It's about that time to get your Kollaboration on Acoustic 4 style - and this year's competition promises to bring everything you've already learned to love about one of the hottest tickets in town:
A kick ass show featuring a ton of great people.
I. Save That Date
Friday, August 27, 2010
8:30PM (Doors Open 6:30PM)
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East,
Hollywood, CA 90068
$15 General Admission, $25 VIP Admission (preferred seating)
*VIP Preferred Seating
*Meet & Greet opportunity with Marié Digby and other selected artists/judges**
*An opportunity to win a FREE iPad
**VIP Meet & Greet with Marié Digby will approximately start at 6:30PM inside of Ford Amphitheatre.
Early Buyer Incentive:
$10 General Admission, if purchased by August 20, 2010
II. Your Competitors Please
ALEX & JACKIE
Alex and Jackie's initial encounter occurred at Kollaboration Acoustic in 2008. They were each other's biggest fans for the next two years before coming together to form a duet. Despite their musical differences, they have been able to harmonize through a common understanding of good humored folk music and their love for family and friends, which continues to inspire them.
"Music is the one thing that transcends all racial, ethnic, cultural and language barriers. I hope that my voice and music might be able to encourage others to live a life full of dreams and passion that would inspire this generation." A native of Toronto, Canada, Justis graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Trained as a classical pianist and influenced by the sounds of Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Justis' music has been likened to the sounds of Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, and Babyface. His awards include winning Best Male Singer/ Songwriter for the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards. His album will be out later this year.
Esna is a multi-talented LA based singer/songwriter/actress/dancer. She's been collaborating with an ever growing list of other like-minded Asian Pacific American artists throughout the West Coast, performing on sold-out stages and online. Her rich melodic voice is often accompanied by her piano or keyboard as she sings a wide range of musical genres for her growing number of viewers on her youtube account www.youtube.com/esnathesinger.
FlowEthics' music is often dubbed as 'feel good music' by their avid listeners. The group composed of three emcees, one vocalist, and two DJ's create a blend of hip-hop that makes audiences get nostalgic for the genre's past while introducing an original sound. FlowEthics prides themselves in their distinctive stage presence. FlowEthics has been compared to other notable artists such as: Souls of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, Hieroglyphics, The Roots, and Black Eyed Peas. Their music has spread to the Czech Republic, Phillippines, Australia and Canada, with albums titled "The Beginning", and "FlowEthics LP."
HIPPIE HIPPIE HOORAH
Hippie Hippie Hoorah came together in October 2009 and consists of Stephanie Chung, Chan Cho and Joe Chang. The band name is derived from their shared understanding of making music for fun. Members Cho and Joe were introduced to each other through the Sunny Hills High School Drum Line. Stephanie performed at "Open Mic Night", an event that Joe had help curate. After their acclaimed performance at the event, they have been performing together as a band at various benefits, talent shows and private parties in Southern California.
Peony, aka Judy Lee, is a singer-songwriter who works mainly in her room, recording at her desk with her guitar and mic. Raised in Los Angeles, she currently attends UCLA, aspiring to be an oral hygienist by day and a passionate musician by night. She is currently working on compiling an EP for release in the near future, which is to be titled "Telltale Sleep Light." Identifying strongly with the Korean-American second generation culture, she hopes to expand the community's scope of musical tolerance to incorporate her dreamy, slightly obscure style of lyrical expression and sound. For more music and videos, check out her YouTube channel, "ThePeonyProject."
Dawen blends R&B, funk and jazz with his sensual vibe with what MTV Iggy calls "a soulfully eclectic style". He has recently performed for Macy Gray on her web show. With the release of his debut album 'American Me', Dawen has been on tour throughout the US and Asia. His music runs the gamut, from the Asian American experience to universal themes such as love, loss, and redemption. Dawen's smooth baritone and provocative performances continues to impress audiences everywhere.
Hailing from Orange County, California, Lily Bee (Lilian Bui), Lily Bee has been playing piano and making music since she was five years old. At age fourteen, she started to play guitar, and not long after learning the chords of Louis, Louis she began to write her own songs. Since then, she has added the ukulele, violin, drums, kazoo and some mean egg shakers to her instrumental repertoire. Lily Bees musical style reflects her lighthearted nature while carrying the weight of broad life experiences which include writing and directing a musical.
SORAH YANG & BRIAN FANG
Sorah Yang is a singer, dance teacher, choreographer, songwriter, and musician from Fremont, CA. After her audition for American Idol, where she received encouraging praise and feedback from several show producers, she’s been motivated to overcome her tremendous stage fright that used to prevent her from singing even in the shower. She is currently a sophomore at USC majoring in Business Administration. Brian Fang, an innovative solo artist, combines a vast variety of musical styles to create a sound that is uniquely his own. Brian has released his debut EP entitled "The EP" in 2008. His various experiences include being voted as a finalist for Star 98.7 fm's Rockstar III contest, appearing at the historic Whisky A Go Go, and performing at many other venues in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Brian recently released his newest EP entitled "Sleepless Nights". Currently a local musician in the Southern California region, Brian hopes to expand his exposure to a national level.
MissCarolinexoxo has had a strong interest in music since the age of four. When college came around in 2006, Missxoxo and her cousin Lexoxo put themselves on the world stage by broadcasting their covers on YouTube, where they quickly gained popularity. In 2010, Nixoxo joined the group. With Missxoxo on vocals and Lexoxo and Nixoxo on strings, the three formed Team XOXO. They currently have more than 37,000 subscribers on youtube and their album will be released later this summer.
JOHNNY LE & IRIS LEONARDO
Johnny Le is a Vietnamese American singer/songwriter from Georgia. He wrote his first song in the fifth grade about a girl who kept rejecting him. He still performs that song at shows to this day. His love for music and creativity has several outlets for he is also a Bboy and DJ by the name Blaze.
Iris Sara Leonardo is a twenty-year old Filipino-American singer. Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, she has been classically trained as a pianist for twelve years. As a seventh grader, she taught herself to play the guitar and has been a part of two high school bands. During high school, she participated in a Filipino beauty pageant, where she sang and played guitar for the talent portion. Placing third in the contest has inspired her continue pursuing her dreams in music.
III. Get A Set Of Tickets (For Free)
General Admission tickets are only $10 if you get them before August 20th and let's just say it - that's a pretty damn good deal for all the talent you'll get to see at the Acoustic 4 show.
But - if you like free stuff - I also have a set of tickets to giveaway courtesy of the good folks down at Kollaboration.
Just be one of the first five people to e-mail me down at slanteyefortheroundeye[@]gmail.com, I'll choose a name via the scientific "point a finger" method, and you've won.
Must be in the U.S., get your own ride down there, you'll pick up your tickets at the theatre, and just enter if you want to see the show.