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.
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The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes are one part jazz trio, one part video game nirvana – kinda like if Miles Davis spent more time playing Super Nintendo.
Featuring Adam Bellotto on the guitar, Robby Delosier on the upright bass and Michael Kaufman on the drums, the 8-Bit Jazz Heroes take classic video game themes and transform them into something completely new. Drawing from classic ‘60s cool jazz as well as funk, blues and hip-hop, the 8-Bit Jazz Heroes have an sound that weaves multiple genres and game consoles all through the jazz idiom. Formed in 2016, they quickly made a name for themselves – they play in venues all over Southern California and in 2017 were named “Best Jazz Band in Orange County” by the OC Weekly. The 8-Bit Jazz Heroes are signed to video game music label Overclocked Records and their first album, “Press Start” was released in November of 2017 to rave reviews.
Candy Bomber is a J-rock and Anisong cover band formed by six 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?
Originating in Southern California, the band started as a pet project for 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 keyboardist Aoi Khosravi and bassist Ben Vete. CSSC has now been featured at several conventions and local specialized events and becomes a staple in the Los Angeles anime scene. In January 2019 they were honored with the title of Anime Los Angeles battle of the band’s champions.
Because anime. The multi-faceted masked duo, Face Time Police, is bringing their stripped-down acoustic show to Anime Expo! Why do they wear masks? Because anime. Why are their songs punchy and to the point? Because anime. Whether they’re playing frenetic punk, introspective hip-hop, or a heartfelt ballad, Face Time Police is ready to entertain with their diverse and energetic stage show. Because… anime.
About TiA (Japanese Recording Artist)
TiA is a recording artist from Japan who is best known for singing the ending theme “Yakitatte Japan” in Naruto and other TV theme songs. TiA was awarded the Gold Disc Award and won McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016. In 2018, she was featured in The New York Times, Fox TV, and NY1. She will be releasing her new album from Sony Japan in June 2019.
About Kohei Kohei is a singer from Tokyo and a IFA United Nations international ambassador singer. He was the Apollo winner in 2014, a finalist in the McDonald’s Gospelfes in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and an official MC at Japan Fes 2017 and 2018 as well as Houston Japan Festival 2018 and 2019. He has appeared at Anime Expo, San Japan, Anime Next, Anime California, Colossalcon East, Kamehacon, Animanga Expo, and more! Kohei has also been features on the Fox TV’s Steve Harvey Show as well as M-On TV with Japanese recording artist The Rampage from Exile Tribe.
LEX the Lexicon Artist is a rapper currently based in Oakland, CA. LEX began the project in 2016 creating original songs inspired by her multicultural upbringing, her education, and pop culture. Since then, LEX has performed at anime, gaming, and tech events across the country, connecting to thousands of fans with her lyrics about nerd culture and identity.
In 2018, LEX toured nationally with Adult Swim actor and rapper mc chris, and hacker rap group Dual Core. She has officially appeared at SXSW, FanimeCon, and the Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest) in Maryland.
LEX released “Special”, a themed album about Mob Psycho 100, in January 2019. She released one full-length album, “Raging Ego”, last year.
None Like Joshua has been dabbling through a diverse set of music genres and topics to rap about since 2009. The level of fame that he’s garnered with over 60 million Youtube views has stemmed from rapping about his favorite video game, anime, TV shows, and movies intertwined with heavy electronic music like dubstep, trap, metal and other dynamic genres. He’s made a name for himself with the support and collaborations from talented EDM producers, musical youtubers, and, of course, the tens of thousands of gamers, anime fans, and rap lovers who have shared one of his songs.
Based in Los Angeles and from Hawaii rising artist Original God has found a way to do what he loves in a way that is completely his own. By incorporating elements of manga & anime into his music he has created a distinct sound that has started to capture the attention of many. Being influenced by various genres such as hip-hop, pop, metal, and many others, it is easy to understand where Original God’s versatility stems from and the pure emotion he pours into each song. Check out his debut performance before touring Japan featuring special guests from The Midnight Society.
Phoenix Ash is America’s own Japanese Rock band. As the sole Americans on the influential Plug Records label in Japan (Daizy Stripper, Fest Vainqueur) Phoenix Ash fuses the essences of Japanese and American rock with their unique brand of infectious melodies and heart pumping anthems. They released their debut Japanese album「Cross The Blue」in 2016, and have since been featured in numerous tracks of the popular arcade rhythm game GITADORA. Their latest studio album, entitled “VOICES,” launched in North America on May 24, 2019. Whether it be in the USA or in Japan, Phoenix Ash is leaving a wake in the world of high energy hard rock.
The group originated six years ago solely as a Christmas caroling saxophone group among 4 high school friends. At this time, they were not known as S4X, and no anime/video game music was played at all. A few years and two different bandmates later, the four gentlemen (after performing a Christmas set) mused over the idea of being a group that branched out into the soundtrack genre, particularly of all the favorite games and anime they cherished from the days of Toonami and Super Nintendo to present. The idea was set into motion, inspiring S4X to start street performing (aka busking) outside of all the biggest anime and video game events in and near Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before people began looking forward to seeing “The Best Saxophone Quartet in the Galaxy”, performing their favorite nostalgic numbers right before entering the events they’ve been looking forward to for so long! As anyone can imagine, the rest was history, and could not have been done without mutual love of anime and games.
Shiki-TMNS is an otaku rapper from Georgia. The self proclaimed “SisConKing” has gained a following on Soundcloud and Spotify with his anime and video game influenced raps. He is most well known for his song “Senpai” and his works with artists such as Hentai Dude and Moe Shop.
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: BLACK ROS3, Captain's Savvy Singalong Crew, Face Time Police, Here Between You Me, Kid Yuki and The Otakus, KOHEI & TiA, Midnight Shinigami, None Like Joshua, Super MadNES, Super Soul Bros
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