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.
Interested in performing in Lounge 21? Please check the Get Involved page for more information.
Note: Lounge 21 is restricted to attendees age 21 or over. Must have a valid form of ID to enter Lounge 21.
In accordance with California state law, Anime Expo's Lounge 21 can only accept an ID that:
Performance Schedule (To Be Announced)
Previous Party Hosts: Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Celebration (all ages), Anime Expo Kick-Off Party, Cosplay Deviants, FAKKU, Crunchyroll + VRV, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithfulness Launch Party
Past Performers: Mii, Face Time Police, Nerdknight Music, Sharlee Music, Crepe Queens, Here Between You Me, Astellium, Diana Garnet, Rupee Jam
Together since 2020, BLOW is comprised of members that met through playing at USC, Long Beach State, at Disneyland. Combining the modern with the retro and jazz with pop, BLOW transforms well-loved classics into something new and exciting.
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.
Eririn is a Los Angeles based, Japanese-American vocalist that regularly performs at live music events and conventions. She specializes in singing both Japanese and English lyrics, and her original music is influenced by genres like R&B/Dance/Hyperpop/Anisong.
She is currently on an international tour, spanning both Japan and the US, to promote her new EP “Thinkin ‘bout Eririn”.
Hailing from New York, Lethal Souffle discovered a passion for music at a young age. Influenced by a diverse range of artists spanning multiple genres, Lethal Souffle developed a deep appreciation for rich melodies, introspective lyrics, and a fearless approach to artistic expression. The music of Lethal Souffle serves as a vessel for self-reflection and growth, encouraging listeners to embrace their own vulnerabilities and celebrate their humanity.
j-Bit is a Los Angeles based collective of musicians dedicated to performing music from video games and anime. The band has a strong background in jazz, rock, and funk, with members hailing from New York and Los Angeles music conservatories. Members of the band have performed across various venues in North America and Europe, from intimate venues like The Mint and The Roxy, to large festivals and concert halls like the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. All music performed by j-Bit has been custom written and arranged by members of the band, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, and funk.
Musical Mylow and St. Baritony are an acoustic ukulele and guitar duo, combining elements of flamenco style playing with a unique lo-fi/boom bap hip hop playing style to create live instrumental remixes and originals.
St. Baritony has performed with his guitar for congress representative Judy Chu, among other influential members of office, at the age of 15. Musical Mylow pioneered the percussive hip hop style of ukulele playing with his cover of Nujabes’ Auruarian Dance on Youtube, which has since become a staple in that realm.
Nekomi is a multi-talented musician with skills as an accomplished DJ, vocalist and guitarist, playing songs both solo and as part of a band, as well as having produced numerous successful tracks.
As a DJ, Nekomi uniquely combines anime and J-pop with dubstep, trap, and industrial goth. Being an avid fan of anime, she also often mixes cosplay and thematic visuals seamlessly into an exciting, in-character performance.
Growing up in a small town, Pinkii’s fascination with Japanese fashion and pop culture ignited at a young age. With a profound love for the high-energy music and kawaii fashion, she nurtured dreams of becoming an idol in Japan during her high school years.
In 2013, PiNKII triumphed in the Worldwide Avex StarSearch audition, stunning the judges with her captivating rendition of Matsuura Aya’s “Momoiro Kataomoi.” Following a couple of years living in Japan, she ventured into the digital realm by establishing her own YouTube channel, attracting an impressive following of over 100,000 subscribers. Additionally, Pinkii delved into the world of DJing, igniting energy in clubs across Tokyo.
Despite her accomplishments in these spheres, Pinkii yearned to express her own musical creations. It was at this pivotal moment that she decided to forge her own unique genre, drawing inspiration from the J-pop songs that had shaped her childhood.
While she draws inspiration from J-pop, Pinkii refuses to be confined to the limitations of the “idol” label. Her music aims to embody the strength and resilience of women who embrace their love for all things cute. Embracing the liberating “no rules” attitude, Pinkii has gravitated towards the Japanese gyaru subculture, immersing herself in its vibrant aesthetics. Her involvement in gyaru media in Japan has included notable appearances on shows such as “amezipangu,” where she was introduced as “America’s Gyaru.”
Though her attire may exude a girlish charm, Pinkii’s lyrics and her assertive Japanese speech reflect a strong-willed individual who resists conformity and refuses to be dictated by anyone! Doya!
S4X (pronounced sax) all started as 4 friends who had a particular interest in music from various American and Japanese pop culture. After rehearsing a few songs together, it wasn’t long before their first busking gigs (outdoor tip jar performances) got them playing inside private events, anime conventions, and even recording sessions! In 2019, S4X performed in Anime Expo’s closing ceremony, and it’s very exciting to be back again in 2023!
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.
Sky is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Austin, TX. Heavily influenced by Japanese rock and slap style guitar, he seeks to blend genres and break boundaries in order to achieve new sounds and connect the world through music. Come join the Sky Nation!
Zion (“zah-i-uhn”) is a Korean American singer-songwriter who streams and has been pursuing music for a little less than a year. She takes the matters of depression, relationships, religion, music, food, and cats very seriously, and if you work at a cafe or boba place and spell her name right, it’ll make her day.
Kid Yuki is a Chicago-based drummer, singer, and guitarist who loves to play anime, video game, and VTuber songs. You can catch daily drum covers and weekly song request streams on Twitch, YouTube, and TikTok.
You can find all three musicians live on Twitch.
Stephanie Yanez is a Jpop music artist who has been touring the United States and Japan since she won AX Idol at Anime Expo. It led to her working with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan where she recorded music at Paramount Studios and released an album sold at all major record stores. She has worked with many Japanese, Anime, and Gaming companies throughout her music career. She released an original song “Ultimate Miku World” with famous Japanese Vocaloid Hatsune Miku for gaming site TinierMe. She has also released an original song “A Thousand Years From Now” for music rhythm game Lanota. Stephanie has numerous original albums and cover albums in Japanese and English which are all on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. She is also a TV/Internet personality and is known for her hosting on TV as the Tokyo Reporter for Anime Select’s Comcast On Demand documentary and series “Crazy Sexy Tokyo”. She also does runway/print modeling and collaborates with many Japanese and American Anime/Gaming/Kawaii/Pop Culture companies on various projects as a content creator. She is also an author/illustrator who recently released her very first book, a children’s book titled “WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS?”.
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.
yx2 is a trackmaker and DJ based in San Francisco, California. They’ve been creating music and DJing since 2014. Ranging from UK Garage, Jersey Club, Baile Funk, Bass Music, and Footwork, yx2 is focused on creating a unique, fun sound to their DJ sets and music.
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