Mark Your Calendars: Kollaboration Los Angeles 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Kollaboration, North America’s Premier API Talent Showcase, launches Kollaboration Los Angeles, scheduled for
Friday, July 13, 2012 at 8:30pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA

This summer, Kollaboration Los Angeles is back to take place at the majestic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA on July 13 for an evening filled with fresh talent as seven up-and-coming musicians from the API (Asian/Pacific Islander) community selected through a rigorous audition process vie for this year’s title and a chance to compete at the national finale show in November. Audiences are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and join the excitement as these seven passionate musical acts bring their hard work and hours of practice to the most anticipated showcase for API talent in North America.

The seven competitors will perform in the 1,200-seat open-air historic venue for a live audience and celebrity judges. The selected winner of the show will be submitted in an online poll alongside winners of each of the other 14 Kollaboration 2012 event cities, and the top 7 highest votes will be flown into Los Angeles to face-off in the November finale show.

This year’s competitor lineup is as follows: Nate Tao, an L.A. based singer/songwriter known for his smooth, yet powerful R&B pop vocals; Ms. Laney, a versatile vocalist and performer who utilizes her classical background in pursuance of both opera and contemporary music; Jeremy Crooks, a YouTube sensation hailing from Irvine, CA who received national attention dancing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show;” Brooke Taylor, an R&B vocalist featured on Power 106 with DJ Felli Fel, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, and The Steve Harvey Show; Dave & the Cousins, an up-and-coming indie folk band led by singer/songwriter Dave Cho that can be spotted playing on the well-known Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica; Kaitlin Obien, a nationally recognized speech and debate artist who combines her oratorical skills and love for the ukulele to become a versatile musician; and St. Andrew, a classically trained pianist that infuses 20 years of his classical artistry into his pop music.

This event is hosted by stand up comedian and Kollaboration founder PK, with a guest performance by prominent Chinese-American comedian Jimmy Ouyang, who has been featured on CBS’s hit television series, “2 Broke Girls” and named by FunnyorDie in its nationwide “Top 30 Comedians Under 30 to Watch.”

In a little more than a decade, Kollaboration has grown tremendously as an organization, with shows in 14 cities across the United States and Canada, and yet, its mission still remains the same. By providing a creative platform through our talent shows, Kollaboration seeks to empower and encourage Asian Pacific Islander American & Canadian artists to pursue their passions in mainstream media and inspire future generations to do the same.

Tickets prices start at $15 for General and $40 for VIP. Tickets are available at or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). For groups of 8 or more, please call 323-769-2147.