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Thursday
Nov082012

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

Thursday, November 8th
7 pm
Free 

“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!

 

Wednesday
Nov072012

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

Wednesday, November 7th
7pm
Free 

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

Tuesday
Nov062012

11.06.12 - Watch the Election Results - Free - 7 pm

Tuesday, November 6th
7 pm
Free

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…

Tuesday
Nov062012

11.06.12 - Board Game Night - Free - 7pm

Tuesday, November 6th
7 pm
Free

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.


Saturday
Nov032012

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

Saturday, November 3rd
8 pm
$5

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.

 

Friday
Nov022012

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
Free

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

 

 

Friday
Nov022012

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

Friday, October 5
12:00 pm
EVERY FIRST FRIDAY!!!
FREE

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.

Wednesday
Oct312012

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

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

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! 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct312012

10.31.12 - Facepainting for Children (& Adults) by Bri - Free - 3pm to 5 pm

Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st

3 pm to 5 pm

Free

FREE facepainting by Bri Crabtree. First come, frist serve!

Do your kids need some extra pizzaz for their Halloween costume? Or maybe they don’t have a costume at all?! Don’t worry! We will be having a facepainting event from 3pm to 5pm this Halloween Wednesday! Just in time for your kiddo’s Trick or Treat outing! 

Adults… don’t worry. This is NOT an age specific event! You can have your faces painted too. :)

Tuesday
Oct302012

10.30.12 - Board Game Night - Free - 7pm

Tuesday, October 30th
7 pm
Free

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.