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Thursday
Dec272012

12.27.12 - Comedy Night with Ewox & More (Benefit to support Girls Rock Camp) - $5 - 6:30pm

Thursday, December 27
6:30pm
$5 (Proceeds go to support Girls Rock Camp)

6:30 - doors open
7:20 - 7:50 Sol Pony 
8:10 - 8:30 Shanti Charan
8:30 - 8:50 Karinda Dobbins
9:10 - 9:15 Brief message from BAGRC 
9:15 - 9:45 Ewox 
 

 

 

Wednesday
Dec262012

12.26.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Destiny Muhammed - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, December 26
Free
7pm
 

Destiny Muhammed

Now this is something. Destiny Muhammed crafts gorgeous jazz pieces through her intriguing and entrancing harp playing. Her music grabs you in to another world that you can’t really escape and you don’t really want to.

Tuesday
Dec252012

12.25.12 - Cafe Closed

The Cafe will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Monday
Dec242012

12.24.12 - Cafe Closed

The Cafe will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Sunday
Dec232012

12.23.12 - Closing Early at 5pm

We’ll be closing early tonight at 5pm.

Saturday
Dec222012

12.22.12 - Mark Growden Trio with Ramon & Jessica + The Japonize Elephants - $10 - 7pm

Saturday, December 22 
$10
7pm
Ramon & Jessica
8:15pm Mark Growden Trio
9:45 pm The Japonize Elephants 

Mark Growden

The Mark Growden Trio has energy that is pretty much incomprehensible. It’s a quiet, powerful energy like a lit candle that slowly builds in to an ominous bonfire. Growden’s voice is also masculine and robust, commanding his listener’s attention while also being soft an inviting - seductively luring ears and hearts. Poetic, moving, soulful, and a virtuoso with a voice to warm a room and a band to set it on fire. 

Ramon & Jessica

Ramon & Jessica, a boy-girl duo from San Francisco, write deceptively simple songs on the edge of folk and pop. On their exquisite early albums, Ramon & Jessica and Handyman’s Honeymoon, violinist Dina Maccabee and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Olsen achieved an uncanny lockstep with sophisticated harmonies, bold arrangements and subtle lyrics. Then Jesse moved to the desert, forcing the pair to conspire at a distance. With their third album Fly South, the newly reunited pair have produced their closest collaboration yet, working their signature toy piano and Casio keyboards into a rich texture provided by a number of the Bay Area’s finest musicians. Whether they are singing about love, death, the weather—or nothing at all—Ramon & Jessica will disarm your heart, and delight your mind.

The Japonize Elephants

The Japonize Elephants are an amazing enigma of style that stretches across continents and across musical theories. “In their alternate universe, bluegrass, noir cabaret, gypsy music, klezmer, movie themes and vintage Lebanese sounds all coexist simultaneously in the same song, more or less. There is no other band on the planet who sound remotely like them. This one’s a lock for one of the best albums of the year: serious Top Ten material.”

Delarue, New York Music Daily

 

Friday
Dec212012

12.21.12 - Tin Cup Serenade and Gracie & Rachel - Free - 8pm

Friday, December 21
8pm
Free

Tin Cup Serenade

Okay, so you’re walking through downtown Oakland and it starts to rain. You look up in the sky and as you watch the rain drops fall an invisible show band starts playing to every step you walk. You start hopping and skipping like you’re a cast member in “Singin In The Rain” as the music escalates. Then you open the doors to Awaken Cafe and realize it wasn’t your personal show band at all… it was Tin Cup Serenade! Seriously that’s what these guys sound like. An amazing 1920’s esque jazz band with some SERIOUS power in their music. Whenever I listen to a song I see the reels of a movie pass by the inside of my eyelids.

DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

Gracie & Rachel

Simply amazing and innovative. From their aesthetic to their EXTREMELY eargasmic music, Gracie & Rachel are here to dominate the music scene in style. 

 

Thursday
Dec202012

12.20.12 - Naked Thursdays: Tom Lattenand & Light and the Black - Free - 7pm

Thursday, December 20th 
Free
7pm
 

A series of stripped down shows hosted every Thursday by guitarist Tom Lattenand featuring local virtuosos making great music.

Tom Lattanand

Keeping alive the blood, beauty, and desire in his music and playing, Tom Lattanand expresses a unique voice as a guitarist, composer, song writer, and producer. His 2011 release, the entirely instrumental solo guitar album Stone Seat View, is a fluid, cohesive piece—combining the raw unpredictability of emotion with the felt sense of patterns in nature: rings, whorls, knots.

Lucas Schwartz - The Light and the Black

The Light and the Black (Lucas Schwartz) has a very dark and mysterious quality. Usually accompanied by dark grooving beats and long stretched out versus/choruses it will certaintly be a treat to see what happens stripped down for Naked Thursdays. 

Wednesday
Dec192012

12.19.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Michael Mullen - Free - 8pm

Wednesday, December 19
8pm
Free

Michael Mullen

Michael Mullen loves fiddling, whether it’s playing Celtic rock in front of thousands, or just enjoying some quiet tunes with a few friends. He has drawn the bow across the strings all his life, and continues to explore new horizons and delve deeper into well-known territories as well. Don’t miss this virtuoso performance! 

Wednesday
Dec192012

12.19.12 - East Bay Green Drinks - Free - 5:30pm

Wednesday, December 19
Free
5:30pm

East Bay Green Drinks

East Bay Green Drinks started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more.

It’s fun, it’s inspiring, it’s informal, it’s friendly, and it’s where we come together for the most important thing we need to sustain our work and community: it’s where we connect.

Join us the 3rd Weds of every month in good community, good work and good spirits!

Presented by Awaken Cafe and City slicker Farms

Since 2001, City Slicker Farms has been partnering with the West Oakland community to grow and distribute thousands of pounds of their own fresh produce. Through their Community Market Farms and Backyard Garden Programs, West Oakland residents, farmers and gardeners are growing over 30,000 pounds of produce annually.