The ninth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival will feature live entertainment expanded to two stages. Among this year’s entertainers are:
D’Groove is a truly versatile party band. In its standard configuration, D’Groove is an eight-piece band featuring a standard four-piece rhythm section, with Bay Area favorites Cindy Mestre and Jannel Candelaria as female vocalists, and recording artists Sway Penala and Johann Camat.
Their soulful singing is combined with irresistible rhythms and fresh-rap-breaks showcasing their exciting power, range and versatility — ensuring a night of high caliber entertainment and non-stop dancing. The band’s youthful front line and mature back line, and cultural diversity easily relates to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Established for more than a decade, D’Groove’s simple concept of playing the latest dance tunes, most heartfelt ballads, classic old school, and favorite standards assures a good time for all.
San Francisco’s Curt Yagi & The People Standing Behind Me have been bringing their mix of island-inspired music to the Bay Area for over a decade. Voted the 2008 Best of the Bay Singer Songwriter (San Francisco Bay Guardian) and RAW San Francisco Musician of the Year, their songs are delivered with an inimitable and endearingly charismatic persona the SF Bay Guardian describes as “the swagger of Lenny Kravitz” and “the lyrical prowess of Jack Johnson.” The San Francisco Chronicle called Yagi a talented songwriter who sings — like Kenny Loggins.
Wesley Ukulele Band
The Wesley Ukulele Band from San Jose, Calif. was founded in 2004 for fun and fellowship. They have performed at Wesley United Methodist Church functions such as Aki Matsuri, Mission Luau, Christmas Hanging of the Greens, Wesley Church Picnic, and at other sister church-related events.
The band has even performed at the grand opening of the Ukulele Source store, as well as Sake San Jose and Spirit of Japantown. In recent years, the band has been invited to perform at both the Cupertino and San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festivals. Wesley Ukulele Band has more than 50 members, about half of which are the active core group.