Tag Archives: Oakland

Oakland Fairyland Gala!!!

26 May

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Artist Spotlight: Billy Sprague

19 May

Oakland artist Billy Sprague wears many hats in the creative field. He is a muralist, musician, installation artist, illustrator and member of a tape label collective called Sanity Muffin.  I talked with him recently about how his focus lately is moving more toward the audio than the visual. This makes sense to me since he’s been making music for two decades in bands such as Ordination of Aaron and Daredevil. These days his music takes on a more ethereal droning experimentalism that, to me, mimics his visual work.

He’s shown work all over The East Bay and SF in galleries such as Fort, Forthrite and 111 Minna. So check it out!

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“I am an artist and musician based in Oakland, Ca. I explore as many mediums as I can but have recently been fixated on graphite, india ink, spraypaint and print making. Much of my work is based on dreams and the fusion of psychedelic mutated formations with imaginative natural environments.
I work in the NOW and create as I go, “mistakes” are welcomed and played off of until a desired result is achieved. Pushing ideas and techniques away from routine is very fulfilling, but I can also drift into relaxed repetitive continual motion.” – Billy Sprague via www.billysprague.com

Made in Oakland: Fiftyseven-Thirtythree

18 May
Oakland based Fiftyseven-Thirtythree is a one stop shop for sexy, political and street-smart t-shirts, hoodies and more! They just opened their first retail store at 4125 Piedmont Ave.  on the 2nd floor so swing by and check it out the next time you’re up on Piedmont!
“Oakland-based Fiftyseven-Thirtythree is proof that being street-smart and Earth-smart can go hand in hand. Producing original art that is sometimes political, sometimes sexy, and always bad ass, these sweatshop-free t-shirts and hoodies are handmade using innovative stencil, applique, and screen print techniques. Fashionistas and trendsetters can support independent artists and being green, while still keeping street cred, with Fiftyseven-Thirtythree.

(Because we all want to save the Earth, but we also want to look good while doing it.)”

Check out their ad in the East Bay Express for 20% off!!!

TONIGHT: Saturday, May 15 – Event Listing

15 May

924 Gilman – Phenomenauts, Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children Macnuggits, Emily’s Army, The Secretions, Unko Atama, Pillow Fights (punk) – 7:00pm – $10 – all ages

Actual Cafe – Oakland – Go Cart Mozart – 7:00pm – no cover – allages

Ashkenaz – The Canote Brothers, Puncheon Floor – 8:00pm – $15 – all ages

The Canote Brothers – photo from http://www.canote.com – click pic to follow the link.

Baltic – Jukejoint (soul, funk, r&b) – 9:30pm – $6 – 21+

Beckett’s Irish Pub – Dgiin (french gypsy folk) – 10:00pm – no cover

Cafe Trieste – Sage Trio (jazz, lounge) – 8:00pm – no cover

Cafe Van Kleef – The Bodice Rippers (jazz, lounge) – 9:00pm – no cover – 21+

Chester’s Bayview Cafe – Berkeley – Julie Larson & Friends – 7:00pm – no cover

Dan’s Bar – Pin & Battery (rock) – 9:00pm – no cover

Freight & Salvage – Lost Weekend (blues, folk) – 8:00pm – $18.50/$19.50 – all ages

Jupiter – Beep! Trio (jazz, lounge, cabaret) – 8:00pm – no cover

La Pena – Grupo Raiz in Concert (world, latin) – 8:00pm – $20/$25 – all ages

Mama Buzz Cafe – Mr. Son, Sean, Casey Jones (experimental, indie, pop) – 7:00pm – no cover

The New Parish – College Battle of the Bands: The Oregon Donor, Elements of Style, Y Luv – 7:00pm – no cover

Nomad Cafe – Club Shred: Kevin Beadles (open mic) – 6:45pm – no cover

Pine Street Bar & Grill – Jungle Rooster, Ira Walker & the Passion Pirates, Curt Krasper, Johnny Gun – 9:00pm

Red Hat – Monkey, MMFM, Explosive Sauce, Danny’s House – $5 – 21+

Red Hat Sportsbar

Red House – Walnut Creek – Apothesary, Cold Grave, Hysteria, Truth Decays, Sentinal Beast – 8:00pm – all ages

Rythmix Culteral Works – Alameda – Blue Spaghetti, Old Stock (rock) – 6:30pm – $25

The Saddle Rock – Fremont – Diablo Road (blues, folk) – 10:15pm

Shattuck Downlow – Wave Array, FUll On Flyhead, The Blank Tapes, Ashe Ryder (rock) – 9:00pm – $10 – 21+

Starry Plough – Jonathan Richman (rock, indie) – 9:00pm – $15

Stork Club – Kandi Coded, Distance From Shelter, Pan Demon, Songs for Snakes (rock) – 9:00pm – 21+

The Uptown Nightclub – Hella Gay Dance Party: DJ’s Black & GStar (DJ, dance) – 9:00pm- $7 – 21+

Hella Gay Dance Party

Victory Warehouse – Einstye, Mojo Hand, C’Mon Everybody, M.C. Meathook and the Vital ORgans, Lecherous Gaze – 8:00pm – $5 – all ages

Yoshi’s – For the Love of Mike: Leon Oakley (jazz, lounge) – 1:00pm – $20 – all ages

East Bay Venues: The Basics

12 May

East Bay Venues

The venues listed here run the gamut from independent “hole in the wall” warehouse spaces to big corporate arenas to coffee shops and bars. I’ve tried to list every east bay venue here and I feel that I’ve covered Oakland and Berkeley pretty well. If you have additions to make please post them in the replies and I will investigate and add them to the list!

Not all the venues listed here have websites – many of the smaller indie spots would rather advertise through fliers and word of mouth. I plan to list the shows for these spaces along with the other venues but researching where they are and such is up to you! That’s just how it is folks.

Check it!

21 Grand – Oakland – Indie/Experimental

924 Gilman Street – Berkeley – Punk/Hardcore/Indie/Metal/Garage

1510 8th St. Performance Space – Oakland

Abco – Oakland

Amoeba Music – Berkeley – Monthly in-store performances by everyone from MIA to Flipper.

Ashkenaz – Berkeley – World/Americana/Jazz

The Bakery – Oakland

Beckett’s of Berkeley – Berkeley

Blake’s on Telegraph – Berkeley –  – Rock/Punk/Dance

Book Zoo – Berkeley

Bughouse – Oakland

Burnt Ramen – Richmond – Punk/Hardcore/Metal

The Bus – Mobile – Punk/Indie/Folk/Dance

Club X – Oakland

Dan’s Bar – Walnut Creek

Dreamland Community Center – Hayward

Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland

Era Art Bar & Lounge – Oakland – World/Latin/Reggae

First Church of the Buzzard – Oakland

Flux53 Theater – Oakland – Reggae/Rock/Jazz/HipHo

Fox Theater – Oakland

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse – Berkeley – Jazz/Folk/World/Americana

Ghost Town Gallery – Oakland – Indie/Punk/Rock/Dance

Greek Theater – Berkeley

Hazmat/Your Hauz/Yer Casa – Oakland – Punk/Hardcore/Metal

Heco’s Palace – Oakland

House of Nostromo – Oakland

Huffin House – Oakland

Jupiter – Berkeley – Americana/Jazz

La Pena – Berkeley – HipHop/World/Jazz/Spoken Word

LoBot – Oakland

Mama Buzz Cafe – Oakland – Indie/Folk/Electro-pop/Rock

McGrath’s Irish Pub – Alameda

Mindgaze Hut – Oakland – Experimental/Indie/Dance/and more

Mosswood Park Ampitheater – Oakland

New Parish – Oakland – Rock/Folk/HipHop/Soul/Comedy

Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland – Metal/Punk/Rock

Oracle Arena – Oakland – Pop

Paramount Theater – Oakland

Pine Street Bar & Grill – Livermore – Rock/World/Singer-Songwriter

Red Hat Sports Bar – Concord – Punk/Pyrate Punk/Rock

Rooster’s Roadhouse – Alameda – Rock

Rooz Cafe – Oakland

Shattuck Downlow – Berkeley – HipHop/Soul/Comedy/Reggae

Starry Plough – Berkeley – Americana/Folk/Country/Poetry

Stork Club – Oakland  – Rock/Punk/Metal/Indie

Sunshine Artisan Factory – Oakland

Terminal – Oakland – Experimental/Metal

Uptown Nightclub – Oakland

Victory Warehouse – Oakland – 24th/San Pablo Ave. – Punk/Metal/Hardcore/Rock/Indie

Yoshi’s – Oakland – Jazz/Rock/World/HipHop

Zellerbach Theater – Berkeley