Your weekend: We be Jammin’
This weekend marks the coming of the Webster Street Jam, which is happening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13. And what will you get if you attend, dear reader? How about everything that’s great about Alameda, in just a few short blocks?
You may recall that the event was once called the Peanut Butter Jam, in honor of Skippy Peanut Butter, which was once made here (the West End is also apparently home to the Popsicle). But when Skippy’s international conglomerate owner pulled out of the event a few years back, the folks at the West Alameda Business Association decided to “focus more on Webster Street’s future as the heart of a re-invigorated West Alameda as well as on the many historical and cultural strengths of West Alameda,” said Kathy Moehring, executive director of the business association, which is running the show.
The musical bill features a formidable list of local talent, including the Orquestra d’Soul, which is led by trumpeter and Lincoln Middle School band director Marina Garza (they’ll offer a 90-minute set of their unique blend of Cuban funk at 5:30 p.m. Saturday). The bill also includes local kiddie fave Hank Hooper, Dixieland jazz artists And That’s Jazz, and Pappo/Culina chef John Thiel’s psychedelic rock band, Froggy.
The festival also offers a taste of Alameda that include barbecue from Everett & Jones, meat pies from the New Zealander, Mexican from Otaez and Calafia Taqueria and pizza from Croll’s. Even the hooch will be local: Wine from R&B Cellars and Drake’s beer.
The festival will also offer you a chance to check out art and crafts from 80 vendors from across Northern California, including colorful masks made by Steve Pogni, hand-crafted jewelry, natural soap, children’s books and more. (You can also check out electric cars and get some shiatsu therapy while you stroll the booths, which will line Webster between Central and Lincoln.)
They’ll have a kids’ area by Bladium running all day, both days as well.
Event organizers are expecting between 25,000 and 30,000 people to attend this year’s event. And if you go Saturday, you can check out the Farmer’s Market down there (which is being moved to Webster between Pacific and Lincoln for just this week).
The full lineup for Alameda’s premier end-of-summer street party is available right here.