Bird land seems to be the center for people looking to enjoy music in it's purest form, an enthusiastic audience and engaging performers. There is no one drink minimum, no dress code, and no marble staircase but this creates an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and puts enjoyable music, community and good vibes at the forefront! Long live bird land!
For anyone who has not experienced Birdland Jazzista Social Club let me just say you have not had the true east bay music/ jazz experience yet. Jimmy Gray aka Mc Drunken MOnk....
Let me know when you want me to put the dream team together there Kuya......Bring the noise... J
Birdland is a truly special place - a community venue like no other where music lovers of all walks of life gather for some of the best music played in Berkeley, and certainly the best atmosphere. I am so excited for what this might bring to the Jazzista community and the greater East Bay, Mike is a visionary! Long live Birdland
Having played in the Berkley location and the Manila location it always feels like I am playing at home around great people. I feel the freedom to create freely and the crowd is actually listening. Good vibes all around. Looking forward to the new location!
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This was a huge and vibrant community a few years ago. Sad as I am to see it leave Berkeley, I am glad that there will be another incarnation of the Social Club closer than Manilla (in the Philippines)!
It started as a way to give the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble kids a place to perform in a "real world" setting, as live music venues everywhere, but especially for teenagers, were closing down. Like the Berkeley High Jazz Program, It should have stayed a "Berkeley thing," while spreading to influence the rest of the country. Even while it was being heralded by Forbes Magazine as a new model for building community (just as the musicians arrived for the East Bay Debut of the Filipino Jazz Festival"....), it was shut down.
It didn't survive the move to a "regular" venue (which actually also got shut down), but hopefully with a space that can be worked with to provide the intimacy and various books and crannies, artworks, cooking spaces, and workshop areas as the old Birdland, the sense of community and neighborhood will return.
Too bad it won't be a Berkeley neighborhood, but we will play where the Bird Man sings!
In Oakland we got medical pot just in case you get your trauma from a bullet flying by.
Please tell me how to change it and get it back.
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Berkeley Birdland is one of the few remnants of what made Berkeley, and the Bay Area, the cultural center of the world in the 60's and 70's. The immediate neighbors are fine with it being there (ecstatic probably), and the level of noise, traffic and other inconvenience to the neighborhood is negligible. The city has no business interfering with a private party where, as far as I know, no complaints have actually been filed.
So stoked! Hella near my house, just like old times when I lived in Berkeley!
Birdland is one of my favorite places to be in the East Bay. Good food, great people, amazing music. All the essential ingredients for a good time.
I'm excited! Looking forward for the new place! I will be happy to serve free drinks and sing some Tagalog song for my kuya babe.. Haha ;)
FYI, there will be an informational event this Sunday --
Green Sunday (3/9):
Technology, Race and Civil Liberties: The Case of Oakland’s “Domain Awareness Center”
Presented by the Oakland Privacy Working Group
Sunday, March 9th, 2014, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland
Thanks to the EBEx for the best coverage of the situation in our local newspapers.
I'm glad the DAC got torpedoed in its current form because it is an ill thought out center that had no mission, no protocols, no budget and not because I think Oakland does not need security-we do. Quan's quote though is priceless- "I wish I had paid attention to it a little earlier,” Quan said. “I really thought it was a no-brainer.” But this is the dangle of $11 million in front of a cash strapped city (our fault- it need not be so) with no management leadership discipline.
Bryan Parker voted for it as port commissioner.
Mortality rates and statistics such as these are why support of national organizations like Sisters Network or grassroots community based organizations like Carrie's Touch is so critical to raising awareness, educating patients and providing support for those battling it. The best thing we can do is arm women in the African-American community with access to care and knowledge so they can be well informed patients with breast cancer awareness in their consciousness.
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