grand lake

As a part of free First Fridays, The Uptown will be hosting some of Oakland’s finest and a guest from LA. The line-up will be Grand Lake, Man/Miracle, Whispertown2000 and No’s.

If you haven’t heard Grand Lake yet, it’s about time to check them out. Fronted by Caleb Nichols, formerly of Port O’Brien, the band’s songs are simple yet affecting. The Deli SF wrote, “At times rootsy and other times ethereal, the songs currently streaming on the band’s MySpace are multi-layered, well-executed and quite infectious.” Some elements come across as quite rock and roll (channeling cited influences such as The Breeders and The Pixies). But the songs range in tempo and mood, and will not disappoint.

[audio:] Grand Lake – “Nevermint”

Man/Miracle has become a favorite of some folks here, not only for their compulsively catchy songs, but also because of their incredible on-stage energy. Even if the band’s MySpace songs don’t appeal off the bat, give their live show a try. These guys can wake up any sleepy nighttime crowd.

The show starts at 9pm and is free!