Rightnowish: Miko Marks' Summertime Anthem to Roller Skating at Lake Merritt

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Singer Miko Marks pays homage to skating crew the Oakland Rollers in her new track. (Pendarvis Harshaw)

Over at the cul-de-sac on the southeastern side of Lake Merritt, there's a group of roller skaters who call themselves the Oakland Rollers. They gather every Wednesday afternoon and turn the street into a skating rink.

Inspired by the group's camaraderie, shared laughter, bright skates and fanny packs, singer and skater Miko Marks found inspiration for her latest song, "Roll Out."

"Happiness is in the air / good vibes are floating 'round / and whenever I see the sun out shining bright / I throw on my wheels / I got to get out," sings Marks over the groove-heavy track produced by Julia Lewis.

The Oakland Rollers meet up on Wednesdays at Lake Merritt, and everyone is welcome.
The Oakland Rollers meet up on Wednesdays at Lake Merritt, and everyone is welcome. (Pendarvis Harshaw)

Marks, originally from Flint, Michigan, considers herself a country singer—but through her time skating with the Oakland Rollers, she began to explore other musical genres. Whether it's country or R&B, she says the music comes from the same place of inspiration.

After skating with founders Joelle Boismenu and Nicoletta Critchlow and the rest of the crew, Marks' summertime song made me curious about what's going on in her niche of the Bay Area... rightnowish.

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