Isla Vista Recreation & Park District ‘s Music in the Park concert series, co-hosted by the UCSB Black Student Union, will take place noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Anisq’Oyo’ Park Amphitheatre, 950 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista.

The event theme is Soul on Wheels with an emphasis on alternative modes of transportation such as roller-skating, biking, walking and skateboarding. Also featured will be live reggae, spoken-word performances, soul, R&B, hip hop, jazz, and folk fock, and a drag queen and step and stroll show.

“I am so excited for Isla Vista Recreation & Park District’s Music in the Park series. It’s not just the music. It’s the sense of pride, the feeling of community and the love for the people that this event brings to the beautiful tapestry that is Isla Vista,” said County Supervisor Gregg Hart, Second District.

“Our incoming Black Student Union board is working hard to create community-based events that promote campus resources while also providing opportunities for small Black-owned businesses and local minority artists to promote themselves and their work,” said Ethan “EJ” George, president of the UCSB Black Student Union.

“This upcoming school year, we are bringing in the largest incoming Black student population in UCSB’s history,” he said. “This event will be full of resource opportunities and chances to get plugged in with different student organizations and clubs that serve and collaborate with the Black student community on and off campus.

“This space is intended to mix Black art, culture, and creativity with numerous useful resources and information to aid students as they are adjusting into the quarter.

“IVRPD is honored to be partnering with the UCSB Black Student Union during such a historic year for incoming student enrollment,” said Kimberly Kiefer, IVRPD general manager. “Our hope is that this event provides a safe and inclusive environment for people to celebrate Black intellectual, political, cultural, and social traditions. We hope everyone can join us for this exciting event.”

Event Line Up:

noon-12:40 p.m. — Miriam Dance and Friends (Soul)
12:50 -1:15 p.m. — Sade Champaign (Singing/Dancing/Spoken Word)
1:25-2:10 p.m. — The Rahkas (Reggae)
2:15-2:30 p.m. — Freedom (Spoken Word)
2:40-3:20 p.m. —  Doc Martin (R&B Solo Performance)
3:30-3:50 p.m. — Cooper the Queen (Drag Artist and Singer)
4-4:20 p.m. — Buc Na$ty (Rap/Hip Hop)
4:30-4:50 p.m. — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (Step Show)
5-5:20 p.m. — Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. (Stroll and Step Show)
5:30-6:15 p.m. — Jena Dominique (Afrobeat DJ)
6:20-7 p.m. — Sample Space (Singing and Keyboard)

IVRPD will also be partnering with the Isla Vista Community Services District and the Environmental Affairs Board to celebrate California Clean Air Day. IVRPD has been awarded a microgrant by the California Coalition for Clean Air to promote alternative modes of transportation.

All guests who access the event using alternative modes of transportation will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive gift cards to Snag, Santa Barbara MTD, a compost worm bin, and bicycle helmets. Raffle winners will be announced at the top of every hour from 1-5 p.m. The grand prize winner will receive an electric scooter.

A limited supply of supply of souvenir LED bike lights will be provided while supplies last. For more, visit

This outdoor event is free admission and open to all ages in Anisq’Oyo’ Park. Live music is on tap noon-7 p.m. Drugs, weapons and alcohol are prohibited, and no smoking or vaping. Guests are urged to access the park using bicycle, SB Metro lines 11, 24x, 27, or other means of alternative transportation.

For ADA accommodations, call 805-350-8751. Direct questions or comments to Nicholas A. Norman at