GO!STYLE - the Bay Area's first locally produced Asian American variety concert extravaganza!



SAN FRANCISCO, January 13, 2010 -

GO!STYLE concert promises to be an explosion of local talent that will showcase the true, cutting edge artistry of the Bay Area Asian American community.

The event takes place Friday, February 5th at 8:00pm at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and will be hosted by prominent local comedians Ali Wong and Sheng Wang.

Hip Hop duo Magnetic North headlines the show which will feature singer/songwriter Goh Nakamura, whose work is featured prominently on the

score to Ridley Scott's film "American Gangster."  Dance acts will include "The Odds", an arm of

the popular Funkbrella dance studio, and "Tattva", a modern Indian dance troupe from

Milpitas.  The Asian American variety concert will also feature Tongan poet sisters Loa and Fuifui Niumeitolu performing spoken word. 

The concert is the first large-scale, Asian American concert that is truly pan-Asian, LGBTQ-friendly, and produced by local organizations, featuring a lineup of performers all from the Bay Area.  These artists will shock, awe, and inspire with their unique brands of music, dance, poetry, and comedy.  It will be a night that will make history as Asian Americans in the Bay come together to celebrate their distinctive style.  If you're looking for the next big thing in arts and culture, this is where you will find it.

The event is being organized by Bay Area based arts organizations RAMA and viveSF. Tickets are now on sale for $30 $40.

To obtain media passes for the show and/or to schedule an interview with the artists contact Steven Liu at steven@vivesf.com


ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP


Hosts:


Ali WongComedians are often ambitious egotists with poor boundaries who aren't hiding how intelligent they are. Ali Wong is all of that, plus she has the things that really matter: wit, timing, experience, and a unique hairdo. We're so proud of her! She delighted and embarrassed fellow comedian Bobby Lee when she interviewed him for Hyphen magazine a while back, saying she forgave her sister's dog for sniffing her crotch while she had her period: "I know he means well. He just wants beef, that's his world." Eeew! Love it. Wong's clarity of vision isn't limited to her menses; she also hilariously goes after racists, poets, her sexual partners, and American Apparel. All this has landed her on Jamie Foxx' Laffapalooza! and made her a busy and popular local comedian. -via sfweekly
Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang is a Taiwanese Texan who developed and honed his comedy in the thriving standup community of the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs jokes based on personal experiences with intense honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self-deprecation make his act universally accessible and hilarious. In addition to touring with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle's "Campus Comedy Challenge," he has also appeared on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," the AZN Network, and the "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal. He now lives in New York City.


Featuring:

Magnetic NorthMagnetic North hit the ground running in 2003 when emcees Direct and Theresa Vu came together to write a song for an Asian American rally in Berkeley, California. The piece, titled "We Will Not Be Moved", was an ode to their heritage - a mix of refugee war stories and ruminations about skin color and stereotypes. Their mix of refreshingly honest rhymes and organic beats has since become the duo's trademark as they went on to rock stages and move hearts at hundreds of venues across the nation. Direct, the mastermind behind their instrumentals, draws upon his classical roots to create beats heavy on melody and acoustic stylings. He tops off his production with insightful lyrics and a uniquely versatile flow that make his vocals as much an instrument as a message. And then there is T-Vu, a female emcee with no need for the "female" qualifier. A wordsmith of rare caliber and presence - she's known for her precise delivery and no-nonsense rhymes.

Goh Nakamura is a San Francisco Bay Area based musician Goh Nakamurawho writes ditties about parking tickets, impossible crushes and faraway dreamlands. With one foot in the traditional troubadour world and another in the digital age, he performs at venues small, large, and virtual, to an enthusiastic and ever growing audience. A fortuitous 2007 feature on YouTube's front page brought his music videos over a million views and earned him a huge new fanbase from all over the world. Goh's talents have also found a home in the film industry. Goh's vocals and guitar work are featured prominently on the scores to Ridley Scott films A Good Year and, most recently, American Gangster. His song "Daylight Savings" is included on the soundtrack to the Robert Benton film Feast of Love, starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.

The Odds Dance Crew (from Funkbrella Dance Company) What are the odds? For the collegiate competitive team of the Funkbrella, The Odds, it's all about testing their creative boundaries when it comes to hip-hop dance. The goal of the collegiate comp team is to enter the top hip-hop dance competitions and represent the best of the Bay Area collegiate dancers, while also creating strong ties between college students all over the Bay Area. The Odds is a mix of collegiate dancers representing schools such as UC Berkeley, SF State, City College, USF, San Jose State, and more.

TattvaTattva Tattva Dance Academy is the first and only dance school in the Bay Area that teaches fusion dance as a stand alone dance form. All dance forms from Indian Classical, Jazz, Break, Contemporary to Capoeira are taught under the same roof. While the preliminary lessons emphasize selective training in each of the different world dances, they later blend together to form what we call World Wide Dance (WWDTM). The WWD curriculum is designed to breed well-rounded dancers by emphasizing culture, music, technique, movement, flexibility and posture and allow them to harness their learned and natural talents into a unique experience. Students are encouraged  to choreograph and allow dance to become a part of their social expression. They are provided the opportunity to showcase their talent and voice their stories through dance at various Tattva performances across the Bay Area. Currently, dance lessons as offered in Milpitas. 2010 will mark the opening of two new teaching locations in Fremont and San Francisco. Visit www.tattvadance.com for more information. To register for classes please call Ashwini Srivatsan: 408-594-9244 or email @ ashwini@tattvadance.com.

Michelle MartinezMichelle Martinez If you think that R&B needs a fresh face and a new sound, look no further than Bay Area-bred songstress, Michelle Martinez. Since the age of 2, this classically trained vocalist has poised herself as the next big thing, and won't stop until she is a household name. Her funky, feel-good vibe is inspired by contemporary artists like Alicia Keys, Keri Hilson and Rihanna, who continue to push the envelope in Pop music, while classic R&B artists such as Brian McKnight and Mariah Carey give her a fundamental appreciation for romantic balladeers. "I have a fun and sassy personality and I play that up in my songs," she explains. "But I also can tap into my inner feelings and try to bring out the emotion on slower tempo songs." After winning numerous singing competitions in the Bay, Midwest and Canada, she landed a spot on the WB Network's "Live in Hollywood" and won during Amateur Night. Surely the years of singing experience couldn't hurt, as the young singer used the momentum of the win to start working on her demo with established producers such as Traxamillion, Charles Williams, and Smash Hitta. When she finally turned 21, she started performing at various musical venues around the Bay Area, and later opened for Colby O'Donis and Donnie of MTV's "Making The Band". But it wasn't until she started recording herself on YouTube that she started gaining international recognition, with over 5000 subscribers and over 90,000 views and counting. It was because of her viral videos that Avex Music Group in Japan sent an invitation to live and train there for 2 months, which she happily accepted

Loa Niumeitolu is a Tongan American poet and writer. She is a founding member of OLO (One Love Oceania),a support, art and activist group for queer, gay and lesbian women of Oceanic ancestry. Her poems and writings can be found in Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English, Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, and her blog, Harvard Law School Diaries, which documents her journey to apply to law school in her late thirties. She works as an outside ally to sisters incarcerated at Valley State Prison for Women at Chowchilla.

Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a Tongan American scholar, community organizer and poet. Her writing has been published widely in academic journals and family newsletters. She is a co-editor of "Usos On Freeways: An Anthology of Pacific Islander Writers from the Continental U.S." She is completing her doctorate at UC Berkeley.