BLACK MUSIC MATTERS 2- JUNE 26th at Edoff Memorial Bandstand-Lakeside Park

18 Jun


“A Black music experience for the people, by the people, to inspire, to heal, to give voice to Black musicians and artists, to provide space for cross cultural collaborations, to support communities most impacted by covid with health and wellness as the state reopens, to honor legendary yet unheralded Black musicians whose shoulders we stand on, to provide support for the future of our music, and to uplift arts and culture as one of the vital components in our community.” -Kev Choice

We have an incredible lineup celebrating the diversity of Black music!

Kev Choice Community Ensemble * Black London *Grand Nationxl * Netta Brielle * DJ D-Sharp * Drew Banga & Basi *Ja Ronn & Flow *Josh Jones & The Latin Jazz All-Stars* Jada Imani & The Erfftones *Tyler Lauren* Ajai Wilborn ++++ More!!!

“Artists are crucial to social movements, offering spiritual nourishment, catharsis and hopeful visions for moving forward.” -KQED

After over a year of basically no performances and lack of live entertainment, BLACK MUSIC MATTERS 2, returns to welcome community back to live shows, musicians back to stages, and in celebration of Black Music Appreciation Month. With so much affecting our communities over the last year from Covid-19, a rise in violence, media driven division between Black and Asian people, plus a heightened attention on mental health, music as a healing, connecting, and positive source of energy is essential and necessary now more than ever. In an effort to highlight Black music and collaborators from genres including Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Salsa, and World Music, BLACK MUSIC MATTERS 2 will take place Saturday, June 26th, 2021, 12-6pm at Lake Merritt’s Edoff Bandstand in Oakland, CA. Kev Choice is pushing forward with his vision to make this an annual festival for Oakland community.

In 2020, BLACK MUSIC MATTERS was organized in support of those on the frontlines of the social justice uprising that took over the streets of our nation and the world demanding justice for George Floyd, Breaonna Taylor, and so many others who have lost their lives at the hands of police violence. Co-organizers Kev Choice, Ryan Nicole, and Jennifer Johns, organized a full day of music in less than two weeks that featured over 40 musicians, 15 artists, 8 bands, 4 DJ’s, 2 comedians and 2 host’s.

This year the focus will be on community healing, cultural collaboration, youth arts education, health and wellness, and honoring unheralded legends in Bay Area Black Music. Organizer Kev Choice has put together a stellar lineup of local rising and established stars, with support from community sponsors and partners including Kapor Center, Square, Center for Cultural Power, Bay Area Blues Society, and more.

The lineup will include a focus on up and coming young artists, cross cultural collaborations with Black, Latino, and Asian musicians, and highlighting musicians and artists from the Bay Area with socially conscious and positive messages from communities impacted by gentrification, homelessness, and violence. Kev Choice will debut his “Kev Choice Community Ensemble” featuring an all star lineup of Musicians and artist from throughout the Bay Area.

In addition, Umoja Health will be onsite providing free covid test and vaccinations.

Admission is Free
Bring your own food and water

Black Music Matters
Edoff Memorial Bandtand
Lakeside Park(666 Bellevue Avenue)
June 26th

Kev Choice Masterclass + Kev Choice Trio Performance at Oakland Public Conservatory – May 19th + May 20th

18 May

Kev Choice will be doing a masterclass on piano technique, improvisation, composition, and production with Oakland Public Conservatory on May 19th and a spec pal performance with Kev Choice Trio on May 20th!

“Oakland Public Conservatory is an educational program in Oakland. OPC opens the world of music to all through access to quality, economical instruction in a nurturing environment. We value rigor and scholarship in our quest to preserve the musical traditions of Oakland.”

Register for this masterclass here: 

Kev Choice Trio will be performing their unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, soul, classical, and more featuring Giulio Cetto on bass and John “Omayga” Adams on drums.

Link for tickets to performance below:

Please Join Kev Choice for both these amazing events!!!

DJ Basta + Kev Choice present: SEED 22 “Truths and Roses” music, art, short film project

12 May

Kev Choice recently teamed up with producer DJ BASTA (RootsandBranches) to create a new collaborative music/art/film project SEED 22 “Truths and Roses. The 5min 30 sec musical saga finds Kev discussing topics such as relationships, environment, and respect in the game as a lyricist and pianist over lush and hypnotic DJ Basta beats.

The project is available on Roots and Branches bandcamp with a limited edition 7″ vinyl as well. This is the 22nd edition in the SEED series Dj Basta has produced with various artist in the Bay Area.

SEED 22 “Truths and Roses” Bandcamp:

Short film concept written by Tony Vic & Jeff “Silence” Arthur

Shot by Jeff “Silence” Arthur & Ivan “Nobl” Scruby 

Edited by Tony Vic

Starring: Keli Jenee 

Production Assistant: Rita Valencia

Photography: Team Lopez

Roots & Branches Record Box is a series of short run lathe cut records featuring beats and collages in collaboration with some incredible producers, musicians and artists. 

Dirty sample collages.

Playable art pieces. 

Records & digital are available at

Kev Choice Speaks on Panel- Black and Asian Unity

26 Mar

Join an important conversation on Asian & Black Unity & Division in the current climate. Speakers include Kev Choice, Equipto, Refa One, Dawn Elissa Fischer, Needa B & Ras Ceylon. Hosted by Renoir Salgado. Tune in at 4pm PST March 26th.

New Video! “Flatten The Curve” ft. Ian Kelly & Rob Woods

1 Jan

Kev Choice drops new video “Flatten The Curve” from the album “Social Distancing”. This album features Ian Kelly & Rob Woods and is produced by DJ D-Sharp. The video is directed by Elle Jenelle.

3 high level M.C.’s putting the rap game on notice, “weak rappers can’t come outside, if you aint speaking the truth you can’t come outside.” Also, wearing mask to encourage safety as we continue to fight the rise of the coronavirus in our communities.

Kev Choice -“Movements” with San Francisco Symphony

21 Sep

Here is the solo video of Kev Choice’s collaboration with San Francisco Symphony ‘Movements’, featuring emcee/lyricist AÏMA the DRMR, DJ Lady Fingaz, local musicians, dancers, & musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. check it out now!!


Kev Choice collaborates with San Francisco Symphony for web episode “CURRENTS: FROM SCRATCH”

3 Sep

Kev Choice is featured in San Francisco Symphony’s web series “CURRENTS: FROM SCRATCH” episode on Hip-Hop . The episode features a new Kev Choice song “Movements”, written and composed specifically for this collaboration. Oakland Symphony conductor Michael Morgan narrates the story of Oakland, Hip-Hop, activism, and inclusion with Kev Choice and AIMA that DRMR. Check it out!!

Oakland’s deeply rooted & dynamic Hip Hop culture is as much a creation of the city as it IS the city. Explore how art & activism play out in The Town with host/curator Michael Morgan, multifaceted Bay Area artists Kev Choice & AÏMA the DRMR, local musicians & dancers, & SF Symphony musicians.


31 Aug
Kev Choice and his new collaborative band, BLACK LONDON, drop a new timely video!
Mike Blankenship, Howard Wiley, and Kev Choice,  who together form, B L A C K L O N D O N  are intentional in creating music that reflects the times, our culture, and our people. In these times when protesters can lose their lives at the hands of gun toting vigilantes, we can’t ease up, let up, or give up in the fight for social justice. It’s obvious. It’s essential. Rebel. “Rebel” shot and edited by @hourvoyses additional editing by @mikeblankenship  #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforjacobblake #justiceforbreonnataylor #justiceforseanmonterrosa #freethemall #publicenemy #rebelwithoutapause #defundthepolice #blackvote #oakland #bayarea #musicians #pianist #saxophonist #blackmusicmatters

Kev Choice composes music to powerful new piece from NBA All-star Damian Lilliard “Blacklist”

11 Jun

Kev Choice collaborated with Oakland native and Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lilliard and dropped the powerful track “Blacklist” on Tuesday under his Dame D.O.L.L.A. stage name, accompanied by music composed by Kev Choice. Choice provided the ominous score to the poem addressing historically rooted racism, police brutality, President Trump, the beauty of Black culture and athletes protesting. 

Check it out on Dame’s soundcloud.

Blacklist. By @damianlillard
Composed by @kevchoice
Mixed and Mastered by @NathanSounds
Art by @Brookfieldduece and @daniel.lint

Silver Lining video premiers!!

8 Jun

“Silver Lining”-Kev Choice feat. Mistah F.A.B., Kevin Allen, Brookfield Deuce, Mani Draper directed & edited by Salvatore Fullmore additional footage by Silence Dem All & Kev Choice From the Album Social Distancing Kev Choice is a Bay Area establishment. A prolific Oakland artist, Choice is an MC, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist; he is also a music teacher at the Oakland School for the Arts and a governor in the Recording Academy’s San Francisco chapter. While 2020 looks as different for Choice’s best-laid plans as it has for most of us, he’s making the best of what has been made available to him. Shelving an EP release with his new band, Black London, for the time being, Choice had opted to collaborate with a collective of Bay Area rappers for an album entitled Social Distancing. Having dropped on 10 April, Choice is joined by Mistah F.A.B., Kevin Allen, Martin Luther, Jennifer Johns, Lalin St. Juste, members of Black London and more on the new LP. On “Silver Lining”, Choice collaborates with the aforementioned F.A.B. and Allen, alongside Brookfield Deuce and Mani Draper. The MCs form a quintet, each getting a step up to the mic to share a verse that reflects on their life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each beat takes a positive spin—a refreshing twist in light of the world at this moment. The artists reflect on issues that are affecting many of us, from working at home, to self-isolation, religion, and parenting in the midst of quarantine, and more. Its music video is edited and directed by Salvatore Fullmore, with additional footage by Silence Dem All and Choice himself, offering a picturesque look at Oakland at-present. Choice reflects, “With all this going on in our nation right now, it’s important to listen to voices, especially voices of Black men, who’ve endured so much, but can still provide very introspective, positive and real perspectives on our situations dealing with the pandemic, racism, and many other issues we face. This song offers thoughts from five gifted Bay Area MCs on how to find light in the darkest situations and hope in very dire situations.”

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