Best Local Rock Bands In The East Bay

August 8, 2013 5:00 AM
Nothing beats having a live band at a party, and a high-energy rock band almost guarantees a party’s success. With so much Bay Area talent around, it can be difficult to choose the best for your event. Here are five fab rock bands in the East Bay to help get you started.

Busta Groove
Hayward, CA
(510) 673-3873

Busta Groove is a definite party band and vows “A 100% party is what we offer from start to finish.” The band has a music selection that “ranges from classic Motown to some of the the hottest dance tunes on the radio today!” The band plays hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today, and that covers a lot of music choices for your party. Performing for corporate parties, weddings, festivals, sporting events, private parties and nightclubs all year long, this group is in constant demand. Check the website for upcoming shows, song lists, photos and videos and all the information you’ll need to book the band for your event.

Captain Crunch
Walnut Creek, CA
(510) 919-6225

Captain Crunch is all about dance music, featuring familiar favorites to keep the party on the dance floor. The band performs tunes covering four decades to insure that everyone hears something they can jump up and dance to. This group is busy with bookings throughout the year — private parties, weddings, graduations and birthdays are perfect events for Captain Crunch performances. Visit the website for music, photos and videos and contact information to book an event.

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Oakland, CA
(510) 409-3948

Just as its name implies, Sugadady sweetens the sounds of your favorite songs and brings the most popular party tunes to an event. The band covers it all, and just the way you like it. Sugadady says, “whether it’s rock, pop, hip hop, jazz or soul, we’ll take you there!” These folks are absolute pros and band members have shared the stage with some of music’s top names including The Temptations, Chaka Kahn, Def-Tones, Eddie Money, Pete Escovedo and David Sanborn, just to name a few. The band loves to perform and enjoys making music in every type of venue. “We love playing at wineries, restaurants, clubs, cruises and casinos.” Visit the website for additional details and to book an event.

OpenRoad Dance Party Band
Walnut Creek, CA
(800) 717-8803

OpenRoad earned Gigmasters “Best of 2012 Award” and was nominated by KRON’s Best of the Bay TV as one of 2009’s “Best Bands in the Bay Area,” so you know this band is one of the best around. The cover band plays high-energy, instantly recognizable music, from Motown to modern — the classic dance hits that almost push you onto the dance floor. The six-piece group has a real flair with its audience and simply enjoys performing live whether indoors or outdoors. It tailors its music performance for each client’s guests or audience and just knows how to get people to dance and have a terrific time they will always remember. Visit the website to learn more and to book an event.

Replica – 80’s Rock Revisited
Danville, CA
(209) 747-6490

Replica is a cool band that pays tribute to the best of FM rock radio when hits by groups like Journey, Van Halen, Night Ranger, Def Leppard, the Pretenders, Heart and other top sounds were coming off the airwaves. Replica promises a complete concert experience for your event: lights, sound, fog and a huge video screen to showcase what’s going on to the entire audience. These six fun-loving musicians love performing and know how to make a party super special in any venue. See the website for additional information and to book an event.

Related: A Guide To Major Music Venues In The East Bay

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at

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