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Comment Archives: stories: Music

Re: “Popular Uptown Oakland Jazz Venue The Sound Room to Relocate and Expand

Regarding the plight of the owners of the Sound Room who must vacate their current venue and relocate due to upcoming development plans for their location, the Sound Room is a GREAT venue for jazz artists. My friends and I go there often because the atmosphere is so welcoming, the owners are so hard-working and sincere, we love to hear the artists who play there, and it is affordable for people with limited incomes. As we all know, performing artists and performance venues often suffer from a "Cinderella Syndrome" and are treated like less-than-necessary items when it comes to attracting funding, promotion and development. Art in any form is an expression of love by the artist. Compensation, if and when it comes, is a welcome but secondary factor. Most are underpaid or starving. Too bad performing artists and their venues cannot attract the frenzy of money and support from donors that materializes at the barest mention of competitive sports and monster-sized arenas, which always seem to run on pure greed all the way around. The heart of artistic entertainment more often than not, comes to us free or grossly under compensated. I sincerely hope the owners of the Sound Room, who have made a huge financial and personal sacrifice to pursue this venture, will find a fairy godmother to help them achieve their goal of showcasing and helping local jazz artists---Marilyn Kosinski, Music Coordinator & Concert Producer, St. Paul's Towers, Oakland.

Posted by Marilyn R. Kosinski on 09/01/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “We Asked Locals How They Discover New Music

In the Aug 30 2017 edition in the Music section on page 38 you had a one page article entitled "We asked locals how they discover new music" with several answers from local luminaries. Conspicuously absent from all the answers was local college radio stations, notably UCBerk's KALX and my all time favorite Los Altos Hills Community College's KFJC. As any volunteer set up the dj's exhibit a wide range of tastes, etc. but there are quite a few who have done their homework and bring an amazing assortment of new music, be it ambient, dub, down temp or for the most part uncharacterizable but great music. They also publish their playlists. It may take some listening to find the djs you like but generally the good ones are during the morning commute or later in the evening. In contrast, the best the responders in the article could suggest are after the fact sites like Pandora and spotify, or asking friends for suggestions. Not even helpful.

Posted by Robert Peck on 08/31/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “5th Annual Hiero Day in Oakland

This is actually the 6th annual Hiero Day. Can you make that edit?

Posted by Alexis Cuevas on 08/31/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Lee Williams and the Holy Ghost

I enjoyed the reading from 2012 of Lee Williams and the Holy Ghost

Posted by Essie Goodson on 08/07/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Papier-Mâché Bestiality and Striking Telemarketers In Oakland Mean Boots Riley is Making a Movie

Hey- I'm married to a black tele-marketer. Need a consultant.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 07/27/2017 at 7:49 PM
Posted by Devi Genuone on 07/19/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Oakland’s New Budget — What’s in it for the Arts?

The activists are never happy because they can never get enough and would rather complain than take it upon themselves to help in truly the right way which is assist others in being more self reliant not subsidies. So tired of it all and the division they stoke via their mantra on social justice versus personal responsibility.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 07/15/2017 at 5:57 AM

Re: “Aimee Mann at UC Theatre


Posted by Igor Davis on 07/13/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Oakland’s New Budget — What’s in it for the Arts?

It is true that the Kaplan/Brooks budget did cut police officers and did not fully fund the fire inspectors requested by the mayor, and claimed to expand arts grants, but it wasn't a balanced budget and could not legally pass. This article glosses over a very complex subject to provide only one, narrow point of view laden with misinformation - which seems to be the EBX MO these days.

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 07/13/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Aimee Mann at UC Theatre

going to be epic~ can't wait!

Posted by Yoni Mayeri on 07/13/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Björk Breathes New Life Into Craneway Pavilion

My wife and I saw Bjork at Craneway and it was amazing. Intimate and mind expanding. The venue is a beautiful use of architecture / preservation and reuse. This venue is top notch. @vallejo could take a tip and put something like this on the edge of the Napa River. If we had a venue on the Waterfront we could be visited by Icelandic Fairies and magical performers like Bjork.

Posted by TJ Walkup on 07/07/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Barbara Manning and Debora Iyall at Albany’s Ivy Room

What! no link to the said "EP" I am crushed. I just know it will be a masterpiece.

Posted by Robert Owens on 07/07/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

Great, great music--but two major complaints.

1. Only two alcoholic beverages sold: A craft beer...and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

2. It's called Burger Bugaloo...and only one vendor was there selling burgers. A tiny...expensive....grass-fed....yuppie burger.

That makes no sense! Have a dozen burger trucks!! Not one!! Why would you think of rejecting a quality vendor that wants to sell burgers at the Burger Bugaloo?????

Posted by Les Toil on 07/01/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

Autocorrect error:
Mr. Ribak, not Mr. Final.

Posted by Kirk Steven Baugh on 06/30/2017 at 7:32 PM

Re: “On the Phenomenon of Burger Boogaloo — and the Oakland Couple Who Makes It Happen

2015 was great, 2016 was an entrance line nightmare. Mr. Final says he has the line thing figured out -- I hope so, but just splitting the VIP and GA doesn't sound like a solution.
by the way, my comments last year -- about standing in line for 2 hours, and then just giving up and giving my tickets away -- wasn't grumbling. It was a customercomplaint, and a plea to the promoter to get it right this year.
Thanks, Kirk Baugh.

Posted by Kirk Steven Baugh on 06/30/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “On Garage Rock's Masked Conservatism and Regressive Politics

What a bunch of authoritarian nonsense, the left once an antidote to right wing religion and jingoistic Americanism, now the province of people who have the thinking skill set and personal agency of a Jerry Falwell follower.

This is AM radio and FOX news "war on Christmas" stupid

Posted by team satan on 06/30/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Burger After Parties!

Eli's has been a rock club for a long time, old timer

Posted by Jason Testasecca on 06/29/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “On Garage Rock's Masked Conservatism and Regressive Politics

'Garage rock' is conservative insofar as its adherents and practitioners reject most post-70's advances in technology and changes in popular culture. It is no more inherently 'politically conservative' than any other style of music. John Lydon likes Donald Trump; Mo Tucker is a Tea Partier; Johnny Ramone was a rock-ribbed Republican, yet we would not and should not condemn punk rock or the New York experimental music scene of the late 1960s because people with 'regressive politics' were 'allowed' to participate.

Posted by John Seal on 06/29/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Burger After Parties!

Eli's used to be Home of the West Coast Blues. Now it's this? My Town is gone, been gone... I'm just in denial. Thinking anything can be done about any of it...
Oh well. Have fun, white kids.

Posted by Andy Nelsen 1 on 06/29/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Shayla Jamerson is So Oakland

Thank You Shayla for making a difference.
Although, I'm not a native of Oakland, but I'm a black lady from Chicago living in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of attending "SoOakland"this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for your vision and continued Blessings on your Journey!!

Posted by stephanien12 on 06/26/2017 at 4:23 PM

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