Last night was the 6th annual Oakland Indie Awards, and it's the best party full of Oakland love around. There were over 200 deserving nominees, but there could only be a few winners. Congrats to you all, nominees and winners! The winners:
Oakland Soul Award - Ise Lyfe
Ripple Effect Award - Taco Grill Taqueria & Pozoleria
Innovative Newbie Award - Ecologic Brands
Greenie Award - BaDesign and Green Planet 21
Socially-Responsible Rockstar Award Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Revolution Foods
Mike Pherson Pillar Award - Head Designs
There was music from the Oaktown Jazz Workshop and the Oakland Faders, dozens of food vendors giving samples of their food and drink, and dozens of vendors selling their wares. Beer and wine were available for purchase from Linden Street Brewery, Trumer Pils, and Urban Legend Cellars.
And I saw plenty of familiar faces, like Toussaint Stewart of Besto Besto, Annalee Allen, the folks from the Bay Area Curling Club, Tina Tamale, Paula Wirth, Mayor Jean Quan, Rebecca Saltzman, Erin Killmer-Neel, Heidi Wyckoff, Susan Mernit, Sal Bednarz, Robert Raburn, and doubtless some others I've forgotten to list.
Lots of photos:
East Bay Express