East Bay Express’ 2010 Best of the East Bay Party

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 Jazz Club), 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 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.

The event will be topped off with a Dance Battle (sponsored by Yak Films and The People), dance performances, extreme sports, live art demonstrations, 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, Oakland
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Attendance: All Ages

Getting there: BART (Lake Merritt or 12th Street stations), AC Transit, Alameda-Oakland Ferry, Amtrak. Free bike valet parking provided by the East Bay Bike Coalition.

All proceeds from beverage sales will benefit the local nonprofit, OneCalifornia Foundation.

VIP Packages are available for $50. You can watch the Main Stage from the deck of FDR’s private yatch, the USS Potomac or from a private lounge in the Blues Pavilion. The package includes free catering from Yoshi’s and Back to Earth Organic Catering, drinks, and a swag bag full of goodies. Reservations can be made here: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/VIP

Also, for those wanting to stay overnight, discounted hotel rooms starting at $97/night are available at the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, conveniently located in the heart of event grounds. Reservations can be made here: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/Hotel

Official Event Website: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty