Chuck Prophet – “¡Let Freedom Ring!”

A couple of free parties this week celebrate the best things about life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thursday night, head over to the Mezzanine (9pm, Free) for the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2010 party, held to celebrate the honorees of the mag’s recent Best of the Bay issue. The show features performances by Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Stephanie Finch & The Company Men, and The Bitter Honeys, with a DJ set by DJ OME.

Stephanie Finch and The Company Men – “Tina Goodbye”

Friday night, the East Bay Express takes over Jack London Square (5pm, Free, All Ages) for a Best of the East Bay party featuring music, art, and more. As you can see on the flyer, there’s a bevy of bands playing, including Birds & Batteries and The Stone Foxes. Take a listen to all of the bands over at the East Bay Express’ party sampler.

Birds & Batteries – “The Villain”

The Stone Foxes – “I Killed Robert Johnson”