Instead of (or in addition to) your traditional barbecue or picnic, why not celebrate Labor Day weekend in style by seeing some live music in Oakland?
The action kicks off on Thursday with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band live at the Paramount Theater, followed by Oakland's big, all-weekend Hiero Day celebration. Want to give back over the weekend? Patronize Luka's Taproom to benefit Oakland Animal Shelter, or Zumba for a cause at the Oakland Peace Center.
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at Paramount Theater
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will perform with his All Starr Band at Oakland's Paramount Theater tonight, and tickets are still available. It's part of the 30th anniversary North America tour for the band, which played its first show on July 23, 1989 at the Park Central Amphitheater in Dallas.
The English musician has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle and also for his solo career. Check out a sample of the band's sound here, recorded live in concert.
When: Thursday, August 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway
Price: $85 - $175
Hiero Day Weekend
Local hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics is the force behind Heiro Day, which this year takes the form of a weekend-long festival packed with music, food and other activities. Things kick off with a silent disco on Friday featuring '90s hip-hop versus today's hits and continue with a family day in the park on Saturday and a Heiro Day party at Uptown Night Club on Sunday, before finishing off with Monday's main event: A block party featuring more than 30 hip-hop artists across three stages, along with plenty of food, drinks and more.
When: Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2
Where: Various locations around Oakland
Price: $30 - $200
Luka's Taproom & Lounge Fundraiser
Luka's Taproom & Lounge is celebrating 15 years in business this weekend by donating 15% of all profits from Friday and Saturday to the Oakland Animal Shelter in memory of Luka, a stray dog from West Oakland. On Saturday, you'll be able to find a new furry friend at a dog adoption event held outside of Luka's from 4-5 p.m.
When: Friday - Saturday, August 30 - August 31, 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Luka's Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway
Zumbathon for Oakland Peace Center
Wanna dance? On Saturday, you can Zumba for a good cause. This weekend's Zumbathon kicks off a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort to renovate the historic facilities of Oakland Peace Center, a hub for many local non-profits. Come in at 10 a.m. for an introduction to self-defense, Zumba your cares away from 11:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., and stay after for a human rights project video shoot and relaxing meditation session.
When: Saturday, August 31, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Where: Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave
Price: $15 - $25
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