Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: La Pena Cultural Center
Address: 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165429080140245
Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm
Food and Drink! Free Raffle!
Held every month at the historic La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, RAMA’s GO!OHANA variety showcase is a celebration of the Pan Asian family. Putting the spotlight on independent artists of every genre and style, GO!OHANA is the place to discover Pan Asian talent in an intimate space that immerses you in the performances in an inclusive and welcoming community.
This month’s showcase includes the SF-based band Lion Riding Horses who is fronted by Taiwanese American Young Lee. They’ve got a great sound and know how to rock the crowd!
Featuring performances by:
::::|||| Dil Se ||||::::
UC Berkeley’s Dil Se was founded by Arjun Ohri in 2004 after many semesters of being just a dream. Dil Se combines the melody-based raagas of Hindi Film Music with the depth and harmony that drive western music to create a fresh perspective on the traditional A Cappella singing act. The group combines a wide range of experience, from years of training in Hindustani and Carnatic music, to Western Classical and Jazz Choirs, even countless mornings of singing in the shower. Our goal is to entertain the audience with a well-rounded performance that emanates Dil Se — “from the heart”.
::::|||| Lion Riding Horses ||||::::
Andrew plays some drums. Greg plays guitar. Young tries to sing and play guitar at the same time but has trouble doing it well sometimes. Alex is good at the bass. Young and Andrew like music and burritos so they formed a band. Greg likes music too so he came along for the ride. We found Alex on craigslist. We thought he was going to be crazy but he turned out alright. Young saw a picture of a lion riding a horse and he chose that for our name. He writes the songs and then the rest of us make them better. We like what we do and we hope you enjoy our music or at least not want to throw things at us. If you do, please throw sandwiches. Thank you.
::::|||| Theatre Rice ||||::::
Theatre Rice was conceived to provide people (particularly, but not exclusively, Asian American) who might not otherwise have a chance to participate in theatrical arts the opportunity to act, write, sing, direct, dance, and learn behind-the-stage techniques. What sets Theatre Rice apart from other dramatic groups is its open and un-intimidating environment, and the basic ethic that effort and commitment are more important than experience or innate talent. Because the group is comprised of both seasoned and fledgling actors, there exists a healthy dynamic within which members can share their experiences and learn from each other.
The Asian American aspect of Theatre Rice is important because it is a step towards combating the misrepresentation, as well as the lack of representation, of the Asian American community in popular culture. By its mere existence, Theatre Rice is fulfilling its purpose of putting forth ideas that stem from the minds of Asian Americans, and therefore addressing the Asian American population as well as the greater community within Berkeley and beyond.
::::|||| Wilson Wong + Brandon Bigelow ||||::::
Wilson Wong enrolled in a beginning guitar class in college, and his love of playing guitar grew. His sound combines folk, blues, country, bluegrass, and rock with lyrics ranging from Asian American themes to confessions of a young man in his twenties discovering himself. He’s still working on his craft and strives to keep growing as an artist. Wilson is a regular at the open mic scene and does the occasional coffee shop gig. He was a 2007 and 2008 APAture artist and a guest artist for the SF Streetside Storytelling After school Program. Not bad for something who just picked up guitar five years ago.
RAMA is a Pan Asian arts and entertainment organization founded in the San Francisco Bay Area. By providing exciting and accessible platforms for the imagination of new Pan Asian artistic identities, RAMA inspires creativity and integrity in the community. Bringing you the finest and most innovative independent Pan Asian talent at exciting concerts and events, RAMA is the Pan Asian Renaissance!