The Completely Abridged History of East Bay Music @West

Photos of three East Bay musicians: John Fogerty, Tupac, Thao Nguyen over a photo of the Bay Bridge
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Join us for The Completely Abridged History of East Bay Music, a humorous and immersive three-day music residency that distills six decades of mind-altering, revolutionary-starting, beat-making, and life-affirming music that originated from our very own East Bay.

Featuring: Sly and The Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Pointer Sisters, Tower of Power, The Uptones, Too $hort, Sheila E., 2Pac, Green Day, Primus, Ledisi, Mac Dre, Tune-Yards, Toro y Moi, Fantastic Negrito, Thao Nguyen, and more! The East Bay is a haven for invention and an incubator for creativity. Music historian Mark Montgomery French reveals its influence on folk, rock, R&B, gospel, punk, Latin music, hip-hop, jazz, and experimental music. Plus, there will be jokes. And maps.

  • May 8 will cover '60s & '70s
  • May 15 will cover '80s &'90s
  • May 22 will cover '00s & '10s

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San Francisco-native Mark Montgomery French is an award-winning film composer with the group Spiky Blimp, an award-winning Creative Director and Co-Producer of Glide Memorial Church’s Sunday Celebration, host of the YouTube music review show “Still Got It” and the podcast “All Your Favorite Music is (Probably)…”, staff writer at PopMatters, and the manager of critically acclaimed queer country band Secret Emchy Society and classic power-punk band The Furys. He’s also a music historian noted for his talk All Your Favorite Music is (Probably) Black, the series 28 Days, 28 Black Music Documentaries, and Uppity Music—Your Guide to Unsung Black Departure Albums. He was formerly the co-leader of the ’90s progressive funk band Endangered Species.

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