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 excitement 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.
EAST BAY FRONTRUNNERS
CLAREMONT MIDDLE SCHOOL
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE EAST BAY
NOT HALF BAD BAND
COLDWELL BANKER MONTCLAIR
OAKLAND GIRL SCOUTS
OAKLAND FUUOKA SISTERS
TAIKO DRUMMERSTaiko 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.
DJ ZERO EXCUSE
SAN FRANCISCO ROAD RUNNERS
THREAT LEVEL ORANGEThreat 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.
BERKELEY LIONS CLUB
DJ SWIRCLE 987Swircle 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.
OAKLAND PARKS AND REC FOUNDATION & BLACK GIRLS RUN
IN THE MEAN TIME
CJ STORMCJ 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. http://www.cjstorm.com
FLEETING TRANCEThe 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. “I like to think we have multiple styles without blending them all into one song,” says Bernal. “I don’t think we are a one-trick-pony. The longer people listen, the more they will understand what connects us to the various musical forms and styles that we are putting out there. I want to put opposites together because life is such a horrible contradiction.” Fitting, as the name Fleeting Trance reflects the juxtaposition of various concepts. “This project is my goal to marry music styles I love that aren’t supposed to be found together in the same room.”
The inclusion of multi-faceted musicians, Craig Koozer (bass), Daren Wilkerson (drums), Scott Robertson (guitar), John Howard (pedal/lap steel), and Mike Chase (keys) serve to further compliment Bernal, resulting in vastly unique and sensual soundscapes demonstrating widespread influences. Psychedelic and uninhibited jam band elements of the Grateful Dead combine with the rootsy folk popularized by Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, along with echoes of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals and the New England-based outfit, Session Americana.
Through the recently released 4, the prolific singer-songwriter once again fulfills his objective in the form of a heartfelt collection consisting of seventeen songs. Experimental without ever being predictable, it is a collage of complimentary elements and a significant soul connection that drives 4. “This album marked a serious transition for me. I left a part of my life behind and began gravitating back toward familiar waters and into new, unchartered spaces, all at the same time. When I was hearing the mixes, it was January-February 2011 and it was a very dark time with lots of pain. By the time it was released, I had come full circle…
I’ll always remember what surrounded the particular time period of my life that led to 4.”
Manasseh Bernal has been crafting songs for more than a decade, culminating in the release of the following albums:
Debut CD entitled 17 (May 2009)
Fleeting Trance (January 2010)
Charm (November 2010)
4 (July 2011)
Fleeting Trance performs worldwide. For press, touring information, and booking, please visit:
Manasseh Bernal, vocals/guitar
Scott Robertson, vocals/guitar
Craig Koozer, bass
Daren Wilkerson, percussion
John Howard, pedal/lap steel guitar
Mike Chase, keys