Capture the moment

August 1, 2009

Grab your friends (and some good looking strangers) and head to the photo booth at the Best of the East Bay Party located near the entrance of the museum. Crystal Petersen Photographers will be standing by to capture the fun.


Crystal Petersen Photographers comes highly recommended byExpress staffer and Best of the East Bay Party manager, Sarah Hammill, who just got married! (By the way Sarah, thanks again for scheduling your honeymoon after the party!) Crystal Peterson specializes in destination weddings, local Northern California weddings, and senior class pictures, as well as children and families. She is also available editorial and commercial work


When you’re at the party…

August 1, 2009

and you’re wondering how it’s possible an event could look and sound so fantastic, know it’s the collaborative handy work of Northern Lights and JK Sound.

Directions, Maps, Bike Parking, Parking Info

July 31, 2009

The kind folks from the East Bay Bicycle Coalition are offering free bike valet parking at the Best of the East Bay Party.

We recommend that you bikeBART and/or take AC Transit to this event. The museum parking garage will be *closed* to the public on Friday, August 7.

The Best of the East Bay Party is conveniently located within 1 short block from the Lake Merritt BART station (next to Laney College).

You can find the bike valet parking on 10th Street near the intersection of Fallon Street, which is also where the main museum entrance is located for this event.

If you will be drinking at the event, please plan ahead for a safe trip home!

DAI Style Lounge and Fashion Show

July 31, 2009

Over 60 local designers, artists and innovators will be at the Best of the East Bay Party to knock your socks off (and then sell you new socks) in true Bay Area style. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure the museum ATM is fully loaded. In the meantime you savvy chic shoppers you, check out their websites to figure out which booths you want to visit.

Andrea Wysocki Jewelry –

Arts Anvil –

Ashes and Empires –

Avery Jasper –

Ayurvastram –

BlueLotusArts –

Bridgland Studios –

Candy Boutique –

Chrystie Cappelli –

Class Attire –

Cookie Lee Jewelry –

Denise’s Pieces –

Enzo Milano –

Estilo Clothing Co –

Flea Market Girl –

Funky & Fabulous –

Gold Dust Studio –

Gravitea –

Heart’s Desire Jewelry –

Helena de Natalio –

Hipstirr –

Josie Adele –

Judy Aurora –

K. Antoinette Collection –

King Bag Company –

K’ren’s Interior and Designs –

Label King –

Lapin Vilardi Travel Accessories –

Mama’s Little Babies –

Mangosteen Jewelry –

MayMe –

Medium Reality –

Miss Bombshell Vintage Reproductions –

Mobile Spinach –

Mod Clothing – www.Picasaweb/

Nodeform –

NoFu –

Nopal –

Oaklandish –

O’Lover Hats –

Om Records –

Princess Punk –

Raphaela Robinson –

Rebecca Ciccio –

Revelation by ME –

San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology –

Sarah Swell Jewelry –

Sazzy Boutique –

Sefirah Fierce Designs –

Selma Karaca –

Sikara & Co. –

Sita Rupe –

Sourdough –

Stella and Dot –

Teruo Artistry –

The Baddest Bag ™ –

Versa Jewelry –

Victrend –


W.Ho Made It –

Wild Cow Designs –

Yellowfield Hats –

DAI Style Lounge is also hosting a Fashion Show in the 2nd floor museum Restaurant, right next to the vendor area. DJs and stylists will keep you feeling and looking great all night long.

Visit the Amoeba Music Annex Booth!

July 31, 2009

Conveniently located next to the Amoeba Music Main Stage, you’ll find live silk-screening demonstrations and shirts for sale by the ultra-cool and eco-friendly guys at Free Gold Watch. We’ll also have cult film and band t-shirts, buttons by James Dillon’s B&B Buttons (3 for $5!), Buddha Machines, and other killer stuff for sale.

Don’t forget to also visit the Amoeba Music/East Bay Express booth at the entrance of the party to enter to win prizes such as $100 Amoeba gift certificates, Guitar Hero game kits, t-shirts, local restaurant certificates, Bay Area event tickets, movie passes, and more!

Band Spotlight #21: Cosmic Selector

July 31, 2009

Cosmic Selector’s style encompasses all aspects of Tek Funk, drum n’ bass, break’s, downtempo & dubstep/grime, his sets are diverse incorporating a broad range of styles from the dirtiest of break’s to the heaviest dance floor rollers.

Cosmic Selector co-founded Space Children production’s ’95 to ‘2000 producing many raves, massives, festivals, warehouse, and free day parties bringing world-class talent to the Bay Area. Since ’97 he has undertaken several music projects including Double Cross with Audio Angel; Cyber Punk Revenge with MCs Phoenix Orion, Orion South, and vocalist Dandelion; True Force with D-Program and vocalist Audio Angel; MC Abstract Rude and turn-tablist DJ Bean; and has performed at some of the counties premium indoor/outdoor events on the West Coast.

He has supported a number of the world’s top music artists including Rabbit in the Moon, Digital Underground, Derrick May, Space Time Continuum, DJ SS, Ron D Core, Meat Katie, Edit, A.T.U. and many others.

Cosmic Selector currently holds residences with Opulent Temple, Dose and Tech Support. He is focused on production at Next Sector and CounterW8 studios finishing new music projects True Force, Thumb Print, TekFreaks and various other music collaborations soon to be released. More tours in the USA and abroad TBA.

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Expand Your Universe at the Chabot Space and Science Center’s Kids’ Party Zone!

July 31, 2009

Chabot Space & Science Center is throwing an out-of-this-world party for ages 10 and under at the Best of the East Bay Party. Youngster rock bands, games, art projects, and hands-on activities await. And the museum staff will have the kid’s (and adult’s) scary, yet thrilling, Bat Cave open for the night.

Check out some of the other fun activities the Chabot Space & Science Center has planned from 5pm – 9pm in the museum’s Natural Science Center.


  • Astronaut Diaper Chemistry – Learn how astronauts are able to extend their space walks by wearing specialty diapers. Learn what they’re made of and the magic of the super absorbent polymer inside.
  • Air Compressor Rockets – Make your own rocket and blast off to one of the planets in our solar system. The better the rocket, the farther it does.
  • Spacesuit – discover the complexities and hazards of working in space by examining the numerous components of a spacesuit.

Astronaut Training – Simulate the effects of zero gravity on balance and coordination through a series of challenges:

  • Black Hole Toss
  • Space Toilet
  • Vestibular Boards
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Main Stage band Swann Danger on KALX

July 30, 2009

Swann Danger will be on air talking up the Best of the East Bay Party with KALX‘s Jesse Luscious next Tuesday, 8/4, around 8am. Wake up, put on some strong coffee, and start your day off right with this fantastic band!

Band Spotlight #20: Dizzy Balloon

July 30, 2009

Dizzy Balloon is five childhood friends bound by a passion for songwriting. The band’s vision-quest to write the perfect pop song – one that makes you drop everything and go “whoa” – brought the group attention and distinction at a young age. As high school juniors, then performing under the name “Panda”, the band regularly sold out Bottom of the Hill, a legendary breeding ground for San Francisco Bay Area talent. They brought a new energy to classic pop, a vibe audiences still can’t get enough of.

Now college-aged and armed with a new album of smart, buzzing pop, the five-piece is ready to pull you into their quest. You will turn. You will listen. These guys always make their live show as memorable and exciting as possible.

“Dizzy Ballon S/T” EP (2008)

Band Members: Petros A.P. (Vocals/Guitar), Jonny Flannes (Guitar/Vocals), Joey Orton (Piano/Vocals), Louie Diller (Drums/Vocals), Raphael Peterson (Bass/Vocals)

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Visit the Amoeba Music booth to shop for custom Tshirts silkscreened during the party!

July 30, 2009

Free……it don’t cost nothin’
Gold…..not silver or bronze
Watch….do you have the time?

Custom tee shirt printing and design for all of your corporate thugging needs and we do band shirts. Whether you need 1 or 100….we got you covered. Located right behind Amoeba Music in San Francisco. Call for YOUR tee shirt appraisal….415-876-GIGG.