Fil-Ams among AAPI artists to perform at 2nd annual IDENTITY LA
FOR the second year in a row, Los Angeles will be celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month with IDENTITY LA, a free outdoor concert that will feature a wide range of internationally-known Asian American musicians.
On Saturday, May 6, the open-to-the-public concert will take place at Grand Park in downtown LA from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The headliners include folk pop group Us the Duo, an LA-based husband and wife duo of Michael and Carissa Alvarado, the latter being Filipina-American. Also headlining is San Francisco-based electronic music artist and producer Giraffage and South Korean R&B artist DEAN.
Other fan favorites who hail from the AAPI community include Starro (soulection), Year of the OX, Filipina artist Kronika (soulection), Doctors&Engineers, Tenelle, SAAY and Dj Zo.
IDENTITY LA is presented by LA City Councilmember David Ryu of District 4 and International Secret Agents, and was established to observe the city’s annual celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
“This year we hope to make it bigger and better,” Ryu told the Asian Journal.
Ryu said that one of the goals of this festival is to celebrate Asian American talent and artistry in hopes of inspiring aspiring artists. He added that IDENTITY LA is meant to celebrate the Asian American identity and to share it with everyone.
“It’s to show also our pride as being Asian American because we’re not guests in this country. This is our country and we’ve helped build this country. It’s to empower the younger generations,” he said.
Ryu added: “It’s also not to only celebrate amongst ourselves but share our culture with our neighbors who are not Asian American because we draw strength from diversity and it’s only when we learn about each other’s differences that we grow stronger together.”
To RSVP or learn more information about IDENTITY LA, visit www.isatv.com.