Declare INDIEpendence! 2: April 15th

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I got word down from Dawen Wang that Declare INDIEpendence! 2 is going to happening next month April 15th featuring some great Asian American artists, so you'll definitely want to clear that day on your schedule and head on down to catch some cool music. Cool vibes go out to Dawen for making the connections and getting this together for the second year in a row because like I've said in the past - sometimes you gotta push and if we don't do it - as well as support the people and events - who else will?

Check out the info below:


Singer songwriter Dawen Wang and COCOHEADmusic, in association with the Foundation of Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present:

DeclareINDIEpendence! 2: A Showcase of Asian American Music. April 15th, 2009 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. Show starts at 8:30pm. Doors open and DJ set at 8pm.17 and over. $10 cover.

Celebrate the diversity of independent music in the Asian American community with performances by: Spark*Shop, Lanialoha & Kupono, Cynthia Lin and Wallet-Sized Photo.

Hosted by Narciso “Seeso” Lobo with DJ Huu T. Ly and special guest Dawen.

Declare INDIEpendence! was created in 2008 by singer songwriter Dawen Wang and COCOHEADmusic as a concert to showcase Asian American music in Chicago during the July 4th weekend.

This year they have produced the show in collaboration with the Foundation of Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) so that DeclareINDIEpendence! 2009 will coincide with the 14th Annual Chicago Asian AmericanShowcase, April 3 -16th at the Gene Siskel Center.


Spark*Shop is the brainchild of singer songwriter Show Pow Kid. Armed with guitars,synthesizer, conga drum, laptops, and a loop pedal, Spark*Shop combines live musicwith video resulting in one alternative pop multi-media experience. The album Almost There and No Where Near It is available now. Spark*Shop is currently working on a new album.

Lanialoha & Kupono continue to share the music of Hawaii and Polynesia with Chicago audiences. Lanialoha Lee-Sumberg is the founder and Executive Director of Kupa`a –Pacific Island Resources, whose mission is to make Pacific Island cultures accessible to all. She teaches ukulele, dance, and percussion at Old Town School of Folk Music.

Cynthia Lin combines a love for retro jazz with the lyrical poetry of acoustic folk.Cynthia has released two albums independently and toured nationally, appearing with artists including Vienna Teng, and Emm Gryner. The title track from her debut album Blue and Borderlined was featured on NPR, and her recent album Doppelganger wasnamed Top 5 of 2007 by

Wallet-Sized Photo is Joe Mason and Derek Wu, key players with Recent Photo, a Chicago pop troupe whose live and recorded offerings have since 2003 generated blissfulconfusion, garnering comparisons to XTC, Magnetic Fields, Denim, David Bowie, TheKills, Husker Du, Einsturzende Neubaten, and Galaxie 500.

Dawen is an LA based producer, and singer songwriter. A former Chicagoan, he co-produced last year’s “Declare INDIEpendence” showcase with Show Pow Kid. Dawen’snew music video Wake Up was selected for screening at this year’s 14thChicago Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center. He is currently finishing up his newalbum, American Me.

Narciso “Seeso” Lobo is a YouTube sensation with over 1 million hits for his original song, Thank You For Leaving Me. Check out his music at and Seeso hosts the open mic nights at Subterranean every Monday.

DJ Huu T. Ly has been in the Chicago circuit for a few years after transitioning from hiscollege top 40 DJ days. Now, Huu weaves the melodic sounds of progressive house with a touch of electro house, tech-house and trance to shake things up!

Support Asian American Music.