ASIAN AMERICAN MUSICIANS SHOWCASE (AAMS)

The Asian American Musician Showcase(AAMS) is a music series produced by Monkey King Records to promote awareness of local Asian American musicians.

The series presents a diversity of musical styles that reflect Asian and American musical influences as well as Asian American perspectives distinctive to our area.

The Bay Area's most talented and unique musicians and bands are featured at various clubs in San Francisco.

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PAST AAMS EVENTS

 

AAMS #14
Saturday May 17, 2007 8:30PM - Retox Lounge 628 20th Street at 3rd Street
AAMS features political oriented music by Asian Americans!

Say Bok Gwai - Original "Canto-core" Metal.punk.hardcore.thrash duo with Canto/English singing. Stickin it to “the man” in Chinese.
http://www.myspace.com/sbg
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
1st performer

Power Struggle - Power Struggle is Nomi on voice and Dj B-Boy Rob as Dj for all Power Struggle performances. Power Struggle combines the words of interpersonal and political and old school beats to form a force that has to be experience live.
http://www.myspace.com/powerstruggle
2nd performer

Echo of Bullets - Echo Of Bullets was formed out of the desire to bring heightened representation to two traditionally marginalized elements of punk: Asian Americans involved in the genre of metal influenced hardcore and radical leftist politics.
http://www.myspace.com/echoofbullets
Headlining

 

AAMS #13
Thursday April 10, 2008 8:30PM - ROCK IT ROOM 406 Clement Street
AAMS returns to the Rock It Room!

Jumping Jacks – A Power Pop Pinoy band mixed with melodic guitar riffs and punk rock attitude. A highly energetic, fun and up beat group that mix depressing lyrics with a really fun happy groove that people can relate to. It's bipolar music!
http://www.myspace.com/jumpingjacks
1st performer

All Ages - 50% Rock 50% Pop 100% Punk. All Ages, a San Francisco-based Power-Pop-Punk trio, drives its passionate lyrics and screams with sledge-hammer drums, hypnotic guitar and heartfelt bass lines. All Ages-- Heart and Guts.
http://www.myspace.com/allagesband
http://www.veniversum.net/allages/
2nd performer

Resin 7 – A San Francisco born Acid/Funk band has been forging a niche in the Bay Area music scene. With all-original songs dipping into styles ranging from Jazz, Rock, Soul, Latin, Trip Hop and heaps of Funk , they've developed a sound all their own.
http://www.myspace.com/resin8ing
Headlining

 

AAMS #12
Friday March 7 , 2008 8:30PM - Retox Lounge 628 20th Street at 3rd Street
AAMS celebrates Asian women musicians and band leaders!

Lumaya - Acoustic set with Olga Salamanca's haunting and forceful vocals with Glenn Farjard’son rock steady accompaniment.
http://www.myspace.com/lumaya
1st performer

Julie Chow - Singer/songwriter who divides her time in Singapore and San Francisco with four independent releases with music that ranges from soft vocals with acoustic guitar and piano to layered harmonies and sonic experimentation.
http://www.myspace.com/juliechowmusic
2nd performer

Val Mih - Valerie Mih is an independent composer, pianist and animated filmmaker. She performs solo and with her group, Circular Dreaming, as well as appearing regularly with legendary jazz trumpeter/composer Eddie Gale. For the AAMS, she will have Say Bok Gwai as her backing band.
http://www.myspace.com/valeriemih
3rd performer

Golda Supernova – 3rd World born, 1st World bred, with new wave appetites, fed on old school hair rock, perverted by punk, a lil' bit of funk, and completely addicted to majestic chaos. Golda is the lead singer and band leader who is lyrically addicted to and trapped between possession and revelatory wonder.
http://www.myspace.com/goldasupernova
Headlining

 

AAMS #11
Thursday December 13, 2007 8:30PM - ROCK IT ROOM 406 Clement Street
AAMS the multigenre Asian American music continues !

Julie Chow - a singer/songwriter who divides her time in Singapore and San Francisco
http://www.myspace.com/juliechowmusic
Opening Band

Neko Punch - Neko Punch is the SF jpop alternative! Neko Punch mixes the pop stylings of japanese pop and mixes it with the ingredients of all cool music (80s new wave/punk, 70s rock/soul, and even hard rock). Neko Punch is cute, cool, sexy and can rock hard when it wants to and can be funky when it wants to.
http://www.myspace.com/nekopunch
2nd Band

Power Struggle - Power Struggle is Nomi on voice and Dj B-Boy Rob as Dj for all Power Struggle performances. Power Struggle combines the words of interpersonal and political and old school beats to form a force that has to be experience live.
http://www.myspace.com/powerstruggle
3rd Band

Say Bok Gwai - Original "Canto-core" Metal.punk.hardcore.thrash duo with Canto/English singing. Stickin it to “the man” in Chinese.
http://www.myspace.com/sbg
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
4th Band

AAMS #10
Wednesday September 19, 2007 8:30PM -
THE KNOCKOUT 3223 Mission Street
The tenth installment of AAMS brings the series to a smaller venue to bring on the rock.

Radio Pornography - A Bay Area pop rock quintet, with music that deals primarily with acceptance in life.
http://www.myspace.com/radiopornography
Opening Band

Lumaya - Acoustic set with Olga Salamanca's haunting and forceful vocals with Glenn Farjard’son rock steady accompaniment.
http://www.myspace.com/lumaya
2nd Band

Say Bok Gwai - Original "Canto-core" Metal.punk.hardcore.thrash duo with Canto/English singing. Stickin it to “the man” in Chinese.
http://www.myspace.com/sbg
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
3rd Band

All Ages - 50% Rock 50% Pop 100% Punk. All Ages, a San Francisco-based Power-Pop-Punk trio, drives its passionate lyrics and screams with sledge-hammer drums, hypnotic guitar and heartfelt bass lines. All Ages-- Heart and Guts.
http://www.myspace.com/allagesband
http://www.veniversum.net/allages/
Headlining Band

AAMS #9
Wednesday August 22, 2007 8:30PM -
ROCK IT ROOM 406 Clement Street
The ninth installment of AAMS the multigenre Asian American music continues.

MUD - New Talking House Records artist MUD's raw guitar riffs, heavy bass grooves, and depth in song writing resonates a diverse collection of melodic, hard-edged, and energetic sounds. The result is a blending of punk's energy and incredibly catchy, concise and singable hooks .
http://www.mudsf.com/
http://www.myspace.com/mudtheband
Opening Band

Say Bok Gwai - Original "Canto-core" metal.punk.hardcore.thrash duo with Canto/English singing. Stickin it to “the man” in Chinese.
http://www.myspace.com/sbg
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
2nd Band

Isul Kim Band - Isul Kim , leader, guitarist and vocalist,   captivates audiences with her powerful vocals that can soar from sweet seduction to angsty growls. Backed by   bassist Eric Alonzo   they create a brand of edgy, indie poprock that croons nostalgic for the pain of adolescence and screams hopeful like the stalker next door.
http://www.myspace.com/isulkim
3rd Band

Sky and Telescope - Based out of the Peninsula and East Bay California ,Sky and Telescope is a Progressive, Experimental, Soul, Rock quintet whose members varying musical influences come together to form a combination of sounds and style.  
http://www.myspace.com/skyandtelescope
Headlining Band

AAMS #8
Thursday April 19, 2007 8:30PM -
Red Devil Lounge 1695 Polk Street @ Clay Street
The eighth installment of AAMS will several rock/indie/punk/emo veterans and a new band to the series.

Jumping Jacks – A Power Pop Pinoy band mixed with melodic guitar riffs and punk rock attitude. A highly energetic, fun and up beat group that mix depressing lyrics with a really fun happy groove that people can relate to. It's bipolar music!
http://www.myspace.com/jumpingjacks

Dialectic – Led by singer/guitarist Ying-sun Ho, Dialectic plays raw yet subtle, grounded yet dreamy, fresh yet classic music. The Smiths meet The Clash meet Franz Ferdinand.
http://dialectic-online.com

Say Bok Gwai - SF original "Canto-core" duo returns for a short set of American hardcore/metal/punk/thrash with Cantonese and English lyrics. A true blend of two cultures expressed with in your face music.
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

Golda Supernova – 3rd World born, 1st World bred, with new wave appetites, fed on old school hair rock, perverted by punk, a lil' bit of funk, and completely addicted to majestic chaos. Golda is the lead singer and band leader who is lyrically addicted to and trapped between possession and revelatory wonder.
http://www.myspace.com/goldasupernova

8PAST – A Chinese American band that is rooted in pop-punk and use an eclectic mix of styles and influences to make each song unique. The catchy riffs and sing-along melodies in every song are fused with lyrics that range from the light-hearted to the thought-provoking, reflecting on relationships, faith, hope, self-confidence, and zany online cartoon characters.
http://www.myspace.com/8past
http://www.8past.com/

 

AAMS #7
Thursday February 15, 2007 7:30PM - Luggage Store 1007 Market Street @ 6th Street

The seventh installment of AAMS will feature improvisational and experimental music that is not very common to the Asian American community.

Ray of Mojo of My Heart - Musetta (vocals, harmonium), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion), The Norman Conquest (electronics)
Ray of Mojo of My Heart's music is a "bricolage of world, avant-garde, psychedelic, and lowercase packaged in a powerhouse trio of percussion, vocals/harmonium, and electronics." (The Daily Palindrome) TNC weaves a rich bed of sonic splendour upon which the dynamic duo, Musetta and Shayna, display both their virtuosity and their innate sensitivity. Their sound comes out of a collective force of musical performance that began a year ago and continued with TNC's Requiem for the American Empire, which premiered at the 2006 APAture Festival.
music links:
www.thenormanconquest.net/music/salmagundi.mp3
www.thenormanconquest.net/music/gallimaufry.mp3
www.thenormanconquest.net/music/melange.mp3

SAY BOK CHOY aka Say Bok Gwai Large Ensemble
Cantocore duo,Say Bok Gwai, join forces with Val Mih(Jazz pianist) , Bill Hsu (electronics) and the godfather himself Rent Romus(alto sax)in a set of improvisational and experimental music.
Alex Yeung and Andre Custodio of SBG have been part of the Bay Area improv scene for over 10 years.
Bill Hsu plays piano and works with electronics. He has performed in the Bay area, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe (Germany), and London.
Val Mih is a pianist, composer and filmmaker living in the Bay Area performing with the Eddie Gale Now Band since 2002. Her compositions incorporate improvisation and free jazz approaches to music making. Rent Romus is a force spanning over twenty years of original improvised music, production, and performance.
Bill Hsu
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~whsu/Timbre/
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~whsu/Music
Val Mih
http://www.myspace.com/valmih

Rent Romus
http://www.myspace.com/rentromus
Say Bok Gwai
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

VHOLTZ
"Vholtz has been the going concern of Randy Lee Sutherland since 2003. Centered around different concepts in each lineup and varying from performance to performance, former members include Nick Lesley (Necking, Oma Yang), Gene Bae (Battleship), Eva Saelens (Inca Ore, Jackie O Motherfucker), Rob Enbom (Hale Zukas, Gang Wizard), and one-off appearances from guests like Brian Miller (DeathbombArc, Gang Wizard), James Ferraro (Skaters), Chad Stockdale (Weird Forest Records). Current line up includes Sutherland (Thin Ensemble, Control R Workshop, Brown Un, Sword and Sandals), George Chen (KIT, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle), Matthew Grothman (Wives, Neighbors, Woman's Worth), Paul Morgan (Business Lady), and Daron Key (Aciddrop, Stereo Motherfuckers)."

http://www.myspace.com/vholt
pbase.com/pistolswing/vholtz

AAMS #6
Friday December 1, 2006 - 12 Galaxies 2565 Mission @ 22nd Street
The sixth installment of AAMS finds two Bay Area professional larger event performers and a musical collaboration of two duet bands to the series.

Manny Cruz and the Cruzettes (8 piece Latin Jazz band) -Born in Manila, Philippines Manny Cruz comes from a family of musicians. He has brought his music to Japan, the Philippines and Bangkok before settling here in San Francisco. Jennifer Justice as lead singer with Manny Cruz and the Cruzettes performing at the Cliff House, Soma Cultural Center, and most recently the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Native Elements - Local Pinoy musicans that bring a myriad of musical influences ranging from classic r&b soul to the deepest tradition of Jamaican and English dub. Favorites of Pier 23 and featured at "Reggae on the River", San Francisco’s "Reggae in the Park", “The Bay to Breakers Footsock”, “Afribbean Fest” and the "Monterey Bay ReggaeFest" festivals.Native Elements are one of the hardest working and most respected bands in the Northern California reggae scene.
http://www.myspace.com/nativeelements

Tensegrity Nine/Say Bok Gwai Supergroup - Tensegrity Nine, an Oakland/Alameda-based Electronic Pop music duo featuring Matt Payne and Peter Lim. This AAMS T9 will collborate with Say Bok Gwai, San Francisco’s Cantocore duo who play thrash/punk/metal/hardcore in Cantonese. Only your imagination can describe what will happen when these two duos meet. Your chocolate is in my peanut butter.

http://www.tensegritynine.com

http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

Samantha Chanse - Bitching about the SF weather since 2001. A native new yorker with a knack for public humiliation, fantasies of geekhood, and a penchant for a certain kentucky bourbon. She encourages you to visit www.whiskeyandacigarette.org and send her hate mail. if you question her right to a dot org url, www.samanthachanse.com works, too

AAMS #5
Thursday October 12, 2006 Rock It Room 406 Clement Street

The fifth installment of highlights Asian women fronted punk, folk, and blues/alternative bands.

Sputterdoll- Pinai fronted punk rock quartet
http://www.myspace.com/sputterdoll

Julia Lau- Acoustic AAA/Alt/Rock featuring Greg Yim, Noel de Guzman and Greg Oliva.
http://www.julialau.net

Say Bok Gwai- SF original "Canto-core" Metalpunk.hardcore.thrash duo with Cantonese singing. Stickin it to “the man” in Chinese.
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg

Lumaya - An aggressive and profound blend of catchy hooks and moody alternative rock, with a powerful, infectious groove
http://www.myspace.com/olgasalamanca

AAMS #4
Thursday September 14, 2006 Red Devil Lounge 1695 Polk Street @ Clay Street
The fourth installment of AAMS brings new genres of music to the series.

Jumping Jacks- Just a bunch of jack asses trying to make music that makes you wanna jump on those depressing days. To make you move to the music. Making music for you to listen to while driving alone the street of depression. Here to just have fun and hope that one day you get to see us on stage and jump your ass off!
http://www.myspace.com/jumpingjacks
8:30pm

Neko Punch- Neko Punch are Mikko (vocals), Yuji (guitar), Buzzy (Bass), and introducing our new fabulous drummer, Joachim! Our influences include jpop bands like Puffy Amiyumi, Pizzicato Five, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Rebecca, and Lindberg, as well as power pop/punk bands like Green Day, Rancid, and the Go-go's.
http://www.myspace.com/nekopunch 
9:15pm

BloodWire- Passionate neo-electronica, where the organic meets the electronic. A distinctive fusion of emotion and technology, richness and warmth, where heart and circuit are intertwined.
http://www.myspace.com/bloodwire
http://www.bloodwire.com/
10:00pm

Say Bok Gwai- SF original "Canto-core". A duo that performs metal.punk.hardcore.thrash with Cantonese singing. A true blend of two cultures expressed with in your face music.
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

AAMS #3
July 26, 2006 12 Galaxies 2565 Mission Street @ 22nd

This third installment of Asian American musicians touches upon the more radio friendly to the more radio unfriendly.

Cast of Thousands- San Francisco-based post-hardcore/indie rock trio staying true to its name. Burt Hashiguchi, Derrick Hostetter, and Jennifer Yee combine melody, hooks, volume, and intensity.
http://www.myspace.com/castofthousands 

MUD- In 2001, MUD launched itself upon the San Francisco music scene. Their unique sound blends the energy of punk and the edge of metal into explosive grooves that speak to thrashing fans of such groups as Jawbreaker, the Deftones and Foo Fighters. Their pop punk sound is laden with edgy guitar riffs, a heavy bass groove, and a depth in songwriting that matches the spirit of some of today’s best bands .
http://www.myspace.com/mudtheband
http://www.mudsf.com/

Say Bok Gwai- SF original "Canto-core". A duo that performs metal.punk.hardcore.thrash with Cantonese singing. A true blend of two cultures expressed with in your face music.
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

8PAST- 8 Past the hour of unordinary days, we find music that speaks to the unique modern complexities of human emotion wait and listen listen close.
http://www.myspace.com/8past
http://www.8past.com/

 

AAMS#2:
Wednesday June 28, 2006 Elbo Room 647 Valencia St. SF

The second installment of AAMS features a variety of musical genres from pop to funk to punk to hip hop.

Power Struggle- Old School Hip Hop aesthetics,progressive musical ideas, political, cultural, and personal words create the force known as Power Struggle. Truly unique and powerful.
http://www.powerstrugglers.com/
http://www.myspace.com/powerstruggle

Say Bok Gwai- SF original "Canto-core". A duo that performs metal.punk.hardcore.thrash with Cantonese singing. A true blend of two cultures expressed with in your face music.
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

Golda Supernova- 3rd World born, 1st World bred, with new wave appetites, fed on old school hair rock, perverted by punk, a lil' bit of funk, and completely addicted to majestic chaos.
http://www.myspace.com/goldasupernova  

AAMS #1
Thursday May 31, 2006 - Studio Z 314 11th St. SF

The AAMS first show is in conjunction with the ANT show at Studio Z in San Francisco. A mixture of old school and new schools of modern music ranging from folk to electo-pop, alternative to hardcore. This first show is one not to be missed .

Miena Yoo- Korean folksinger. A unique mix of American and Korean folk influences take you back to her experiences growing up in Samga, Korea.
http://mienayoo.tripod.com

Drunken Hu-Chinese alternative rock band from San Francisco. The band was officially founded in November 2005 with all members originally from Hong Kong.

Say Bok Gwai- SF original "Canto-core". A duo that performs metal.punk.hardcore.thrash with Cantonese singing. A true blend of two cultures expressed with in your face music.
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
http://www.myspace.com/sbg

Tensegrity Nine -An Oakland/Alameda-based Electronic Pop music duo featuring Matt Payne on keyboards and electronics and Peter Lim on vocals and guitar. http://www.tensegritynine.com

AAMS #15
Saturday January 31, 2009 8:30PM - Retox Lounge 628 20th Street at 3rd Street
The 15th installment of AAMS features a one man band, a CantoCore duo and a Electropop trio.

Jack Tung - Jack Tung's songs are precisely composed instrumentals performed by Jack alone in real-time on an electric guitar, a drum machine, synthesizers, and a sampler. His moody aesthetic is equally informed by the exhilarating and harsh thrash of his youth in the Long Island hardcore scene, and by the atmospheric film soundtracks absorbed as a lifelong cinephile. In live performance, Jack uses no pre-recorded parts and no backing tracks, save for the spare drum machine patterns which propel his arrangements. His precise execution and control of multiple layers of sound is a feat to witness
http://www.myspace.com/jacktung
http://jacktungmusic.com
1st performer

Say Bok Gwai - Original "Canto-core" metal.punk.hardcore.thrash duo with Canto/English singing. With an songbook of over 70 songs, SBG constantly brings a different and energetic performance each time they play live and continue to keep stickin it to “the man” in Chinese.
http://www.myspace.com/sbg
http://www.monkeykingrecords.com/sbg
2nd performer

BloodWire- Passionate neo-electronica, where the organic meets the electronic. A distinctive fusion of emotion and technology, richness and warmth, where heart and circuit are intertwined.
http://www.myspace.com/bloodwire
http://www.bloodwire.com/

Headlining