So glad that there is a good live music venue so close to home in the East Bay. We used to always have to drive to San Francisco and though it is close, crossing the bridge and trying to find parking can be a nightmare. I wonder how much of our time was spent hunting for parking when we used to go to the Elbow Room in the mission every wednesday back when the weekly rockabilly shows were still happening.
I have always had good experiences when we have gone to gigs at The Uptown in Oakland. Tickets are reasonably priced, bartenders are friendly and it never has taken too long to get served. And they have a screen up in the bar area that shows the band so you do not have to miss anything when you go to grab a drink. The next show we are going to is on Friday, March 9th, when Deke Dickerson plays (with supporting bands The RevTones and The B Stars). We've seen him several times over the years but it has been a while since the last time and with tickets only $12 in advance and the venue just a short drive to Oakland, how can we not go? Nice little pre-Viva gig to get us in the spirit!
I have to remember to check The Uptown's site more often. Just yesterday I looked and found three more shows we want to go to. Two do not have tickets for sale yet but one does...The Skatalites! We'll be seeing them Friday, April 27th. Tickets are $17 in advance. I grabbed the following photo of them from the website for The Uptown.
I love how I was able to buy us tickets for both shows and even with $11.50 in service charges it was still less than how much I have spent on one ticket for other concerts in the past. Now I am just waiting for tickets to go on sale for the other two shows we want to go to...Harrington Saints on 3/25 and the Polecats on 6/7!