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.
Reigne Gaebrielle Dancel Reario, who goes by Reigne, is a 14-year-old recording artist from the Silicon Valley area. She found interest in music at age 6 and started singing two years later. At nine years old, she started performing theatrical acts. The succeeding years allowed Reigne to further hone her talent as an artist and showcase her love for music. She was the opening act for several famous Filipino artists’ concerts in the U.S., and sang the U.S. national anthem at Bay Area sports events. She also did a few TV commercials, including the NBA’s Warriors commercial “Hand,” and was booked by Wynnstar Production to do photo shoots for print advertisements.
Singing aside, Reigne also is a hip-hop dancer and performed together with the Wynnstar Dancers in several Bay Area festivals. She won the Bay’s Got Talent 2018 first prize. Truly a music lover by heart, Reigne learned to play different musical instruments on her own — ukulele, guitar and piano.
She just launched her first self-titled Album “REIGNE” June 7 at the Trianon Theater in Downtown San Jose, which consists of four original songs, and includes her first composition entitled “Come Out.”
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.
MEaN, short for “Members Even After NiCE,” is an alumni music group from UC Berkeley. In spite of living in different areas post-graduation, they still get together to sing and enjoy each other’s company. Their repertoire consists of both Japanese and English songs, which they are always happy to perform within the Nikkei community. To see some of their past performances, visit their YouTube channel.
Ito is a community yosakoi dance program located in San Francisco Japantown at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Yosakoi is an energetic dance style that combines traditional Japanese movements with modern music. Their name “Ito” (糸 “Tapestry”) emphasizes the relationships woven together between members of a community. No dance experience is necessary to join Ito; all you need is a willingness to learn and try new experiences! For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram.