Located on 20th Street between Franklin & Webster
Producer: Oakland Pride/John Eric Henry
The Main Stage is the largest stage all of the stages and severs as a centerpiece for the Oakland Pride Event. The main stage features the most diverse performance, featuring local and international artist such as the rock band The Bruisers, the mallow sounds of Kinfolk Rhythm, and the soft Latin Jazz sounds of Caravanserai. Performance artists from The Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Cheer, and harmonics from such artists as Oakland’s Gay Men’s Choirs help to add seasoning to the afternoon event. The pacing and the journey of the main stage is perfect – with local DJs such as Mikatron, Blondie, and Mathew Baker bring the best blend of Old Skol, Urban, and Billboards top House and Club blends to the stage. Our headliner and International artist and performer Ce Ce Peniston will drive us home with an assortment of her well known and current sensational tracks.
11:00 DJ Blondie
12:15 The Bruises
1:00 Oakland Ballet
1:15 DJ Mathew Baker
1:20 SF Cheer
1:45 Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus
4:00 HIP HOP 4 HIV/ Brauny B Fresh and Ya boy Lil G
4:45 Caravanserai – The Santana Tribute
5:15 DJ Andre
5:45 LaMont Wheat
6:30 CeCe Peniston
Peniston’s smooth rhythmic vocal sounds have impressed many legends and high profile celebrities. Among the list of those who have personally requested Peniston at private engagements are Aretha Franklin at her private birthday celebration in Detroit, Michigan, Pope John Paul II in Rome at The Vatican, and President Bill Clinton at both of his inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Following the abolition of apartheid, Peniston was the first female entertainer to visit and perform in South Africa. Peniston describes her own music as fun and youthful while at the same time signifying deep meaning.
Recent performances by CeCe include the Dinah Shore Golf Classic, the Kentucky Derby, and The Electric Daisy Carnival in NYC and Las Vegas – the largest Electronic Music Festival in the United States – where she performed for over 300,000 attendees. Additionally, in an effort to promote sexual equality, CeCe Peniston recently became the lastest Celebrity face of the NOH8 Campaign. CeCe and 16 Bars Music recently released two new singles, “Celebrate” and “Dance With Me” (with a music video).
Celebrate - by CeCe Peniston
Finally – by CeCe Peniston
Concieved as a fantasy band by lead guitarist Leo Herrera and fueled into reality by the enthusiasm of friends and family members, Caravanserai is a project of love and devotion. Originally a replication of, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, Santana’s legendary early days, Caravanserai has grown to include material from all eras of Santana’s 30+ year history. From the 1969 hit Evil Ways to monster hit Smooth which is on the world renowned and 9 time Grammy winning CD Supernatural, as well as hits from Santana’s most recent CD release All That I Am. Caravanserai performs music to satisfy Santana fans young and old.
Painstaking care has been taken in the recreation of early and new music performed by this band of journeymen from the San Francisco Bay Area. All the instrumentation used by Santana over the years is there: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, timbales, and congas. In some cases the exact kind of instruments are used, right down to the Paul Reed Smith guitars used by band leader Leo Herrera.
Black Magic Woman – by Caravanserai