Bay Area Beats

7:00pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: DOE EYE

Olivia Lee

In this edition of Bay Area Beats, we meet Union City based musician Maryam Qudus, who says she was a shy child of an Afghan immigrant family. When she wanted to pursue music, it was a first for her family, her culture, and her larger community.

“There was NO music in my family. ----- my mom knows who Beyonce is, who MJ is- that’s all,” says Qudus.

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6:12pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Quinn Deveaux

Photo courtesy of quinndeveaux.com

Oakland-based singer/songwriter Quinn Deveaux is one part city, one part country. When he plays with his band, the Blue Beat Review, he taps into Ray Charles and plays the savvy bandleader, burning his way through tune after tune and keeping his audience dancing late into the night.

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4:26pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Micah Tron

Micah Tron is a rapper born and raised in San Francisco. She’s a queer woman of color, but the hurdles she has faced go even beyond her race, sexual preference, and gender. She lived in a shelter after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and a few years into her twenties, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. But she hasn’t let this stop her from pursuing her music career – she says it actually motivates her. After her nephew was born deaf, she learned sign language, and her latest dream is to make music for the deaf community. She spoke with reporter Lo Benichou about her story.

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7:00pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: San Francisco's Adriel Diaz shares his dreams

San Francisco artist Adriel Diaz

Sunset Youth Services is an organization that supports transitional age youth and their families with things like parenting classes, food assistance, and job training. And it's home to the youth-run recording studio, Upstar Records, where young people learn audio production skills. That's where you’ll usually find 16-year-old Adriel Diaz. 

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7:00pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Meet San Francisco's Mystic Blaze

TraVaughn Hicks has been making music since he was a young boy and his rapper uncle would record him singing on his songs.

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