May 27 Fundraiser at S.F. J-Town’s Pa‘ina Lounge to benefit Soy & Tofu Fest


Curt Yagi photo by Scott Nakajima/Nakajima photography

Curt Yagi photo by Scott Nakajima/Nakajima photography
Curt Yagi
photo by Scott Nakajima/Nakajima photography

“TofuPalooza,” a fundraising concert to benefit the fifth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Pa‘ina Lounge, 1865 Post St. next to the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. Admission is $10. In addition to the entrance fee, a percentage from food and drink sales will be donated to the festival.

The Curt Yagi Trio — with Yagi on acoustic guitar and vocals, Kitt Thompson on bass and Adam Grant on cajon — will be the featured performer, with others to be determined.

San Francisco-based singer songwriter Curt Yagi was named the 2008 Best of the Bay Singer Songwriter (San Francisco Bay Guardian) and RAW San Francisco Musician of the Year included his song “Sweep Me” on the popular KFOG Local Scene 8 CD in the Bay Area. The Bay Guardian described Yagi as having “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.”

Ben Fong-Torres, former Rolling Stone senior editor, said “This is one excellent singer and songwriter.”

“We’re happy to partner with the new owner at Pa‘ina in helping to raise much-needed funds to cover festival expenses,” said Festival Co-Chair Kiyomi Tanaka.

The Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and will be held Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza.

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