1743 San Pablo Ave, thenewparish.com
PEG offers a top tier music venue in The New Parish that features the best of the best of upcoming talent across all Genres. We also have a great cocktail lounge in The Rock Steady and a cafe with The Speakerbox Cafe on the same block. Leo’s is the best venue for emerging artists in the East Bay with a great intimate setting.
Number of years in Oakland: 5
From Jason Perkins, of Parish Entertainment Group
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
A: My business partner and I had worked in the music industry in San Francisco for most of our adult lives but in Oakland, we saw a whole new scene that had an authenticity that our hometown was starting to lose. We saw a business and artistic culture that was far more wide reaching and which inspired us to really push the boundaries of what we we wanted to do with music venues. We could embrace the many micro scenes happening in the East Bay rather than cater to the few left we had in SF.
Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
A: Our customers love The New Parish and Leo’s because we are delivering great talent in a small environment at a great price.
Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
A: The people who work for the city of Oakland actually live in Oakland and so want to see you achieve your dreams.
Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
A: The Layover is just this amazing scene of so many different folks all rocking out to great tunes and cocktails. It’s a Gem.
Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A: Oakland is made special by the diversity that exists and we can never forget where our strength is derived from.