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11.10.12 - Wake UP! Comic Spectacular! - $10 - 8pm

Saturday, November 10th
Doors at 7 pm
Show at 8 pm

This gathering of sweet comedy bliss is brought to you by the talented Sammy Obeid who headlines the show. Our feature comic talent are a crack squad of genie in a bottle with a little hit me one more time; Brendan Lynch, Dash Kwiatkowski, Miles K, Stroy Moyd, & Caitlin Gill. Your host who never gets lost on the BART is Mr. Walker. We are happy to present this showcase at Awaken Cafe in the heart of Downtown Oakland. Come to the show and wake up your humor senses with a local beer and homemade faire that is awesome like the first time you rode a slippin slide. 


11.09.12 - Ex-Pyramids (Mike Reed + Audio Angel) and cvDUB - Free - 8 pm

Friday, November 9th
8 pm

Don’t miss Ex Pyramids featuring Audio Angel AND cvDUB!

EX-PYRAMIDS are a joint venture with vocalist Audio Angel (Franco Nero, Funk Revival Orchestra, 1320 Records) and drummer Mike Reed (Secret Sidewalk, Planet Booty, Daly City Records). They use live instrumentation, sampling and programming to span electronic music genres. They are inspired chiefly by cats and space, and cats in space.


“Miles Davis walks through a worm hole and lands at King Tubby’s, Scientist looks up and smiles…”

CV DUB is an instrumental mash-up of classic Jamaican Dub grooves, psychedelic guitar, and “Electric” era Jazz improvisation. Clyde “Chicken Bone” Sutliff, who leads the ensemble on trumpet and melodica, has years of heavyweight Reggae credit as a sideman with such legends as Michael Rose, Horace Andy, Don Carlos and Eek A Mouse. He has also collaborated with his good friend and Dub pioneer Scientist. Clyde’s mixture of serious Roots Reggae grooves and Miles Davis and Eddie Harris styled Trumpet work provides cvDUB with it’s special blend of these classic styles. Clyde’s excursions-on-the-version are accompanied by old friends E. Blake Davis (Papa’s Culture) on guitar and Eddie Sassin (Undercover SKA) on drums. And on violin, Julia Evans adds unique melodic flavors to the cvDUB bula base. Bass is handled by House, who has performed with Tommy Guerrero, Buckethead, Brain (Gun’s and Roses, Tom Waits), Larry Lalonde (Primus), Money Mark (Beastie Boys, Ozomatli), DJ Disc (Herbie Hancock, Invisbl Skratch Piklz) and Adrian Young (No Doubt). House has also collaborated in the recording studio with Dub giant Bill Laswell and Funk fathers Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker. Together these musicians create a powerful and original live experience.


11.08.12 - Naked Thursdays: Spanish Cannons - Free - 7pm

Thursday, November 8th
7 pm

“And the ghosts in the parlor are howling again and the only way out is a hand from a friend.”

The lead singer of Spanish Cannons, Chris Michael, ushers in to listener’s minds thoughts of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) while hitting his higher notes and singing his melancholy yet catchy hooks. But when traveling back down to his masculine, subtly punky voice, the band takes off in to a sonic adventure of their own. 


Fresh off the heels of their 2011 “Molecules EP” and emerging from a current studio marathon for their new album, “Get Well Soon Everybody”, this San Francisco based indie rock band has a lot to say musically. And what better showcase is there than Awaken’s NAKED THURSDAYS event! In Naked Thursday style, Spanish Cannons will be playing an intimate, FREE set in the cafe. 
Grab a drink at the Awaken bar, grab a friend and check them out!



11.07.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Kankyou - Free - 7 pm

Wednesday, November 7th

Part of our Wednesday Night Jazz Series.  This week Kankyou.


11.06.12 - Board Game Night - Free - 7pm

Tuesday, November 6th
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.


11.06.12 - Watch the Election Results - Free - 7 pm

Tuesday, November 6th
7 pm

We’ll be showing the returns on the big screen starting at 7 pm. Come on by and get the good (or bad) news with your commuinty over a pitcher of beer. A customer suggested we have tissues on hand in case it doesn’t turn out the way you’re hoping…


11.03.12 - The Get Happy String Band - $5 - 8 pm

Saturday, November 3rd
8 pm

Imagine walking down the streets of Disneyland, specifically “Frontier Land”, where the sounds of fiddles battling it out for the hardest swinging rag time trophy are dancing out of every kettle corn, funnel cake smelling saloon. Does pure bliss come to mind? Yeah we thought so. The Get Happy String Band is gearing up to take over Awaken Cafe on November 3rd at 8pm and we’re pretty sure the previous said image will be alive in Downtown Oakland that night! 


But don’t take that as meaning that they’re any sort of Disney like gimmick! This “happy” string band duo was trained by some masters of ragtime and southern style such as, Missippi Sheiks, The East Texas Serenaders, and The Memphis Jug Band. Darcy Noonan has taught violin at Lark Fiddle Camp and performed at festivals domestically and internationally. Meredith Axelrod has performed with Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, and Robert Crumb.



11.02.12 - First Friday Live Music by Brass Menazeri - Free - 7pm

Oakland Art Murmur
Friday, November 2nd
Artist Reception 7 pm to Midnight
Go Van Gogh at 8pm
Brass Menazeri at 9pm

Prepare for a package of furiously stinging brass lines, grooving percussion, and a dance party unlike any other from the traditions of Eastern Europe! Brass Menažeri are a San Francisco based Balkan brass band with the chops to blow your dancing shoes off for Oakland Art Murmur’s November First Friday!

Hailed as the “Best Crazed Gypsy Brass Band Dance Party” by SF Weekly, this group brings a mix of virtuoso musicianship and passion out in their music. The mysterious sound of a lonesome horn ushers in the festivities before exploding in to an ethnic groove to push you out of your seat on their most recent album, “Vranjski San”. (Take a listen here!) If their recordings are enough to get you excited than prepare yourself for one of the best live shows in the Bay Area. 



To get you warmed up in style we have the amazing, Go Van Gogh to get your heartrate up! 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 another yet another group of virtuoso musicians to our cafe. 

We will be moving out the furniture so excpect a happening dance party! As usual our bar will be serving some great beers and wines! 

Also new art by Christopher Newhard




11.02.12 - Coffee Cupping by Four Barrel Coffee - Free - Noon

Friday, October 5
12:00 pm

Similar to wine tasting, coffee cupping allows you to compare and assess the complex taste, smell, and mouth feel of specialty coffees.  An expert from Fourbarrel Coffee will be in the house cupping all of the single origin coffees we offer for sale.  Join us for this fun free event.


10.31.12 - Afro-Beat/Hip Hop Halloween with Henry Hung & DJ Mike Boo - Free - 7pm

“Binders Full of Women.”
Wednesday, October 31
7 pm

It seems as though every awesome Halloween activity is happening on the weekend BEFORE Halloween this year… and that’s something to be frightened about. But don’t worry! A group of goulish musicians led by trumpeter Henry Hung and his menacing partner Dj Mike Boo are saving Halloween! 

The Binders Full Women will be occupying Awaken Cafe for a devilish Halloween full of Afro-Beat/Hip Hop dancing. Evil rhythms will be laid down on the dance floor and the undead will most certaintly be attending this one. 

Work off those Reeses and Butterfingers and come down to the Cafe from 7:00pm-9:30pm for this FREE Halloween extravaganza!