Sip on a refreshing beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) under paper lanterns in a traditional Japan Beer Garden setting, while enjoying live entertainment from a variety of bands and musicians. Interested in performing in Beer Garden? Please check the Get Involved page for more information.
Note: Beer Garden is open to attendees of all ages until 10PM. Must be 21 and over and have a valid form of ID to order alcohol.
In accordance with California state law, Anime Expo's Beer Garden can only accept an ID that:
12:30 PM Isekai Stage
2:30 PM hiero. & Lethal Souffle
4:30 PM BONAPPETIT
6:30 PM Kataoka
8:30 PM Apollo Fresh
10:30 PM DJ Disc Jockey
12:30 PM Crepe Queens
2:30 PM Astellium
4:30 PM Stephanie Topalian
6:30 PM Ham Sandwich
8:30 PM Igiko Pop
10:30 PM Breeton Boi
12:00 PM Sleeptalkers
2:00 PM ???
4:00 PM Shao Dow
6:00 PM Lucrecia
11:30 AM Kaz Skellington
1:30 PM Candy Bomber
Apollo Fresh, Creator of the hit anime rap song “JOJO POSE”, has brought his love for rap music and anime together, creating lively performances, entertaining visuals, and a unique style. You definitely want to see his performance! High energy and positive vibes!
Breeton Boi is a British-based rapper who combines his love of anime & video games with his music. Known for bringing anything from fun bouncy vibes about your favourite waifu to hard hitting aggressive hype mixed with wacky punchlines full of anime references, he brings a multitude of styles to get any anime fan out of their seat.
Rising to prominence in 2020, Breeton Boi’s influence is felt all over the Anime Rap scene resulting in millions of streams and many fans worldwide. He is now aiming to bring his infectious energy to the stage at anime conventions with performances at Momocon & Nerdcore Party Con already under his belt.
Astellium is a musical performance group composed of vocalist Eririn, producer/DJ welksie, and producer/guitarist Nekoramis. Blending live vocals, guitar, and festival/J-Pop inspired EDM, Astellium presents a unique sound made only possible through a combination of each member’s individual skills–bringing both Japanese-influenced covers and original music to a western audience.
An anime song rock band based in Tokyo with the goal of “animation tie-up”.
Vo.IKUHO’s powerful clear and gentle singing voice and Gt.Keisuke Sugimoto’s guitar sound and fantastic songs will unfold the bon appetit world.
“Bon appetit” means as the words say, enjoy the music full of Bon Appetit’s world view!
2019 World’s largest band contest “EMER GENZA 2019” 6th place in Japan / Vo.IKUHO wins a special prize
December 2019 Held Bon Appetit 1st one-man live
August 2021 Bon Appetit will hold his acoustic one-man live
Candy Bomber is a J-rock and Anisong cover band formed by five musicians of various backgrounds, with the fiery Shounen spirit for music and providing endless entertainment to the people. As Goku from DBZ exclaims, “Give me Energy!!!” Candy Bomber brings the Genki-dama to the stage that pumps up the crowd with their unapologetic nerdy puns and song selection that heavily involve audience interaction. Inspired by Fire Bomber from Macross 7 combined with Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice, Candy Bomber takes the standard “Rock Band” and fuses it together with different genres of music to capture a unique sound that is very much their own …“BOOYAH!!” Not to mention, Cosplay and Wota-gei is greatly welcomed and encouraged as the band will be dressed in group cosplay and call guides are prepared for the show! The audience is sure to break sweat and hear their familiar favorite jams from Anime and J-Rock…are you ready to Catch’em All?
Crepe Queens emphasizes on the electronic and pop sounds of modern Japanese music to make our own unique sound. We enjoy incorporating various types of musical instruments such as kalimba, glockenspiel, flute, and melodica to further distinguish each performance as their own. Drawing on inspirations such as RADWIMPS, SEKAI NO OWARI, One OK Rock and yorushika in addition to American inspirations that are Japanese inspired such as Porter Robinson, Crepe Queens aim to create and perform music that everyone can enjoy.
Isekai Stage is a group of professionally trained musicians from LA consisting of Xabier Uria (Gt./Vox), Sashank Venkatesh (Vox/Gt.) and Rem Olmos (Dr.). We’ve been working hard to create faithful renditions of your favorite anime music with the goal of bringing you a comprehensive live set entirely made up of opening themes from popular anime such as Chainsaw Man, Demon Slayer, Bocchi the Rock!, Jujutsu Kaisen, Fire Force and many more! Join us as we share our love for anime and our passion for music in an unforgettable experience at Anime Expo!
IgikoPop is a Pop-Punk & Opera fusion artist whose music is inspired by anime, video games and J-Fashion of the late 90s and early 2000s. IgikoPop has performed Nationwide and Internationally, touring in Tokyo in 2018 and 2019 as a solo artist before forming her band in Portland, Oregon mid-2020. Previous work includes providing vocals and compositions for the infamous PC game ‘Yandere Simulator’, as well as a collaboration with Happy Hardcore artist DJ S3RL on the track ‘I Feel Alive’. In 2023, she released her first album titled: “IgikoPop 1st Mix”. IgikoPop is also an avid Harajuku fashion lover and influencer. She has been featured alongside her twin sister and fellow influencer Kawaiiconic Ali on Barcroft’s ‘Hooked on the Look’ and has participated in multiple Harajuku Fashion Walks in the Harajuku district in Shibuya, Japan. She has also worked as a model with fashion brands such as Hot Topic, Splat Hair Dye, MYEYEBB, ACDC RAG and 6% DOKI DOKI.
Kataoka is a music producer/DJ based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Kyoto, Japan. He started honing his production skills in 2020 while quarantined in his Kyoto apartment, releasing a number of J-Pop/Anisong remixes and anime-inspired EDM originals. During this time, he closely aligned himself with tight-knit online communities of like-minded “Kawaii EDM” producers, including music collective Suisei Works.
As a DJ, Kataoka continues to represent and pay tribute to the “Kawaii EDM” scene from which his sound developed, electrifying dancefloors with unique setlists that proudly showcase his friends/community to a broader audience.
Kaz Skellington is a Japanese artist/producer raised in Los Angeles, now living in Tokyo. He mashes up his Hip-Hop/Funk and heavy rock background to create his original “Skellington Funk”. Kaz produces, records, performs, mixes, masters, and designs all of his releases and directs and edits all of his music videos. He has opened for artists such as Louis Cole, KNOWER, Genevieve Artadi, and Anomalie. Kaz’s live performance is highly rated with him rapping and playing guitar with a live band.
Kaz has performed at FUJIROCK, the biggest festival in Japan with his band. The official reviewers ranked his band as the 3rd best act of that year, with Foo Fighters being 4th on the list. He has also been an avid interviewer and a cultural bridge in Japan, having interviewed many artists including; Juice WRLD, Denzel Curry, The Internet, Bas, Internet Money, Goldlink, Swizz Beats, Slowthai, Brasstracks, Pharaohe Monch, and De La Soul
Originating from California, hiero. is a Multi-Genre DJ influenced by colorful melodies from Japanese & Korean music, specializing in mixing Future House within energetic sets. Recently, he’s been working with Lethal Souffle for their upcoming RnB project and is excited to showcase the new music alongside with her.
lethal souffle, a singer-songwriter hailing from the vibrant music scene of New York, is making waves with their unique blend of hip-hop and R&B. With a fearless approach to music-making, Lethal Souffle explores a wide range of styles and pushes the boundaries of artistic expression.
Lucrecia is a kawaiicore/metalcore band that draws inspiration from otaku culture down to its very name Lucrecia (a mysterious character from the game FFVII). The band was formed in 2016 by co-vocalists, Suki and Frankie, who met at a gig and decided to start a band together. Suki dreamt of being one of the first well known idols from the West of the kawaiicore/kawaiimetal genre (a genre that combines cute vocals with heavy music, similar to Babymetal). Since then, Suki has made great strides, becoming well known by many as Suki the kawaiicore idol, breaking barriers in the metal scene with her sweet yet fierce personality. Writing songs that blend catchy yet heavy musical elements coupled with otaku and idol culture, Lucrecia creates a unique and captivating sound that’s all their own. Their song “Brotherhood” was their first breakthrough track, after being featured on the popular YouTube channel ‘Dreambound’. The song instantly gained them many fans who appreciated the song for its originality and memorable hooks. Their viral hit “Sleeping Slaves Of Fate” (inspired by Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure) went on to be their next success, and most successful song to date with over a million streams and counting. The video for the song showcased their idol inspired style and unapologetic love for anime, while also proving that their music can stand out in the very saturated metalcore genre. Look out for Lucrecia and their upcoming mini album Meyneth out this Summer/Fall.
Odyssey is a eurobeat producer, performer, and Vtuber from the San Francisco Bay Area. With various hits ranging from the Initial D anime and arcade games, to the Super Eurobeat album series, to features with Fortune 500 companies and world-renowned tech video channels, Odyssey has made tremendous progress in her mission: Share Eurobeat With The World.
This is Odyssey’s very first Anime Expo, and she’s excited to share her unique variety of live performance with everyone this year.
Shao Dow is an award winning rapper, manga author and occasional ninja.
After studying Shaolin Kung Fu with the monks whilst living in China, Shao Dow utilised the tenacity and determination he learnt from his martial arts training to independently forge his music career. Known to rap in both English and Japanese, he constantly blurs the lines between anime, gaming, martial arts and his own music and has worked with icons such as Sean Schemmel (the voice actor for Goku – Dragon Ball Z) and featured on the first single from Tech N9ne’s ‘Asin9ne’ album.
Alongside his regular releases, Shao Dow works on the soundtrack for the Shaggy Ball Z vs One Jump Man animated series with Mashed and Channel 4 – the third episode achieved more than 1 million views on YouTube in 10 days. He created the music for a ‘God of War’ inspired animation that was celebrated by Sony Santa Monica (the game’s creators) and his music was used during the ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ documentary about Arsenal FC by Amazon Prime Video.
Shao has toured the UK, parts of Europe, The USA, Japan and Brazil and was nominated for the Best Live Performer Award at the AIM Awards 2022.
Sleeptalkers is a four-piece pop-punk/alternative group based out of all corners of the Bay Area, California. Inspired by the heroes of Warped Tour past, Sleeptalkers blends pop-punk energy with melodic and atmospheric soundscapes
Though, behind the surface of their high energy performances and heartfelt lyrics, each member of the band is a fan of anime, video games, and j-rock. Opting to play anime openings as part of their sets and playing anime-themed concerts, it’s clear that the “otaku” identity is a core part of the DNA of Sleeptalkers.
Hailing from Silicon Valley, the Super Soul Bros bring an explosive performance of live n’ funky video game & anime music. Renowned for their dynamic musicianship, improvisation and infectious grooves, the Super Soul Bros are a hit with all ages. Whether they’re taking requests on the fly, or the crowd is busting into a full-on soul train, it’s always a party with the Super Soul Bros! Catch one of their many themed sets this year at Anime Expo.
Based out of Los Angeles, California, Welksie is a producer/DJ passionate about integrating an emotional J-Pop-inspired sound into western EDM. With live sets built around storytelling, feelings, and technical musicality, Welksie weaves together traditionally divergent genres to bridge gaps between cultures and people alike.
Welksie has shared stages with established performers such as Diana Garnet, Mii, Isiliel, and Haruko Momoi–as well as performing at premiere events including Anime Expo and Fanime.
Welksie is also residing producer/DJ of the music project Astellium.
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