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CAAMFest2018

Music & Live Performances

CAAMFest’s music and live performances bring innovative artists from the underground and international music scene to the Bay Area for cutting-edge performances. This year’s lineup includes music-centric films paired with special live performances, discussions with artists and directors, and a comedy showcase.


  1. Anatomy of a Music Video With Ruby Ibarra

    Music & Live Performances
    Pinay Rapper Ruby Ibarra makes her directorial debut showing how she orchestrated an ambitious vision for her music video of “Us,” working through logistical nightmares and corralling a crowdsourced all-Pinay cast of 200 to create a multi-dimensional narrative. This documentary showcases the song’s global tropes of resistance and solidarity, serving as a Pinay anthem for women to continue rising.
    Anatomy of a Music Video With Ruby Ibarra

    Roxie Theater
    May 20, 2018 3:40 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. Anatomy of a Music Video With Warren Fu

    Music & Live Performances
    Acclaimed music video director Warren Fu takes us behind the camera to discuss his videos, creative challenges, and working with the likes of Daft Punk, The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, A Tribe Called Quest, and Mark Ronson. Join Fu, a former art director at Lucasfilm, for an engaging discussion.
    Anatomy of a Music Video With Warren Fu

    New People Cinema
    May 12, 2018 2:40 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. Asian Americans in Hip-Hop

    Music & Live Performances
    CAAM and the Oakland Museum of California bring together a panel of key hip-hop thought leaders and artists to explore the Asian American community’s deep connection with the genre. This free panel is co-curated by Asian American Music Conference and builds upon the Oakland Museum of California’s RESPECT: HIP-HOP STYLE & WISDOM exhibit.

    Preceded by: CAAMFest at OMCA

    Asian Americans and Hip Hop

    Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
    May 18, 2018 5:30 pm Free

    Preceded By:
    CAAMFest at OMCA

    Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
    May 18, 2018 5:00 pm


  4. CAAMFest at OMCA

    Music & Live Performances
    Join us for as we kickoff CAAMFest’s second weekend in the East Bay!

    Precedes: Asian Americans in Hip-Hop, Family Pictures USA: Detroit Is The Future and It’s Okay!

    CAAMFest at OMCA

    Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
    May 18, 2018 5:00 pm

    Precedes:
    Asian Americans and Hip Hop

    Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
    May 18, 2018 5:30 pm Free

    Precedes:
    Family Pictures USA: Detroit Is The Future and It’s Okay!

    Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)
    May 18, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. Directions in Sound: Hip-Hop

    Music & Live Performances
    DIRECTIONS IN SOUND, CAAMFest’s premier music showcase, is moving to Oakland! This annual concert is a festival favorite and has been a popular launching point for many celebrated artists, such as Dengue Fever, Awkwafina, DJ Vinroc and many more. This year, CAAM welcomes three bold and dynamic voices in hip-hop: the Bay Area’s own Lyrics Born and Ruby Ibarra will take the stage with rising star G Yamazawa, who comes to CAAMFest from Los Angeles by way of North Carolina. Join us for this powerhouse trio in celebration of the vibrant Asian American music scene.
    Directions in Sound: Hip-Hop

    Starline Social Club
    May 18, 2018 9:00 pm Tickets available at: https://directionsinsound.eventbrite.com


  6. Disoriented Comedy Show

    Music & Live Performances
    Who’s ready to laugh? The DISORIENTED COMEDY team: Jenny Yang, D’Lo, and Atsuko Okatsuka are at CAAMFest and taking over Japantown in a not-to-be missed comedy show. This first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American stand-up comedy troupe has performed more than 70 shows since 2012 and will headline CAAMFest’s Saturday night festivities.
    Disoriented Comedy Show

    New People Cinema
    May 12, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Disoriented Comedy Show

    New People Cinema
    May 12, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. Fiction and Other Realities

    Steve Lee & Bobby Choy / Music & Live Performances / USA / 2018 / Narrative / 82 mins
    Singer-songwriter Big Phony makes his directorial debut with this intimate, semi-biographical musical drama. Bobby, a struggling Korean American singer-songwriter, is suddenly given an opportunity to be a roadie for his best friend’s band on a world tour. Arriving in Seoul, a “land where everyone looks like him,” he ditches the band and searches for meaning in his life.
    Fiction and Other Realities

    New People Cinema
    May 11, 2018 7:40 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Fiction and Other Realities

    New People Cinema
    May 11, 2018 10:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. Heritage SF

    Music & Live Performances
    Heritage brings together top artists, the Bay Area’s best food trucks, and retail booths for a free day of high-energy music and a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
    Heritage SF

    The Midway
    May 19, 2018 4:00 pm Free


  9. She, Who Can See

    Alleluia Panis / Music & Live Performances / USA / 2017 / Experimental, Music Video, Short / 23 mins
    SHE, WHO CAN SEE, a riveting new dance film by acclaimed choreographer and stage director Alleluia Panis is at the core of this uniquely San Francisco event. Part film screening and part live performance, this one of a kind program is a love letter to the vibrant, Bay Area Filipino American community and culture.
    She, Who Can See

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 16, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. TOYKO BEATS

    Music & Live Performances / 82 mins
    In a society where conformity is the norm, it is never easy to break the mold. TOKYO BEATS spins out three shorts that illustrate the difficulties of “making it big” in Tokyo and the hurdles that people must overcome to pursue the things that they love.

    In This Program: The Band’s New Stage, Let’s Go Home!, Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

    TOYKO BEATS

    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 9:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets