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12.06.12 - Tails Across Borders Kickoff Fundraiser - $30 adv/$35 door - 6:30pm

Thursday, December 6th
6:30 pm
$30 advance
$35 at the door
Tickets & Info :

This event marks Tails Across Borders’ (TAB) first kickoff fundraiser! TAB is a nonprofit devoted to rescuing unwanted dogs and cats from local kill shelters and providing funds for a struggling veterinary program in Yelapa, Mexico. 

Guests will enjoy an evening of live jazz and original music by virtuoso guitarists Danny Heines, Tom Lattanand, and vocalist Audio Angel, wine and beer (1 drink included with ticket fee), light bites, and wonderful raffle and silent auction items.

Tails Across Borders


12.05.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Jesse Levit - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, December 5th

Jesse Levit

Jesse Levit started playing the saxophone and piano at the age of seven. By the time he was sixteen, he was playing gigs around the Bay Area and had recorded on two CDs, Oaktown Jazz and Pocketized, with Oaktown Jazz Workshops under the direction of Khalil Shaheed. At seventeen, Jesse was chosen from a nationwide pool of entrants to play lead alto in the SFJAZZ High School All-Star Band where he performed with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and later that same year was selected as lead alto for the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band, where he toured for three weeks around Japan and ultimately shared the stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis. The next year, Jesse attended Cal State University Hayward and was featured on the CD Excursions, recorded at the prestigious Skywalker Sound. Since then, he has split his time between Oakland and New York City, and has toured extensively around the world playing in numerous cruise ship orchestras on six continents.


12.04.12 - Winnie Christian with the Smooth Pandas - Free - 6pm

Tuesday, December 4th

Winnie Christian

Calling Winnie Christian “adorable” would be an understatement. It would also be missing the point. This girl is talented! She sings fearlessly and with a style all her own. Oh and she’s 14. Yeah. What are you doing with your life? Just kidding, but in all seriousness, we’re pretty sure Christian is going somewhere so check her out at the cafe for Free before having to pay $40+ a ticket. 

The Smooth Pandas

The Smooth Pandas seem to love to cover songs with virtuoso vocal performances. And that’s perfectly okay since they can pull it off. Friends of Winnie Christian (around the same age too), this band is talented beyond their years and it shows.  


12.03.12 - JC Villafan, Ian Franklin & Infinite Frequency, and Brian McShane - Free - 7pm

Monday, December 3rd 

JC Villafan

Bluesy, Soulful, Smooth and incredibly catchy. JC Villafan knows how to craft a song and knows how to deliver it. His silky smooth voice and incredibly slick guitar playing blend together to create an exciting showcase of raw talent.  

Ian Franklin

Ian Franklin jumps and tumbles over a funkiliciously punchy rhythm section provided by his band, Infinite Frequency. Franklin and his band slap so hard you might fall down on the dance floor… watch out!

Brian Mcshane

A product of the burgeoning philadelphia music scene, Brian Mcshane’s songs combine his love of singer/songwriter storytelling with classic R&B/soul musicianship, which he ties together seamlessly with his one-of-a-kind voice.


12.01.12 - Go Van Gogh Encore Performance - Free - 8 pm

Saturday, December 1st
8 pm

Go Van Gogh - Awaken Cafe

They came, they saw, the rocked our socks off on on November First Friday! Awaken Cafe welcomes back Go Van Gogh for two jamming sets. They’ve been hailed as “gypsies on acid” and we guarantee you’ll agree! With an “ocean liners worth of musical flavors”, this awesome jazz-world-fusion-anything goes band has decades worth of history and brings yet another group of virtuoso musicians to our cafe. 


12.01.12 - Daytime Show with Mighty Mississippi - Free - 1pm

Saturday, December 1st
1 pm

What better way to spend your Saturday then at the cafe for some Live Jazz.  Stop by for some a Mimosa and the Blues with Mighty Mississippi.

Mighty Mississippi

Mighty Mississippi is an acoustic Blues trio, paying tribute to the music once played on the porches and in the juke joints of the American South in the 1930’s, ’40s and ’50s. In addition, Mighty Mississippi’s repertoire follows the musical migration northward during that era, and includes acoustic versions of electric Blues that evolved in the nightclubs and bars of Memphis and Chicago in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Contemporary material and original compositions, rockabilly and swing, are all part of Mighty Mississippi’s repository of acoustic music drawing its inspiration from the Blues.


11.30.12 - JL Stiles with Chris Jones - Free - 8 pm

Friday, November 30th
8 pm

JL Stiles

JL Stiles blends catchy hooks and flowing melody lines with smart lyrics. He brings thoughts of M. Ward through his voice and song structures but refreshes the formula with some beautifully poppy riffs offered from pianos, horns, and of course his trusted guitar. Stiles’s ballads are where he really shines, showing a maturity beyond his years with dark yet uplifting themes and haunting sounds from the blended textures of his voice and guitar.

Chris Jones

Soul. Chris Jones bleeds this from his searing guitar riffs and weathered voice. Like JL Stiles, Jones combines brilliantly catchy hooks with stretegically smart words. The perfect combination of soul and contemplation, Jones can also light up a dance room.   


11.29.12 - Naked Thursdays: Sougata Roy Chowdhury & Tim Witter - Free - 7pm

Thursday, November 29

Tom Lattanand

Naked Thursday is a weekly series hosted by guitarist Tom Lattanand featuring accomplished musicians playing stripped down shows.

Sougata Roy Chowdhury

What could be better than a Naked Thursday featuring an amazing sarode player and beautiful Indian Classical music? Sougata Roy Chowdhury will be masterfully crafting gorgeous sonic landscapes in our minds with Tim Witter supporting on the tablas. It’s sure to be an enlightening night. 


11.28.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Wrapped in Plastic - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, November 28th
7 pm

Part of our Wednesday Night Jazz Series.  This week:  Wrapped in Plastic.

Wrapped in Plastic


11.27.12 - Board Game Night - Free - 7pm

Tuesday, November 20th
7 pm

Every Tuesday Night! Bring your own board game or play ours.  We have Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Scategories, and Cranium.

Board Game Night - Awaken Cafe