Opening Weekend at Oakland's Fox Theater

Opening Weekend at Oakland's Historic Fox Theater

Fox Theater - Oakland by Josh Miller
The wait is over. Following extensive renovations to restore the historic Fox Theater to its treasured state, Another Planet Entertainment hosts the Fox Theater's opening weekend of sold-out concerts. The Fox will open to the public on Friday, February 6, when the seminal punk band Social Distortion plays the Theater for one night only. Bay Area favorites Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline on Saturday, February 7, with ALO supporting.

Fox Theater's current lineup includes:

02/06 Social Distortion
02/07 Michael Franti & Spearhead w/ ALO
02/13 Will Downing
02/20 Ragga Muffins Festival - w/ Stephen Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Julian Marley, and K'NAAN
02/21 CAKE
02/22 Modest Mouse
02/28 Video Games Livev 04/03 The Moody Blues
04/15 Franz Ferdinand
04/16 B.B. King
04/17 Band of Horses
04/18 The Black Keys
04/20 Bloc Party
05/26 Animal Collective

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster outlets or at and For Visa Signature Preferred Seating, go to

The doors of the Fox Theater had been closed for over 40 years until Friends of the Fox, an organization formed to advocate the restoration of the Fox and its use as a live music venue, raised the money needed to start the renovation of the beautiful and historic building. After three years and $70 million, The Fox is ready to open its doors. The Fox Theater is a more concert-friendly facility with flexible capacity from 1,500 to 2,800.

A key feature to the venue is accessibility. The Fox Theater is BART-friendly, located just across the street from the 19th Street station in downtown Oakland. In addition, visit our website at for detailed parking information.

Another Planet Entertainment will manage the day-to day operations of the theater.

JamBase photographer Josh Miller was invited to a private pre-showing of Oakland's Fox. Here are his pics:

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okalrightic Thu 2/5/2009 02:20PM
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place looks fuckin sick...solid lineup too

Claypool99 Thu 2/5/2009 02:26PM
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It's not everyday that I'm proud to live in Oakland. Definitely stoked about it right now.

PunkJazz Thu 2/5/2009 02:28PM
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funkedup Thu 2/5/2009 02:34PM
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looks like an awesome place to see a show! That Ragga Muffins festival looks pretty fun too

PWA starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 02:35PM
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In a Big Country Thu 2/5/2009 02:38PM
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In a Big Country

dude im not a die hard fan of any of those bands....but thats one hell of an opening week...

danpfunk Thu 2/5/2009 02:43PM
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Just saw an CNBC special on "Oaksterdam", now this. I shoulda taken that job at World Savings when I had the chance.

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 03:44PM
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i dig the statues and ceiling.

would be sweet if claypool plays here

EMHJR6762 starstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 04:05PM
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iwantstogetfunkedup Thu 2/5/2009 04:37PM
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^^^ Oakland has a great vibe! Not sure you encountered the right people my friend which is too bad. Anyways, got my Black Keys tix already and couldn't be more stoked for this venue!!!

O1Roggae Thu 2/5/2009 05:20PM
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awesome looking venue. I wished I lived in cali..

maddmax9 Thu 2/5/2009 06:25PM
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NEVER talk shit about Oakland. You will die...literally...seriously

djschusta Thu 2/5/2009 06:41PM
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Woah. That regalia is palatial!

Ned8 starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/5/2009 07:38PM
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I lived in Oakland and it has its good,bad and ugly but this type of venue can only be positive for the City. The renovation is amazing. Wow!!!!!

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/6/2009 07:12AM
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This place looks amazing, well worth the trip across the bay next time im in SF! which is the best part about oakland... its across the bay from SF.

Mr_McDankenstein starstarstarstar Fri 2/6/2009 09:33AM
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danpfunk i just saw the same thing. i never had any reason to go to oakland, never really wanted one but this will do.

WarmCarl Fri 2/6/2009 12:02PM
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See what happens when you leave me alone in that place for 5 minutes with nothing but a metal pipe and a jar mayonnaise?

deadphish001 starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/7/2009 03:14AM
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Place looks sick, and can;t wait to see a show there. Way to go Oakland

tommont starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/9/2009 02:46AM
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that is ridiculous don't talk sh*t about oakland or you will die literally seriously! come on sh*t can happen anywhere. you don't know oakland, bro! i love oakland and have lived around here most of my life. FOX Theater oakland is beyond wonderful. I went for solliliquists of sound, alo and Franti. it was a bit boomy on this, my first show at the venue, but that will be solved over time. i hung mostly in the nice vip standing area you get w/ visa purchased tix (or visa gold?). the theater is incredible inside. though the paramount may bump it slightly for sheer architectural beauty this has to be the best larger venue in the bay area. well mid sized i should say not the #s of HP or oracle. incredible attention to detail in the rehab of this architectural gem. the staff everywhere was outstanding. for those that drink or even if you are just getting a soda the bars are EVERYWHERE, six or seven of them. the big bar facing the street w/ the window so you can see your friends coming up to get in line or enter the venue is terrific. the old Westinghouse light switch board where you can move the switches and lights go on and off is very cool, great little idea to have kept that in place. the two buddhas (w/ eyes lit up, very cool, a bit spooky but cool!) on either side of the stage are marvelous. I can't speak highly enough of this fantastic venue right in my backyard. I am beyond impressed. Franti was fine and everyone loved it...ALO kicked ass but sadly just a short five song set (the psychedelic jam w/ great lights that ended the set was the best part i thought, out of a song i forget title). Solliliquists were okay but didn't knock my socks off. I will return (soon!)