Thursday Sep 29, 2011

Dave Wakeling & The English Beat Ready to Rock Treasure Island

Get Ready to Dance to 2 Tone Ska at the Oracle Appreciation Event

The English Beat emerged into the post-punk music scene of the 80s, headed up by Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar. Wakeling played with The English Beat through three hit albums and with General Public, which produced two best-selling albums. And now he's going to rock the Oracle Appreciation Event Wednesday, October 5.

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Thursday Sep 23, 2010

Eclectic Lineup Rocks Treasure Island Appreciation Event

Live Twitter Feed Makes Attendees Part of the Act

 

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Upwards of 25,000 customers and users, techs and execs, partners and vendors all came together and partied down at the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Appreciation Event on Treasure Island. Nobody had trouble finding something to do, with entertainment that included a full carnival midway with lots of games and rides, tents and booths serving up food and drinks, a diverse lineup of musical acts, and a stunning full moon that rose over the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

On the main stage, Berlin opened with their hits from the 80s plus some modern-sounding new releases. Midway through their set, tiny Terri Nunn hopped onto a roadie's shoulders and took a tour of the audience, happily greeting fans and leading a sing-along.

"Can you believe this?" she asked the crowd. "What a company party ...!"

 

 

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Next up, the Black Eyed Peas stormed the stage in full hip-hop regalia with dancers, props, and neon exoskeletons. They played a full set and left the crowd dancing and calling for more. Steve Miller closed things down with a long set that concluded with Terri Nunn back on stage for a duet.

 

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On the indoor stage, the English Beat, Montgomery Gentry, and Don Henley kept their half of the crowd cheering and dancing to three genres--and three generations--of great music. Henley closed his set with the Eagles' Grammy-winning hit "Hotel California."

 

Between sets, two giant video screens scrolled through tweets that used the conference and Appreciation Event hashtags. There were tweets like these:

RT@mandiho426 Does your DB security provider hire Steve Miller band for you? #oow10ti Yea Oracle!

RT@briancharrison Black Eyed Peas were great at #oow10, but Montgomery Gentry is what American country is all about. Wish I had my hat and boots.

 

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RT@arewold Hello Larry, I am a Java developer, and right now I like you quite a lot! #oow10ti #javaone

 

RT@larrywake Updating presentations to include new Oracle tagline "Hardware and Software Engineered to be Fergalicious." #oow10 #solaris

And the somewhat less fortunate:

RT@ghrd Huge queue at Moscone for party buses. From experience I strongly suggest taking a bus from a hotel #oow10

RT@binoy1 Can we apply some cache fusion to the food queues at #OOW10

RT@ddelmoli Where are the Oracle snuggies? It's cold out here #oow10

RT@rootwyrm Well, #oow10 has officially destroyed any hope of making deadline with their awesome music. Whoops!


Friday Sep 10, 2010

Second Guest Post by Dave Wakeling of The English Beat

Catch The English Beat at the Appreciation Event on Treasure Island on Wednesday, September 22

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If you register for any conference pass between September 3 and 10, you'll be eligible for a drawing to meet The English Beat in person at the Appreciation Event. Learn more.

 

In his second guest post for the OpenWorld blog, Dave Wakeling, lead singer and guitarist for The English Beat, sent us his impressions of San Francisco.

"Uber-European sensibility and pioneer brass tacks, what's not to love about San Francisco? Always wanted to live there, but always kept hostage by sun and sand of LA.

A Shangri-la of my youth, following Bill Graham's productions from afar, but wishing so hard it was like I was there, I got to be in a group and have dinner with him at his house to fill in any details I hadn't already embroidered.

Beautiful color combinations on houses; like the gaiety of English Victoriana before her Prince died and the Queen wanted everything painted black. I always hope there is a relationship, for little survived in the UK.

San Francisco, oddly enough, is a very modest city, considering the amazing cultural and technological advances that have been hatched on crowded freeways that all end in 80, a subtle defense against strangers, as fiendish as the design of any medieval city. Always at the sharp end of change, a multicultural experiment in community and compassion, and like a proven new wine, a captivating blend of rough and refined.

All of this makes San Francisco a natural leader in the 21st century. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius got its kick-off here in many ways. What will come out of San Francisco in this generation to make those dreams come true? How exciting to be a part of this!

Always room for improvement; traffic manners have sadly declined considerably in the past 20 years, whereas they have unpredictably improved in LA. Yes, your horn works! But where de ya think ya from, buddy, New York or somethin'? Get outta here! I have learned that in the eternal competition between SF and LA, this is counted against you, as though your tension is giving you away, and letting the Cali chill down."


Written in the Granada Theater Dallas car park in a tour bus during a thunderstorm,
September 2010

Read Dave's first post recounting his memories of playing at OpenWorld 2007.

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