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16th Annual Art & Soul Oakland
August 20 & 21, 2016
The City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its Sweet 16 with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Professional and backyard pit masters from all over California will show off their skills while competing for cash prizes. The public will be invited to view the action up close and, for a small fee, sample succulent BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. As in previous years, tens of thousands are expected for a festive weekend showcasing the Best of the East Bay. This year’s lineup will spotlight Oakland’s hot music scene and legacy, featuring dozens of top local bands performing Blues, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more. The full lineup will be announced in early June. Additional highlights include the return of the mesmerizing Turf & All-Styles Dance Battle; the Bay Area’s hottest urban, world and modern dance troupes; scores of artisans and an interactive Family Fun Zone.
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355 Bar & Lounge
An elegant atmosphere with an affordable menu and a diverse clientele.
355 19th St.,
M-F 4p-2a; Sa & Su 8p-2a
Modern yet casual, downtown location with a hip and interesting clientele.
492 - 9th St.,
Oakland's premier Latin club. Tapas and Latin music.
428 - 3rd St.,
Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and Latin. Predominantly LGBT.
ERA artbar and lounge
A major new space for art, music and culture in Oakland's booming Uptown neighborhood.
19 Grand Ave.,
Historic Sweet's Ballroom
A hearthstone of Uptown Oakland, this postmodern dancehall is infused with mysticism.
Dancing Th-Sa 10p-2a. Salsa, Reggae and World Music.
1408 Webster St.,
Tu-W & Su 11a-10:30p, Th-Sa 11a-2a
Entertainment, good food and billiards. An appetizer menu featuring Southern classics to satisfy your hunger.
522 - 2nd St.,
Open M-Sa, Hours vary
McGinty's Roadside Roadhouse
A family place. Serving American food. 401 2nd St.
401 2nd St.
Edgy art and sublime dining featuring Modern American cuisine.
2442 Webster St.,
M-Th & Su 4:30p-12a; F & Sa 4:30p-2a
Oasis Restaurant & Bar
American Lunch, West African Dinner, Reggae, R&B, Funk and House music.
135 - 12th St.,
M-Tu 11a-4p, W-Su 11a-2a
Information forthcoming from club
2272 Telegraph Ave.
Live music six nights a week. Underground, Rock & Roll.
2330 Telegraph Ave.,
Oakland's newest nightclub featuring live music. Rock, R&B, Jazz and Bluegrass. Opening summer 2005.
1928 Telegraph Ave.,
Yoshi's World Class Jazz House & Japanese Restaurant
Featuring new food, wine and sake menus crafted by newly appointed Executive Chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio at the West Coast's premier jazz club.
510 Embarcadero West,
(Jack London Square),
M-Th 5:30-10p; F & Sa 5:30-10:30p; Su 5:00-9p. Su matinee lunch 12-2p begins Nov. 25.