2016 Special Featured Events

The KPFA Crafts Fair features live broadcasts in the morning and music both days from noon until 5pm.
There will be plenty of room there to sit, relax, and enjoy.
Along with a live broadcast from the Craneway,
visitors can meet and converse with luminaries of the KPFA airwaves in the convivial KPFA Lounge.

Click Here For The KPFA Lounge Schedule

Saturday, June 18th
 9:00am - Noon: Victoria Z & Sally Phillips | Special Live Broadcast From The Fair
Special Live Broadcast from the KPFA Summer Crafts Fair! To listen to the broadcast live from the Craneway Pavilion, tune in to 94.1FM or go to www.kpfa.org.
 Noon - 1:30pm: Aqueila Lewis, Spoken word artist
Oakland based, Aqueila Lewis, is a spoken word artist, poet, singer, and radio journalist. She has also been working as a plus-model for the last four years, with experience in print modeling and runway shows, and currently holds the titles as Ms. Oakland Plus America 2014 and SF Raw Performing Artist of the Year 2015. A journalist with over 10 years of professional experience, Aqueila’s work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers on Radio with 94.1 FM KPFA Radio’s First Voice Media Apprenticeship Program and Full Circle Show, Sideshow Radio, After Hours Radio, All the Rest of US Radio on 89.3 FM KPFB, National Radio Project Making Contact Storytelling Fellowship, Sistah’s With Ink Voices Anthology, Reflections: A Collaboration Between Painting And Literature, In Her Soul Magazine, Til Death Do Us Part Lady Warrior Zine and Walking in the Feminine: Stepping in our Shoes Anthology. Aqueila is currently creating children’s books focused on issues in relation to social justice and community.
 1:45pm - 3:15pm: Tom Freund, Singer/songwriter
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Tom Freund, has created a wide variety of albums, from his first, a collaboration with Ben Harperto to his last, a double disc live album. In between, he’s made full-lengths, EPs, a children’s CD and a Christmas album. His latest is the self-produced “Two Moons.” Freund’s knack for upbeat anthems of personal triumph combined with vulnerable yet witty lyrics & infectious melody lines, have impressed listeners and noteworthy musicians alike. An in-demand bass player, Freund got his first big break in the mid-’90s playing for the Austin-based roots-rock cult heroes the Silos. Over the years, he alternated between making his own music and working with folks like Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata and Graham Parker, who has hailed Freund as one of “the best singer/songwriters operating today.”
 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Destiny Muhammad, Jazz harp
Destiny's genre ‘Celtic to Coltrane’ is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Azar Lawrence, Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, John Santos and co-starred in Def Jam Poetry Winner Ise Lyfe's Hip Hop Play 'Pistols & Prayers to name a few. She has also headlined for the 'Women in Jazz' Concert series in San Francisco. Destiny is expanding her musical ideals with her project(s) S.O.N.G/ Strings of a Nubian Groove Nubian string ensemble,The Destiny Muhammad Project, & The Richard Howell Quintet (RHQ). Destiny is Governor Emeritus and Educational Chair Emeritus of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, Jazz Heritage Center of San Francisco Jazz Ambassador and an ASCAP Songwriter Awardee.
Sunday, June 19th
 8:00am - Noon: Larry Bensky | Special Live Broadcast From The Fair
Special Live Broadcast from the KPFA Summer Crafts Fair! To listen to the broadcast live from the Craneway Pavilion, tune in to 94.1FM or go to www.kpfa.org.
 Noon - 1:30pm: California Jazz Conservatory Trio led by Zach Mondlick
Connecticut native and jazz drummer, Zach Mondlick, is a soon-to-be graduate of Berkeley’s California Jazz Conservatory. The primary focus whole focus of Zach’s studies is on Brazilian music and culture in addition to jazz. Shortly after arriving at the Conservatory in 2012 he began to be mentored by Brazilian music maestro, Marcos Silva. Zach has made a name for himself in the Bay Area as the Brazil-Kid, and has performed and/or recorded with Marcos Silva, Scott Thompson, Chuck Israels, Ian Faquini, Brian Rice, Dillon Vado, Susana Pineda (Opaluna), Tony Miceli, and many more. Zach is performing at this year’s KPFA Summer Crafts Fair with fellow Conservatory students, Tyler Harlow on bass and Jake Barrett on piano.
 1:45pm - 3:15pm: Fionn O Lochlainn, Singer/songwriter
British born Fionn O Lochlainn was raised by his musician father, Ruan, to sing, play guitars, keys, drums, orchestrate strings, and record his own songs. While working with great talent in England such as Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich, his music caught the attention of Perfect Songs Publishing which led to his arrival in America after signing major record deal with Universal Records in 2000. Due to the humanitarian narrative in Fionn's music, he was invited to perform at a peace conference with Howard Zinn at the Great Hall of Cooper Union. O Lochlainn has performed extensively in Los Angeles, as well as festivals across California, Nevada and Seattle. First years in USA were spent engrossed in recording and performing, so Fionn, greatly inspired by American culture, succumbed to a strong inclination to travel America with his guitar, in pursuit of cultural and social osmosis; gaining a wealth of experience to imbue within his second album, “3 Stripe Balloon”, scheduled for release summer 2016.
 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Stephen Kent & Beth Custer, Didgeridoo & clarinet
Stephen Kent & Beth Custer are multi-instrumentalists and composers with numerous heralded recordings and mountains of global accolades to their credit. In 1991 they co-founded the world music quartet, Trance Mission, and went on to forge musically genre-breaking traditions, performing extensively on the West Coast and in Europe. They’ve created four universally acclaimed recordings released on San Francisco's City of Tribes label, and have recorded independently and with numerous other artists as well. Stephen Kent plays didgeridoo, percussion, cello-sintir, and Beth Custer plays B flat, alto, bass clarinets, voice, percussion. Stephen Kent is also producer and host of Music of the World on KPFA.
Events Happening Both Days
ArtIsMobilUs is a rolling art gallery, a mobile temporary mural space whose mission is to inspire, engage, activate, and elevate the creative spirit. Artist and ArtIsMobilUs founder, Richard Felix brings art to people all over the Bay Area by providing physically mobile platforms for exhibition, creative collaboration, and community engagement. He brings art of all kinds to new people in new areas, with works from street masters to the undiscovered geniuses of our time. This year’s KPFA Summer Crafts Fair is the happy destination of ArtIsMobilUs where there will be an 8 foot by 24 foot blank canvas, upon which adults, kids, and everyone in between can express their artistic talent by drawing and painting a collectively created mural.


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