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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.



09.26.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Henry Hung - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, Septemver 26th
7 pm

Part of our Wednesday Night Jazz Series.  This week Bay Area Jazz Trumpeter:  Henry Hung

Style/sounds like/reminds us of: Bebop. Giving love to Miles and Dizzie.


09.25.12 - Joshua Boronkay - Free - 7 pm

Tuesday, September 25th
7 pm

Joshua Boronkay with the T-Sisters.

In the tradition of the great American songwriter, Joshua Boronkay emerges from a gumbo of influences. Listening to Joshua’s songs you may detect a hint of Latin spice, or Delta blues, with a pinch of Kentucky bluegrass, served up on Tin Pan Alley, by some beat folkies smelling really funky. Any music lover will appreciate the depth of spirit and tradition in Joshua Boronkay’s music.


09.20.12 - Thursday Game Night - Free - 7 pm

Thursday, September 20th
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.


09.15.12 - Ben Justus with Brooke D - $5 - 8pm

Saturday, September 15th
8 pm

On tour from Los Angeles, singer/songwriter Ben Justus has a great folk sound that fans of Andrew Bird and Kings of Leon will enjoy. Ben Justus is a singer/songwriter that has just begun. Even though he has over ten years of writing and performing, he is an artist with the true meaning of longevity.

We heard Brooke D. perform at the cafe at the Bitchez Brew Review and we wanted her back! Brooke D. is a Bay Area native that has been performing as an acoustic solo act for 4 years. While her musical journey started with just piano and vocals, in June of 2011, she decided to experiment with vocal looping and beat boxing, on a Line 6 DL4 Delay pedal.