The Weekend Party Is On … Webster

What: Webster Street Jam
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 10-11
Where: Webster Street between Central and Lincoln Avenues
Cost: Free

This year marks the 10th year in a row that the West Alameda Business Association has staged the Webster Street Jam, and live music will be performed during the event on two stages.

More than 20 groups are slated to take the stage, with a performance by the rock band The Who Too set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. “This year, 80 percent of our bands, or 16 of the performing groups, are from Alameda,” said Judi Friedman, director of operations for WABA.

“There will be a real variety of music,” Friedman explained. “We’ll have everything from rock to funk, from soul to Cowboy Jared playing for the kids. There’s also a ZZ Top cover band, Tres Hombres, along with groups playing oldies, hip hop, blue grass, jazz – a little bit of everything!”(Cowboy Jared performs at 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 10, while Tres Hombres performs at 3:15 that same day.)

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will have a bus with a trained staff at the Jam. Adults can have their cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, glucose and body mass checked for no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are celebrating the 10th Webster Street Jam by providing very important service,” said Friedman. “And, as always, we’ll have a good mix of activities, food, drinks, and plenty of local restaurants will be open during and after the Jam, too.”

Nearly 25 food vendors will be offering a selection of international food, she adds. Those attending the Jam can enjoy everything from paella to lumpias, Tongan barbeque and Hawaiian shaved ice.

R&B Cellars and Rock Wall Wine Company will be serving their wines, while the Fireside Lounge will feature several beers made by local micro-breweries. Alameda Coffee, made with St. George Spirits’ malt liquor, will be sold in the morning both Sept. 10 and 11.

The children’s section, which will be located at the intersection of Webster and Taylor Avenue, is being sponsored by the Bladium. Kids can enjoy seeing the Nose Cone from the USS Hornet, along with fire trucks and other vehicles.

“It will be a great kids’ area,” said Friedman. “There will be slides, a jumping area, arts and crafts and a petting section with animals, which is a first for us.”

Vendors and artists will showcase hand-made and other original goods, such as jewelry and clothing. And Bike Alameda will offer free valet bike parking at the U.S. Bank parking lot, at 1414 Webster St. Plus, local non-profits will share information at booths during the event, organizers say.

“The event really has a community-focused, family feel to it,” Friedman shared, even with a total crowd of 20,000-30,000 expected over the weekend. “In addition to the many offerings of food, wine, beer, music, art, gifts, and a kids’ area, WABA has a special attraction for the community,” she added, which is a special health-testing and wellness service.

Restaurants that have opened their doors recently on Webster Street include the Fireside Lounge and the 1400 Bar & Grill in the Croll Building.