Fox Theater, Oakland!

Go!  That’s really all I can say, go.  Go!

What is it you’re talking about, Bex?  Well, the Fox Theater in Oakland just re-opened after being closed for almost 50 years.  The city and surrounding businesses put something like $75 MILLION dollars into renovating the whole thing, attempting to keep almost everything original.  It’s blow your mind, kick you in the face amazing.  It was first built in the 20’s to show those crazy new “talking pictures”, and you can definitely feel that almost obscenely over the top glamour they were so prone to having..

That was a view from the balcony section mid-way through renovations, and here’s a final product shot..

You’ll notice what people have been calling Buddhas next to the stage, but they actually were created as warrior protectors.  My own personal belief is that as long as their eyes are glowing, they are warding off zombies.

Booking is done by Another Planet, who also book for the Greek Theater and The Independent, and produce the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival.  Needless to say, in the 3 weeks The Fox has been open, we’ve had acts like Social Distortion, Michael Franti, Cake, and Modest Mouse.. and future booking looks to be amazing as well.

Ok, yes, this is a bit of a fluff piece because yes, I do work there.. and I have totally drank the Kool-aid and want this place to do absolutely amazing things.  It’s just so damn exciting.  It’s a fantastic thing for the downtown Oakland area, and for the East Bay in general.  Go check it out, you won’t be disappointed.



2 Responses to “Fox Theater, Oakland!”

  1. February 27, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I will fully agree with becca on this one. Was there on sunday night for modest mouse. And yes they did put on one hell of a show but I think that was in part with the sickest venue I have ever seen. Yes my time as a concert goer has been short but from what I have seen this blows the doors off of every bay area venue and maybe in the united states for indoors. There was no line for the bathroom or the bar which is unheard of. And the best part there is barely any line for the bar, and also the ventilation system is fed from the ground which means there is always a cool breeze right under your feet. This meant being almost cold on the dance floor which takes a while to deal with. But for someone like me who runs hot it is an awesome feeling. So all in all, I agree fully with becca and I know it will be my venue of choice from now on. Hope to see you all there. I think my next show there is the Black Keys. Should kick ass, keep rockin earplugs are the new condoms. And make sure to get over to captaincrebler.blogspot.com. to see what I am up to as well. Sweet peace


  2. 2 max
    March 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    wowzers. it looks amazing.
    I see the decemberists are coming up…
    fave live band at potentially new fave venue?

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