OAKLAND -- The weekly free jazz and blues Homegrown Music Series begins Wednesday and leads up to the Art + Soul Festival.

The concerts are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall's Frank Ogawa Plaza.

It starts with reggae band Dreaded Truth this Wednesday. On July 23, Joel Dorham Latin Jazz Octet takes the stage. Bay Area Blues Society with Dance-A-Vision Entertainment perform at the last concert on July 30.

The 14th annual Art + Soul Festival takes place Aug. 2-3 in downtown Oakland. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and youth ages 13-17. Children under 12 are admitted free.

The lineup includes Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Alta California and Dazz Band.

Along with the multiple stages, festivalgoers can check out the hot rod and vintage car show and snack on samples at the Oaktown Throwdown barbecue competition.

To see the full lineup and for more information, visit artandsouloakland.com.



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