SPECIAL GUEST THIS SUNDAY DIRECTOR /FOUNDER MR RONNIE STEWART
The Music They Played on 7th Street Oakland Walk of Fame
Saunders Samuel King was the first blues artist to score a # 1 hit Oakland in 1942. This number one hit brought him instant fame and put the City of Oakland on the hit parade for blues and R&B forever. Oakland and Los Angeles, California are considered the biggest contributors to what is known as West Coast Blues. Oakland has its own sound and can be described as slow and mournful with simple 1-4-5 blues changes. That was partially true until the influx of Texas musicians who played a very fast and straight forward shuffle gave Oakland Blues a much livelier beat.
Oakland’s 7th Street was the entertainment center for the African American community and social center on any night of the week. The world famous Slim Jenkins Supper Club which included a restaurant, bar and show room was known as Oakland’s high class blues & jazz club. 7th Street had something for everyone from high class Slim Jenkins to hole in the wall clubs. These clubs were lined up and down the street and were packed every Friday & Saturday night.
Date:Sun, January 18, 2015 Time: 7:30 PM PST/ 10:30 PM EST