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East Bay Center for the Performing Arts - ‎East Bay Center 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

  • East Bay Center for the Arts 339 11th Street Richmond, CA, 94801 United States (map)

Join us for an unforgettable evening of performances!

Featuring over 80 of the Bay Area’s top artists, this is a rare opportunity to see 4+ hours of non-stop soul and energy on three stages to begin the celebration of East Bay Center’s 50th Anniversary Year. 

Walk into our state-of-the-art facility and be immersed in the sounds of tenor saxophone titan Howard Wiley and rising star Jazz Vocalist Tiffany Austin as they lead an all-star set of Bay Area jazz luminaries. Go upstairs to catch a Brahms violin concerto or Cirque du Soleil style aerial dance. Catch "In My Corner", an award-winning theater piece by the Joe Orrach Performance Project about growing up in NYC - just back from touring Moscow, an all star Brazilian Samba and Capoeira floor show, or a Ghanaian highlife style party led by CK Ladzekpo and Francis Akotuah. Step out onto the hottest dance floor anywhere in the East Bay that night with Cuban artist Susana Arenas leading the steps, accompanied by stellar salsa group Somos el Son. From Mexican Son to rap, hip-hop dance crews and soul singer Valerie Troutt with MoonCandy, this will be a one-of-a-kind evening.

Bring your thirst and your appetite - local food trucks, breweries and winemakers will be onsite all night selling special menu items. The party is BART accessible and ample parking will be available.

Proceeds from the event will go to support our 5,000 young student artists who are being taught by the talented artists you will see and meet. Performances are being underwritten by generous sponsors, including Fleishhacker Foundation Special Arts Fund, MAP Fund, and Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts Fund.

This is truly an evening not to be missed as we kick off our 50th Anniversary year with our community!

Featured artists:
Antoine Hunter - Urban Jazz Dance Company
Artemio Posadas - Son Jarocho, Son Huasteco
Braulio Barrera - Somos el Son
Candi Sanderson - Classical Music Duet
CK Ladzekpo - West African Music and Dance Ensemble
Dolores García - Son Jarocho, Son Huasteco
Hiyas Hila - Classical Music Duet
Howard Wiley
Javier Trujillo - Wasska Project
Joe Orrach
Jordan Simmons
Koga Masayuki
Mia Pixley
Russell Rodriguez - Son Jarocho
Susana Arenas
Tiffany Austin
TT Robson
Valerie Troutt - MoonCandy
...and more!

If you would like to attend this event but the ticket price is a barrier, we encourage you to contact Mac Layne at mac.layne@eastbaycenter.org to inquire about discounted tickets.