Record Crowd at 2018 Island Jam

Thanks to all of the Sponsors and Volunteers who helped to make the 2018 Island Jam a sensational success. By all accounts, this year’s Jam set a record for attendance going all the way back to 2002 when the first Peanut Butter and Jam took place on Alameda’s historic Webster Street. The 2018 Island Jam was two full days of electrifying entertainment including live music on three stages, carnival rides, international food favorites and all new vendor booths. An estimated 25,000 attendees filled the Jam’s five blocks giving Dad a Father’s Day weekend full of excitement.

One of the most impressive additions to the Jam was the Forbidden Island Tiki Bar, sponsored by Alameda’s Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge and St. George Spirits. The Tiki Bar was standing room only when Jimmy Buffet tribute band, License to Chill, took the stage on Saturday and remained a popular place to relax and unwind for the entire two day festival. Tropical drinks, created specifically for the Jam, named the Jungle Hornet and Alameda Hot Mama were served by Forbidden Island’s head bartender, Brian, from 12:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

The Main stage featured David Martin’s House Party on Saturday and Beatles Tribute band, Hey Jude, drew huge crowds to close the show on Sunday. Standout performers, Imua Live, thrilled the main stage crowd with the sounds of the Hawaiian Islands while the Community Stage showcased Alameda’s tremendous local musical talent to the delight of their family and friends. Other stand out performers included Mas Mojo, Third Sol, Black Rock Project, Flow Control and Live Vinyl DJs from Cage+Aquarium.

Kids of all ages enjoyed two blocks of summer fun including carnival rides such as the Tea Cups, Boardwalk Games, Bunjee Jumps and Bouny Houses. The toddler train was a big hit with the little ones and the Wacky Shack Fun House was a wacky experience  featuring interactive elements and tricks such as moving walkways, trick mirrors, and more.

The 2018 Island Jam brought the spirit of the Islands to the West End of Alameda and transformed Webster Street into a carnival-like atmosphere full of adventure and fun for the whole family.

The Alameda Chamber of Commerce thanks all of those who volunteered their time to make the Island Jam Alameda’s premier family fun experience.

Special thanks to the Island Jam sponsors… Alameda Municipal Power, Catellus, Bay Ship and Yacht, Alameda Point Partners, Trammel Crow Residential, Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, St. George Spirits, Alameda Island Brewing, AC Transit, AEC Living, Poppy Bank, Lucky Stores, State Farm Team Kelly Lux, Alameda Hospital, Rock Wall Wine Company, ACI, Castaway Creative, Event Magic, SpeedPro East Bay, MJS Web Solutions, Island Printz, Alameda Sun and the City of Alameda.

Please show your thanks by patronizing all of these Alameda Businesses who contribute so much to our community and have given our fathers the special gift of the Island JAM.