East Bay musicians Shannon & the Clams, Tina Lucchesi (Trashwomen, Bobbyteens, Cyclops), and Jesse Townley (Blatz, Gr’ups, Criminals) share their favorite haunts in Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Alameda, and Albany. Collectively, Shannon & the Clams have lived in Oakland for over 30 years, while Tina has called Oakland home for 15. Jesse has been a proud Berkeley resident for nearly three decades.

 

DO

  • Catch the panoramic view from Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science (1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley).
  • Explore the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Albany Bulb, aka Albany landfill (1 Buchanan Street, Albany).
  • Spend a day at the races with $1 beer and hot dogs at Golden Gate Fields (1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley).
  • Hike through redwoods and around a funeral pyre and pyramid at Joaquin Miller Park (3590 Sanborn Drive, Oakland).
  • Get lost in Tilden Park‘s 2,079 acres of natural beauty.
  • Catch a film at one of the East Bay’s many movie theaters (Grand Lake Theatre, New Parkway Theater).
  • Stroll around Lake Merritt to watch some peeps, pups, and ducks.
  • Tune in to UC Berkeley’s radio station KALX (90.7fm).
  • Tool around town on a bicycle.

 

EAT

  • Japanese-style fried chicken and side dishes at Abura-Ya Japanese Fried Chicken (380 15th Street, Oakland)
  • Authentic Laos/Thai/Cambodian cuisine (Tina highly recommends the rice ball salad) at Champa Garden (2102 8th Avenue, Oakland)
  • No-frills diner food with some vegetarian options at Broom Bush Cafe (2725 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley)
  • “Honest, awesome, Mexican food” at Juan’s Place (941 Carleton Street, Berkeley)

 

SHOP

 

ROCK

 

DRINK

 

FEATURED BAND PERFORMANCES (in order of appearance)

  • Shannon & the Clams at Starline Social Club, Oakland
  • Shannon & the Clams at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
  • Tina Lucchesi with Thunderroads & Fink at Shelter, Tokyo
  • Cyclops at Shelter, Oakland
  • Cyclops at White Horse, Oakland
  • Blatz at 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley (footage courtesy of Shayne Stacy)

At 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Oakland

  • Rule of Thirds at First Church of the Buzzard, Oakland (footage courtesy of Alejandro L. Flores)
  • Healers at Life Changing Ministry, Oakland (footage courtesy of Alejandro L. Flores)
  • Weather Warlock at The Church, Oakland (footage courtesy of Alejandro L. Flores)

At Stork Club, Oakland

At White Horse, Oakland

At 924 Gilman Street