50th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 6:00-10:00PM


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 in celebration of East Bay Center’s 50th Anniversary. 

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.

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th Street, Richmond


To inquire about discounted or community partner tickets, contact Mac Layne at Mac.Layne@eastbaycenter.org

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!

Lolis Garcia

CK Ladzekpo

Antoine Hunter

Howard Wiley

Valerie Troutt

Joe Orrach

TT Robson

Kwaku Manu