Rock Out at Mosswood Park
John Waters at Mosswood Park trash mash-up Burger Boogaloo.
Photo by Lily Chou/Wild About You Photography, Courtesy of Burger Records
The King of Bad Taste himself, cult-film director and author of Carsick John Waters, hosts Oakland’s sixth-annual garage-rock trash-fest, the Burger Boogaloo. The Boogaloo hails (or assails?) all things American and rock ’n’ roll over the July 4 weekend with a lineup of guitar-driven, hard-pounding, hip-shakin’ musical action. Heavy on the reverb and fuzz, light on the ceremony, this is an event not to be missed.
Hosted by SoCal label Burger Records, self-described as “a rock ’n’ roll philanthropic quasi-religious borderline-cultish propaganda-spreading group of suburban perma-teen mutants,” you can bet this will be another no-holds-barred extravaganza.
The elusive Mummies, local heroes in tattered bandages, are among the ’80s-do-’60s garage-punk veterans appearing at the event. Also on the lineup: the blues-influenced Gories, surf-frat maestros the Untamed Youth, and Nikki Corvette, whose snotty bubblegum pop boasts a Ronettes-meet-Ramones sensibility. Add to this the appearance of tongue-in-cheek girl-group darlings the Pandoras, who take the stage for the first time in two decades, and you’ve got a party.
This retro-camp collective is rounded out by some more contemporary, but no less worthy, additions, such as Canada’s riotous doo wop–punk duo the King Khan & BBQ Show, and offset by some like-minded but genre-bending stylings, such as those of psychobilly pioneer the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. All this, tempered by the comparatively dulcet tones of Jonathan Richman, and you’ll swear the folks at Burger Records have outdone themselves with this year’s offerings—a trash mash-up worthy of fireworks. July 4-5. Tickets are $39 each day; $69 two-day general admission; $95 two-day VIP pass. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland. www.BurgerBoogaloo.com
Four for the Fourth.
This July Fourth we’ve found a few ways for you to immerse yourself in patriotic glory. Why not take a Bay cruise? If you want something a bit swanky and on the water, try a ride on the USS Potomac, FDR’s “Floating White House.” Tootle around the Bay and hit all the hotspots to view fireworks while you sip champagne and nibble on decadent desserts. $125. Saturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. 540 Water St., Oakland. www.USSPotomac.org
Looking for a reasonably priced yet different kind of celebration? Hop aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in Alameda for a day of family fun. Admission includes access to the entire ship, several bands, a flight simulator, jump house, inflatable slide, and other interactive games. Food will be available from Joe’s Grill and Jose’s Cantina. Watch Bay fireworks at 9:15. Saturday, July 4, 12-10 p.m. $20 advanced, $25 at the door; children $10. www.USS-Hornet.org
What better way to fully immerse yourself in red, white, and blueness than through a rousing Sousa march? The East Bay Symphony performs an Independence Eve Celebration on Friday, July 3, at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. Includes food, an “instrument petting zoo,” whatever that is, and Richmond’s fireworks display. 8 p.m., Ford Point Building, Richmond
And as if it doesn’t happen every day, the city of Berkeley is celebrating its spirit of independence—again—at the Berkeley Marina on the fourth, at Adventure Playground. Lots of face-painting, giant slides, dragon boats, pony rides, a petting zoo, mini-train rides, water-bubble balls, balloon twisters, magicians, carnival rides, and a free photo booth … and that’s just for the kids! Gourmet food trucks, handmade crafts, and live music for the elders, along with the inevitable Afro-Cuban drumming circle. Oh, and did we mention fireworks? Yeah, those. Saturday, July 4, noon-10 p.m.; fireworks at 9:35 p.m. 201 University Ave., www.AnotherBullwinkelShow.com