Music fest to rock Guam on June 5-6!

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Photo courtesy of Guam Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy of Guam Visitors Bureau

Music fest to rock Guam on June 5-6!

by: Takahiro Takiguchi | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: June 04, 2015

Guam’s second annual international music fest is about to rock the island with a smorgasbord of sounds from around the world!

The Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival, organized and sponsored by Guam Visitors Bureau and Lotte Duty Free, is bringing an all-star lineup to Paseo Stadium in Hagatna on June 5-6.

This two-day music festival features pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop and R&B by such artists as CeeLo Green, Tinashe, Far East Movement, Hoodie Allen and Common Kings from the United States, along with top talent from the shores of Guam’s major visitor sources, including Japan’s Home Made Kazoku and South Korea’s Jay Park.

The event is all part of a plan to give Guam more of the international recognition it deserves, providing travelers with just one more reason to add the island to their itineraries, according to Guam Visitors Bureau.

In recent years, Hagatna has been revitalized, thanks to hotel occupancy tax dollars and organizers plan to capitalize on this by holding the concert there and by including nearby sites like Chamorro Village and Paseo Park in the overall event, officials said.

Paseo Stadium will open at 4 p.m. each day of the event. Food and beverage venders and other activities will take place Friday and Saturday evening at the festival grounds.

Other details – including the official calendar of performance times – are still in the works, and are expected to be available online and elsewhere soon.

Two-day passes sell for $100; they are available now online at guam-live.com and Circle K locations island-wide.  

takiguchi.takahiro@stripes.com

For more on the Lotte Duty Free Guam Live International Music Festival, call Guam Visitors Bureau at 646-5278 or visit: www.guam-live.com

Common Kings (USA)
Common Kings’ style and music is a collection of inspirations orchestrated into an array of head rocking beats, feel good vibes, and emotional fever. Their crazy, fun-loving attitude compliments Common Kings’ live sound, producing phenomenal pop hits with rock, reggae, and R&B influences. These influences originate from each band members love for various genres, and widespread knowledge of music. Performing in front of a live packed audience is second nature to them considering in just two short years, Common Kings built an impressive live reputation, an obsessive following of loyal fans, over 10 million youtube views & 300,000 collective sales of their independently produced hits effecting in sold-out tour stops globally including Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Guam, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland & Fiji.

TINASHE (USA)
Dubbed as the new Beyonce, Tinashe is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, actress, director, and former model. Her debut, titled ‘In Case We Die’, dropped in February last year and spawned four singles, including the track ‘This Feeling’. With a legion of devoted fans on social media helping to make her one of the most followed new artists in the US, the anticipation for her album is skyrocketing. She has almost 300,000 active Twitter followers, making her a Top 100 most followed person in both Los Angeles and New York. Her YouTube account is approaching 10 million views, while her mixtapes have been downloaded well over one million times combined.

CEELO GREEN (USA)
As a 5-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter-producer, CeeLo Green will now co-headline Guam Live 2015. The multi-talented star is known as a television personality, actor, entrepreneur, pop culture and fashion icon, and professional “lady killer”. In addition to his success as a recording artist, CeeLo Green completed four seasons as a coach on NBC’s hit show, The Voice, alongside mega-stars Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. 

HOODIE ALLEN (USA)
Steven Adam Markowitz, better known by his stage name Hoodie Allen, is an independent American hip hop recording artist. In 2012, Allen released his first official EP titled All American which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. A follow-up mixtape, Crew Cuts, was released the next year along with an acoustic version of All American. In October 2014, Allen officially released his debut studio album, People Keep Talking which was successful with first week sales of over 30,000 along with a debut position of No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

FAR EAST MOVEMENT (USA)
Far East Movement formed in KTown: sneaking into bars as underage L.A. rap fiends and kicking freestyles in parking lots until the sun rose. The group that Spin called “EDM pioneers” boast an unrivaled resume at getting girls (and guys) on the dance floor. The platinum-selling “Like a G6” became the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 #1 by Asian-American artists. Their last album, Dirty Bass spawned four singles that reached the top 10 of pop charts across the globe. The energy and ideas are new, but the attitude remains infectious. The result is a return to their roots and a re-invention. If the best rap is often regional, Far East Movement captures the sonic diversity of one of the biggest melting pots in North America.

JAY PARK (USA/South Korea)
Jay Park, also known as Park Jaebeom (박재범), was born on April 25, 1987, and raised in Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A. He joined Seattle-based bboy crew Art of Movement (AOM) during his early high school years. He auditioned in Seattle for Korea-based JYP Entertainment (JYPE) in 2004 as a rapper and dancer. Handpicked by the company’s founder, Mr. Park migrated to South Korea in January of 2005 to receive further training in dancing, rapping, singing, and the Korean language. As Park grew up as a b-boy and dancer, he has become well known for these skills, as well as his charismatic performances and great stage presence. He has had activities both in America and South Korea, so far releasing three singles and two albums; the latest being “New Breed “and a mixtape title “Fresh A!r: Breathe !t”. Jay Park has also starred in the movie “Hype Nation” and the upcoming “Mr. Idol”.

Guam Live International Music Festival Artists

HOME MADE KAZOKU (Japan)
Home Made Kazoku is a three member band consisting of members Micro, Kuro and founding member, DJ Uichi. The band was chosen to be part of a country-wide tour known as the Japan Club Tour. During the tour, the trio gained many fans from their club performances as well as finally being signed to a major label, Ki/oon Records.

W-INDS. (Japan)
w-inds. is a Japanese pop boy band. The group consists of the three individuals Ryohei Chiba, Keita Tachibana, and Ryuichi Ogata. They made their formal debut in 2001 and, to date, have released 30 singles. In addition to their popularity in Japan, they have a relatively large fan base around other Asian countries (such as Taiwan and Hong Kong) and regularly make television appearances there.

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