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|Self-described as a "musical hurricane on a collision course with awesome" and known for their eclectic blend of rap, rock, and alternative music, afterschoolspecial is a notable band originating from San Diego. Since their start in 2007, the group has quickly grown a reputation for their fusion sound, unique stage presence, and high energy performances. Nominees for the 2009 San Diego Music Awards for the Best Hip Hop Act and Best Hip Hop Album, they have traveled as invited performers at various venues, speaking engagements, and universities all across the nation. With the release of their highly anticipated album, It's All In Your Head, afterschoolspecial hopes to continue to refine and redefine their music to inspire their listeners.
|ANDREW FIGUEORA CHIANG & THE BLAZING RAYS OF THE SUN|
|A tight-knit team of musicians, Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun are known for their big harmonies, heavy grooves, and energetic performances. Andrew Figueroa Chiang is every bit an entertainer. He leads the group with his sweet voice, disarming charm, and infectious joy. Check them out live – you’re guaranteed a smile.
|A recent Grand Prize Winner of Kollaboration Acoustic 4, Dawen is a singer/songwriter known for his smooth baritone and sensual falsetto that recall the vocal stylings of Maxwell and Sade. In his debut album American Me (with a new EP slated for release in early 2012), he fuses soul and R&B with jazz and funk into his music and lyrics, which cover everything from identity and social issues to love, loss, and redemption. With his unique and expressive songs, he offers a lyrical style that appeals to both the intellect and the emotions.
|EMANON DANCE CREW|
|Based out of Oxnard, California, Emanon Dance Crew was established in March of 2006, under the direction of Byron Bucao. With the combination of high school students from all over Ventura County, Emanon has grown to inspire the youth in the community to share the same passion on the dance floor. Recently awarded Youth Team of The Year from World Of Dance Industries, Emanon continues to meet the needs of the younger generation who are yet to enter the collegiate dance scene.
|The first Singapore solo artist selected to perform at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas and one of her nation's most prominent indie singer/songwriters, Chua was the front-woman for Allura, a popular alternative rock act. Since then, she has departed from her boisterous rock singing to work on her solo career, which focuses on developing her schizophrenic potpourri of introspective acoustic tunes and quirky rhythms. Despite the change, her unmistakable voice remains true. As a seasoned and distinguished performer, Chua and her skills continue to be sought out for various projects, including independent film work and commercial jingles.
|MONSTERS CALLING HOME|
|Inspired by the hit 90s children's TV show Ahh! Real Monsters and nurtured by their friends and family from the San Fernando Valley, Monsters Calling Home is five musician friends who share their love for adventure and fun. Their "smangin" music consists of upbeat, folk sounds, rhythmic fun, and fervent performances.
|Appearances on shows like America's Got Talent and PBS' The Friday Zone are indicative of Kunz's quick climb as one of the world's elite and upcoming entertainers in the yo-yoing community. With nothing more than a piece of string and a hunk of metal attached to it, he explodes onstage with fast-paced tricks and intricacy. The two-time World Championship Finalist of the World Yoyo Contest (Artistic Performance Division) hopes to spread his love of Filipino culture and fond childhood memories in the 90s when yo-yos ruled the world with his performance.
|Though they just began their musical career as a group in 2008, this Seattle-based band has already played in different showcases throughout the U.S. and Canada and has opened for Ludacris, Talib Kweli, and Shwayze. With their soulful rock vocals and dynamic rhymes, it is no wonder that they have already shared the stage with such recognizable artists. Their infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics capture an array of emotions and capture many facets of life, comparable to other hip hop and rock fusion bands such as Linkin Park and Gym Class Heroes. The inspiration for their music is based on "following your dreams and defying obstacles," which is the very stuff that their music inspires in their fans.