Too Short Is Playing a Free Show Tuesday at the Lake

Oakland’s Festival By the Lake may be gone, but its spirit continues in the many free mini-festivals held around the shores of Lake Merritt. And an annual favorite, Town Up Tuesday, has booked its biggest headliner yet for Tuesday, May 21: Too Short.

How will a rap legend who routinely plays large arenas adapt to a lakeshore gazebo? It remains to be seen, but it’s completely free, so expect a huge crowd. Also performing are Town favorites 1100Himself, the Conscious Daughters and the Trunk Boiz — a formidable lineup in its own right — but Too Short all but guarantees the biggest Town Up Tuesday yet.

Produced by the Oakland nonprofit Urban Peace Movement, Town Up Tuesday was conceived as a way to bring people together after the pandemic while simultaneously engaging young people with civic issues and upcoming elections.

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