Live Shows Banned from 21 Grand After Alcohol Bust at the Bay's #1 Place for Experimental Music

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Yeah, that's Oakland's problem — noise lovers with 40s. This bit of OPD retardedness just in via e-mail from 21 Grand on Dec. 8:

News: We are prevented from having live shows due to permit issues resulting from our unfortunate proximity to another venue being visited by the Alcoholic Beverage Action Team of the Oakland Police Department that took notice of us after 7 1/2 years. We were allowed to present this event, but with a capacity limited to 49 people. Other events will be relocated, and information will be posted on our website. If you want to make reservations (advisable) - please call or email. There is also to be no alcohol at events at 21 Grand. We are working towards complying with the copious regulations and requirements of the City of Oakland to get a cabaret license and maybe, if we're lucky, a beer and wine license. sl

So that's that. We're calling around to learn more. — David Downs
Full release:

21 Grand is located at 416 25th St. (at Broadway) near downtown Oakland.
http://www.21grand.org
(510) 444-7263
Gallery Hours: Thursdays 4-8pm, Fridays 4-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1-6pm
All events are all ages unless otherwise noted | Wheelchair Accessible
http://www.myspace.com/21grand.

News: We are prevented from having live shows due to permit issues resulting from our unfortunate proximity to another venue being visited by the Alcholic Beverage Action Team of the Oakland Police Department that took notice of us after 7 1/2 years. We have been allowed to present our next two scheduled events, but with a capacity limited to 49 people. Other events will be relocated, and information will be posted on our website. If you want to make reservations (advisable) - please call or email. Please be there at least 10 minutes before the scheduled door time, or your place will be given to someone who is here. There is also to be no alcohol at events at 21 Grand. We are working towards complying with the copious regulations and requirements of the City of Oakland to get a cabaret license and maybe, if we're lucky, a beer and wine license. We also greatly apologize for the last minute-ness of this information.

Coming Up at 21 Grand

Saturday, December 8 Set 1: KIHNOUA: with special guests Zeena Parkins 8:30pm, $7-10
KIHNOUA: with special guest Zeena Parkins: compositions for KIHNOUA by Larry Ochs: Larry Ochs - saxophones, Dohee Lee - voice, Scott Amendola percussion and electronics, and Zeena Parkins: el. harp. Limited to 45 persons in the audience by order of the Fire Marshal. There is a second set/show with separate admission to make up for this inconvenience. Please call or email for reservations and show up by 8:20pm to ensure admission. This show will start very shortly after 8:30pm.

Saturday, December 8 Set 2: Zeena Parkins/Larry Ochs/Dohee Lee/Scott Amendola/William Winant/Carla Kihlstedt 10pm, $7-10
Kihnoua with special guest, Zeena Parkins, improvising along with: Carla Kihlstedt: violin, etc. and William Winant: selected percussion. Limited to 43 persons in the audience by order of the Fire Marshal. Please call or email for reservations and show up by 9:50pm to ensure admission. This show will start very shortly after 10pm and will be over by midnight. If capacity allows, attendees for the first show can stay for this show, though priority will be given to those who were unable to attend the 8:30pm show.

Tuesday, December 11 Eugene Chadbourne/Tim Perkis duo + Myles Boisen's Past Present Future 8pm, $7-10
Indescribable country musician and out improvisor Eugene Chadbourne will be performing in a rare Bay Area appearance with local computer/electronics improviser Tim Perkis. Opening set by Myles Boisen's Past Present Future. Limited to 45 persons in the audience by order of the Fire Marshal. Please call or email for reservations and show up by 8:00pm to ensure admission.

In the Gallery
Wahoos: Metal Sculpture Installation by John C. Rogers will be on exhibit from Friday, November 16th through Sunday, December 16th.

Here's the Current Status of Previously Scheduled 21 Grand Events that we are unable to host:
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 FPR Trio + Gratkowski/Perkis/Smith/Bryerton (8:00pm) - moved to 1510 Performance Space | 1510 8th St | mere blocks from West Oakland BART
Thursday, December 13, 2007 Reptet (8:00 pm) - Cancelled - Please go see them perform at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco on Sunday, December 16th
Friday, December 14, 2007 Brian Davis + Castle (9:00pm) - Cancelled - Please go see sound artist, Brian Castle, perform at The Lab in San Francisco on Thursday, December 13th
Saturday, December 15, 2007 Rock Lotto fundraiser for 21 Grand (9:00pm) - This show will probably take place at The Fishtank | 3405 Piedmont Ave. | Oakland

Boilerplate:
21 Grand's experimental music programming is funded in part by grants from the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Clorox Arts Mini-Grant Initiative. We receive general support from the Alameda County Arts Commission Artsgrant program.


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