Jody Colley (EBX) talks to Amoeblog about today's big event
Once again this summer weekend in the Bay Area there are a wealth of wonderful happenings, many of them free. One of the biggest events is, of course, the mega, must-attend East Bay Express' (EBX) big annual Subcultures Best Of The East Bay Party at the Oakland Museum of California featuring the Amoeba Music Main Stage with such acts as Goapele, Souls of Mischief, 7th Street Band, C U Next Weekend, Maldroid, Fracas, and Social Unrest. The above video is of Jody Colley, the tireless publisher of the independently owned and operated weekly, taking a break from setting up for this evening's big event to talk briefly with the Amoeblog about what to expect at the event that starts at 5pm sharp today (Friday August 7th). That's exactly when, on the Amoeba Music Main Stage, The Thrill of it All -- the first of 13 acts scheduled to play on that stage -- will prompty begin. Social Unrest, the closing act, will hit the stage at 11pm for their half-hour punk rock set.
Same as last year's party, Amoeba Music will again have a booth set up (stop by and say "hi" to Naomi S. and the rest of the Amoeba crew) where you can spin the wheel of fortune and win goodies and get free stuff. But that is just the tip of the iceberg at this event, which, as Jody says in the above interview, is expected to draw 10,000 people. The diverse mix of entertainment includes a Kids Zone, Gearhead Garage, Professional Contact Sports, plus much more in the museum's outdoor garden area. Of course, the Oakland Museum's exhibits -- alone worth the trip -- are also all open to the public. As Jody stresses, since a lot of people are expected to be converging on the big, free party (especially after word about how dope last year's party at the same venue was), try to get there earlier rather than later to ensure admission and leave your cars at home (valet bike parking provided).
Oakland Museum of California is on 10th Street near Laney College. For info click here or call 510-879-3700. Scroll down to the end of this Amoeblog to peep Goapele's "Closer" video or check out Rachel Swan's in depth EBX cover story on the East Bay artist.
Other events happening this weekend in the Bay Area include several free daytime events at the downtown San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens, where today (Friday) at lunchtime there is a free kids event with The Unique Derique; showtimes are 11am & 12:15pm. Unique Derique turns his agile limbs into a drum set or a harpsichord keyboard in an interactive performance that is percussive, syncopated and dynamic and should appeal to kids as well as people of all ages.
Tomorrow at the same venue on the Esplanade is the all day (11am to 5pm) 16th annual Pistahan: Filipino American Arts Exposition which features seven interactive cultural pavilions and two stages highlighting music, dance, art, crafts, cuisine, artifacts, health and a trade expo featuring products unique to the Philippines -- and it's free!
Only a few weeks left till the always wonderful and free (albeit always packed -- so get there early) Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco where top class acts (Lyrics Born was there a couple of weeks ago) perform in the outdoor venue on Sunday afternoons. This Sunday, August 9th, at 2pm, Colombian artist Totó La Momposina and unique, eclectic Brazilian rhythms meet soulful Southern country rock Nation Beat. Since sometimes the SF summer fog sits all day, bring a sweater and/or blanket to be safe.
Tomorrow, Saturday from 8am to 4pm, in North Oakland the Market Street Corridor Neighborhood Association is hosting a flea market in the parking lot of the North Oakland Senior Center (5714 MLK Jr. Way, near 58th Street) with food, crafts, music, and proceeds going to worthy causes including supporting programs at the Senior Center and the the Oakland Children's Education Fund. More info: 510-597-5085.
On Sunday San Francisco's KUSF college radio station (90.3FM) is holding one of its Rock N Swap record sales in McLaren Hall on the USF campus at 2130 Fulton. You can dig for some rare vinyl and other music related items there. Proceeds benefit the non commercial KUSF radio and early bird special admission (6am - 10am) costs $20. Regular admission is $3 for the 10am door. The event ends at 3pm. For more info on the KUSF Swap Meet click here.