About us

Oakland Indie Award nominee for Social Change, Shayla “ShaylaBang” Jamerson is an Oakland native who is developing a positive movement to bring the Oakland she grew up in, into the future. ShaylaBang is a visionary and an activist. She created SoOAKLAND for like-minded people who live in the town and love Oakland. Her events are for young professionals, artists, activists, taste makers, and the fashion conscious to congregate and experience positive community.  

Oakland has transformed in the last ten years, in some positive and some negative ways. The rent has sky-rocketed, leaving original Oakland residents feeling displaced and creating rapid gentrification. Oakland violence has also affected many of the wonderful events ShaylaBang grew up on, like Festival of the Lake. So ever mindful of the changes in the city she loves, ShaylaBang has conceptualized not only the kind of event she wants to still attend, but went a step further and started producing them.

SoOAKLAND House Parties is her answer.  A place to network and socialize, enjoy friends and a diverse community, listen to music and dance, shop local vendors, and join Oakland residents to celebrate what makes this city great. The house party concept is meant to capture the care-free feeling of attending a house party with friends who have been personally invited.

The SoOAKLAND house party is the same, only this time it may have 1,500+ more new friends also attending. More than an event, the house parties are a launching pad for Oakland residents to party for a purpose….exchanging positive energy, connecting with new people, while changing the negative perceptions that sometimes befall on the great city of Oakland.

”We have to hold on to the culture that made the city of Oakland beautiful from the beginning. Our way of showing you is through old ways of celebrating...block parties, networking socials, group outings, community outreach, music, and community growth, “ says ShaylaBang.”This is just the beginning and even though we are #SoOAKLAND this is a movement for all people no matter where you are from, but first we want to show you why we love our city and why you will too...because yes, we are original, unique and  forever SoOAKLAND.”