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28th Annual Chinatown Streetfest: Saturday | Oakland
Come to the 28th 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.
2015 Chinatown StreetFest
Sat-Sun, August 22 & 23, 2015 | 10 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015
- 10:30 am: Not yet announced
- 11:10 am: Advance Day Care Center (children’s group performances)
- 12 noon: Ben’s Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team (lion dance and martial arts demonstration)
- 12:30 pm: Opening Ceremonies
- 1:20 pm: Great Wall Youth Orchestra of the Purple Silk Music Foundation
- 2:30 pm: Art Chef (fruit carving demonstration)
- 3:10 pm: Ballet et Cetera (ballet, tap, & jazz dancing)
- 3:40 pm: Sing Tao Radio Presents… various Chinese cultural performances
Sunday, August 23, 2015
- 11 am: Lake Merrit Child Care Center (youth performances)
- 11:40 am: U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu (martial arts demonstration)
- 12:20 pm: Harsanari Indonesian Dance Company
- 1 pm: Not yet announced
- 1:40 pm: Patty Chu’s Chinese Folk Dance Troupe
- 2:20 pm: California Line Dance Association
- 3 pm: Alice Lui All-Star Entertainment Group (Vegas-style show with band featuring Chinese pop songs)
Saturday, August 22
- 12 noon: IdeaBand is a Chinese American band in the Bay Area specializing in popular rock music from the ’70s to current hits. Formed in 1992, the band’s name originates from a famous Taiwanese pub in the ’70s and ’80s called “The Idea House” (艾廸亞) where local musicians showed their talents. Ideaband is featured by 3 strong vocals – Jessica Shum, Jason Lau (+trumpet) and Fred Santos, together with Jesse Ku (lead guitar), Bass Chorng (keyboard), Herbert Chiu (drums), Glen Young (bass) and Alex Chuzo (backup vocal) . The band has performed in various events including weddings, dances, fundraisers, corporate/personal parties, and city-sponsored festivals.
- 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: Dakila Formed in the early ’70s in San Francisco, Dakila is a legendary Latin rock group comprised predominantly of Filipino musicians. The members of Dakila were just in their teens when they cut their self titled album on Epic Records in 1972. In their heyday, they played legendary rock venues, as the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and the Whiskey A-Go-Go in LA and they shared the stage with the likes of Santana, Tower of Power, and Malo. The band was short-lived however, as adulthood led members to go their separate ways. Forty years later, the band reformed with three of its original members, made its triumphant return to the stage in 2013 at the Voices of Latin Rock Show at Bimbos 365 club in San Francisco, and have have since been playing at various venues and events around the Bay Area.
Sunday, August 23
- 12 noon – Pulse, probably best known as being the house band at the now defunct Kanzaki Lounge in San Francisco’s Japantown in the ’80s, is one of the most popular Asian American bands in the Bay Area. Thru the years, the band has remained active, performing regularly at clubs, festivals, and events geared for the Asian American community. Despite going though a series of personnel changes with its vocalists since its inception, the core of the group remains unchanged, and the musicianship is as always, fantastic. With its current repertoire spanning from hits of the ’80s to the current hits of today, this band is guaranteed to provide a memorable and electrifying show.
- 2 pm: LP Band – Bringing the party to San Francisco Bay Area events since 2002, the LP “Live Performance” Band has been getting music lovers of all ages up on their feet with their soulful and funky grooves of R&B, Motown, Funk, Old School and Top 40. These multi-talented and professional Bay Area musicians have over 30 years individually of musical experience. Their passion for music can be felt in every note they play. They have performed all over the Bay Area at various events, including street fairs, festivals, musical showcases, weddings, special occasions, restaurants, and clubs. Introducing Mel “MeloB” Banez on lead vocals, Pelagio “PDogg” Valdez on keys, Darryl Armstrong on percussion, Rich Cravalho on guitar, and founder of the band, Dave Carino bass.
- 4 pm: 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. They play the latest dance tunes, top 40, old school, pop, rock and soul.
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 Rena