When: Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. 2017
Anyone that joined the marching band in high school is a nerd. Of course, American Pie let the world in on a little secret — band geeks are crazy and a bit dangerous. Unfortunately, most marching bands don’t reflect this in their performance. Well, there is Oakland’s own, Extra Action Marching Band, which brings scantily clad, pom-pom-carrying cheerleaders and marching band covers of Black Sabbath tunes. Though, most of the band’s music sounds in the realm of what you’d expect a football halftime band to play, but there’s a real aggressive, punk-rock energy to how they play it. (Years of crashing parties and accosting quiet bars will do that.) Even if you pay money this New Year’s to go see them knowing what you’ll get, don’t expect them to stay on stage and respect the normal boundary lines that your average band would. This will be a crazy night. You’ll barely remember 2017 after they’re done.