- Photo by Bert Johnson
For many folks in the East Bay, Labor Day has come to signify Hiero Day, the annual music and cultural festival. Now in its sixth year, Hiero Day is an all-day family affair featuring music performances across multiple stages, local vendors, delicious food, and youth-friendly activities. Musically speaking, Hiero Day centers on its namesake, the Hieroglyphics crew (who will close out the night), and the Nineties era of rap. To that end, Bun B, dead prez, Del and Amplive, and DJ Quik are set to take the stage on Monday. The festival is also a platform for rising local talent, which this year includes singer Rayana Jay, rappers Ezale and Tree Thomas, and the talented band of siblings JAX. Locally affiliated folks such as singer and rapper Duckwrth, Chicago rapper Saba Pivot, and longtime East Bay resident Toro y Moi (who will play a DJ set) add to this year’s stacked lineup. Another highlight will be Berkeley’s Lil B The BasedGod, whose latest album, Black Ken, pays homage to Nineties rap. Since The BasedGod doesn’t perform often, you won’t want to miss him. This year, Hiero Day will be in a new location, in the blocks around 18th and Poplar streets in West Oakland
Monday, Sep. 4, $19.93-$100, free for kids under 7, at the intersection of 18th and Poplar sts., Oakland, HieroDay.com.