The Z List

The A-List of Bay Area Counterculture

5 Best Things To Do for Aug. 29 – Sept. 11 (Hard Knock Radio Edition)

The Z List aired on Hard Knock Radio on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Curator/Entertainment Correspondent:  Zsa-Zsa Rensch
Host/Producer: Anita Johnson (KPFA)

The Z List is an entertainment segment which airs on KPFA’s syndicated Hard Knock Radio program. The segment  features the best of the Bay’s art and cultural events with a global and countercultural twist.

HKR is 94.1 FM KPFA’s daily drive-time Hip Hop Talk Show. It features hosts Davey D and Anita Johnson who hit the air everyday at 4pm offering news, views, breaks, and beats.

Hard Knock Radio


Goodie Mob (feat. Janelle Monae) – “Special Education”

/// MUSIC || OAKLAND ///


fiveTEN Music Fest & After Pride Party
The Memorials & More!

Sunday, September 1, 2013
7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
You must be 21 and over
Tickets are $15.00 for general admission plus applicable charges


Oakland Metro Opera House
630 3rd Street
Oakland, CA

fiveTEN Oakland Events presents it’s Oakland Pride Weekend GRAND FINALE!This years line-up is amazingly diverse, we have artists representing multiple genres of music. Hip Hop, R&B, Indie Rock & Soul Music. Oakland is at the forefront of the musical scene right now. We are excited and honored to feature hottest emerging and established artists. fiveTEN Music Fest & After Pride Party is more than a party, it’s an experience of individualism, fashion, sight & sound. It’s a movement!

fiveTEN Oakland Events
Facebook Event Page
The Memorials
Oakland Metro Opera House 



Second Annual Hiero Day

Monday, September 2, 2013
Gates open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All Ages
Free Admission (SOLD OUT)
**Limited number of tickets available on day of the show (first come, first served)

Linden Street Brewery
95 Linden Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Legendary independent artist collective Hieroglyphics Imperium are teaming up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day) from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland. Hiero Day is a free all day music festival that features live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. Hiero Day celebrates and showcases the Bay Area’s diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland.

Hiero Day
Facebook Fan Page
Linden Street Brewery



Oakland’s 3rd Annual Pan African Family Reunion

Monday, September 2, 2013
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
All Ages
Free Admission

Mosswood Park
West MacArthur at Broadway
Oakland, CA 94609

Oakland’s Annual Pan African Family Reunion is a day to unite the African diaspora in love and celebration of Us. Edifying the human spirit with a sense of community, cultural unity and pride, we build, restore and break through the areas of health, productivity and success for strong, peaceful, loving families and communities.

We’ll start off the day with an aligned mind and body with a morning invocation led by (Talia’s Grandmother) at 10 a.m., Yoga led by Jasmine Taraz Vassar at 10:15 a.m. followed by Qi Gong led by Marcus Gary at 11:15 a.m.

We are extremely excited to bring you a diverse lineup of talent and activities to highlight and celebrate our connected heritage!
Then we’ll dance with Sean Foster’s Afro Cuban Salsa, Capoeira Angola and Ballet Lisanga. Make a raucous noise with Antique Naked Soul and Nu Dekades while DJ’s Aeble Dee, Cecil, DJ D-Sharp, Dedan, Miles Green, Ouma and soul.profess create the Oakland to Africa mixtape for the day!

It’s a day in the park, family reunion style with games and jumpers for the kids, a live art youth crew throwing paint on a 32’ wall directed by Malik Seneferu. And of course the human powered bike juicer that scrapes the hardest, mixing up your freshest fruits and veggies. It’s the Red Black & Green Machine!

We’ll provide free lunch for volunteers, supporters and the community from 12-2 p.m., then hand the spoon over to some of our favorite food vendors. You can also pick up gifts from our many arts and crafts vendors.

And of course we’ll wrap up the day with our Fam Bam traditional movie in the park.

Facebook Event Page

/// MUSIC || SF ///


Cody ChesnuTT
with Jarell Perry, DJ Harry Duncan

Saturday, September 07, 2013
Doors 8:30 p.m., Show 9:00 p.m.
You must be 21 and over
Tickets are $16.00 for general admission plus applicable charges


The Independent
628 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA

Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles – he’s all of that, but wiser now while still wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar.

A decade earlier, Cody explored the Atlanta’s early ‘90s R&B scene as a singer, and then toiled in his LA-based band, The Crosswalk. His time spent alone exploring raw new sounds in his bedroom finally paid off in 2002 with the release of The Headphone Masterpiece. Industry tastemakers like music writer dream hampton (and The Roots drummer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon bandleader) Questlove took to the record immediately, hearing in Cody’s music the kind of emotional intensity and savvy, irreverent wordplay that was sorely missing in Black music in the early 2000s as the neo-soul movement sputtered to a near halt, losing several of its key players to their own hiatuses. A song from The Headphone Masterpiece was re-tooled as “The Seed 2.0” for the Roots’ seminal album Phrenology, exposing Cody’s music to a wider mainstream audience.

Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have – he recorded it with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The downhome acoustic treatments are still in place.”

Topics on Landing On A Hundred cover lots of grown-folks business: a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, the power and labor of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection. Keeping it truthful is ultimately what matters most in Cody’s songs: how it reveals itself in your darkest thoughts, how it can heal old wounds with a handclap and a foot stomp. Truthfulness emanates from Cody’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his, strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.

Cody ChesnuTT
The Independent

/// MUSIC || SF ///


Jimmy Cliff
Many Rivers Crossed Tour
with Ethan Tucker

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Doors 7:00 p.m., Show 8:00 p.m.
All Ages
Tickets are $39.50 for general admission plus applicable charges


The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115

Jimmy Cliff
The Fillmore

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