By Brent James
Nestled inconspicuously on 12th Street in West Oakland in a neighborhood known as Prescott (or the “Lower Bottoms” to the longtime residents of the area) is a quaint little building that you will probably miss if you blink. A structure of brick and hardwood and matted red carpets that haven’t been touched since the 1960s, the building standing at 1658 12th Street is the Continental Club – a once a mighty Jazz and Blues supper joint that helped Oakland and the East Bay Area garner the reputation of being the “Motown of the West.” Along with Slim Jenkins’ Supper Club, Esther’s Orbit Room, and dozens of other nightclubs that sprawled along 7th Street, the stages in these rooms once hosted the likes of Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Etta James, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Ike and Tina Turner, and even Jimi Hendrix. The list goes on and the stories are endless if you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the “old timers” of the area. In this neighborhood, people still say “good morning” and spend many a Summer night on their porches, so that’s pretty easy to do.
By Brent James
The Sam Vincent Foundation -- named in honor of Sam Vincent, a talented chef and musician who tragically passed in 2011 -- holds their 3rd Annual Punk Rock Benefit show on July 26th at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. Join Amoeba and the SVF for an evening of live music with from Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (Brooklyn), Blazing Eye (Brooklyn), Lecherous Gaze (Oakland), Reckless (Oakland), Stay Scared (Oakland), Catastrophe (Ventura), and Dirt Flood (Colorado).
In addition to the full line-up of punk's finest, there will also be a raffle for amazing prizes. Admission at the door is just $10 and proceeds benefit the Sam Vincent Foundation, which carries on Sam's passion by working with at-risk youth in the culinary arts.
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm. 21+
Eli’s Mile High Club
3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland
An event so electrifying, the Bay Area couldn't bear to let it go! LASERIUM® The Cosmic Laser Concert and the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland are extending the classic laser light show set to the beats of such rock icons as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles! Visit the Chabot planetarium for a stunning light show that is music for your eyes.
Whether you are a fan from the past or new to the show, LASERIUM® draws you into the light. See it, hear it, experience it, again for the first time. Get your tickets HERE!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of LASERIUM® The Cosmic Laser Concert and the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland is hosting its return to the Bay Area! Amoeba is proud to sponsor this classic laser light show set to the beats of such rock icons as Pink Floyd and The Beatles. Immersed in the darkness of the planetarium, this stunning light show is music for your eyes.
Whether you are a fan from the past or new to the show, LASERIUM® draws you into the light. See it, hear it, experience it, again for the first time!
This is a limited engagement. Shows start on November 3rd and go through January. Get your tickets HERE!
Mission Creek Oakland (MCO) returns in September for a month-long festival packed with shows featuring dozens of local bands and showcasing fifteen venues such as the Uptown Nightclub, The Stork Club, Children’s Fairy Land, and all-ages spaces Rock Paper Scissors and the 25th Street Collective.
The Uptown Nightclub hosts the official opening party in conjunction with First Friday on September 6th, with Naytronix, Clipd Beaks, YNGBNS, and Safeword.
Highlights of the month include a film night at Book Zoo with shorts by local animators, a comedy night at Good Bellies Cafe, and Experimental Notations -- an art installation of sound and its corresponding graphic notation held at Adobe Books and Rock Paper Scissors.
MCO will also be hosting an all-day, all-ages block party in conjunction with the Art Beat Foundation and the East Bay Express. The block party will feature open galleries and businesses throughout the block, a full day of music held at the 25th Street Collective warehouse, and a delicious collection of area food trucks.
Check out the Mission Creek Oakland website for more events and updates!
MCO collaborates with local venues and artists to create unique events and provide a platform for up-and-coming East Bay talent. MCO is a volunteer-run extension of San Francisco’s Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival and is co-produced by the East Bay Express. The festival is sponsored by Amoeba Music, Deli Radio, The B on Broadway, Art Beat Foundation, Sapporo, and Refraction Studios.