Nothing gets a runner more excited than distractions along their 26.2 or 13.1 mile journey. One of the things the Oakland Running Festival is known for is the excitment along the course as you move from mile to mile. Below are some of the official Cheer Stations and Bands/DJ along the course, we hope they are able to push you to that next mile. Of course, there could always be a few unofficial stations along the way too.
Mile 4.7 Margie Wong - I am a bay area female music artist and play Positive, Encouraging, Uplifting songs for the soul, I Love to travel, Have music for any venue, Cds on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and more, a Wide variety of covers from Frank Sinatra to Adele, I have been playing the Bay Area for a number of years
Mile 8 - Coctagon: Coctagon was born in the hills of Oakland in 2007. Members include drummer Adale Banff, guitarist Michagel San Pedro, bassist Rommel Osage, and lyricist/vocalist B. Whitney Ohshima. Banff, San Pedro, and Osage are native Californians with Ohshima hailing from Long Island, New York.
Providing an original twist on alternative rock, Coctagon has shared their difficult listening musical style as far South as Aptos, California and have provided motivational tunes to Oakland Running Festival participants in the past. They look forward to exposing more of the Bay Area to their creations, which are proudly created in a West Oakland studio.
Mile 8.2 - Skyline Jazz Band: The Skyline Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Vincent Tolliver, is Skyline High School's top performing instrumental music group. The 20-piece band performs annually at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland and the Reno Jazz Festival, where in recent years it has placed 3rd, 5th, and 1st. In addition to playing as a full band, members of the band make up the Skyline Jazz Combo, a small ensemble that regularly performs in the Oakland community. Skyline High School's Instrumental Music department is also home to the only marching band in Oakland Public Schools, and collaborates with the rest of Skyline's Performing Arts Department to put on a spring musical. This year, Skyline will present the musical RENT on April 10th - April 13th at 7:30PM.
Mile 9 - St. John's Episcopal Church
Mile 12.5 - Bedazie
Mile 15 - La Clinica
Mile 15.5 - Taiko Drummers: Taiko drumming is an exciting, modern art form with ancient roots originating in Japanese ceremonies and festivals. Emeryville Taiko is a nonprofit group providing classes, workshops, and rehearsal space for the taiko community. For over twelve years Emeryville Taiko has performed at numerous private and public events, fairs, festivals and in concert around the greater Bay Area including: Japanese Heritage Days for both the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants; for the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Races; for Art Openings at both the Asian Art Museum, and The Legion Of Honor; for Yoshi's San Francisco; at The Yerba Buena Garden's Music Series, and the Oakland Marathon
Emeryville Taiko is a great community based taiko group based in the East Bay that performs all around the Bay Area. Although currently located at Soundwave Studios in West Oakland, ET offers classes for folks from 8 to nearly 80 -- from basic level Intro classes to performing level classes. If you've ever had the desire to check this art form out, Emeryville Taiko is a great place for that. Visit http://www.etaiko.org for more information and to view a schedule of classes and upcoming performances.
Mile 18 -19 Smokin Roots Crew
DJDynamique: Well I'm fairly new to performing live, but I have played the piano for 6 years. After that I stopped for a few years but my love for music continued to got on. I would write lyrics or sing out a tune, and eventually I got interested in the guitar. As time went on I began to have a keen interest in EDM (electronic dance music). My fascination with EDM began right as DaftPunk became a name everyone knew, even if you wernt into the scene. Their music still enspires me to this day, along with artist like kaskade, and Eric Prydz.
Mile 19 - Let's Go A's: We are a group that spreads the word about our great baseball history in this beautiful City. From the Oakland Oaks to the Oakland A's Pro baseball in Oakland has been here since 1869 and we want to see it continue by keeping our A's in Oakland. Long live the Green and Gold! Check out our blogs at BaseballOakland.com
Mile - 19.3 - The Crucible Fire Ring
Mile - 19.3 Traktor DJ
Mile - 19.5 Threat Level Orange (band)
Mile 20 - D3FBOT: D3FB0T (pronounced Deaf Bot), or Jet Wada, is the moniker of Bay Area producer. D3fs high energy yet musically focused records are a welcomed relief in the fog of filth bass and patch crazy productions.
Mile 20.5 - American Steel Arts - a DJ and fire breathing dragon
Mile 21 - Brown Sugar Kitchen
Mile 21.1 - DJ Warren Wong: I've seen the Worlds best DJ's and artist at work from stadiums to the best clubs on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Tiesto, Dash Berlin, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Nadia Ali, Fedde le Grand, Yolanda be Cool, John Legend, Matisyahu, Jay-Z & Kanye West. I base my music after these great artists!
Mile - 19.3 - Quad Hi / Seemac
Mile 22.4 - dataf1ow
Mile 22.5 - RaiderNation
Mile 22.8 - Luluemon
Mile 23 - DJ A.S.
Mile 24 - Bear Lincoln / Rex per Diem
Mile 24.5 - Oakland High School
Mile 24.5 - Harkenbacks
Mile 25.8 - AutoPhoenix: Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Auto Phoenix began his career in DJing in the EDM scene in 2001. It all started with an expensive set of Technics brand turntables followed by an ever growing back catalogue of electronica records.
Some of Auto Phoenix's early influences were Anabolic Frolic, Aphex Twin, Armin van Buren and Endemic. Ocean Lab, Skrillex, Douglas, Deadmau5, Solar Stone, Darren Styles, and Sota also strongly influence the energetic mixes Auto Phoenix compiles today.
Although capable of mixing in many genres, this DJ's preferred sound is electronica stemming from the current EDM scene.
Beginning in 2013, Auto Phoenix began publishing many of his dance tracks he produced (some spanning several years of composition). Going forward, DJ Auto Phoenix is most active in providing dance mixes, original tracks as well as audio repair and enhancements of samples used in audio production.
Mix Playlist Sample-
Mile 1.5 (5k/Half) - African Dance Queens
Mile 2 (5k/Half) - St. Jarath School
Mile 2.5 (5k/Half) - CCPA