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More Bands Are Chasing Fewer Bucks ,

East Bay Express

This article as well as the comments paint an ominous picture of what is happening to the Bay Area and Oakland indie music scene. Well, at least what is left of it…

Support your independent music venues and music stores. Their existence depends on us. -TTR

EastBayExpress.com by David Downs     Additional Reporting by Kathleen Wentz

There’s music everywhere. Money? Not so much.

In these tech-savvy, DIY times, the spectrum of a band’s economic options has widened to include more ways of doing business. Bands can write, record, distribute, and market music globally for next to nothing. If you’ve got the hooks, the Internet can make you a big fish fast. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more dollars. In fact, if anything, it’s become even harder for bands to make a living.

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Express Launches a New Beer and Live Music Venue ,

EastBayExpress.com by Robert Gannon

The East Bay Express is sticking its toe into the beer and entertainment business with the launch of EBX Bleeding Heart Lager and Club X. In keeping with the newspaper’s commitment to localism, the beer is brewed a few blocks from the Express’ office, and the 500-capacity club is conveniently located downstairs from the paper’s headquarters.

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Oakland’s local shops brim with holiday cheer ,

Ariel Gallegos, in Nathan & Co on Piedmont Avenue, says shopping local is one of her values. (by Emilie Raguso)

OaklandLocal.com by Emilie Raguso

Oakland merchants are making it easy to buy unique goodies this season with extended hours, a thriving online marketplace and holiday shopping events galore.

This Friday, for example, from 6 to 8 p.m., more than 100 Oakland shops will join in a citywide Open House to celebrate the season. Shoppers around Lakeshore will find carriage rides and face painting. Merchants from Fruitvale to Rockridge, all around Lake Merritt, uptown, downtown, Montclair, Laurel and East MacArthur Boulevard will offer refreshments, specials and entertainment.

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Locavore Holiday Shopping Events This Weekend ,

NYTimes.com The Bay Area by Armand Emamdjomeh

The second night of Oakland’s Holiday Buy Night kicks off at 5 p.m. tonight and will run until 10 p.m. inside the Jack London Market. It features crafted goods with an emphasis on merchants who don’t have traditional storefronts. There, Linden Street Brewery will officially launch the new East Bay Express-sponsored beer, Bleeding Heart Lager.

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CBS Video: Holiday Buy Night Day 1

Day 1 (Thursday 12/10/09)

Featuring a profile of Yazi Rose clothing and spotlighting Oaklandish and Oakland Unwrapped c0-founder Erin Kilmer-Neel!

Reported by Sherri Hu:


Join us for Day2 TONGHT Friday 12/11/09 from 5-10pm in the Jack London Market



Oakland “Holiday Buy Night” offers indie Christmas shopping choices

Oakland Tribune by Angela Woodall

Shoppers looking for big-screen TVs and video game consoles at the “Holiday Buy Night” on Jack London Square Thursday and Friday night would be disappointed. But the waterfront market would be just the place to find hand-printed T-shirts, plates with scenes of Oakland, dresses, a menorah carved from stone, stationary, handcrafted jewelry, candles, boxes, bowls, baby blankets and unique offerings that no Walmart could come close to…

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There is always time for Happy Hour! ,

Doesn’t matter how heavy the workload, what the weather’s like or if I have friends in tow or not, there is always time for Happy Hour! I tend to head for the spots that also have food generally small plates to nibble on with my adult beverage of choice. While the time range on these vary quite a bit, I tend to show up between 5-6pm to score a seat and hang out for awhile. Here are my neighborhood haunts.

Penelope at the corner of 11th & Clay on the border between Old & Downtown Oakland, Tung & Johnny always have a list of specials at the end of the bar. Creative original cocktails and bar bites.

2022 Restaurant & Bar (formally know as AVE) 2022 Telegraph Ave on the backside of the Paramount Theater Stop by and say hello to Gairy, Robert or Mesfin and partake in some drink and small plate specials.

Levende at 8th & Washington in Old Oakland This one ends at 6pm so don’t be late! Many of the regular appetizers show up in bar bite sizes and the beer special is pretty good.

Look for a more detailed, comprehensive list here in January 2010. Want to share your favorite Happy Hour spot with Oakland Grown? Shoot us an email at oaklandgrown@omlf.com with the bar/restaurant name, address and why you like it there!