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The end of an era: RIP First Fridays @ Oaklandish

As we settle into 2017, resolutions and changes are widespread, and it’s no different here at Oaklandish. After months of deliberation, we have decided to bring our First Friday events to an end. Oaklandish started hosting our First Fridays in 2011 with groups including Zion I, Hieroglyphics, Los Rakas, the Getback, Erk the Jerk, and more […]

December First Friday: Live Jazz & Tacos Sinaloa

December First Friday: Live Jazz & Tacos Sinaloa

Tacos and Jazz! This First Friday, December 2nd, Oaklandish will be switching gears and hosting a live jazz performance in our downtown Oakland retail store. Come by 1444 Broadway between 7-10pm for refreshments and smooth sounds courtesy of the Lucas De Hart Group. We are happy to have the quartet members back for yet another holiday […]

October First Friday Recap: Elujay & Rayana Jay

Where to start? Well, first there’s the fact that Rayana Jay used to work here Oaklandish and we’re so proud of her! Secondly, we just hosted an Elujay in-store listening party in mid September. Thirdly, OMF changed the layout and organization of their festival from a one-day event to a ten-day, multi-venue event in the […]

Oaklandish x OMF First Friday with Elujay and Rayana Jay

Oaklandish x OMF First Friday with Elujay and Rayana Jay

For our First Friday in October, we are officially partnering with Oakland Music Festival to bring a live performance from two of the Bay Area’s rising talents: Elujay and Rayana Jay! Elujay is a multi-talented emcee and producer from Oakland, CA. The 20-year-old emcee began creating music when he was 14, after a friend of […]

September First Friday: Mara Hruby

September First Friday: Mara Hruby

Summer is almost gone but Oaklandish is still in party mode! To celebrate the dog days of summer we’ll be hosting another First Friday at the Broadway location. This time around we are lucky to be hosting Oakland’s own Mara Hruby! The singer and songwriter Mara Hruby personifies the sound and soul of an alternative jazz […]

August First Friday: Brittsense, Oakland Superheroes Mural Project documentaries + Heru & Hazel Rose

August First Friday: Brittsense, Oakland Superheroes Mural Project documentaries + Heru & Hazel Rose

Oaklandish is back in the First Friday rhythm! For our August installment of the monthly series we are happy to announce two documentary screenings and two musical acts! NYC-based Brittsense, born Brittani Sensabaugh in Oakland, CA has started her ‘222 Movement’ with the goal of documenting inner-city communities that have been forgotten and lack a voice. […]

July First Friday Recap: Fever Charm

We’re a little late on this recap but last First Friday was a fun one! Oaklandish hosted Fever Charm, a genre-blending group with Oakland ties, for a second time in two years! With their music combining a timeless pop sensibility with California surfy-garage rock, its was a night full of chill vibes and cold brews. […]

July First Friday: Fever Charm

July First Friday: Fever Charm

As we soak up the first days of Summer in the beautiful Bay Area, we’re changing it up from our usual First Friday vibes and trying a something a little something different. This First Friday, we’re featuring Oakland’s very own Fever Charm, a band with a unique Rock/Indie-Pop crossover sound that matches the sunny California weather […]

First Friday Recap: Marty Grimes

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of hosting up-and-coming litty Bay Area rapper, Marty Grimes, at our Downtown Oaklandish store. Fans were lined up outside as early as 6:30 for a meet and greet with the rapper, as Grimes posed for photos and signed autographs for his eager fans. With Dion Decibels spinning and keeping the crowd […]

June First Friday: Marty Grimes

June First Friday: Marty Grimes

We are proud to announce the awesome guest performer for our June First Friday event – Marty Grimes! Due to the opening of our new store, BOSK, we took last month off, but this June we are right back at it with another awesome night of music and fun. The event will be held at Oaklandish’s Downtown retail store […]

First Friday Recap: Track Panther

We were back at it this past Friday for a joint DJ session from Track Panthers. Good beer, skilled DJs, moodlights – it was LIT! In our first DJ-only event in quite some time, and eazeYOURmind and DJ Criddy set the bar high as soon as the 1s and 2s started spinning. The traffic started […]

March First Friday: Track Panthers

March First Friday: Track Panthers

We’re not quite sure how we can follow up last month’s First Friday with Locksmith, DJ True Justice and GQ (click here for a recap!) but the Oaklandish crew has tapped two dope DJs to carry the torch for the month of March. The Oaklandish crew is SUPER PROUD to announce that Track Panthers will host […]

First Friday Recap: Locksmith, DJ True Justice & GQ

Well, 2016 First Fridays started with a bang! The first First Friday of the year did not disappoint, with Locksmith, DJ True Justice and GQ absolutely holding it down. With Dion Decibels setting the tone earlier in the night, GQ – otherwise known as Quentin Thomas of Oakland Tech and University of North Carolina at Chapel […]

February First Friday: Locksmith with DJ True Justice & GQ

February First Friday: Locksmith with DJ True Justice & GQ

The new year’s hangover is long gone, we are well into 2016 and that means one thing here at Oaklandish: First Fridays with Dion Decibels are BACK! The event will be at Oaklandish’s downtown Oakland retail store (1444 Broadway) from 7-10pm on February 5th and is a free event for all ages! We are proud to […]

Oaklandish Holiday First Friday Recap

Another First Friday in the books! Our annual holiday remix of the monthly First Friday installment was a success. The drinks were flowing, people were smiling, and there was some good live jazz as Oaklandish customers mingled. The quartet of 16-year-olds was beyond impressive as their 90-minute set caught the attention of everyone at 1444 […]

December First Friday: Live Jazz Downtown

December First Friday: Live Jazz Downtown

This First Friday, December 4th, Oaklandish will be switching gears and hosting a live jazz performance in our downtown Oakland retail store. Come by 1444 Broadway between 7-10pm for refreshments and smooth sounds courtesy of Dion Decibels and the Oaktown Jazz Workshop. We are happy to have the workshop members back for yet another holiday performance! If […]

November First Friday: London + Prentice Powell

November First Friday: London + Prentice Powell

For this month’s First Friday event, we are proud to announce two acts that are sure to be a treat: London and Prentice Powell. London, an Oakland native, who was previously signed to Universal Motown, is currently working on releasing his album ‘Welcome To Londonland’ to the US market. Prentice Powell has been recognized as a National […]

October First Friday: D’Wayne Wiggins

October First Friday: D’Wayne Wiggins

For this month’s First Friday event, we are proud to announce our very special musical guest: the legendary D’Wayne Wiggins. Come join us on 10/2 at our downtown shop, located at 1444 Broadway, from 8-10pm and watch as Wiggins’ graces our Oaklandish store with a rare acoustic performance.  His smooth soul-infused sounds and old-school Oakland […]

Namorados Da Lua – Live @ Oaklandish First Friday

Namorados Da Lua – Live @ Oaklandish First Friday

Oaklandish and resident DJ supreme, Dion Decibels, are getting ready to bring another slammin’ First Friday party to our Downtown store at 1444 Broadway. October 3rd will see Oakland’s newest Brazilian Funk group, Namorados Da Lua, take the stage during our free monthly celebration from 7-10pm. With beer provided once more by Drake’s Brewing Co., […]

Fever Charm @ First Friday

Fever Charm @ First Friday

Fever Charm is a 4-piece band from Oakland, CA. Bridging the gap between East bay rock and the San Francisco indie music scene, Fever Charm has obtained a large amount of buzz regarding their upcoming EP, due out in early 2014. The EP was produced by Matt Noveskey in Austin, TX and Jonathon Devoto in […]

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