Thank you for inquiring about performing at The Uptown!
We are a locally owned and operated, medium size independent bar/venue. We are 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 room is decorated with a 30-foot historic mahogany bar that came through the Panama Canal.
Our motto is “diverse programming for a diverse Oakland,” so our calendar is intentionally eclectic.
Please fill out the form below. We try to respond to every email as quickly as possible, but due to the large number of inquiries we receive it may take us a few days to respond. Please feel free to follow-up with us if you don’t hear back, with perhaps 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.