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10.10.12 - Celtic Rock Fiddler Michael Mullen - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, October 10th
7 pm

Celtic Rock Fiddler Michael Mullen.

Michael has made a career out of playing fiddle as support for others, and he has been a valuable asset for several bands over the decades. But these days, Michael uses technology to accompany himself. Not only is he a master of the fiddle, Michael also plays guitar and sings. Using a machine called a looper, he plays through the accompaniment of a song—verse and chorus—then while that plays back he switches to fiddle, performing lead on violin and singing through the song. Sometimes there will be several musical things happening onstage all at once even though Michael is up there by himself. Thus his descriptive phrase, Trio Of One.


10.09.12 - Game Night - 7 pm - Free

Tuesday, October 9th
7 pm

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


10.06.12 - Steve Lucky's Hammond Cheese Combo - $8 advance/$10 door - 8pm

Saturday, October 6th
8 pm
$8 advance
$10 door

Steve Lucky’s Hammond Cheese Combo live at Awaken Cafe.

This isn’t your everyday organ combo sandwich.  Oh yeah, it’s got a lot of the same tasty ingredients you’ve tried and liked before.  Like the groovy B3 sound, bad-ass tenor sax, soul-jazz grooves and a fat, yet slinky guitar. But dig what makes the Hammond Cheese different…. this combo’s got the special sauce!  And while we can’t divulge the secret blend that makes the special sauce special, we can tell you this; the Hammond Cheese Combo does have extra cheese and extra grease.

Some of the specials on our menu include tunes by the unrecognized organ genius Hank Marr, knockouts by Brother Jack McDuff, and lots of original pieces by Steve Lucky dripping with special sauce, and some extra cheese numbers sung by the captivating guitarist/vocalist Carmen Getit.

In addition to Steve Lucky on the Hammond B3 and Carmen Getit on guitar and vocals, the Hammond Cheese Combo features Danny Brown on tenor sax, and the groovin Omar Aran on drums, cookin’ up jazz-organ classics, original songs, & go-go’60s sounds.


10.05.12 - Art Murmur with Sylvain Carton Trio featuring Essgee-s - Free - 7pm

First Friday, October 5th
7:00 pm

Artist reception for Lindsey Millikan.  Music by Sylvain Carton Trio and Artemis.

Music by the Sylvain Carton Trio featuring Essgee-s.  Originally from France, Sylvain Carton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer currently residing in San Francisco.  An accomplished saxophonist and guitarist, Sylvain tours and records regularly with a number of groups representing a variety of musical genres and traditions, such as John Vanderslice, The Mitch Marcus Quintet, Aphrodesia, The Japonize Elephants, Spaceblaster, Khi Darag, Lord Loves a Working Man, Beats Antique, and The Garlando Nonet.

style/sounds like/reminds us of: an explosive Jazz trio featuring of eccentric Bay Area musicians. Sylvain Carton is the front man for Japonize Elephants and has currently been playing Bari Sax with Beats Antique. Jason Slota is a founding member of the Japonize Elephants. He also currently plays drums for John Vanderslice and Radio Lab. George Ban Weiss plays with the Jazz Mafia and recently performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Mads Tolling Quartet.


If such a joyous sonic welter as the music of Oakland’s Artemis needs a handle, then call it “pavement psychedelia,” or “urban robot raga” or “trip-pop.” On a song like “Hypno,” spectral keyboard washes and
sinuous dance beats set up a feeling of warm alienation before the singer’s voice heats things further. Over the thump and shimmer, she croons with detached fervor, the production dissolving in a storm of pixie-dust disco until a rude riot of effects snaps the tether and she vanishes.

Aesthetically, the band is a poppier variant on trip-hop, with layers of beats and synth effects providing atmospherics for sophisticated classic rock song structures and the velvet swoop of Artemis’s vocals.’


10.05.12 - Coffee Cupping by Fourbarrel 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.


10.04.12 - RTFM Records Party - Free - 7pm

Thursday, October 4th
7 pm

A surprise lineup of some of your favorites from RTFM Records.


10.03.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series with Ken Husbands Trio - Free - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 3rd
7:30 pm (after the debate)

Part of our Wendesday Night Jazz Series. This week: Ken Husbands Trio


10.03.12 - Watch Obama vs. Romney Debate - Free - 6 pm

Wednesday, October 3rd
6 pm

We’ll be projecting all three presidential debates on the big screen! Get here early for seats. Drink beer, shout out loud, and enjoy the spectacle with your neighbors.

Live Jazz right after at 7:30 pm with Ken Husbands Trio.

Next Debates: 
10/16 & 10/22


09.29.12 - Amendola vs. Blades - $12/$15 - Doors at 8 pm

Saturday, September 29th
Doors at 8:00 pm
Advance:  $12
Door:  $15

Back for an encore performance, Bay Area jazz powerhouses Wil Blades and Scott Amendola plan on crushing it. Here’s the East Bay Express write up on their last show and a video from their performance.


09.27.12 - Naked Thursdays with Tom Lattanand - Free - 7pm

Thursday, September 27th

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

This week:

Danny Heines
style/sounds like/reminds us of: Renowned Bay Area solo Guitarist. Expressive acoustic 2 hand tapping techniques. Reminds us of Michael Hedges with Jazz and Flamenco mixed in.

Cello Joe
style/sounds like/reminds us of: beat boxing, live looping, funk cellist.

Long known for his virtuosity as a fingerstyle guitarist, Danny Heines has been a major force in pioneering the rhythmically propelled technique of “tapping” on acoustic guitar. His multi-layered compositions and uniquely percussive solo pieces are rooted in a strong melodic sense and performed with awe-inspiring articulation.

In addition to his work as a guitarist Danny is among a handful of westerners adept in the art of throat singing, a technique producing two notes simultaneously, wherein the overtones of the voice are manipulated to create melodies while holding a single pitch.

Danny’s strong passion for world music can be felt on his most recent fifth CD, “What Worlds They Bring”, as he combines musical influences from around the globe, including folk melodies from Eastern Europe and Africa. Embraced by world music radio and listeners alike this CD reached #4 on the NAV national airplay chart and the #1 on the syndicated radio show, Echoes.

Heines’ four earlier discs on Silverwave Records have consistently charted in the top ten in magazines such as Billboard and R&R, with “Every Island” reaching #1 in Jazz Iz. He also appears on the Windham Hill Guitar Sampler and performs frequently with critically acclaimed artists such Michael Manring and Alex de Grassi.

Danny grew up playing rock & roll and jazz and in a musically rich environment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where his mother promoted concerts, hosting bands such as The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Zappa, and King Crimson. Upon hearing Danny sing at age two, Dave Brubeck told his mother he was destined for a life of music.

Joey Chang aka CelloJoe is an anomaly in the world of cellists. 

 Utilizing only his voice, a cello and a loop pedal, he is able to take listeners on a sonic journey around the world and to far away galaxies. Without using any pre-recorded samples, CelloJoe is able to record live on the spot with a looper and produce intricate intergalactic tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm as well as mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop by beatboxing, throatsinging, singing, plucking and bowing the cello.

 By combining cello with beatboxing, he has created a unique genre: Classical Hip Hop. His looped and layered beatboxing beats (vocal percussion) and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics.

CelloJoe spreads joy, laughter and consciousness raising vibrations everywhere he goes. CelloJoe’s eclectic sound also incorporates the style of old time, jug band, blues and kids’s music.

 CelloJoe is the world’s first long distance musical bike touring cellist. 

In 2007-2008, he rode with the pleasant revolution, a 5,000 mile bike tour from North San Juan, California to Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. 
In May 2009, he did a 500 mile bike tour through Utah with SHAKE YOUR PEACE! 
In August 2009, he rode from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the Pleasant Revolution Northwest Bicycle Music Festival Tour. 
His most recent ride in 2010 was a seven month odyssey through Europe with the Pleasant Revolution Bicycle Music Tour through England, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, France, and Spain.