Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews block party is back this year – with Salsa Sundays featuring live salsa music every Third Sunday from June through October, 12noon to 6pm, along with a Drake’s Brewing outdoor beer garden, delicious food, outdoor seating and Games of Berkeley games pavilion. Celebrate summer vacation with friends and family at our free Sunday Fun Day celebration featuring local and internationally touring salsa bands in Downtown Berkeley, bringing the crowds to their feet for a sizzling afternoon dance party. For all those who don't know how to salsa dance, Ruth Caspary of Latin Connection Dance will teach a couple short basic salsa lessons before the bands go on, so that everyone can dance to the sizzling latin rhythms.
The Band Lineup is:
June 19 - Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia
July 17 - Somos El Son
August 21 - Rumbache
September 18 - Julio Bravo
October 16 - N'Rumba
Also, Games of Berkeley will be taking over part of the street for a Locally Grown Games Day where everyone can come meet game developers, try out new games and celebrate modern gaming! So whether you like music, game-playing or just chilling outside with a beer, this family-friendly block party is for you! Every third Sunday, join us for the hottest food, drink and music festival in the Bay Area at Eats, Beats & Brews - Salsa Sundays!
Center Street's Restaurant Row will showcase over 15 different international cuisines and offer special meals and bites just for Eats, Beats & Brews. Even more options for fantastic food will be provided by local street vendors and food trucks. The spacious outdoor beer garden will feature Bay Area favorite Drakes Brewing Company, delighting the crowd with refreshing brews and transforming the street into a pedestrian promenade in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.
The outdoor block party is conveniently located across the street from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation, walk or bike. There are also many nearby public garages and parking lots for those arriving by car.
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June 29, 2014 | Eats, Beats & Brews | Featuring Justin Ward, Saving Cadence, The Boston Boys, and DJ O Aces
Saving Cadence alternative/rock/pop duo comprised of twin brothers Jordan Fite on vocals and guitar and Taylor Fite on vocals and drums, performed two great sets at Eats, Beats & Brews on June 29. Their first set was reminiscent of their earlier musical style, which could be described as a mellow, Hawaiian surf-rock sound. They sang a cover of Bruno Mars’, “The Lazy Song” and their originals entitled "Mellow Mood" and "Shine On Shine On.” For their second set, Saving Cadence added a semi-acoustic electric guitar, drums, and an electric piano, which gave their sound a more “mainland” rock sound. They performed their most recent songs, singing “Rhythm Makes the World Go Round” and closing with “Future California.”
The Boston Boys brought it home with their distinctive Future American Roots musical style, which blended soul, rock, jazz, blues, and Americana to create musical perfection. The audience loved hearing them perform "Walking in the Sunshine," "Amelia," and "Hypnotized." The Boston Boys add a unique spin to traditional bluegrass instruments, giving them a funky groove that got people up and dancing!
Bacon Bacon San Francisco, which is ranked as one of the top food trucks in the Bay Area, delivered on their promise of succulent, crispy bacon. They served up delicious Bacon Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Pork Belly Fries, and Bacon Bouquets. Kenny’s Heart and Soul also came out too. They served up delicious comfort food, like fried chicken, mac n cheese, and potato salad.
Who says Nerf guns are just for kids? Countless adults let their inner-child run free with Nerf gun target practice, hula hoops and yo-yos at the Games of Berkeley activity booth at Eats, Beats & Brews. Adults and kids were very enthusiastic about shooting the apple off the head of a stuffed bear and taking down all the miniature storm troopers.
Triple Rock Brewery and Drake’s Brewing Company helped Eats Beats & Brews attendess beat the heat with refreshing beers, pouring Drakes 1500 and Hefenwizen, as well as Triple Rock’s pale ale and stout. The weather was great, the food and drink were delicious, and the music was on point, creating a recipe for the perfect Sunday afternoon.
June 22, 2014 | Eats, Beats & Brews | Featuring Justin Ward, Mojo Daisies, MAD NOISE, and DJ O Aces
Justin Ward is a highly trained classical and jazz musician, who recently moved from Chicago to San Francisco to pursue a solo career as a saxophone player. The Downtown Berkeley Association discovered Justin performing on the street in front of the Downtown Berkeley BART station and booked him for Eats, Beats & Brews. Justin’s beautiful renditions of Man in the Mirror, Titanium, and When I Was Your Man stopped people dead in their tracks and earned numerous ovations from the audience.
The Mojo Daisies are a local band from Berkeley, who combine old school hip hop with melodic, acoustic indie rock, and reggae to create their positive, upbeat sound. On Sunday, they brought a fun, lively energy to the stage, performing a catchy, upbeat mixture of original songs, like Got a Good Thing, and covers of popular songs, like Ho Hey and Make a Change. The audience loved their performance, clapping and singing along with the band. The Mojo Daisies consist of lead singer Khumo Maher, vocalist Jennifer Sharkey, rapper Gordon Battles, bassist Adam Balm, and guitarist and kick drum player Kelleth Chinn.
MAD NOISE gathered an intimate audience and inspired a sense of awe in the crowd with their performance of Danger and Will Love Save Me, which are original songs from their new album entitled Noise Complaint. The band created a beautiful musical medley by combining the soulful vocals of Khalil Sullivan with the skilled instrumentation of Chris Weir, Brendan Liu, Anthony Maureal, Jarel Stone, and Marica Petrev. MAD NOISE definitely lived up to their title as “Best of the Bay – Best Band” by demonstrating a mastery of a variety of instruments, including the upright bass, trumpet, drums, harmonica, cello, and even the Aboriginal didgeridoo.
In between the band performances, DJ O Aces kept the music going and the energy high with a combination of old classics and current mainstream favorites. A few street dancers mustered up the courage and decided to showcase their talented break dancing and tutting skills, moving their body to the beat.
Everyone loved the musical mashup at Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews last Sunday. This couple loved the music so much that they purchased a CD from MAD NOISE to bring home!
Sunday, June 15, 2014 | Eats, Beats & Brews | Featuring The Blondies, Muir Valley Settlers, Justin Ancheta Band
Todd, a Berkeley local, brought out his old-fashioned "bubble machine." Using rope, a stick, liquid dish soap, and water, the "Bubble Man" created gigantic yard-long bubbles. The kids loved running around catching the bubbles and popping them. It was a testament to classic kid fun: blowing and popping bubbles.
Numerous families celebrated Father’s Day at Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews on Sunday, June 15. It was heartwarming to see the amount of love and affection between children and their fathers. Downtown Berkeley’s fun, summertime block party had everything for family-friendly fun: beer for the parents, games for the kids, and live music for everyone!
The Blondies, a classic rock band from the East Bay, opened at the third Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews with an original song entitled Your Steps, a single from their brand new album called “Sweet Nothings.” The crowd absolutely loved their sophisticated, classic rock sound, which was reminiscent of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The band consists of Simon Lunche (lead vocals and guitar), Frank Klopotowski (bass and vocals), Zak Meghrouni-Brown (lead guitar and vocals), Paul Davis (drums and vocals), and Jerry Feist (keyboards and vocals).
The Muir Valley Settlers were the second band to perform at Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & brews on June 15. They are an acoustic indie/folk rock band whose influences include bands like The Head and The Heart, Fleet Foxes, and Local Natives. Their unique sound perfectly reflects the indie rock movement and the crowd loved their evolution of the rock genre. The band is composed of Marco Gallerin (Guitar, Vocals, Percussion), Mitch Kriedt (Guitar, Vocals, Percussion), and Ria Wallace (Melodica, Vocals, Percussion).
Internationally acclaimed touring musician Justin Ancheta stopped by Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews in order to share a message about the human power of community through music. The Justin Ancheta Band performed an eclectic style of reggae-flavored funk and jazz that got the crowd off their seats and dancing to the music. This band, which hails from San Francisco, is making waves and setting precedents across the globe with their powerful tunes.
Sunday, June 8, 2014 | Eats, Beats & Brews | Featuring Into the Pacific, Callaghan, and DJ O Aces
Callaghan brought their cheery, upbeat music from the basement to the streets of Downtown Berkeley. The young band, composed of Desiree McCann on vocals, Celia Bolgatz on guitar, Ben Saldich on guitar/vocals, Isaac Roth on bass, and John MacKay on drums, hail from Berkeley High School. They sang a cover of I Shot the Sheriff and their own original songs such as Lost, Rain, and Strong Enough. It’s no wonder that this band is starting to grow in popularity around the Bay Area.
Into the Pacific delighted the crowd at Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews with their unique indie rock sound that was both catchy and soulful. Their songs such as Hold Fast, One in the Same, and From the Start, painted a backstory of countless tales of redemption, love, joy, and grace. The crowd also loved their rendition of the Lumineer’s Ho Hey and Capital Cities’ Safe and Sound, which will be released later this summer.
It was a throwback to a golden age of music as DJ O Aces played hits from the 80’s and 90’s. DJ O Aces celebrated his birthday by spinning a mix of pop, funk, rock, and soul to pump up the crowd at Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews.
Games of Berkeley brought board games, and set up a miniature shooting range for kids. Parents and children lined up, picked their weapon of choice, and shot Nerf darts at Stormtrooper dolls and a chalk target drawn onto the wall. Whoever was able to vanquish the mini Stormtroopers walked away with fun prizes courtesy of Games of Berkeley. It was a blast for all ages.
City CarShare signed up to be a sponsor of Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews. Aside from setting up a tent and information booth, they brought out hula hoops of all shapes and sizes for children and parents to twirl around their waists.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 | Eats, Beats & Brews | Featuring Fito Reinoso & Ritmo y Armonia, Black Bones, and DJ Antonio
Triple Rock Brewery, a brewpub located in Downtown Berkeley, loaded their green pickup truck with a couple of kegs and poured four of their most amazing beer: Tumblewheat, Small Talk, Pinnacle, and Titanium. Alongside Triple Rock was Drake’s Brewing, a sister microbrewery based in San Leandro which served India Pale Ale and Hefeweizen. All six of these beers were tapped out twice before the event even ended!
Black Bones, a band that has been roaming around the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for the last six years, kicked off the first Eats, Beats & Brews and bringing an innovative blend of R&B-influenced alternative and classic rock sound to the streets of Downtown Berkeley. The powerful trio played their original songs, including Hands, Same Old Thing, and Lost in Something Beautiful.
Fito Reinoso and his band Ritmo y Armonia definitely brought the vibes of Old Havana to Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews as they performed a spicy mix of urban Havana grooves, timba, classic son, and cha-cha-cha. The music got the crowd on their feet, shaking their hips, and dancing to the sizzling rhythms.
Everyone remembered their dancing shoes last weekend, ‘cause it was salsa time at the first Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews. Fito Reinoso and Ritmo y Armonia and DJ Antonio Chavez’s latin beats transformed Center Street into a packed salsa club, enticing everyone to to shake their hips and grab a partner for a turn or two, filling the street with dancers!
Parents, kids, and 49er fans alike came out to the first Downtown Berkeley Eats, Beats & Brews to enjoy a fun, block party celebrating the beginning of summer. Everyone got to enjoy great live music, eat delicious local food, and play fun games like Jenga, Scramble, and hula-hoops courtesy of Games of Berkeley.
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