EVENT: Asian American Music Festival
DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017
TIME: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
VENUE: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
ADDRESS: 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Michael Paulo

Michael Paulo/ Festival Producer and Promoter  Michael has excelled both on the artistic side and business . As an artist his career has spanned four decades . He has produced numerous events for the past fifteen years and also ran his own record label in the 90’s...

“TEX” Nakamura

Legendary Japanese Harmonica Player .

Terry Steele

Having spent the last few years as the lead vocalist for the iconic band Hiroshima , Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Terry Steele's career has crossed musical boundaries and international borders. His songs have sold millions of copies and have touched the heart...

Kimo Cornwell

James “Kimo” Cornwell Kimo Cornwell, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more than 2 decades he has been one of the principal members and a major contributor to Los Angeles-based, 2 time Grammy nominated group, Hiroshima…as keyboardist,composer, arranger, and...

Pauline Wilson

Pauline Wilson is an American jazz/pop singer best known as lead vocalist with the jazz/fusion group Seawind in the 1970s and early 80's.Wilson was born and raised in Hilo , Hawaii . She won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children in 1979 for her duet...

Fred Shreuders

Fred Schreuders (Indonesian) One of the most prolific asian guitarist today, Born and Raised in Honolulu , Hawaii Fred was a member of the popular Jazz group Music Magic in the 1980's . Since then Fred has toured and recorded with Hubert Laws, The Supremes,Ronnie...

Wakana Inamura

WaKaNa plays SMOOTH JAZZ, SOUL and R&B. She also collaborates with rappers, singers, and DJs. She was born in Chiba, Japan and is a Central member of the young and upcoming pop instrumental band LUCA. After graduating from the Shobi Musical College, she has been...

Jeff Kashiwa

Jeff Kashiwa born in 1963 in Louisville, Kentucky but moved to Seattle as a young child. He credited the public school's music program for his starting his interest in music. He has also credited his father, who died in 1992, for his love of music because he was a fan...

Anatalia Villaranda

Straight from "The Voice"  singing sensation Anatalia Villaranda.

Kay-Ta

Osaka (Japan) born guitarist Kay-Ta has supported/performed with artists ranging from pop/R&B artists like Grammy Winner Lalah Hathaway, Jenifer Hudson, Jody Watley, Amerie & Chante Moore; contemporary jazz artists like Jackiem Joyner, Keiko Matsui, &...

Kimaya

Kimaya is an eclectic renaissance woman as managing CEO of Diamond Tigeress Productions, Power Of Presentation Enterprises, and Women On The Front Line Ministries.  She is the former lead singer for the world renowned jazz group "Hiroshima" and has toured the world...

Benjamin Shepherd

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Upright/Electric Bassist Benjamin J. Shepherd started playing when he was 7 years old. 11 years later he moved to Los Angeles to study at the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and to pursue a full time music career. He...

Vinnie Aguas

Vinnie Aguas Vinnie Aguas is a 14 year old drummer that is known for his versatility and feel. He started playing drums at 10 years old and at age 12 he started playing with the Asia America Youth Symphony under the direction of David Benoit. Vinnie is also part of...

Rene Paulo

Rene Paulo  Known as Hawaii’s King of the Keyboards, He is the senior member at our festival, Rene was a child prodigy playing the piano  at 4 years old.Rene’s accolades include Hoku and Fil Am Lifetime achievement awards for his musical contributions. At 86 years...

Austin Gatus

Multi-Instrumentalist, Vocalist, and Song-Writer, Austin Gatus first started playing his primary instrument, the Alto Saxophone, at 9 years old. Since then he’s attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 5 years, and has taken master classes from the likes of Joshua...

Tateng Katindig

Son of Eddie Katindig and Remedios Henaez. A pianist, musical director, and jazz musician, now based in US. Father Eddie, a saxophone great, is one of the greatest jazz players in the Philippines. Relative of Romy Katindig. From the Philippines, he migrated to USA in...

David Iwataki

For the last three decades Keyboardist /composer Dave Iwataki has found a way to combine his passion for music with serving the community. A multiple arts-grant recipient, he has created several community-centric projects, including "The Healing Drums", designed to...

Bruce Hamada

Bruce Hamada is one of the best bassist and jazz vocalist in Hawaii. His first attraction to music came from his father, Bruce Sr. Dad was a professional drummer in the Honolulu area and performed with many artists and acts throughout his long career including...