by Jody Colley
On August 6, the East Bay Express celebrates its winners of the 2010 Best of the East Bay readers’ poll and editors’ picks all along the Jack London Square waterfront. Over 20,000 guests are expected to attend and salute the best ideas, products and services that are borne out of the East Bay region.
This year’s Best of the East Bay Party main stage (sponsored by Amoeba Music) will feature twelve local bands: The Mighty Underdogs (made up of Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, Lateef from Latyrx and Headnodic from Crown City Rockers), Everything Must Go, Finish Ticket, Zydeco Flames, The Memphis Murder Men, Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, Kit & the Branded Men, Bang Data, Birds and Batteries, Stone Foxes, Cheetahs on the Moon, and Fans of Jimmy Century.
Make sure to spend some time lounging in the Blues Pavilion (sponsored by the Bay Area Blues Society and Yoshi's), where the Express pays tribute to the venerable blues history of Russell City in Hayward and 7th Street in West Oakland with performances by some of the best blues musicians in the East Bay.
The Chabot Space & Science Center’s Kids’ Party Zone (sponsored by BandWorks and Bay Area Girls Rock Camp) will feature local kid bands The Vat, Poison Apple Pie, and Room 19. Performances are by members of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. The Kids’ Party Zone will also offer hands-on science projects and fun activities.
A world class street art show will be found at the event, including live art demonstrations from the East Bay's best artists (sponsored by 57-33 and Montana Cans). At the Gear Head Garage, you can feast your eyes on classic cars, motorcycles, and other works of art that feature gears and grease.
Don't miss the extreme sports, indie designer villages, and local restaurant vendors. It’s sure to be the region’s best party of the year.
When: Friday, August 6, 2010
Where: Jack London Square waterfront
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Attendance: All Ages
Getting there: BART (Lake Merritt or 12th Street stations), AC Transit, Alameda-Oakland Ferry, Broadway Shuttle, Amtrak. Free bike valet parking provided by the East Bay Bike Coalition.
All proceeds from the bar will benefit the local nonprofit, OneCalifornia Foundation.
Discounted fares to the event are available by Amtrak: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/Amtrak
Discounted overnight lodging is available at the Waterfront Hotel: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/Hotel
VIP Packages for the event are now on sale: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/VIP
This blog will be updated regularly throughout the summer with more information about the Best of the East Bay Party. You can view the 2009 blog here.