Best Bar with Free Events

The Rock Steady

Ever since party promoter Mike Melero (who moonlights as DJ Bobby Peru) started booking shows at the Rock Steady earlier this year, the little-known bar next door to The New Parish has hosted some of the best free shows in the East Bay. Melero is part of the DJ collectives Trill Team 6 and Sick Sad World, and the secret to his success at The Rock Steady is letting his cohort of creative friends do whatever they want with the space. One of the bar's most notable new additions is the monthly dance party Night Forms, organized by Browntourage, a collective of artists and musicians primarily of Middle Eastern descent. At Night Forms, DJs spin unexpected blends of international club music, R&B, and hip-hop. Popular local acts — such as rap duo Main Attrakionz and DJs Namaste Shawty and Ambreezy BA — have also been known to host free parties at the venue.

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