Among the standard mix of indie rock concerts taking place this weekend (save for the many local players at this year’s SxSW), a soul-infused evening featuring Oakland musicians is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Independent (9:00 pm, $12/advance, $14/door).
Joe Bagale, a young local with an old soul, will showcase his retro R&B-influenced pop and smooth, jazzy compositions. The multi-instrumentalist has most often performed in traditional jazz atmospheres, but will change things up on Friday by headlining a more indie-influenced lineup. You can download three songs from Bagale’s self-titled debut by visiting his Bandcamp site.
Also on the bill will be OONA, a powerful voice and upbeat electro-rock and energetic live show all rolled into one. Oona Garthwaite and her OONA gang have cultivated some recent national notoriety after “Tore My Heart” was featured on So You Think You Can Dance last December. The Thrill of It All, another R&B-influenced indie outfit (formerly known as Tokyo Decadence), will open the evening’s festivities.