SAN FRANCISCO (June 9, 2014) — Empowerment through Entertainment! Supporting and advancing Asian-Americans in entertainment and media.
The 5th annual showcase is going down on August 23, 2014 at the Conservatory of Music (tickets will be on sale soon and six finalists have been named for the show. At auditions, it was eye opening to see the unique flavor and level of talent that each of these performers brought and everyone is honored to be a part of the experience.
• 19 Diamonds
Coming via Hercules, California, 19 Diamonds is a 5-person band – composed of a group of close friends. Their sound can best be described as indie soul.
• DRC Beatbox
From a small farm town in California, Danny Cavero is a beatboxer with 10 years of beats under his belt. He’s participated in a couple national competitions and wants to continue bringing his love of this art form to others.
• Lawrence Park
Born and raised in San Francisco, Lawrence fell in love with music while attending UC San Diego and found his true passion: singing. He’s an advocate for bringing life experiences into song and hopes his soulful music can motivate and inspire.
• Ribbon in the Sky
This four-person band brings together four friends that share a passion for music. As the group’s name suggests, their goal is to bring back old-school soul, while giving it a modern-day vibe.
• Ruby and Donna
As two sisters from the Bay Area, Ruby and Donna meld two distinct styles – hip hop and acoustic/R&B – to create a unique sound. Growing up in a musically-oriented family, they have been performing together for years.
Coming to us from San Mateo, Calif., Str8jackets is a hip-hop dance group, with a style grounded on the belief that anyone can dance. The team trains artists of all skill levels to help them better and improve themselves as dancers.
Get even more details on the finalists at www.kollaborationsf.org, the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/kollab.sf, and on Twitter too.
Kollaboration’s mission is “Empowerment through Entertainment.” In addition to encouraging the diverse talents of Asian and Pacific Islander artists and youth, Kollaboration seeks to:
• Empower API youth by providing them with a creative outlet and leadership training.
• API families by offering a platform for communication that bridges the gap between 1st generation parents and latter generation youth
• The API community at large by raising awareness for other critical community issues and NGOs
Kollaboration is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts talent competitions across North America. Young API professionals and students volunteer their time and skills to celebrate the vast talents of the API community with the goal of increasing API visibility in mainstream entertainment and media. Each year Kollaboration involves hundreds of volunteers and performers, tens of thousands of live audience members, and millions of online viewers.