Oakland Grown.org Blog

Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

4th Annual Oakland Indie Awards – It’s nomination time! ,

More info at http://oaklandunwrapped.org/indies/

Please take a few minutes to nominate the Oakland
business or artist(s) that inspired you this year.

Nominations Due by March 24

Click here

Save the date!
Come to the Awards Party May 14

Cheer on the winners as you enjoy food from
over 20 different Oakland restaurants, local beer, wine, tea,
coffee, and chocolate, DJ spinning Oakland music,
cool products from Oakland Unwrapped stores, and more!

Friday, May 14, 2010
5:30 – 9:00pm

Jack London Pavilion
(Formerly Barnes & Noble)
98 Broadway, Oakland


Early Bird Tickets
$15 each or 2 for $25

After April 1
$20 each

Buy Tickets here

Getting there:

Bike valet
by East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Available in Jack London Square

Accessible by Multiple AC Transit Lines

Docks at Jack London

Spread the Word!

Indie Awards on Facebook
Find the Indies on Facebook

Sponsor the Event!

Help support this inspiring event, and get
exposure in front of Oakland lovers, businesses,
nonprofits, policy makers, bankers, investors, and more!
See our sponsor details and packet here


Opportunities available prior to and day of event!
Contact Andrea Walker for more details.
510.663.2253 x301

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Thank you to our sponsors!


Countdown to Oakland’s NYE Celebrations to Ring in 2010! ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Food and Drink,Music — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 6:29 pm

Have you made plans yet? If not, Oakland Grown is here to help!

Here’s a list of comprehensive guides to help you find the right party to ring in the New Year:

DO Oakland Grown New Year’s Eve Festivities

East Bay Express NYE Event Search for Oakland

East Bay Express Countdown to Midnight

The DTO (Downtown Oakland) New Year’s Eve 2010

Oakland Local New Year’s Eve in Oakland and around the Bay Area

Restaurant NYE Dinners

Spice Monkey Cafe & Restaurant

Vo’s Restaurant


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.

Read the article here


Doing the Broadway Shuttle ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Ideas,Music,Oakland Recreation — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:41 pm

from theOakBook.com

As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will soon link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.
As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.

The Broadway Shuttle is expected to begin early next year, and comes as Jack London Square seeks to become a regional culinary destination on a par with the Ferry Building in San Francisco or Pikes Place Market in Seattle. A $1 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District combined with $200,000 from Jack London Square Partners and $160,000 from downtown area redevelopment funds will pay for most of the shuttle’s first two years of operation.

read more here


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.

read more here


Local Artisans Take Over Jack London Market ,

DiabloMag.com By Kristin Carey

Holiday Buy Night offers the chance to get one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts from Bay Area vendors.

Read more here


Summer Solstice Music Festival ,

Filed under: Events,Music,Staycation — jodylcolley @ 7:30 pm



Saturday, June 20, 1-7pm
38th Avenue & MacArthur Boulevard, Laurel Neighborhood, Oakland

For the fourth year in a row, the Laurel Village Association is coordinating a Summer Solstice Music Festival on June 20, 2009. Amateur and professional musicians perform for free in unconventional public spaces such as street corners, merchant parking lots, and residential driveways. Join us at numerous sites along MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland’s Laurel neighborhood from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. on June 20th!



No such thing as too many bars! ,

It’s always nice to read a positive story about Oakland and especially the birth of new indie businesses. The Uptown district is seeing a ton of new, cool watering holes opening in the wake of the Fox Theater renovation. Read more about them here Oakland Bars Tap into Demand.


Uptown Unveiled Party June 18 5-10pm ,

Filed under: Events,Music — oaklandgrown @ 9:56 am
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Uptown Unveiled! is a free street fair on Thursday, June 18, 2009 that will offer a glimpse into the hip, happening Uptown neighborhood. Running from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. centered in and round Telegraph Avenue from 16th Street to West Grand/Broadway, the event will encompass and feature live music on three stages, activities at the famed Fox Oakland Theater, Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland Ice Center and the new Fox Square mini-park in addition to area art galleries, restaurants, shops and nightspots. http://www.meetdowntownoak.com


Best of the East Bay Party Main Stage Line-Up ,

Announced on the Oakland Grown blog first!

The East Bay Express‘s Best of the East Bay Party on August 7th at the Oakland Museum of California will feature the following bands on the Amoeba Music main stage:

Superfinos VTO, The Thrill of it All, Mystic Rage, Swann Danger, Souls of Mischief, C U Next Weekend (Shampu), Dizzy Balloon, Social Unrest, Fracas, and Goapele

The festival includes 7 other stages, live art, film, dance, Style Lounge of great local designers, Chabot Space & Science Center Kid’s Party Zone, food and vendor villages, and other celebrations of East Bay talent and creativity.

5pm – Midnight

Free, all ages

1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Take BART or use the event’s Bike Valet Parking