Bay Area Productions was founded in 1984, is an Independent Black-Owned Concert Production / Special Events Company based in Oakland, CA specializing in presenting top quality live entertainment to the urban market both locally and nationally. Co-Founded by Lionel Bea and later joined by team members Janice Cotton, and Carlos Pedraza make up the total production team at Bay Area Productions.

Innovators in Rap and Black Comedy genres, Bay Area Productions produced the first national Black Comedy ensemble tour and produced some of the first concert appearances for RUN D.M.C., Beastie Boys, Too $hort, Chris Rock, Janet Jackson, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, and Jamie Foxx.

The Bay Area Productions portfolio includes concerts, festivals and events for artists and celebrities such as Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, New Edition, Chris Weber, Jalen Rose, Jason Kidd, and others adding to an extensive list of partnerships.

Festivals include: The Stone Soul Concert, Oakland Jazz Festival and Hot Summer Night just to name a few.

Bay Area Productions is a proud supporter of EOYDC, Lend-A-Hand Foundation and The Manzanita Group charities based in the Oakland/Bay Area.