Master of Ceremonies (MC)
Jeff Turner is a hard working proud father of two by day and on air radio personality on nights and weekends for Project 88.7. Jeff earned his BA from University of Michigan in Sports Management and Communications. He currently serves the Boise community coaching soccer, volunteering at the Treasure Valley YMCA and other youth programs. When he is not coaching sports, Jeff works with the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries as a Development and Events Assistant.
Jeff is originally from Boston but has called Boise home for the last 7 years. His favorite Soul Food is fried catfish! (But he’s not a catfish.)
Mac Beats Entertainment
Musician, producer, DJ, Ken, aka Djkm@c is straight out of of San Jose, California. Have spent many years djing wedding events, night clubs, concerts, and charities through-out his community. Ken has been djing in the treasure Valley and promoting his business for many years. He has had a lot of time to develop his craft and experience over time. For him, it’s all about “The Music That Makes You Move.” Playing Hits for today or simply taking you back in time, Dj M@c is a professional DJ that takes pride in delivering positive vibes in his craft when playing tracks that make you want dance.
A professional DJ service that knows how to create a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere. With a large music library spanning several decades, you and your guests will be able to choose the right music to produce any mood. You can rest assured you are hiring a true professional with over 30 years of bringing music to the masses. Our Equipment is cutting edge while are hosting capabilities are down to earth and highly regarded. Our budget friendly pricing combined with our easy-to-use contracts enable you to plan a relaxing event with peace mind!
Mrs. Treasure Valley – Speaker
Jayme Perryman is a published & licensed FAA Drone Pilot, Co-founder of Perryman Construction Management Inc., and director of a multi-state residential investment portfolio. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Saint Louis University; a decision prompted after taking an elective course in Earthquakes and Volcanos, and a lifetime of collecting rocks. While attending undergrad, she participated in both track and boxing. Nicknamed “Barbie” because she refused to smear Vaseline on her face, a common practice in the boxing world, she always showed the boys what a real hit felt like while sparring. After relocating to Boise, ID, Jayme received her Master’s in Secondary Education, and quickly became the owner of her first international business. All this was accomplished before the age of 30.
Leading with Love was born out of the self-realizations Jayme came to during her grieving process after the unexpected loss of her mother. She accredits this journey to learning how to love herself and recognizing other small moments in her life worthy of celebration—forgiving the past and living in the current moment.
Featured on the MomsMakingSixFigures, Hello Idaho & The Lovely Afro Podcasts, Jayme continues to inspire and uplift others by sharing her entrepreneurial journey. Currently serving her Idaho community as the titleholder for Mrs. Treasure Valley, delegate for Mrs. Idaho America 2023, Jayme strongly believes in uniting the community, sharing resources and life lessons with others, so they too may Lead with Love. As a thirty -something-year-old “Glama”, Jayme knows Love is always the answer, but we first must start with loving ourselves before we can love anyone else.
Miss Greater Boise, USA – Speaker
Sophia Yervasi is Miss Greater Boise USA, this September is running for Miss Idaho USA. Being adopted from Haiti at a young age, her platform love matters most advocates for multicultural adoption. Because to a child, it doesn’t matter whether you gave birth or adopted love is what matters most. Two years ago Sophia started her fitness journey and so far has lost over 145 pounds and counting. The reason Sophia does Pageant is to be able to speak about this and issues that are important to her and to motivate and inspire others.
Yoga in the Park
Time & Location: 8 to 9 am, at the Rose Garden
The Boise Soul Food Festival has partnered with 2C Yoga & Yoga for Life to bring you Yoga in the Park featuring Nicole Beall, E-RYT 200 YACEP Instructor and Co-Founder of 2C Yoga Located in Nampa, Idaho.
Nicole’s love of yoga began in 2004 as a way to help heal physical injuries. In her journey as a Curvy Black Yogini, she found herself feeling unwelcome in many yoga spaces. She became a teacher so that she could create a space where others could feel welcomed and respected no matter what they bring to the mat. Yoga inspires her to encourage others to embrace themselves and find freedom from comparison and judgement.
This is a FREE community event sponsored by the Soul Food Festival Committee. Dedicated to serving great food in a family friendly atmosphere. Good for the soul, body and mind.
Join Us for a 60-minute flow at the Rose Garden .
- Grab a mat or a towel
- Bring some water
- No experience needed
- All ages welcome
Pastor Alonzo G. Morris
Performance Time: 11:00 AM
Alonzo G. Morris is Pastor of Paradise Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. Pastor Morris is well known as a dynamic and inspirational gospel preacher and teacher. His powerful bible-based sermons win lost and direct the saved in their Christian walk.
Pastor Morris’ deep knowledge and understanding of the word and coupled with his ability to provide practical and clear illustrations has earned him the reputation of an outstanding gospel preacher. He has done extensive research and conducted numerous classes in motivating Christians and Christian Leadership.
Pastor Morris is the recipient of many awards and accommodations, highlighting just a few:
- Nominated Black Gospel Music New Recording Artist of the Year 2006
- Listed in the Global Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 2006-2007
- Recipient of Sacramento Observer’s 2007 Glory Award
- Instructor for the CA State Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education
- Honored for outstanding leadership in the City of Sacramento
- Letter of Appreciation from California State Baptist Convention, Inc.
- Recognition for outstanding Christian service for City of Sacramento
National Anthem & R&B
Performance Time: 12:00 PM
Makayah has been performing solo around the Treasure Valley since the age of 5. During high school she placed first in the IMEA Idaho State Solo competition as a Mezzo Soprano, and was ranked the number 1 Alto in Idaho during All-State. Makayah has been accepted into the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance where she will study Music History and Literature and continue singing.
BROWN LIKE ME – STEPPERS
Performance Time: 12:30 PM
The Brown Like Me organization is a place of belonging for Black youth in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. We are a place that builds a community of support to black children. We are a place for mentoring, friendship and education of heritage. We are a place that is helping to raise young queens and kings to continue the fight for equality and inclusion all while encourage all of our children to be the best they can.
SMOOTH AVENUE BAND
Performing R&B, Funk and Soul
Performance Time: 2:00 PM
Smooth Avenue is a 7-8 piece ensemble featuring the soulful vocals of Koki Gonzalez and JT. Also featured are the guitar stylings of Joe Ryan and a host of talented music makers on guitar, sax, trumpet, keyboards and percussion. Smooth Avenue has headlined many Treasure Valley festivals such as the Blues and Bones Festival, the Soulfood Festival, the Race to Robie Creek and St Chapelle Winery. Smooth has sold out the Sapphire Room in Boise 16 times
With selections of funk, soul and blues.
Fans of Smooth Avenue are called ‘Smoothies’. If you aren’t a Smoothie before the show, you are sure to be a fan after.
Guilty Pleasure Band
Performing Old School R&B, Soul and Disco
Performance Time: 3:30 PM
Guilty Pleasure is a dynamic 7-piece band that loves to play the greatest dance music from the last six decades. Our goal is to deliver an irresistible groove that fills you with joy and makes you want to move your whole body and soul. We pay homage to the masters, from Aretha, to Stevie, to Earth, Wind & Fire and beyond. And much respect to contemporary torchbearers like Jon Batiste and Silk Sonic! We are honored, thrilled and delighted to get to play for you at the Soul Food Festival 2022!
We invite you to appreciate the talents of the one-and-only fabulous Mary Houston on lead vocals, and we think you’ll enjoy the swirling harmonies we surround her with, as Neesee Engebrecht and the rest of us chip in on background vocals. We hope you’ll sing along! You can also expect some very fine “soul-oing” from Bruce Guy on sax, Tim Spangberg on guitar, and Russ Pfeifer on keys. Get ready to be uplifted! And of course, all this soulful celebration rests rock solid in the deep dapper pocket provided by our rhythm section, featuring Jack Hourcade on bass and Peter Billings on drums.
Guilty Pleasure has been performing for happy people at popular venues around the Treasure Valley since 2018. We are also available for private parties, weddings, and other special events.
Put on your boogie shoes and join us for a fantastic time at the Soul Food Festival 2002!
THOMAS HUTCHINGS ANOMALY TRIO
Performing Jazz Funk, Soul and Blues
Performance Time: 5:00 PM
Thomas Hutchings is a professional saxophonist, music producer and teaching artist living in New York City. Before starting Artists Without Labels, he worked in the technology industry for 16 years at a technology startup, collaborating on development of everything from logistics and business processes to inventory, database software design & CRM tools. While balancing a music & technology career, Thomas noticed that many of the business concepts like SWOT analysis and simple tools like QR codes could be applied to the music industry in a positive, meaningful way.
Thomas studied saxophone at Boise State University then moved to New York and studied saxophone privately with Bob Mover, Bob Franceschini, and Ira Jackson. Thomas also teaches saxophone at the Bob Mover Academy of Music. As a professional saxophonist, he has performed and recorded with many incredible local and international artists across many genres like, rock, blues, EDM, jazz and funk in many different venues giving him a global sense for combining sounds and rhythm. His performing group “Anomaly” performs regularly around the New York and tri-state music clubs and event scenes a cast of world class musicians for over 2 decades.
He’s also constantly writing, producing and recording music with many talented artists. Thomas is an active ASCAP Member (Performing Rights Organization) & Voting Member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (AKA The Grammys).
Ultimate Party Band
Performance Time: 6:30 PM
The Soulistics are Utah’s premier dance and party band. We provide the highest quality musical entertainment for any event, with a repertoire to satisfy any musical appetite. Our energetic, unsurpassed performances feature some of the most-requested dance floor fillers, from the vintage classics right up to today’s top 20. With dynamic male and female lead vocalists, a mighty horn section and a powerhouse of a rhythm section, The Soulistics bring talent, style and charisma that keeps you, the audience, on your feet from the first note of the opening song to the final encore.
PA FOR A DAY
Stage and Audio
Offers audio visual and presentation technology services and solutions to help you create successful events. Specializes in wedding receptions, ceremonies and smaller sized festivals on a budget. No Line Arrays but plenty of decibels!
Past customers include:
- St Chapelle Winery Concert series
- Brundage Ski Resort Concert series
- Gene Harris Jazz Festival
- Boise Hempfest
- Fruitland Family Fun Day
- Ft Boise Days, Parma
- Moscow Hempfest