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Saturday
Jul282012

RUSTY STRING EXPRESS w/ Kim Kenny and the Otherlys

SATURDAY, JULY 28
8 PM
$8 ADVANCE/$10 DOOR

Soulful Acoustic Strings and Voices at The Awaken Cafe on July 28!  The Rusty String Express is local favorite playing an exciting range of Irish, Gypsy Jazz, Pop and Old Time favorites.  Kim Kenny and The Otherlys blend blues, soul and bluegrass, weaving songs that celebrate love, loss, foolish abandon, release and mercy.  Together for the first time, these two bands will make your toes tap and your heart sing!  Tickets 8 dollars in advance, 10 at the door.


 

Friday
Jul272012

SMOKIN' DYNAMITE

FRIDAY, JULY 27
8 PM

Oliver steps out from behind the bar to rock some blues with his band, Smokin’ Dynamite!  Led by legendary bluesman Clifton Burton on harmonica and vocals, this band goes great with a cold beer.

 

Thursday
Jul262012

TRIVIA NIGHT IS BACK!

THURSDAY JULY 26
7 PM

It’s Trivia Night the way we originally intended - with LIVE MUSIC AND TACOS!  Bueno Eats will be on hand making homemade tacos, Smokin’ J’s will be rockin’ homemade jams, and Oliver will be challenging your craniums with homemade trivia questions!  Bring a team or come and join one - its a blast!

 

Saturday
Jul212012

BITCHEZ BREW REVUE

SATURDAY, JULY 21
7 PM - FREE

The East Bay’s premiere literary showcase features the haunting vocal loops of BROOKE DABALOS, the sublime naughtiness of MG ROBERTS, the passion of SEAN LABRADOR Y MANZANO, the street smart engine known as CASSANDRA DALLETT, the deadpan gut and jaw of JOEL LANDMINE, the knee melting heat of MAISHA Z.JOHNSON, the heartbreaking dark humor of JOHN PANZER and the sheer heart of JASON SCHEINHEIT.


Thursday
Jul192012

EVERY OTHER THURSDAY!

THURSDAY JULY 19
7 PM

Music and more with your host Tom Lattanand. Featuring AudioAngel.

 

 

Friday
Jul132012

TRIPLE CHICKEN FOOT plus special guests

FRIDAY, JULY 13
7:30 PM
$4 ADVANCE, $5 DOOR

Triple Chicken Foot is an old time trio playing fiddle and banjo tunes featuring Ben Guzman on fiddle/mandolin, Mike Heinle on banjo ans Kelly Martin on guitar.

They were voted “Best Folk Band in L.A.” in 2011 by LA Weekly.  They are known for keeping roots music alive by hosting square dances and produce the Los Angeles Old Time Social.

There will be square dancing folk at this show so bring your dancing shoes or sit back and watch!

 

Saturday
Jul072012

KELSEY ST. PRESS CRAWL W/ THE DUKE OF NORFOLK

SATURDAY, JULY 7
5PM

 5 - 6PM :The Beast Crawl presents the best experimental poets in the country!

 1. RENA ROSENWASSER is a co-founder of Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley in 1974, and served as the Press’ director for over 20 years.  Under her direction Kelsey Street has established itself as the oldest women’s experimental press in the nation.  2. HAZEL WHITE is a 2008 winner of Tony Labat’s Monologue Competition at the SF MOMA.  Her first book, “Peril as Architectural Enrichment” was published by Kelsey Street in 2011. 3. TIFF DRESDEN is the author of “Because Icarus-Children” from Winteredpress and the chapbook “Aeolus, Variations on the Element.”  4.  VALERIE WITTE has had work appear in Eleven-Eleven, Faultlne, VOLT, Switchback, No Tell Motel and the Lone Mountain Anthology. She is a member of the ge collective.  5. AMBER DI PIETRA is a poet and disability culture worker in San Francisco. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Make, A Chicago Literary Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky, Mrs. Maybe and TRY.  6.  MONICA PECK is a 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Grant Recipient.  She is the author of the chapbooks “Bug,” “While You Were Watching” and “Bower to Bower.” Her work has appeared in Poetic Labor Project, Five Fingers Review, The Walrus and she is a member of the ge collective. 7. ERIN H. HEATH is a recent MFA in Writing grad of the California College for the Arts and is working on a manuscript about Oakland’s KEY ROUTE transit system which discontinued in 1958.  She has lived in NYC and Seoul, Korea. 8. GABRIELLE GLICKSTEIN graduated with a BFA in Writing from the Pratt Institute in New York where she is from.  Before moving to Oakland, she worked on a raw goat dairy farm and chocolate factory.  She is working on building a traffic light.

Followed by music from The Duke Of Norfolk!

The Duke of Norfolk (born Adam Howard) has been writing songs since December 2007. He released a piano-based album called “Shadows and Shapes” in December of 2009 under the name Adam Howard, before realizing that there are approximately 30,000 other Adam Howards in the world. Wishing for a new start and a new name, he picked up an acoustic guitar, claimed his rightful place in the royal family in the summer of 2010 and has been The Duke of Norfolk ever since.

 

Friday
Jul062012

July First Friday with JL Stiles & Nice Guy Trio

Friday, July 6th
7:00 pm - Midnight 
7:30 pm: Nice Guys Trio
9:00 pm: JL Stiles
FREE

Artist Reception for Raul Jorcino:  I paint from memories. I don’t look at pictures. My childhood memories bring back vivid colors from Buenos Aires and many other things from those years. These images resurface with energy as I explore with different techniques and media.  Buildings, structures and inner spaces are present in many of my pictures. I often find myself creating large-scale paintings following a simple demonstration sketch during a lesson with kindergarten children. Children are truly inspirational. One only needs to watch a child approach a blank piece of paper without fears of making “mistakes” to understand that art is truly about the process and the passion of creating. The final product is secondary.

The Nice Guy Trio is Darren Johnston on trumpet, Rob Reich on accordion, and Daniel Fabricant on bass. Their sound is a unique mix of roots and innovation, of soulfulness and humor. In concert they focus on their own original compositions, occasionally adding songs by jazz greats, by their favorite local composers, or pieces from various folk traditions.

JL Stiles is a unique animal who for the first time is merging two totally different fields of truth seeking: Ragtime blues and higher mathematics.  Both of these disparate strands filtered through a lifetime on the run, searching for a universal truth from psychedelic Brazilian forests to US college campuses and further into his own unique vision.  JL Stiles has a mind that sees music in a similar way to how J.S. Bach saw music.  However, Bach never played the blues.

Thursday
Jul052012

WATER TOWER BUCKET BOYS

THURSDAY, JULY 5
8PM

“After 5 years on the road, 4 albums under their belt and multiple international tours, Water Tower has been brewing up a storm in the folk music world.  The boys have collaborated live with members of bands like Frank Turner, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Foghorn Stringband and shared the stage with acts like Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, Wilco, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, and Woody Pines.  They have toured extensively in both the USA and abroad, and performed live on the BBC, NPR, and RTE.  Their all original sound is infectious and has spread far and wide to audiences of all ages and walks of life.  Based in Portland, Oregon these young gents got their start busking on street corners playing traditional old time and bluegrass, eventually honing their sound as a solid dance band playing square dances and bluegrass festivals up and down the west coast.”

 

WWW.WATERTOWERBAND.COM

Wednesday
Jun202012

Tommy Near Music

Wednesday, June 20
7pm - 9pm
Free

Good old American acoustic music with Tommy Near originals as well as covers.

Tommy Near music is all about life, and the things that compose it. Spawned out of times and trials, good times and bad times, ups and downs, Tommy has been creating music for the past ten years. Hailing from a suburb of Sacramento, Tommy was a kid trying to figure out if he wanted to be Dave Matthews or Dr. Dre when he grew up. After graduating high school, Tommy spent a year in Chicago trying to find his own niche of music that blended his acoustic love and his love for irony and metaphors… this acoustic love led him into playing death metal and moving to the south. After a 3 year stint of touring with his metal band, Tommy moved back to Northern California, to redefine his life and music. Thus, the music you hear today is a chronicling of the events that led to where he is today. And the covers that he plays, are the songs that hold true to that “not so straight and narrow” road that he has traveled. In short, Tommy plays music made in America for the world….. if that makes sense.