About & All That Jazz
This event is different.
&ATJ is all about fantastic jazz music and the social partner dancing that goes along with it. Specifically mid-to-slow tempo groovy swing, NOLA jazz, and jazzy blues & torch songs.
This is not a crossover event but rather a place for people who adore both lindy and blues and think that doing both in one night is just about the best thing ever.
Returning to Oakland for the second time, we're excited to announce that we'll be at the incredibly cool Omni Commons.
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Music will range from "mostly lindy" to "mostly blues", with excellent DJs from across the North America taking care of us each night.
Fine Print: Music Expectations
90% of the music at the event will be “jazz” or “jazz related”. Primarily (groovy) swing, NOLA jazz, jazzy blues, and torch songs.
The other ish 10% will be jazz-inspired things like soul, gospel, vintage R&B, funk, boogie woogie, and the like. Nothing approaching EDM or “alt blues”. While “trip hop” and “electro swing” may be jazz inspired genres, those will be not be played either.
Lindy / Swing
The swing will be on the groovy and slow side. There'll be a good split between slow (< 120bpm) and medium-tempo (120-150bpm), with some faster ones thrown in at the DJ's discretion.
Delta-/Chicago-/Piedmont-/Rock- Blues all have their place, but we'll focus exclusively on the jazzier side of the genre and open it to include NOLA Jazz and Torch Songs. This probably means no electric guitar or harmonica, probably. There'll be a nice mix of slow (< 80bmp) and mid-tempo (80-120) songs, with some faster ones thrown in at the DJ's discretion.
DJ'd Dancing: 9pm–3am, Friday-Sunday
Venue & Map
The Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
The Omni Commons
The Omni Commons is collective community space in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, dedicated to a shared political vision of more equitable spaces. With solid wood floors and surrounded by a balcony (and library!), the 3000+ square foot balroom walks the line between vintage and punk. We will add to the intimacy of this already cozy space with couches, rugs, and nooks for socializing.
This venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information please refer to the Omni Commons webste.
Food & Drink
There will be snacks served all night. Alchohol may or may not be served for a small (cash) donation.
Parking & Transit
Parking in the area will be difficult, we suggest that you carpool and don't leave anything visible inside your car, or take a Lyft. The MacArthur BART is a 10-minute walk, though the last train is between 12:30-1:00am and you may not want to walk alone so late at night.
Registration will open November 19, 2019 at noon (PST). We are limiting attendance to 200 and you are expected to purchase a ticket before arriving at the event. We are asking for $60/person, but you are encouraged to pay more or less depending on your financial needs.
The Fine Print
&ATJ is a pay-what-you-can event. For this event to run there will need to be money to pay the venue, DJs, and organizers — so if you can afford the ticket price of $60, great. If you can afford more, great. If you cannot, great — pay what you can (including $0).
Volunteering at &ATJ is handled differently than most events. Because we are a pay-what-you-can event, we don't conflate volunteering and getting in for free. Regardless of how much you pay to attend this event, we could use your help with various tasks — mostly setting up the space and cleaning it afterwards. You can indicate you are interested in volunteering on the registration form.
Registration & Waitlist
Tickets will not be available at the door — if you want in, register before you show up.
Tickets will be guaranteed for the first 200 registrants. A waitlist will be created for those who register after. This has to be strict. Invite your friends and make sure everybody you want to go registers as soon as registration opens.
Every guest needs to be registered separately, though the same email address can be used for multiple guests.
Transferrals & Revocations
Due to the limited nature of &ATJ, transferring your ticket to another person will be allowed only as long as the event is not sold out. After that time ticket transfers will not be allowed. Instead, you may seek a refund up to one week before the event thereby allowing someone on the waitlist to attend.
If there have been allegations of sexual assault directed towards you (in- or out-side of the dance scene) and the involved parties request that you not attend then your ticket will be revoked and a full refund given. Such revocations can only happen prior to one month before the event.
Transparency & Who Gets Paid
DJs (including staff) are paid $30-40/hour. Other staff is paid $15-25/hour. Volunteers aren't paid. Profits will be split by the two main organizers (Mark & Rachel) and Holistic Resistance.
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Please use the housing googledoc to request or offer housing. Housing is not guaranteed and will not be facilitated more than this.