Sunday, September 04, 2005
The fog has returned to my neighborhood so I escaped again this time to Oakland which is hosting its' Labor Day Weekend Arts and Soul Festival. The entrance fee is $5.00, usually paying for a street festival is a big negative but it is well organize, ample programs, clear directions to the 5 stages and new beecher seating at the stages.
My focus was the Blues Stage which featured Cajun/Zydeco music today. The talk on the stage was Katrina, the MCs encouraged the audience to donate money to the Red Cross for the storms victims. They challenged the spin in the press/news stating that the citizens of New Orleans are not refugees within their own county but evacuees. They also asked for our compassion and prayers. Listening to the musicians and watching the Gumbo Ya Ya dancers on the World Dance Stage reminded me of the cultural contributions New Orleans - Louisiana has given this country.
On Monday George Duke and Roy Ayers will be performing at the festival I'm hoping to visit Oakland one more time before the weekend is over.
The NAACP has started a relief fund and HurricaneHousing.Org offers ways to contribute.
Afro-Cuban Dance Troop perform ENESE M.O.T.A.D performing at the World Dance Stage