campers participate in empowering workshops, attend instrument lessons, form bands, write a song together, and perform at an open mic at the end of the day.

Workshops led by BoomShake: Global Street Drum Workshops, Girl Army Self-Defense Collective and Annah Anti-Palindrome!

* http://www.boomshakemusic.com/
* http://girlarmy.org/
* http://www.annahantipalindrome.com/

Space is limited, so apply ASAP.
Info | Register

Play On! OPC Youth Music Fest: DEC 5

Play On! OPC Youth Music Fest is a celebration of the work of OPC students, alumni, and their peers, who include some of Oakland's outstanding young musicians. The festival will showcase the youth in PERFORMANCES and WORKSHOPS! OPC invites the community to enjoy a day of CULTURE, MUSIC, AND COMMUNITY-BUILDING!
This line-up is terrific! Here's a chance to check out some of the East Bay's most advanced young musicians.
Confirmed Line-up
1. The newly formed OPC-SFJAZZ Music Academy Ensemble
2. Oaktown Jazz Workshops
3. E.W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz Academy
4. Los Cenzontles Youth Ensemble
5. The Great Wall Youth Orchestra of Laney College
6. Boomshake will hold down some workshop space for the younger folk.
OPC's Ensembles:
7. The Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble and Alumni
8. ZimFuse Marimba

Delicious bites and drinks will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday December 5, 2016
TIME: 2-8pm
WHERE: First Unitarian Church of Oakland - 685 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Even though the event is FREE, a TICKET is required to ATTEND!


Our adult and elementary school classes are going to get on the streets with the drums and end with a party at Solespace. Follow the music!!

Sunday December 13th
Solespace Annex
1714 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Street drumming and potluck party (line-up/schedule more details to unfold)
This is a potluck so please bring a healthy and nutritious dish to share