Tues, Feb 25, 6 pm: Let the Good Times Roll

Mardi Gras Parade | February 25 | 5 pm | 19th St to New Parish
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  • Boomshake is honored to join MJ's Brass Boppers and other groups in a Mardi Gras Parade next Tuesday. This will be our 4th year supporting this beautiful celebration of New Orleans culture and tradition, led by MJ, a native New  Orleanian and snare drummer. 
  • Call time is 5 pm. The short parade will start at 6 pm at 19th St and Rashida Muhammed Path, and end on San Pablo Ave at New Parish. 
  • Let us know if you're coming and if you need a drum, by emailing boomshakemusic@gmail.com
  • Children and youth are welcome with their adult (no drop-offs). We'd love to have an intergenerational group!
  • The point person for the march will be RayRay (pronouns they/them) - you can reach them at ‪(510) 214-3809
Email Boomshake to let us know you're coming and if you need a drum
Mardi Gras Rhythms
Click on the photo to listen to Preservation Hall Jazz Band play a Mardi Gras classic, "Little Liza Jane"
Photo Credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images
BoomShake will be using original lyrics composed by our youth and adult community classes. Here's a verse from our Performance Core:
"We hit the stage, we hit the streets
Little Liza Jane
We share our food, we play our beats
Little Liza Jane
We lift our voice when the people call
Little Liza Jane
We won't stop til empire falls
Little Liza Jane"
Click on the picture to listen to Wynton Marsalis, Odadaa! and Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy perform a Ring Shout song/rhythm, "Peace of Mind" 
March 22 | 11 am - 1:30 pm | Drumluck 2020
Existing is Resistance. Celebrating our Ancestry is taking Action.
Join BoomShake for a free intergenerational celebration of music, games & food from our community. Hosted and facilitated by participants from various BoomShake program 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.
This is an event we look forward to, and that is well attended. PLEASE RSVP, so that we can get a closer count of attendees to anticipate.
  • The Oakland Marathon is happening that morning - check for street closures and allow extra time for travel and parking.
  • Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible off of 411 28th Street, in the "back"
  • Please help us make the space accessible to people with chemical sensitivities by refraining from wearing scented/fragrances products.
  • Soap and cleaning products will be fragrance free
  • Bring Hearing Protection for young children, and yourself. We will have some foam ear plugs at the door for older kids/adults
BoomShake 2020 Theme
This year we’ll follow the journey of our ancestral foods to the makings of our current food systems. We will stir, stew, and serve, through song, stories and ceremony, our discovery of food: as a pathway to tracing ancestral memory; food, as an ingredient for familial connections and cultural identity; food as a weapon of colonization, genocide, and racism; food, as a source of spiritual and physical wellbeing; and food, as a utensil for ritual, nourishment, creativity and medicine.