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It’s Third Saturday in Oakland, and a new set of live music at Lounge 3411. Bands from all over the Bay bring local talent together for a show you won’t hear on Clear Channel radio. Since its launch in January, the “Bands of the Bay” series has attracted music fans to Lounge 3411, a nearly new bar on the border of the Dimond and Laurel neighborhoods. Even our bridge-weary neighbors who prefer to stay in San Francisco make the trip to Lounge 3411.

Host Dan Eagan scouts the talent for this monthly showcase, and says his inspiration comes from his travels as a musician. He came through Texas in 2007, where he played his guitar at various clubs. He writes:

What moved me to create “Bands of the Bay” was Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Music legends Stevie Ray Vaughan and George Strait were discovered here. Another legendary musician, Kent Finlay, hosts a Wednesday night gathering of songwriters, who would try out their original material hoping to hit the big time in Austin or Nashville. That Cheatham Street’s friendly, encouraging, and open creative discourse was something foreign to me. It felt very welcoming as a musician new to town.

In Texas, the musician is an occupation held in high esteem. This is a place where even the bus driver or police officer is working on a new song. Here in the Bay Area, I hope to encourage the same reverence for new music and spread that same encouragement Finlay gave to me.

After years of playing music in Oregon, Colorado, Texas and Wisconsin, I started hosting songwriter showcases in San Francisco and moved the showcase to Lounge 3411 when I returned to my native Oakland. We host full bands instead of acoustic songwriters and with less of an open mic format.

Tonight, Pennsylvania transplants Chris Morelli and Bob Pierce join forces with keyboardist Sarah Matthews to create a soulful sound with the Sarah Matthews band. Tyler Gordon of Falmouth, Massachusetts and his band Red Penny One emulates Ireland’s U2 and Jeremy Goodfeather plays a roots/blues with some western twang. Oakland’s own Caldecott delivers an alternative rock feel. Special guest Dylan Champagne opens the night with a songwriter set reminiscent of the late Elliot Smith.

The details:

Saturday, May 15
9 p.m.
Lounge 3411
3411 MacArthur Blvd.


The green light is on for Sushi Park, the newest addition to the "Gourmet Glenview."

A hand-written note still sticks to the door at 4209 Park Blvd. Its message, saying that PG&E still needs to run an inspection, is thankfully moot.

That’s because Sushi Park owner Zandong Guan said by phone today that the soon-to-be restaurant has passed the test.

“We hope to open at the end of the month,” he said.

For weeks, brown butcher paper has covered the storefront, leaving neighbors to wonder what had happened to the shuttered Design Framing space.

Tony, the manager of the laundromat next door, says he looks forward to the opening. “It will be nice to try the sake,” he said with a smile.

Rice beverages will count for part of the menu at Sushi Park. But hopeful connoisseurs may want to study Beau Timken’s Web site, True Sake. He keeps his “first American sake store” in San Francisco.

Last week the Glenview proved it knows how to garden party. Just in time for May 1, neighbors planted day lilies and carpet roses on the Park Boulevard median.

Glenview neighbors came out for the Median Strip Clean-Up on April 24. A few dozen GlenFriends, the Glenview Neighborhood Association board members and students from Edna Brewer Middle School came out in honor of Earth Day:

Marie, Viola, Christian and Delana gather with other green-thumbers at 8:30 a.m. and weeded, swept and planted until noon.

A City of Oakland truck packing mulch rolled up to the Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church at 8:30 a.m. last Saturday.

The city also lent a few employees to help clean and haul out the cuttings.

Meet Theresa, City of Oakland employee and median queen.

The City of Oakland also lent gloves, jackets and rakes. Some of the city's tools were lovingly labeled by Michael Hunt, aid to City Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente and District 5 superhero.

Dandelions and deeply rooted weeds had raided the garden beds.

Carol gardens with some students from Edna Brewer Middle School. The building stands on the busy stretch of 13th Ave. and Park Blvd. and becomes a tough spot for pick-up after school.

In an effort to make 13th Ave. a one-way road part of the time, Edna Brewer's principal Sam Pasarow is "requesting the city’s help in changing the traffic pattern on 13th Avenue." Here he looks on as music students perform at the potluck.

Music program director Zack Pitt-Smith conducts the band from Edna Brewer Middle School, who later enjoyed a few donated slices from Pastino's Pasta & Pizza.

The Glenview's new Captain Paul Figueroa of the Oakland Police Department drops by to meet the neighbors.

The GNA president Bob initially asked the city to turn on the drip water system a few days ahead of Earth Day but due to rains, this precaution was unnecessary. Shut down for the winter, the drip system will turn back on for the warmer months. He used the GNA's media strip fund and donations from the Friends of Park & Recreation to purchase the carpet roses and day lilies.

Today the colors on the median sparkled from their trimmed, earthern beds.

More photos coming soon to…