Talented young performers who are part of the Alameda County
foster care system will be singing at the famous Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland
The final eight performers, who are all part the county's foster
care system, advanced to the finals of "Beyond Idol" after auditions in
September at Laney College in Oakland.
The top contenders -- the youngest is 18, the oldest 21 -- are
performing at Yoshi's Oakland venue at 7:30 p.m. All of them are
transitioning out of the foster care system, contest organizer Ryan Peters
Yoshi's owner and namesake Yoshie Akiba will attend the show along
with local singer, songwriter and producer Brandon McFarland, known as
1-O.A.K. Nikki Thomas, a KBLX radio personality, will host the event.
The eight contestants are performing in three different
categories: hip-hop, spoken word and vocals.
The group was selected from a pool of 16 and the performance at
Yoshi's is the winners' showcase.
A panel of judges comprised of local poets, spoken word
performers, singers and other artists, mentors and educators, selected the
Each of the winners will receive a $200 cash prize along with a
$25 gift card from Guitar Center.
The event is one of the programs organized by Beyond Emancipation,
an Oakland-based group that helps young adults transition out of the foster
care and juvenile justice system by providing, career, family and other life
The Beyond Idol competition is in its second year at the club
located at 510 Embarcadero West.
"It's a unique event and a unique program," Peters said.
Tickets for tonight's grand finale are available at
Proceeds from the tickets and other donations made at the club
will go to Beyond Emancipation.