The Sound Room Oakland Jazz

The Sound Room Oakland
Jazz at The Sound Room in Oakland

ENTERTAINMENT

www.soundroom.org

A community supported live music venue dedicated to jazz, R&B and world music presented in an intimate listening room. We feature the best from the region, the nation and the world.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We had been hiring bands for our own private events for almost 20 years. We eventually started a monthly house concert series that presented live jazz for almost 4 years. We quickly realized how few decent venues were available for professional musicians and how little the bands got paid. We decided to search for a location where we could support music with a room designed for attentive audiences. We signed a lease on our current spot almost 5 years ago and opened November ’12. We have steadily improved the space but have been very frugal. We have a core of volunteer helpers that make it possible to present over 150 shows a year.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Great music presented in an intimate venue which respects musicians.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The vibe of the changing downtown/uptown district. The city, county and state agencies have been good to us but have not contributed any financial support.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
The Octopus

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A community of music lovers who buy tickets and world class musicians who perform.

The Golden Bull

ENTERTAINMENT

www.thegoldenbullbar.com

The Golden Bull offers a fun healthy environment for patrons to relax and unwind. Our bar offers a huge variety of beverages served by a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Fresh fruit squeezed daily. We offer a great happy hour and night time live music and DJs that bring a diverse and fun crowd, full of locals and people from all over the world.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The current owners frequented and played music in this establishment over a decade ago, when it belonged to a previous owner. It was always a fun place to be and left us with great memories. We had a vision of breathing life back into these walls with an updated feel to it, while maintaining the classic nostalgic feel of downtown Oakland.
We are grateful to be able to make it possible for locals and travelers alike to continue to create more of the great memories and great times in what was then and still remains… The Golden Bull.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Our business offers a diverse crowd, friendly knowledgeable staff, live music, comedy, in a comfortable environment offering a pool table, pin ball machines, photo booth and big TVs and projector to watch televised events.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Almost everything is within walking or riding distance, if not, BART is always available.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Oaklandish, Dogwood, Oakland Metro, Sacred Tattoo, Five & Dime Tattoo, Portal

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Joaquin Miller Park, Lake Merritt BBQs, and live music of all genres.

Jamaican Jerk Cook Off 2016

MAY 2016 | EVENTS

www.jamaicanjerkcookoff.com

On Memorial Day Monday May 30, the annual Jamaican Jerk Cook Off invites eight teams to square off with their unique version of jerk to impress attendees. Entertainment includes live music and a live Sepak Takraw tournament, MC ~ Greg Bridges of KCSM, steel pan music, awesome feat of athleticism in a combination of soccer, volleyball, acrobatics, and martial arts delivered by members of the Men’s USA National Sepak Takraw team. While the grown-ups enjoy a visit to the Rum Shack or grab a craft beer, the kids get to hang at the Kids zone which will offer opportunities to play the beautiful game with MYS coaches and Teen Mentors.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The money raised from the event will allow My Yute Soccer to continue on their mission. Since 2008, My Yute Soccer has provided a one-week soccer camp each summer to 70 children at Oakland Technical High School, at no cost to parents or participants. It has since grown to offer additional camps each year along with a Teen Mentor program.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
People just love the event and keep coming back year after year to experience the great vibe, incredible food and all-round high spirited atmosphere.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Community! Oakland youth are dear to our hearts and what better place to hold the event than right at the heart of the Oakland, on Broadway.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes! We could not do this without the generosity of our partners. Drake’s Dealership www.drinkdrakes.com/visit/dealership is sponsoring the event and we have amazing Chef partners that volunteer their time from: Chop Bar www.oaklandchopbar.com, The Dock at Linden Street www.thedockoakland.com, Jimmie’s Jerk Chicken, S + S Gastro Grub www.ssgastrogrub.com, La Marcha & Mohari Wellness. In addition with local support from: Calavera www.calaveraoakland.com, People’s Barber Shop www.peoplesbarber.com, Periscope Cellars www.periscopecellars.com, Red Bay Coffee www.redbaycoffee.com, Yahshi Bakes www.yahshibakes.com, The Oakland Chocolate Company and Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It’s home. It feels like one big family.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This is an awesome chance to kick back with friends and family and have a great time, while bringing your excitement and enthusiasm for My Yute Soccer initiatives. This is our main fundraising event. We are a grassroots organization, operated solely by volunteers providing kids with excellent opportunities.

Sara Bush Dance Presents “This Land Oakland-Bringing the Outside In”

MAY 2016 | EVENTS

www.sarahbushdance.org/this-land-oakland
A collection of five multi-media dance pieces inspired by Oakland landscapes.
Featuring live music by gina Breedlove and Melanie DeMore.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
For Sarah Bush Dance Project’s 2015-2016 season, Artistic Director, Sarah Bush brought together Bay Area dancers, musicians and poetry to generate art in an intimate exchange with different outdoor landscapes in Oakland. Their season culminates at Laney College’s Odell Johnson Theater where Bush and company will use a collage of dance, video, recorded sound, poetry, and live music to take the audience on an experiential tour of these 5 unique environments.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
“elegant, muscular choreography danced with controlled abandon”
-audience member

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is awesome! We’ve been creating art here for years and love the city.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes, we receive funding from the City of Oakland, and we performed free events in conjunction with Oakland Parks and Rec as well as East Bay Regional Parks District (parks within Oakland)

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Oakland has amazing art scene and nightlife, but it also has gorgeous natural landscapes within city limits which are even accessible by public transportation.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
We took theater folks outdoors, now we want to bring outdoorsy folks to the theater!

Warehouse 416

Warehouse416

416 26th Street

warehouse416.com

Warehouse416 is a rare intimate venue for people to gather for art, social, or business events in Downtown Oakland. The unique industrial restored open brick and redwood interior, copper skylights, and peaked roof environment creates a distinctive atmosphere for gathering. With Warehouse416 as your hosts for small events such as birthday or holiday parties. Classes and workshops, art events, music or theater shows, weddings or celebrations, we’re committed to making your occasion the best it can be.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Working since 2000 to make Downtown Oakland a destination.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
We offer a uniquely decorated, yet rustic warehouse setting for business or personal rental.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
We love the freedom Oakland offers for creativity.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Our friends and neighbor galleries, all the members of the Oakland Art Murmur.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Oakland is a real city, architecturally, the variety of unique buildings in our neighborhood creates a great environment for entertainment, and walking.

FEBRUARY 2016 | CATEGORY

Comedy Oakland

thursdays and saturdays

www.comedyoakland.com
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm
The Washington Inn
495 10th Street
Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 pm
Spice Monkey
1628 Webster Street

Number of years in Oakland? 7
Comedy Oakland produces live standup comedy shows at venues in Oakland. The shows feature up-and-coming comedians alongside industry pros, from around the USA and world. Our comedians have been featured on TV, Radio, Comedy Festivals, Late Night Talk Shows, Competition Winners, and have performed on every habitable continent!

Oakland provides diverse, smart and sophisticated crowds that appreciate smart, poignant humor along with silly and outrageous jokes. We produce great comedy shows with a cheap ticket price, & provide food and drinks without enforcing any drink minimums like other big clubs. Being in BART accessible locations in Oakland saves patrons a lot of time (driving in and out of the SF) and money (parking, tolls etc).

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Oakland provides diverse, smart and sophisticated crowds that appreciate smart, poignant humor along with silly and outrageous jokes.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Spice Monkey, The Washington Inn, Shift Local, The Sound Room, Marhaba restaurant, The New Parish, and Pan Theater

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A home for my comedy shows!

January 2016 | ENTERTAINMENT

NBA Art Show Opening Party

NBA Art Show

February 2016 | EVENTS

www.oaklandera.com
Era Art Bar & Lounge
19 Grand Ave, Oakland
February 20th

This amazing art show features the work of 25 artists and benefits the Warriors Community Foundation, which is dedicated to making a significant and lasting impact on the lives of underserved youth here in the Bay Area. This is a curated showcase of NBA-themed art prints, paintings, and drawings.

Come meet the artists, view their works, get down to beats provided by KMEL DJ DCisChillin, enjoy NBA-themed drink specials, and watch the Warriors vs Clippers game (starts 5:30pm) on our 8 huge screens.

Event is for ages 21 and over only and is free to attend!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Providing an opportunity for our Oakland community to see the amazing artwork inspired by the NBA and our own Golden State Warriors and raising funds for the Oakland Community Foundation which directly helps our fellow Oaklanders.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Amazing artwork, great music, and the Warriors vs Clippers game all in one comfortable and sophisticated location.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The best community of people in the Bay Area and beyond.

The Flight Deck

ARTS AND CULTURE

www.theflightdeck.org
1540 Broadway
Number of years in Oakland: 1

The Flight Deck is a shared arts space and performance venue that offers performances, workshops, office & meeting space, and rentals for special events. The space features a 99-seat black box theater, a rehearsal studio, and a co-working office. Created by host company Ragged Wing Ensemble, The Flight Deck is home to ten local arts organizations and dozens of local performing and visual artists.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
After running a theater company in the East Bay for a decade, we got frustrated with the lack of performance space in Oakland. There were so many great performing arts groups that had nowhere to present in Downtown. So we created a share model whereby several small organizations share the space and contribute to a lively creative environment. Also, as the landscape of Oakland changes, it is essential to maintain a place where diverse, local voices can be heard and artists can participate in the positive transformation of our city while connecting us to our roots. The Flight Deck is a place where the arts can thrive in Downtown.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
People love The Flight Deck because of its location, and because it’s the only place to produce a play in Downtown Oakland! Also, the friendly and collaborative environment is welcoming to all.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The diversity of people and art that come through our doors. We will have Turf dancing one day, a classical piano concert the next, a Shakespeare play and then an August Wilson play, a filipino film festival and then the National Poetry Slam, a teen-produced musical and avant garde, immersive performance art. Each event brings a different set of artists and a different audience, and it is so exciting that they are all coming together at The Flight Deck.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Our neighbors – Viscera, Jimmy’s Deli, Oakstop, SoleSpace, Awaken, Bittersweet, Oaklandish, Garden House, Liba Falafel.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The ability to live in an urban environment that has vast diversity of people & culture and all the features of a world-class city, while having quick and easy access to nature and the outdoors.

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

November 2015 | EVENTS

oaklandballet.org
Oakland Ballet Company, The East Bay’s premiere professional dance company, returns to the Paramount Theatre this December with three performances of Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker.

December 19 | 1pm
December 19 | 5pm
December 20 | 2pm

Introduced to Bay Area audiences in 2010 with the arrival of Graham Lustig as Artistic Director, this energetic and witty version of a world-wide classic tells the enchanting story of a young girl’s wintry dream through clever storytelling, thrilling choreography, and vivid costumes.

Truly a production of and for the community it serves, Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker features more than 40 young student dancers ages 7-17, in the roles of adorable snowballs, mice, soldiers and candies, performing alongside the company’s dynamic dancers. Tchaikovsky’s score is performed live by the Oakland Symphony, under the direction of Michael Morgan. In addition, local choral group the Mt. Eden Women’s Ensemble, singing from the wings of the theater, adds its vocal talent to the magical Snow Scene.

Tickets for Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker are on sale now and can be purchased at www.OaklandBallet.org or at the theater box office.

Several related events offer opportunities to support the company and interact with Oakland Ballet dancers in a festive holiday setting:

Land of the Sweets Tea Party
Saturday, December 12, 1-4:30pm
The Bellevue Club, Oakland
This “high tea” Nutcracker fundraiser features finger sandwiches, treats, teas and champagne, as well as Nutcracker performance excerpts, live music, and holiday carols.

Sweet Dreams Parties
Saturday, December 19, 3pm
Sunday, December 20, 4pm
This post-performance reception is great for children and families – meet the characters from the ballet and enjoy sweets and refreshments in the beautiful Paramount Theatre lobby.

Encore Reception
Saturday, December 19, 7pm performance
Celebrate the season at our evening reception including champagne, hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the company of Oakland Ballet dancers.

Qulture Collective

ARTS & CULTURE

qulturecollective.com
1714 Franklin St. Suite 102

Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under one roof, dedicated to serving the queer and allied community in Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

Q: What inspired you to start your business?
We envision a multi-faceted shopping destination that doubles as a community space. Oakland is home to a diverse and vibrant queer community, but lacks central, devoted specifically queer spaces. Qulture Collective focuses on providing a platform for creative and entrepreneurial ventures. Having a shared space will allow for the diverse and talented queer and allied community to connect, share stories and promote inspiration and growth. Our hope is that Qulture Collective will be a home base for exciting new activity and innovations.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Our customers feel a sense of belonging at Qulture Collective, and a freedom to pursue their visions in a healthy, supportive environment.

Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The love! Oakland has a full heart, and the connections that form between people here are genuine and inspiring. People understand the power that comes with purchasing, and the ways that we can create cycles of support by being mindful of what and where we make our purchases. It is clear that the community genuinely supports inclusive spaces.

Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Tay Ho, 19th Street Station, Bergeron Books, Viscera

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Mindful community. Community members value each other and the contributions we all make toward creating a reality that reflects the needs of and benefits for all.