Historic Oakland blues club to get new life as housing, art space

In its heyday, Esther’s Orbit Room was a hopping blues and jazz club in the heart of West Oakland’s thriving Black business and entertainment strip, where people gathered to hear Etta James, B.B. King and other greats. Today, all that’s left of the historic club is a faded sign above a street full of vacant storefronts.

But it may not be long before passersby can once again hear music spilling from Esther’s doors, as part of a grand plan by The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative to turn the defunct venue near the West Oakland BART station into a community arts and concert space, a cafe

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