East Bay Yesterday

Talking Oakland Blues with Cheryl Fabio & Sugar Pie DeSanto

“Evolutionary Blues” director Cheryl Fabio

The first part of this episode features a one-on-one interview with Cheryl Fabio, the director of “Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland’s Music Legacy.” Cheryl discusses local blues history, the legendary 7th street music scene, and her event series “Resistance, Resilience & Anticipation: A fresh look at the Black Arts Movement in Oakland.” For more about those events, check out: www.swfcenter4sj.org/

For info & upcoming screenings of “Evolutionary Blues,” check out: evolutionarybluesfilm.com/

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Following the interview with Cheryl Fabio, we take a deep look at the “the queen of the West Coast blues” — Sugar Pie DeSanto. From jumping off pianos with James Brown to running the streets with Etta James, Sugar Pie DeSanto has led a wild life. In this feature, the soul singer shares memories of performing in Oakland’s legendary 1950s blues clubs, stunning global audiences with her risqué moves, and making grown men cry. As Sugar Pie puts it, “I’m one of the roughest women you could ever know. I ain’t to be played with!” Listen now to find out what happened when one aggressive fan learned this lesson the hard way. Special thanks to Mr. Jim Moore and Jasman Records. Support Sugar Pie DeSanto by purchasing her music at: sugarpiedesanto.com/

Sugar Pie DeSanto

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