When: Nov. 20-23, 8 p.m. 2014
One of Oakland’s most cherished artists, the R&B singer Goapele emerged in 2001 with the self-released Closer. Backed by a homespun team, entrepreneurial spirit, and Goapele’s silken voice, Closer quickly spread beyond the Bay Area and snared a distribution deal with Sony. After 2005’s Change It All, the Sony arrangement collapsed, so Goapele and her close-knit management team, composed largely of family, persevered independently, issuing the hip-hop-inclined single “Milk and Honey” in 2010, followed by the bold full-length Break of Dawn. Earlier this year, Goapele appeared on stage with the seminal Hieroglyphics crew at Hiero Day, praising the organizers’ support and longevity before addressing the crowd: “Where all my ladies at? We’ve got to represent, too,” and dominating the afternoon with a rendition of the song that Oakland fans made a classic, “Closer.” Goapele begins a four-night run at Yoshi’s (510 Embarcadero, Oakland) on Thursday to celebrate her latest album, Strong as Glass.