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August 25th is Officially “Digital Underground Day” in Oakland

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Oakland City Hall | 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA

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“Shock G” Celebration of Life w/ Motorcade & City Hall Rally (Oakland)

The Oakland City Council has declared August 25 Digital Underground Day in the City of Oakland in honor of the late Gregory ‘Shock G’ Jacobs who passed away suddenly on April 22, 2021. August 25th is also Shock G’s birthday.

Digital Underground Celebration is August 21

A few days before “Digital Underground Day,” the digital underground family and friends, in partnership with BAMBDFEST International 2021, present “The Bay Area Honors Shock G” on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

The celebratory day begins with the “Feed The Hood” program in collaboration with the East Oakland Collective followed by an Official Motorcade from East Oakland to West Oakland ending at City Hall.

The official after party to celebrate Shock G’s life will be held at The New Parish.

Heavily influenced by the various funk bands of the 1970s, Digital Underground sampled such music, which became a defining element of West Coast rap. As “Rackadelic,” Jacobs designed album covers and cartoon-laced linear notes, in homage to the Parliament-Funkadelic album designs. Digital underground is also known for launching the career of member Tupac Shakur, as well as spinning off side projects and solo acts including Raw Fusion, Saafir, and Mystic.

Digital Underground’s first release in 1988, “Underwater Rimes / Your Life’s A Cartoon,” on TNT Recordings got the interest of the East Coast label, Tommy Boy Music, where they went on to release “Doowutchalike” and “The Humpty Dance” which made digital underground a very successful and internationally known hip-hop band.

Rolling Stone magazine said it best: “…he was always an original and an innovator in his own right. ….. Here’s to a free spirit who brought out the loopid in us all. Shock G always sounded ahead of his time, and still does. Pour out some lumpy oatmeal for one of the greats.”

AUGUST 21, 2021

Please check digitalundergroundday.com for the latest updates before attending in case of any schedule changes.

FEED THE HOOD 18: Remembering Shock G

  • Food & Supply Distribution to Unhoused
  • Across Oakland + Community Meals
  • 7:00AM – 11:00AM


  • Motorcade procession from the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone to West Oakland, the heart of the Black Arts Movement Business District, and ending at City Hall.
  • 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM


  • Reading of proclamation declaring “Digital Underground Day” in the city of Oakland
  • Guest speakers and tribute by Digital Underground family and friends in Frank Ogawa Plaza.
  • 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As of 8/16/21 Please note that we don’t see event tickets available on the New Parish website anymore so we can’t verify that the after party is still taking place. 

  • Official After Party at New Parish
  • with DJ Fuze, Mind Motion, D Sharp
  • 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
  • 8:00 PM

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In honor of Shock G, Oakland officially named August 25th “Digital Underground Day.” Please note the official celebration is a few days early on August 21st.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
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Address: 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA