Amber Gougis is going places, but she’s taking her own winding way. A thoughtful singer who infuses jazz with soul and brings an improvisation-laced sensibility to Chicago blues and mid-century R&B, she returns to the Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley on Wednesday. While she’s earned widespread respect around the Bay Area music scene, the Oakland singer decided to give up her every-other-week gig at the Gourmet Ghetto eatery after a two-year run to take a position as a nanny.
San Francisco and Oakland have them, and now Berkeley can boast its own parklet too!
For working musicians the value of a good regular gig falls somewhere between gold and platinum. What distinguishes a good gig from a bad one? Money is only part of the equation. The opportunity for creative expression ranks high, as do audiences that, at a minimum, don’t treat music as a conversational obstacle best overcome by talking louder. Respectful management is value added (you might be surprised to hear how many music-presenting establishments are run by people who make no secret of their disdain for musicians). For these reasons and others, Kickin the Mule treasures its long-running Friday gig at the Cheese Board on Shattuck Avenue. (more…)
It's taken a while, but the Gourmet Ghetto should soon welcome too parklets for noshers and passers-by.
Asked to name four or five of the most important Bay Area venues where musicians can try out new concepts and even savvy music fans are likely to overlook Berkeley’s Cheese Board Collective. But with two acts a day Tuesday through Saturday, the informal setting has proven to be an invaluable proving ground for acts like internationally acclaimed jazz crooner Ed Reed, the versatile blues combo Kickin’ The Mule, and most recently the incandescent Latin American songsters Cascada de Flores.
Far West Brewing is hoping to open a craft brewery, barrel-aging facility and restaurant on Berkeley's 6th Street.
A new ranking of best restaurants in the country includes some interesting choices, including three in the East Bay.
Four East Bay restaurants have been singled out by Zagat for being the best in the Bay Area for particular types of cuisine. Want to know who they are?
By John Harris
Gourmet Ghetto businesses want to build parklets in their neighborhood but the city doesn't have an approval process in place as yet to review applications for these slivers of open space designed to enhance urban neighborhoods.
By Hannah Long
By John Harris
The back story behind the artisan food business Phoenix Pastificio, a Berkeley Farmers' Market regular.