Among the more recent additions to AX’s adult nightlight, Lounge 21 is our very own nightclub, complete with drinks and nightly performances! Lounge 21 is a great place to relax and cool off after a long, hot July day traversing the convention’s plentiful panels, events, and halls. The first of this year’s musical lineup is Chii Sakurabi! This blossoming J-POP singer is only the first in a lineup we are eager to announce. More to come soon!
Thursday, July 3rd
|8:00-9:00PM||ANI ON LIVE!|
|9:00-11:00PM||Industry@AX (Closed to General Public)|
Friday, July 4th
|8:00-9:00 9M||Jennifer Cihi|
Saturday, July 5th
|10:00-12:00am||DORORON! presents AX Tonight|
A J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Chii Sakurabi has performed live throughout her home city before moving to the U.S. in 2010. In late 2011, Chii’s breakout first album Mirage was released. It featured a unique electro-pop syle with fantasy themes, as well as a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. Her second album, Moon Princess, was released in May 2014. A great leap forward from Mirage, this album featured a distinct sound with a story based on the Japanese fairytale character Princess Kaguya.
Chii has performed live at various anime and pop culture conventions around the world, including France, Mexico, and New Zealand. Her concerts are known for their high-energy and visual stories, which are paired with Chii’s passionate voice, kawaii dances, and lolita fashion! Chii is excited for her first AX performance at this year’s Lounge 21! Visit Chii online at: www.chiisakurabi.com & www.facebook.com/ChiiSakurabi
A native Californian, Jennifer Cihi began her acting career at a young age, performing in a national tour of Annie. But, she is likely more well known for lending her talent for singing to several anime works, namely Sailor Moon. Cihi’s role in the seminal ’90s series was Serena, Sailor Moon herself. She would later go on to sing songs for other works, such as City Hunter and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.
ANI-ON LIVE! is a new, dynamic anime rock group, based in the music powerhouse of Boston, MA! As the name suggests, the group has been formed under three concepts: ANIme, ONgaku (music in Japanese), and LIVE! rock show. The group consists of some of the most in demand, powerful, and captivating Japanese musicians who not only display worldclass professional musicianship, but also have a passionate love of Anime!
ANI-ON LIVE! had their successful debut show this year at Anime Milwaukee 2014! Lead by their ever fearless producer, Shota, ANI-ON LIVE! consists of six musicians: two charming, charismatic singers (Lu-kun and Maho-chan), two shredding guitarists (Shota and Ma-kun), an eccentric bassist (Ochoa-san), and an electrifying drummer (Ta-kun)! ANI-ON LIVE! musicians are united to bring intoxicating Anime music to live shows! Calling the genre Ani-Rock (Anime Rock), ANI-ON LIVE! strives to deliver to audiences their own rock arrangements of the most beloved and prominent anime songs of all time, including “old-school” classics to the more current and cutting-edge series of today!