I wandered over to Thursday Night Live, the twice-monthly street fest on Washington and 9th, to see how the gathering was going since it started in June. Instead of shutting off Washington, 9th Street was closed, and guards checked IDs because the cocktails were flowing. The music wasn’t my thing but the crowd of about 100 seemed to be grooving along. More vendors with cooler goods were also on hand. My favorite was the Obama ’08 football jersey in the Raiders silver and black.
Raj, the manager of the Washington Inn, was there sipping something fuschia colored on ice. The speed dating club, 8Minute Dating, might start holding sessions at the hotel’s restaurant, Seison. But more about that later.
The first Thursday Night Live was hot. Last week, the mood matched the cool weather, so I headed indoors and ran into Kevin and Dirk, co-owners of B Restaurant and Levende East (respectively), who complained bitterly about the lack of media coverage for Thursday Night Live…
I wrote about it several times (I replied defensively) but what they really wanted is high-profile coverage. The Chron could cover it easily because the street fest happens right outside the paper’s East Bay bureau. The TV camers only come around for crime stories, they said. I think they were fishing for more coverage and a sponsor for next summer. They and the other organizers, incl from the Air Lounge and I think Caffe 817 (can’t remember if Jesso’s is pitching in), are paying for everything out of their own pocket. It’s good for business but still…Kevin said the hot ticket for future Thursdays is Sept. 4 when Cuban jam master Fito Reinoso takes to the street.