Friday Nights at OMCA Featuring Skip the Needle
June 30 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid | Skip the Needle (live music) and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
5–8 pm – Off the Grid Service
6:30-8:30 pm – DJ Music by Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist (Amphitheater)
7–8 pm – Skip the Needle presents Octavia of Earth, Vol. 2 & MORE (Garden)
Oakland-based formidable female powerhouse quartet Skip the Needle brings a depth of personal insight and performing experience to their politically astute hard rock/funk songcraft. If Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde, and Chaka Khan all jammed together, this band would be the result.
At Friday Nights at OMCA, Skip the Needle will play an hour-long set of original music, including tracks from their upcoming EP, Octavia of Earth, Volume 2, a docu-musical inspired by the life of black feminist writer Octavia E. Butler. DJ Ren is widely known for his eclectic musical selections and is a highly respected and influential figure in the hip-hop and music community, known for his passion, creativity, and commitment to preserving the legacy of hip hop.
About Skip the Needle
Skip The Needle is an Oakland-based queer female quartet made up of musical superstars of the Bay Area; Vicki Randle (The Tonight Show, Mavis Staples Band) Shelley Doty (Shelly Doty X-Tet, Sistas in the Pit), Kofy Brown (Kofy Brown Band, Sistas in the Pit) and Katie Cash (Katie Cash Band, Year of the Fist). Together, they make politically astute hard rock funk. Their songs are musically diverse and carry a strong, socially conscious message that wants the audience to party while hearing it. Formed in 2014, STN has released two full-length albums and is thrilled to have contributed 6 original tracks for Octavia Of Earth Volume 2.
About DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
As a Bay Area resident from New York, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist (aka Renoir) made his mark as the founder of True Skool (est. ’99). Originally a party which featured Hip Hop legends, emerging artists and world-class turntablists, the brand has evolved into an urban music entertainment guide and event marketing company. As a DJ, Ren is known for his eclectic and diverse musical selections. He has shared billing with world-renowned artists, such as Z-Trip, Jazzy Jeff, Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Thought, Rakim, KRS-One, to name a few. Overall, Ren the VA is a highly respected and influential figure in the hip-hop and music community, known for his passion, creativity, and commitment to preserving the legacy of hip hop.
About Friday Nights:
Reconnect with family, friends, and community at OMCA every Friday night. These free events provide a gathering place to come together each week, including live music, hands-on activities, and Off the Grid food trucks. Take advantage of late-night access to our galleries and special exhibitions with a Museum ticket.
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to providing programs that are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive of our community. Wheelchairs, sensory inclusive devices, and additional amenities are available for checkout on a first come, first served basis at the Ticketing Desk. To request other accommodations, like American Sign Language (ASL), Cantonese, Spanish or another language interpreter, please email [email protected] at least three weeks before the event.
Friday Nights at OMCA with Off the Grid is proudly supported by Bank of America.
Skip the Needle