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Want to stay overnight near the party?

August 3, 2009

Our friends at the Washington Inn are offering Friday night discounts for Best of the East Bay party-goers. Conveniently located at 495 10th Street in historic Old Oakland which is only 9 blocks from the 10th Street (at Fallon Street) entrance of the party. From single rooms to luxury suites, the independent, locally-owned Washington Inn’s accommodations emphasize comfort and style.

Use discount code “EXPRES” (just one “s”) for Friday, August 7:

Single queen room: $89

Two double beds: $99

King Suite:  $119

Call for reservations: 510-452-1776.

Directions from the party

START: 10th St & Fallon St, Oakland

Turn RIGHT onto 8TH ST.  (go 0.6 miles)

Turn RIGHT onto BROADWAY.  (go 0.1 miles)

Turn LEFT onto 10TH ST.  (go 0.1 miles)

END: Washington Inn, 495 10th St, Oakland

Drive time: 3 minutes | Distance: 0.86 miles


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!

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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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

First come, first serve

July 30, 2009

Party goers can pick up a FREE compilation CD featuring one track from every band performing on the Amoeba Music Main Stage. Bands will be doing signings after their sets, so you can even have the CD signed!

Fine print:
Limit one CD per event attendee, while supplies last.

BOEB CDThe CD Features the following tracks:

Dresden & Johnston – Remix of Nadia Ali’s “Love Story”

The Thrill of It All – Broken Doll

7th Street Band – Expression Dub

Dizzy Balloon – Raise a Glass

Mystic Rage – On My Own Terms

Maldroid – Get to You

C U Next Weekend – Comic Book Life

Superfinos VTO – Tinman’s Last Request

Goapele – Milk + Honey

Souls of Mischief – Tour Stories

The Heavenly States – Morning Exercise

Swann Danger – Words Can’t Save Us

Fracas – Battering Ram

Social Unrest – Handcuffs Too Tight

Dyloot/Deep Voices – Your Picture

Special thanks to Fremont-based IsoMedia CD & DVD replication for creating the 2009 Best of the East Bay Party CD!

Entertainment Line Up (At-A-Glance)

July 30, 2009

Amoeba Music Main Stage

5:00 – 5:30 The Thrill of it All

5:30 – 6:00 Mystic Rage

6:00 – 6:30 Maldroid

6:30 – 7:00 C U Next Weekend

7:00 – 7:30 7th Street Band

7:30 – 8:00 Superfinos VTO

8:00 – 8:30 Goapele

8:30 – 9:00 Dizzy Balloon

9:00 – 9:30 Souls of Mischief

9:30 – 10:00 The Heavenly States

10:00 – 10:30 Swann Danger

10:30 – 11:00 Fracas

11:00 – 11:30 Social Unrest

Amoeba Music Entrance DJ Stage

5:00 – 11:00 Oakland Faders

Museum Restaurant Stage

5:00 – 6:00 Stephanie Crawford

6:00 – 7:00 Valerie Troutt

7:00 – 8:00 Faye Carol

8:00 – 9:00  DJs

9:00 – 10:00 DAI Style Lounge Fashion Show

10:00 – 11:00 DJs

Electronica Stage

5:00 – 6:00 Silver Beast

6:00 – 7:00 Cosmic Selector

7:00 – 8:00 Mephisto Odyssey

8:00 – 9:00 Dutch

9:00 – 10:00 Dresden & Johnston

10:00 – 11:00 Dyloot

James Moore Theater – International Dance Stage

6:00 – 6:10 Kyoungil Ong (Korean Court Dance)

6:10 – 6:40 Kala Art Institute Artists-in-School Program (Dance and Rhythms of India)

6:40 – 6:50 Frederique (Belly Dance)

6:50 – 7:00 Kyoungil Ong (Korean Drum Dance)

7:00 – 8:00 Nguyen Dance Company (Vietnamese Dance)

8:00 – 8:15 Frederique (Belly Dance)

8:15 – 9:15 NaachDuniya (Bollywood Dance)

9:15 – 9:45 Zambalita (Belly Dance)

9:45 – 10:45 Urban Prodigy Performance Co. (Urban Dance)

Lecture Hall Entertainment

5:00 – 5:30 MC Jonathan Mann

5:30 – 7:15 Youth UpRising

7:15 – 8:00 Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

8:00 – 8:45 Stone Soup Improv Troupe

8:45 – 9:15 Stand-up Comedy by W. Kamau Bell*

9:15 – 10:00 Pan Theatre Improv Troupe*

10:00 – 10:30 Stand-up Comedy by Thandiwe Thomas*

* = Adults only recommended.

Chabot Space & Science Center – Kids’ Party Zone

7:45 – 8:15 The Sasha Lopez Band

8:30 – 9:00 Rickoche

Professional Contact Sports Ring

5:00 – 5:15 Bay Mountain Eskrima Stick Fighting

5:30 – 6:30 SOJA Mixed Martial Arts

6:45 – 7:00 Wing Tsun Kung Fu

7:15 – 7:30 White Crane Silat Kung Fu

7:45 – 8:15 Open Door Brazilian Jujitsu

8:30 – 9:00 White Crane Silat Kung Fu

9:00 – 9:30 Training / All Pro

9:30 – 10:00 Lucha Libre Wrestling

10:00 – 10:30 Training / All Pro

10:30 – 11:00 All Pro American Wrestling

Museum Store Sale

July 29, 2009

The Oakland Museum of California will temporarily close to the public Sunday, Aug 23, to complete our renovation.  That calls for a sale!

Best of the East Bay Party night

Most store merchandise marked down 40-50% off

(Some exceptions: current exhibition catalogs, special order items, artists prints)

OMCA Museum Store: 510-238-6305

Regular Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm

Friday, August 7: Open until 11pm

The Oakland Museum of California will temporarily close to the public Sunday, August 23, at 5 p.m. to complete its ambitious renovation. We will be ready to welcome back visitors in May 2010 with a grand reopening celebration. The transformed museum promises an entirely new look at the California experience, telling stories through the many diverse voices of Californians.

Visitors can look forward to more inclusive and interactive features in our expanded Art and History galleries, a dramatic and accessible Oak Street entrance, and new public spaces. During the break the museum will offer off-site and online programs.

Band Spotlight #19: Dresden and Johnston

July 24, 2009

It’s official! The production team of Dave Dresden and Mikael Johnston have become dance music’s next remix gurus and THE ‘go to’ producers for all things EDM. And the East Bay Express is bringing this duo together, for the first time ever live on stage, at the Best of the East Bay Party. Dave Dresden and Mikael Johnston are no strangers to success. Both are electronic music pioneers.  Both have risen above the mundane world of mediocrity to establish musical legacies in their own right.

Already citing two Billboard Hot Club Party chart toppers with Lily Allen’s“The Fear”, and Nadia Ali’s “Love Story”, the elite production duo Dresden and Johnston is carving a very rugged and well earned niche into the ever evolving EDM market.

Both Dave and Mykael have made very successful careers within the EDM scene, Dave with Gabriel and Dresden and Mikael with Warner Brothers act Mephisto Odyssey.

With reputations for writing compelling and very danceable music that touches people the world over, this team is simply on the brink of super stardom. Both Dave and Mikael have a sixth sense on what works on a dancefloor.

You won’t find filler music from Dresden and Johnston. That is just a fact. While many remixers take a day to chop up and regurgitate a track, Dresden and Johnston often rewrite the entire song to give it the sound and feeling that they are proud to put their name to. People expect a tight production along with melodies and a signature hook, something Dresden and Johnston have truly mastered.

As producers and remixers, they have worked individually and collectively with some of music industries elite; The Killers, Janes Addiction, and Lily Allen to name but a few.