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Stepping out Uptown last night

By awoodall
Friday, February 1st, 2008 at 10:29 am in Oakland nightlife, Oaksterdam, Uptown.

So I decided to swing by the Uptown since the new owners took it over and reopened in November.  The place is lookin’ good. And the vibe is much less dark and doomy than it used to be. Going out was a sort of celebration on my second day without crutches and first day wearing something besides flat shoes in five months (Yes I am healed, people! I can walk!). I ended up staying until late, really late. I just couldn’t leave after Los High Tops took the stage, followed by Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, who totally rocked the place. The crowd was way too small but made up for it in O-town-style enthusiasm. Things are bubbling over there by the Uptown and the (soon-to-reopen) Fox Theatre. I had just finished a call outside when who should stop by but co-founder of the soon-to-open Awaken Cafe, Cortt Dunlap avec wife. They were just peeking in the door to see the place on their way home from the new IT restaurant, Flora. The One review said the Mexicali restaurant was “not yet blooming” (keyword YET).  Dunlap and his wife said they really liked it.  Tim, who runs the Easy Lounge over on Lakeshore and co-owns Radio and the Ruby Room, showed up at the Uptown a while later with a Radio bartender. They put the dancefloor to use and I think they shut the place down. Last I saw they were standing outside with Dickerson and his band mates Jimmy Sutton and Jason Smay. Night Owl or not, I had to head home, but decided to stop by the Stork Club on the way. It was too late (did I think I was in New York?) and the swarm of kiddy grunge punks on the sidewalk just didn’t appeal. But it was good to just walk right up and turn around on my own two legs! Cheers.

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6 Responses to “Stepping out Uptown last night”

  1. Jim Says:

    What a show from Deke. A true American legend. A very good show – sorry to see it half full on a Thursday night.

  2. Angela Woodall Says:

    Yeah, despite the cold he did a great job rousing folks. As for the audience, you know what they say: it’s not the size that matters :)
    The Uptown and Deke just needed to do a better job of getting the word out. I stumbled in there not knowing anything about the lineup, the bands, etc.

  3. Jim Says:

    It was cold. I think the band mentioned it was the coldest place in 25 years.

  4. Angela Woodall Says:

    And the band mentioned that about 25 times. Someone said that shot that Deke Dickerson rarely drinks (at least on stage I guess) but it was just too damn cold not to. I’ll definitely ask the new owners what was up. Even the bartenders were bundled up and it looked like it wasn’t the first time.

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