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    10th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


    In the Name of Love is a stunning tribute to one of the greatest humanitarians of our time.  With the legendary, Grammy Award winner MAVIS STAPLES; the Oakland teen sensation PopLyfe, 4th runner up on America’s Got Talent; the powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the renowned Youth Speaks; and the 275-voice Oakland Children’s Community Choir; our 10th anniversary celebration promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music.

    Living Jazz (formerly Rhythmic Concepts), with the generous support of Target, will present the 10th Anniversary Celebration of In the Name of Love, The Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In honor of our 10th Anniversary, In the Name of Love will be moved to the historic Paramount Theatre and will feature the legendary Grammy Award Winner Mavis Staples, along with the 4th runner-up on America’s Got Talent, Oakland’s teen sensation PopLyfe; the 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the renowned Youth Speaks; and the 275- voice Oakland Children’s Community Choir under the musical direction of Melanie DeMore. Archival footage of Dr. King’s moving oratories will be interspersed throughout the evening, and the 7th Annual City of Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented to an outstanding individual.

    All these elements help to make this one of Oakland’s most significant events of the year.

    In the Name of Love remains Oakland’s only annual non-denominational musical tribute to Dr. King. It is an extremely significant civic and cultural event, bringing our diverse community together to pay tribute to Dr. King’s message of community, equality and inclusion.

    “In the Name of Love” features both international and local talent; children from Oakland public schools; archival footage of Dr. King; the presentation of the “City of Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award”; and the Oakland Community Exhibition, a pre-concert event held in the Paramount’s lobby, providing exposure to over 30 Oakland non-profits and businesses working to make a difference. Adults, elders, children and families, from extremely diverse backgrounds, come together to share in the inspiration of Dr. King’s teachings and leave feeling unified, inspired, and positive about our collective and personal potential.  

    “In the Name of Love” has been made possible through the generosity of Target Corporation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program; National Endowment for the Arts; California Arts Council; Clorox Foundation; Thomas J. Long Foundation;  Zellerbach Family Foundation; R.O.O.F Foundation; See’s Candies; Marriot Hotel; BART; Comcast; Oakland Tribune; KRON 4; KDYA; KBLX; and Solstice Press.

    Living Jazz, an Oakland based non-profit created in 1984, is dedicated to building community, cultivating creativity and enriching lives through the love of jazz. Living Jazz created Jazz Camp West in 1984; the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in 1986; Jazz Camp Weekend and the Oakland Jazz Choir in 1992; “In the Name of Love” in 2002; the Oakland Children’s Community Choir in 2005; Jam Camp West, a music camp for youth ages 10-15 in 2008; and Jazz Search West; the Bay Area’s Annual Jazz Talent Search in 2010.

    2012 Featured Performers

    Mavis Staples


    The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

    Youth Speaks

    The Oakland Children’s Community Choir 

    The Oaktown Jazz Workshops


    Tickets: Reserved Seating- $18, children 12 and under- $8
    Lowered ticket price thanks to the generosity of Target.
    For tix: www.ticketmaster.com  |  1-800-745-3000
    Or the Paramount Theatre Box Office

    For additional information call 510-287- 8880 or visit http://www.mlktribute.com 


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