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29th Annual Chinatown Streetfest: Saturday | Oakland
Come to the 29th annual Chinatown StreetFest
, spanning nine to ten blocks of Chinatown, with more than 200 booths
showcasing a myriad of delicious foods and unique Asian products, to experience the traditions that Oakland’s Chinatown has so diligently preserved.
There will be arts & crafts, entertainment on two stages, and a Cultural Village presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
2016 Chinatown StreetFest
Sat-Sun, August 27 & 28, 2016 | 10 am to 5:30 pm
Cultural Stage (to be announced)
Saturday, August 27
- 12 noon: Get Lucky is one of the hottest bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. They play everything from Jazz Standards, Pop, R&B, Alternative, House & Retro while mixing them with the newest Top 40 songs. If you’ve heard it on the radio, they play it! Get Lucky is successful with astonishing confidence and noticeable ease in keeping the atmosphere fun and interactive with the audience. From the minute they step out on stage, they guarantee to keep the dance floor packed and moving. Get Lucky knows how to get a crowd singing, dancing, and wanting more! Are you ready to Get Lucky?
- 2 pm: Jest Jammin – Led by the Rev. Norman Fong, Jest Jammin’ aka “Chinatown Soul Band”, has entertained the public for 40 years. In 1968, Norman Fong, Brad Lum, & Ed Toy, got together with a couple of other friends, formed a band that was unnamed until 1971 when they added more
members and officially called themselves Jest Jammin’. They are the last of the “Local Chinatown bands” from the ’60s and ’70s, and are still enjoying a popularity from an enthusiastic public. Comprised of “home grown” talent, Jest Jammin’ has been performing their wide repertoire of music from the soulful ’60s and ’70s, including tunes from recent decades.
- 4 pm: East Wind Band Founded in 1969, East Wind evolved into a funk-based horn band with the likes of Tower of Power, Average White Band and Earth, Wind and Fire. Their popularity soared during the early ’70s as they ignited high school dances, proms and homecomings throughout the Sacramento valley and Bay Area. East Wind became heralded as one of the hottest horn bands in Northern California, performing with renown recording artists such as The Dramatics, Bloodstone and Hiroshima. Their lustrous 8-year stint came to an end at the peak of the disco era when the group decided to call it quits to pursue other interests. Now after 38 years, East Wind Band is back with a vengeance fueled by many of the original members.
Sunday, August 28
- 12 noon – D’Groove is a nine-piece band featuring a standard four-piece rhythm section. They have a simple concept – to assure a good time for all. Their soulful singing is combined with irresistible rhythms and fresh-rap-breaks showcase their exciting power, range, and versatility – ensuring 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.
- 2 pm: Fast Times plays the top dance hits from the ’60s-Today. From A-Ha to Lady Gaga, from The Temptations to Taylor Swift, every song is an instantly recognizable hit guaranteed to get audiences on their feet and dancing. From new wave and synth-pop to arena rock and hair metal, Fast Times plays every song entirely live, with a dance beat that you cannot resist.
- 4 pm: Big City Revue loves to party. There ain’t no doubt about it, that when this band takes the stage, they are there to play. Great vocals and musicianship is just the beginning of the story. It’s apparent in their interaction with the audience. It’s obvious when you feel the funky back beat of the rhythm section. They cover every style of music from old school Motown to today’s current hits, Big City plays it all. Their love for the music that they perform is infectious. The audience has so much fun that they think they are in another world.
Festival attendees are encouraged to take BART. Get off at the 12th Street Oakland station and exit to 11th Street. When you get up to the street level, you will be at 11th and Broadway. Walk down Broadway towards 9th Street until you see the festival.
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Address: Harrison Street and 11th Street, Oakland, CA
Submitted by Michie