Get ready for a night of new and classic Japanese pop as MidTones J-Pop Night returns to Grand Star Jazz Club in LA’s Chinatown. Headliners Flying Platforms, featuring guitarist Shin Kawasaki, will perform a set of J-Pop & rock tunes from the Showa era to the present! The event also features a performance by J-Pop Idol Chii Sakurabi, and LA’s Tune in Tokyo as house Djs.
Sean Danconia will be on hand with a special POP-UP Art Show showcasing a preview of his newest creation – SūpāPop! which will be launching at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on June 9-11th.
Complimentary signed SūpāPop print will be made available to guests while supplies last.
MidTones this month also doubles as the official pre-party for Little Tokyo’s NINJA-CON convention, opening the following day (Saturday, June 6th) at the JACCC. Shin Kawasaki, Chii Sakurabi and DJ Greg Hignight of Tune in Tokyo would like to welcome attendees of Ninja-Con to start the weekend party early!
Cover is $5, Ages 21+. Event hours are 9 PM – 2 AM.
MidTones occurs on every 1st Friday of the month at historic and legendary Grand Star Jazz Club in the heart of Chinatown Los Angeles. Hosted by Shin Kawasaki and Flying Platforms alongside the Space Circus crew. MidTones offers an inclusive venue for musicians, noise-makers and music-lovers to experiment, explore and experience.
Grand Star Jazz Club is located at 943 Sun Mun Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012
About Shin Kawasaki and Flying Platforms
Shinichiro Kawasaki met young aspiring musicians in Osaka, Japan who inspired him to pursue music. He moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where he started performing live and recording as a guitarist. He has also contributed music for SanDisk TV commercial, Turkey Shoot Music Festival, Japan Self-Defense Airforce, NHK Enterprise, KDDI, House Foods and Kao corporation. Along with his live-performing outfit “Flying Platforms” Shin hosts MidTones, a monthly jam session at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown, performing the mixture of cyberpunk-infused live-tronic original materials and covers ranging from jazz standards, 80s/90s R&B dance hits to J-pop.
About Sean Danconia
Sean Danconia has built a seductive visual universe by marrying cult-cinema & animation to a wild pop-art aesthetic. Born in Montreal, Canada, Danconia was named after another “Sean”-Connery—by his mother, an intrepid James Bond fan. This early “Bondian” bullet would fire itself throughout Danconia’s life and creative pursuits. After living and working in Italy, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Vancouver—this iconoclast Canadian designer/artist/animator is firing from all creative pistons. Danconia’s composite world is a “bio pic” of his own imagination: irreverent, prolific, explosive – based on an encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture past, and a knowing eye for future trend undercurrents years before they hit, Danconia’s Pop-Fusion Art, design, creative branding, collages, melanges all serve to integrate his punk-mod sensibility, which pops-out of a razor sharp eye, colored by an eastern tinted lens.
About Tune in Tokyo
DJs and promoters Tune in Tokyo founded the first monthly event in Los Angeles for Asian dance pop in 2008, weaving together the vibe of Indie dance clubs with global street fashion. An active force in the LA club and J-Pop and K-Pop scene, Tune in Tokyo hosts dance parties, fashion shows and concerts celebrating cutting-edge music and pop culture from across Asia. Tune in Tokyo’s residencies have included 2nd Street Jazz and Royal/T, in addition to appearances at KCON, the MNET Grammy Party, Anime Expo, Pittsburgh’s Tekko, Pacific Media Expo, Miku Expo, Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary at JANM, and Japan: Endless Discovery. Tune in Tokyo also offers music event consulting and production services.
About Chii Sakurabi
Chii Sakurabi is a J-POP Singer and recording artist from Japan living in the US! Chii Sakurabi is J-POP singer and recording artist from Tokyo, Japan known for her angelic voice, high-energy songs, and kawaii Lolita fashion. Chii originally performed live throughout Tokyo, and in 2010 moved to the U.S. to expand her music internationally. In late 2011, Chii’s breakout first album Mirage was released. It featured a unique electropop style with fantasy themes, as well as a mixture of English and Japanese lyrics. In May 2014, Chii took a giant leap forward with her second album, Moon Princess, creating a distinct and dynamic sound with a story based on the Japanese fairytale character Princess Kaguya.