Thank you for inquiring about performing at The Uptown. We are a medium size venue located in the center of Oakland’s entertainment district, near the Fox Theater. We have two large rooms. The live room has a meticulously tuned sound system and modern stage lighting. The bar side is decorated with a 30-foot historic mahogany bar that came through the Panama Canal.
We are locally owned and operated. Our motto is “diverse programming for a diverse Oakland.”
Please fill out the form below. Due to the large number of requests we receive for booking it may take us several days. We try to respond to every email as quickly as possible. Please feel free to follow-up with us if you don’t hear back, perhaps including more details as to why we should consider your show.
Tuesdays: We offer free live entertainment in the front of the bar. We call it Two Piece Tuesdays. In reality Two Piece Tuesdays’ acts range from solo performers to larger ensembles.
Wednesdays: We host Stand-up Comedy in the courtyard from 7-9pm and a karaoke night 9pm-midnight. Conceivably we might be able to host a show on this night with enough notice.
Thursdays: We try to reserve this night for local bands with perhaps one touring band. Let us know if you are able to put together a 3-band lineup that draws near-to-over 100 people.
Fridays & Saturdays: Weekends are booked fairly far in advance, although on rare occasions may become available on short notice. We expect your show to draw at least 200 on a weekend. We occasionally book day parties on Saturdays or early seated shows (ending no later than 8pm).
If you are confirmed for a show, first and foremost, TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FANS. List the show on your website and make a FB event. Send emails, post bulletins, make a poster, let radio stations know. The sooner people know about your show, the better. We request that confirmed bands not play anywhere else in the Bay Area within two weeks before and after the scheduled date. We firmly believe that one big show is better than multiple smaller ones.
FYI it is easier for us to help promote videos if they are posted on a format that allows for links. Like Vimeo or YouTube.