Posts Tagged ‘oakland

17
Jan
10

Evolutionista – “Dawnward Spiral” – Free Download

Oakland’s Evolutionista puts together a nice blend of downtempo on this mix and its solid the whole way through. Features tracks by Bluetech, Hudson Mohawk, Bonobo, Air, Modeselektor, and others. Excellent tunes for the chill hours.

26
Feb
09

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.

yar.




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