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 2.7 - GINGA MUNDO: Ginga Mundo Capoeira, led by Bahia, Brazil native Professor Chipa, has been a part of the Oakland community since 2011. Capoeira is a Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates music, dance, acrobatics, and combat. Ginga Mundo Capoeira Oakland provides classes for both adults and children, and no prior experience is necessary. Come and try a first class for FREE!



MILE 8 - HIGHWAY 13: Highway 13 is an Oakland-based rock-and-roll band featuring strong lead vocals and beautiful back-up harmonies. They play rock-and-roll favorites and contemporary classics, and their eclectic mix of crowd-pleasers ranges from R&B, soul, classic rock and traditional blues all the way to disco and more acoustic, singer-songwriter fare. Highway 13 performs songs popularized by bands ranging from The Jackson 5 to Adele and anything in between, including The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, Aretha Franklin, The Police and Serena Ryder.

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 15.5 - TAIKO DRUMS: 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 for more information and to view a schedule of classes and upcoming performances.

MILE 17 - DJ BABY BROTHER: DJ Baby Brother has been massaging the "ones" & "twos" for over 20 years. He has provided his musical entertainment for prestigious organizations such as 100 Black Men of America, NAACP, Professional Women of Color, and the Democratic National Convention 2012. He has also provided his musical talents for the Gap, National Geographic Channel, ESPN X-Games, Shaquille O\'92Neal Comedy All-Stars, Carnival Cruise Lines, City of Oakland, and Alameda County (Ca).  DJ Baby Brother has shared stages with musical greats such as the Whispers, Eric Benet, Frankie Beverly and Maze to Hip Hop heavyweights such as the Roots, Common, KRS-1, and Doug E. Fresh and Jazz greats such as George Duke, Bobby Caldwell and Al Jarreau just to name a few. 

DJ Baby Brother showcases his talents all over the San Francisco Bay Area. He rocks events in any form or fashion providing musical entertainment that runs the gamut from Soul, Dance, Hip Hop, Disco, Jazz, Gospel, Afrobeat, Reggae and House.
Follow me on social media @DJBabyBrother


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

MILE 19.2 - FLEETING TRANCE: The creation of bay-area songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Manasseh (Ma’NASA) Bernal, Fleeting Trance is a project defying classification, category, and genre. It is instead a musical collage of approaches, influences, and instrumentation varying from song to song. 

MILE 20 - THREAT LEVEL ORANGE: Threat Level Orange is a Bay Area-based alternative/indie band formed in 2009. You might hear them covering new tunes by bands like Florence and the Machine and Gotye or putting their own spin on favorites by the Cranberries, Radiohead and more.

MILE 20 - AMERICAN STEEL: a DJ and fire breathing dragon

MILE 20 - BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN: The biggest party in town happens on March 23rd, when the Oakland Marathon brings 10,000 runners by BSK! As always, we'll have our army of honorary "Waffeliers" supplying water and snacks to those runners in need. DJ Crimson will be live on Mandela Parkway, rockin' the vinyl and eating a the same time! This will be a fantastic day in Oakland, so come on out and support the runners!

MILE 22.5 - DATAF1OW: Dataf1ow came to be in mid 2009 as a way to share my works in electronic music, interactive art, performance and the intersection of these different forms of expression. 
I have become intensely interested in Limitation of source material and repurposing o fsonic sources as my main compositional tools. 
in performance, i strive to create a practice that is engaging, improvisatory and unpredictable. 

DJ Malachi (Luv Luv Radio/MOM Oak) will be ONSITE Jamming Hip Hop/R&B Beats to keep us all Movin & Shakin! 

Come by and enter to win a number of amazing Local East Bay Prizes including gift certificates, designer shirts, plus a number of other goodies and prizes from business partners of East Bay Loop.



MILE 23 - SWIRCLE 987: Swircle 987, aka Will Beazley, is an abstractician. An abstractician deals primarily with things in the abstract such as Mathematics, Music, and Art. Swircle 987 is the name Will Beazley has given to himself for the purpose of representing his music and art. 
Though Will Beazley also improvises on keyboards, writes songs for guitar, and sings, his electronic music exhibits the beauty of logic.

MILE 24.5 - HARKENBACKS: Appalachian-urban folk heroes, the Harkenbacks play a brand of music that, while steeped in mythic Americana, sure isn’t afraid to confront the modern age. Trusting in battered wooden instruments and their own voices, The Harkenbacks clap, stomp, crow and croon, singing traditional songs penned yesterday alongside contemporary material written before your grandmother was born. Fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass roll along behind the vocals, with occasional blasts of harmonica, tambourine and even kazoo. Their eclectic and electric performances have been lighting up stages and festivals around their Oakland, CA home, and they’re launching their second album, Farmless, with a national radio campaign. The Harkenbacks blend of twanged-out honky-tonk and hard-driving mountain picking could be the just the thing to heal some of our worried blues these days.
The recipe to pour a Harkenbacks cocktail would involve one part Corry-Jo Harkenback’s enchanting melodic tenor, two parts the high and low harmonizing vocals of brothers Paul and Jeremiah Harkenback, and one part veteran performer uncle-brother Howlin’ Ray Wilcox on percussion and guitar. Add a twist of the wry ghost songwriting of Uncle Alex Cory and you’ll have a drink with quite a kick, and an idea of the creative forces behind the band. As a quartet, the Harkenbacks have been tearing it up at farmer’s markets and festivals, building a name for their high-energy stage show and all-the-way-to-the-back-of-the-room vocals.


BEAR LINCOLN - Bear Lincoln is a quartet of dedicated musical disciples. Their influences range from James Brown to Talking Heads to Vicente Fernandez and back again. At a Bear Lincoln show, you will find quirky, danceable, upbeat originals and a top notch cover or two. These boys pride themselves on putting on a fun show.
Based in Berkeley, California, Bear Lincoln performs all around the golden state and are planning to introduce themselves to the other 49 very soon. Stay tuned, because these fine gentlemen are in it to win it.


MILE 2.5 (HALF/5K) - Dance-A-Vision School of Dance assist and stimulates youth in developing a positive self-image and the ability to make informed decisions, to have confidence in themselves and their environment. Our responsibility is to empower each student to reach his or her potential in education, career choices, self esteem, self enterprise and personal growth. We promote unity, honesty, and integrity among youth to help them become leaders now and in the future. 
Our classes start with age 3 1/2 to Adults. 
We want to direct the youth away from drugs,alcohol,violence and off the streets. 
Dance-A-Vision Entertainment also provide live dance entertainment for any special event. 
* D a n c e  F o r  L i f e *Carla Service Dance-A-Vision Entertainment/School of Dance 510-763-5180

MAIN STAGE - CJ STORM (8AM TO 11): CJ Storm hails from the heart of Silicon Valley. He has an extensive background in music that is recognized Internationally as well as the Entertainment Industry.
A well round composer and musician who has known his way around numerous musical instruments. Though he mainly plays acoustic guitar, he also plays keys, strings, percussion and various woodwinds and brass instruments. Two of the instruments that CJ brags about are his Hammond Organ and Accordion.
​With a background in computers, the Electronica art form has been emerging within the creative music process.
Through the years, there have been tons of talented musicians and creative artists that CJ has had the privilege to perform with in the past. With a hand full of those musicians, he has played so many bands, groups and ensembles. Some of the more notable teams have been: 88, Wren, Common Theory, Just for now, Apollos Haven and ‘the legendary DragonBallZ’.
​Also being approached my industry professionals, CJ has also lent his talents to the Silver Screen, Independent Films and Television shows.

MAIN STAGE - CURTIS LAWSON (11:30 TO 1 PM): Curtis Lawson, a versatile, seasoned performer, has been in the entertainment business since he was a teenager in Texas. He began his career as a stand-up comedian who wrote his own jokes and performed in bars. After a stint in the army, he fell in love with San Francisco and the blues, moved there, and began singing the blues on Fillmore Street in the City in 1958. He still did some comedy and even hosted his own television show about the blues for two years.
Crowds have been thrilled by his positive, dramatic vocals for over fifty years. His colorful costumes, "down home" warmth, and humor and to his unique appeal. Even though he was influenced by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and Big Joe Turner, he has developed his own style. his repertoire includes blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and country songs. During all these years, Curtis has entertained audiences in California and other states in many capacities. He has headlined and participated in blues festivals, played his own gigs, appeared as a guest artist and performed on stage with many musicians, including Albert King, Joe Louis Walker, Elvin Bishop, Nancy Wilson, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, Carla Thomas, just to name a few.
Most of the songs on Lawson five CD albums are ones that he wrote, arranged and produced. He has a special talent for writing love songs, such as "My Woman, My Girl, My Wife," and Broken Heart Blues," which are very soulful blues. He released his first CD, "Legend In My Own Time, " in 2004. His second CD was called " Ain't No Cure Foe The Blues, " and his third was " Live At The Saloon. " Number four was " Sitting In A Love Zone, " and number five was " In It To Win It. " All the albums are on his own label, La Quanta Music. All of them can be purchased at: or from him directly