Come for live entertainment and libations.
Sip on a refreshing beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) in a comfortable lounge setting, while enjoying live entertainment from a variety of bands and musicians. Lounge 21 also features parties hosted by industry partners, with giveaways and special guests. Stay tuned for updates on the Lounge 21 party and performance schedule!
Note: Lounge 21 is restricted to attendees age 21 or over.
Location: Concourse Hall E – 151
In accordance with California state law, Anime Expo’s Lounge 21 can only accept an ID that:
Blending the musical backgrounds of international members, AYAKASHI brings a fresh and innovative form of Japanese music through melodic compositions and energetic performances. Featuring soaring vocals from Japan, a beautiful combination of classical piano, blazing guitar solos and groovy rhythms, AYAKASHI channels the essence of classic J-pop and J-rock in a musical interpretation that is sure to entertain.
Captain Savvy Singalong Crew
Captain’s Savvy Singalong Crew is a professional musical act that prides itself on celebrating the diverse aspects of otaku and nerd pop culture. The group uses music and comedy as a way to share their love for all things geek-chic while engaging their fans and audience. All performances are accompanied by lyrical presentations in order to encourage fans to sing along. Originating in Southern California, the band started as a passion project from lead vocalist Samuel “Captain” Khosravi. After a successful debut at Anime Conji in 2013, the band started attracting various musicians to their line up including Christion McGowan, Serj Tachyon, Rin Moeslie, Becky Booth, & Jeremy Bergstrom. CSSCrew has now been featured at several conventions and local specialized events such as Stan Lee’s Comikaze, Anime LA, Yaoi-Con, Ninja-Con, and more. Come singalong with them as they traverse the musical seas! Cheers mates!
Infinite Combo is a collective of San Diego-based musicians, whose fusion of jazz & funk meets the familiar melodies of classic video games. Formed in 2015 by trombonist Chet Brown, Infinite Combo is coming at you hard-hitting grooves and moving melodies from your favorite video games. We’ve got favorites from Mega Man, Super Mario, Zelda, Castlevania, and more!
Mega Ran, aka Raheem Jarbo of Philadelphia is arguably the world’s most well known video-game influenced performance artist. Since signing an unprecedented licensing deal with international developer Capcom, the former teacher’s high-energy shows and fun, nerdy persona have led to world tours, festival and video game tournament performances, and a legion of smart art fans he calls “TeamMega.” Mega Ran’s newest release “RNDM” debuted at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and ended the year 11th on CMJ’s Year End Hip Hop Chart, above Dr. Dre’s Compton, and several other notable releases. Ran continues to bend genre definitions and reality with each release, and the sky is the limit. MegaRan may have traded in the chalk for the microphone, but every song, every lyric, and every appearance is a lesson. School is in.
In 2010, six people met and combined their passion for music and anime, giving creative birth to the band called Midnight Shinigami (Gods of Death). Six years later, they are now five members, but still bringing the best music from Japan straight to their fans. Hailing from different parts of the world, Midnight Shinigami’s members are just as diverse as their musical influences and playing styles. From soft ballads to hard-driving metal, they’re sure to have something in their repertoire that’ll make anyone drop dead in pure aural bliss.
Pamela Vargas is a Peruvian singer and actress. Born in Lima, Peru, Pamela began to perform in the J-pop genre at the age of twelve, when she competed in the special around the world edition of the Japanese popular singing contest “Nodojiman” produced by the NHK. Years later, she participated at the Anime Expo Idol competition sponsored by Bang Zoom Entertainment, and earned the winning title. Furthermore, her J-pop/J-rock band received the champion title at the Anime Expo Battle of the Bands. With her band, Pamela toured around the United States in different anime conventions. Following her Latin Roots, Pamela took a little hiatus from her J-pop passion, and successfully recorded and released an EP with 5senti2, a Latin pop band that toured around the United States, Mexico and Guatemala.
Phoenix Ash is America’s own J-Rock band. As can be heard on the band’s first major Japanese release「Cross the Blue」, Phoenix Ash showcases their infectious melodies and energetic style to meld the essences of Japanese and American rock.
Japanese Electro World Music Duo, SouLandscape’s performance of Original and Anime Songs, EDM, Epic Symphonic Rock coupled with their Unique Theatrics draws audiences into their fantastical imaginary world!