A packed Hollywood Bowl celebrated Filipino culture on July 8 at a concert curated by Black Eyed Peas member Apl.de.ap. The show featured traditional and modern dance, Original Philippine Music, and hits by contemporary Filipino artists. Fellow Black Eyed Peas members will.i.am and Taboo joined Apl.de.ap to perform some of their group’s chart-topping songs and celebrate this historic night.
2012 is the year for K-Pop! At least, it seems so with three of Korea’s top girl groups all planning releases this year. The 9-member girl group that already has millions of fans around the world, Girl’s Generation, releases its 2011 hit “The Boys” with a special digital remix EP today in the US and Europe. The highly anticipated album is up for grabs today. Their December 20th release earned a Top 5 slot on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 Chart and features the talents of Teddy Riley, Snoop Dogg, and Lil Playy.
This song is so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head. Also featuring MC Hammer, Twitter founder Biz Stone, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, former 49er Ronnie Lott, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian “The Beard” Wilson.
Fear the mustache!
DJ and Dim Mak Records founder, Steve Aoki, spun his way to the stage during his 33rd birthday celebration on November 23 for Dim Mak Tuesdays.
Even though I’m not at all into the house and techno scene (or whatever you wish to call it), I had a great time as a first-timer and helper at Dim Mak Tuesdays.
The very special event, The Steves Birthday Celebration, had 500 of Aoki’s friends and fans moving and shaking on the dance floor and lounging in the rooms at Cinespace. The annual fete lasted until sunrise, but I didn’t last that long because I parked at a lot that closed much earlier than that. You know how much of a pain parking is in Hollywood; Aoki’s Dim Mak van was even given a parking ticket. What a birthday present from the city!
Anyways, resident DJs Dan Oh and Them Jeans played their sets before midnight, while Etienne de Crecy, who just flew in from France for Aoki’s birthday, and an EP release, preceeded Aoki. After Aoki came out, the lights flickered like wild amidst the misty room.
The real surprise was mystery guest Swedish House Mafia (as well as Will.i.am), which only made sense because the event was a Steve Angello X Steve Aoki birthday. For those unaware of Swedish House Mafia, they recently performed alongside Usher at the 2010 American Music Awards.
The Japanese American Aoki, son of the late Benihana founder, Rocky Aoki, and brother of model-turned-actress Devon Aoki, has been bringing the party scene to the world since the millennium. Even his company’s Dim Mak van says “On tour forever” to get an example of his contemporary legacy. In short, Aoki shouldn’t be seen as a figure behind the shadows of his family, but a producer of wonder on his own.
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If you’ve never seen The Black Eyed Peas in concert, you are missing out. There I said it. Taboo, apl.de.ap, will.i.am and Fergie know how to get a crowd of thousands jumpin’, turning an entire stadium into a massive, beat-thumping club for just one night. On Tuesday, March 30, the six-time Grammy Award-winning group takes to the stage once more before a sold-out crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Don’t have a ticket? No worries. Continue Reading »