Oakland’s Birdland Wants To Create A Sanctioned Music District

By Alyssa Pereira

The Bay Area’s music businesses are in constant states of fluctuation. They openthey renovate, and they are replaced by cocktail bars. It’s a testament to their community that any survive much past a few months.

Michael Parayno is looking to change that. The brains behind Birdland Jazz in Oakland wants to cultivate a music epicenter there in the Longfellow neighborhood, lined with historical outposts promoting local music.

Here’s how the plan goes: Parayno aims to raise $7800 to create a music district called Bay Area Art n Music Project (or, BAAMP), where bands will play at cafes, bookstores like Marcus’, and of course, his own Birdland Jazzista Social Club all around the five block district.

The Social Club (at Martin Luther King and 43rd) is the anchor, and local stalwarts like Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest African American bookstore, and history-rich places, like the spot where the Black Panthers began, act as the unconventional venues pushing the idea forward.

As their Indiegogo campaign says, the money raised will go directly to forthcoming events:

The money will be going to the musicians to the other venues to pay them for three months from September-November 2014 at the selected venues at the 5 block BAAMP district. $350 for blues/jazz/latin jazz/indie bands, $150 for high school bands, $75-100 for soloists. After that, BAAMP can be supported by the attendees through small cover and donation jars via birdhouse entry hole.

Get involved with the cause here on their Indiegogo page.

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