Festival Brings Out Oakland's Inner Soul

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Art & Soul Festival

The Art & Soul Festival took place in Oakland on August 21st and 22nd. Local musicians, artists, performers and vendors filled the downtown area in this annual event.

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Hundreds of Bay Area residents swarmed downtown Oakland August 21 and 22 to participate in the city's Art & Soul Festival, an annual gathering aimed at promoting Oakland's offerings in art, food and music.

The festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this year with a line-up of Oakland-based or Oakland-bred artists, including MC Hammer (pictured left), En Vogue and Cake.

More than 200 other local musicians, artists, performers and vendors - all with ties to the city - also filled the event's three stages and the surrounding downtown area.

According to the festival brochure, the festival is a "key economic development initiative" and part of an ongoing initiative to revitalize the area.

"(Attendees) see the great buildings, the restaurants, the galleries that have opened up, the nightclubs," Hamilton said. "Plus we're educating people throughout all of Northern California about the amazing talent they can find here in Oakland - music talent, artistic talent, it's all right here."

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