A Better Father’s Day Tradition — The Island Jam!

Courtesy photo    Don’t miss the Shabang Steel Drum band at this year’s Island Jam on Webster Street.

I’ve been a father for more than 30 years and have a closet full of neckties to prove it. For years, fathers all over the world have been showered with gifts such as neckties, handkerchiefs and socks from their well-meaning wives and children on the third Sunday of every June. After all, you wouldn’t give him a Mother’s Day gift like flowers or perfume. So the problem of what to give Dad to show our appreciation was solved, time and time again, with neckties which I think we can all agree, has become somewhat of a cliché. 

Why not give Dad an experience he’ll never forget? The Island Jam will kick off the summer this Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, just in time for Father’s Day. The Island Jam is two full days of electrifying entertainment on Webster Street between Central and Pacific avenues. The event includes live music on three stages, Island fashion and jewelry, new carnival rides, international food favorites and local libations from Alameda Island Brewing Company and Rock Wall Wine Company. Don’t forget to visit the expanded Coconut Island Tiki Bar, Alameda’s own slice of paradise. 

The 2019 Coconut Island Tiki Bar will feature live music from Shabang Steel Drum Band; Latin sounds from Prieto and His Mirage Band; Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band, License to Chill and rocker Mike Ward.

“Our plan is to produce a West End spectacle like no other,” said Madlen Saddik, the executive director for the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Jam’s primary sponsor. “We’ve upgraded the attractions to make Alameda a Father’s Day destination for Island lovers across the entire Bay Area.”

The main stage will host sensational acts featuring Third Sol, the Back Pages and Kaleo+Akoni. Sunday’s Main Stage performance will kick off with a Polynesian dance extravaganza followed by Josh Jones and the Latin Dub Stars and culminating with Beatles Tribute Band, Hey Jude.

The talk of the town will be the Chamber of Commerce Community Stage near Haight Avenue where up-and-coming local artists and seasoned local professionals will rock the stage like never before. Alameda has an impressive community of musical talent. Thanks to Jim Parodi, founder of Alameda Can Sing, fairgoers will have the opportunity to experience the magic firsthand.

Check out the Exelixis Community Stage schedule in the official Jam Event Program inside this edition of the Alameda Sun to find out more about your favorite local artists and a hands-on animal demonstration by Sea Quest Interactive Aquarium.

There is so much to do at the 2019 Island Jam, it will take both days to see it all. This is the chance to show the local businesses, musicians and community partners how much we care about Alameda and give them the support they deserve.

Forget neckties for Father’s Day. Give Dad what he really wants, fun for the whole family! 

Michael McDonough is the president of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.