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NPC Collective to Perform Otakon Matsuri

The NPC (“Nerdy People of Color”) Collective will perform at the 2018 Otakon Matsuri.

The NPC (“Nerdy People of Color”) Collective was founded in 2013, when indie “chip-hop”/Nerdcore emcee Mega Ran brought together various, upwardly mobile entertainers for the unified vision of bringing more representation to underrepresented/marginalized nerds. “Much like [a video game] NPC [non-player character],” Mega Ran explains, “people of color who desire to create music or art or think differently than their counterparts often are discouraged, and forced to keep those thoughts and ideas to themselves, and to play the background.”

Today, the NPC Collective includes rappers, producers, designers, educators, students, athletes, and even a WWE superstar amongst the ranks. Since the founding of the collective, NPCC members have generated acclaim nationally and internationally, main-staging major video game conventions such as PAX and MAGfest, touring Europe and Asia, releasing Billboard charting albums, and consistently encouraging more gamers and otaku from urban spaces to participate in Con culture.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Stella Chuu to Appear at Otakon Matsuri 2017

Stella Chuu, a cosplayer from Los Angeles and New York, will appear at this year’s Matsuri, to be held at Otakon 2017.

Chuu makes brilliantly detailed costumes, travels to conventions around the world, and works to promote geek culture. She loves to share the joy of DIY costume construction. Most notable are her Devil Homura, Imp Mercy, and Tharja cosplays. Her creative and quirky personality has led her to be featured on “Kotaku,” “Nerdist,” “Mashable,” “Tech Insider” and more.

As a bit of a different spin on the previous years’ iterations, 2017’s Otakon Matsuri will take place alongside Otakon throughout the entire convention weekend of August 11-13 within the Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001). The exciting programming track will feature a vast array of entertainment including panels, demonstrations, special guests and the incredible musical performances that the Otakon Matsuri is known for.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

The Slants to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

Portland’s The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian-American dance rock band, will perform at this year’s Matsuri, to be held before Otakon 2017.

The Slants offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show. The music is the perfect combination of Eighties driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as “Chinatown Dance Rock.”

In addition to the music, the band is actively involved with helping marginalized communities, leading discussions on race and identity, and raising awareness of social justice issues.

They’ve been featured on Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, TEDx, and over 1,500 radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries.

Twenty international tours, including appearances in 48 of the 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, and Dragon Con.

The band has also provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed “Operation Gratitude.”

Every one of their last nine music videos has gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Their single, “You Make Me Alive” has nearly 350,000 views.

Two recent music videos featured martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (“The Matrix,” “Ip Man” & “Enter the Dragon”) and feature international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.

They’ve won “Album of the Year” and “Editor’s Choice” from dozens of magazines, including “Willamette Week,” “L.A. Weekly,” “Shojo Beat,” “Village Voice,” “City Beat,” and “Rockwired.”

As a bit of a different spin on the previous years’ iterations, 2017’s Otakon Matsuri will take place alongside Otakon throughout the entire convention weekend of August 11-13 within the Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001). The exciting programming track will feature a vast array of entertainment including panels, demonstrations, special guests and the incredible musical performances that the Otakon Matsuri is known for.
Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Project BECK to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

Project BECK, a tribute band for the anime series “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad,” will perform at this year’s Matsuri, to be held at Otakon 2017. The band combines the talents of six friends, including voice actor Greg Ayres.

Project BECK came together thanks to a shared love of “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad,” an anime series featuring a group of teenagers who form a band called BECK. Among the show’s fans were the American pop punk band The Cheyenne Line, YouTube musician Kid Yuki, a.k.a. Cody Carsella, and long-time friend and bassist Houston. After years of traveling from state to state attending conventions as fans, Sam Biggs and Peri Arreguin of The Cheyenne Line decided to combine their talents with Cody and Houston. With the help of voice actor Greg Ayres and nerdcore rapper Doctor Awkward, they formed Project BECK to perform their favorite songs from BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad.” Originally formed for a single performance, Project BECK were thrilled to discover so many others wanted to share in the experience, as well.

Join Sam, Greg, Doc, Peri, Houston, and Cody for their Otakon Matsuri performance, which promises to be full of loud rock music, adrenaline, and celebration of an anime that was made to — like one of the show’s songs — “Hit in The U.S.A.”

As a bit of a different spin on the previous years’ iterations, 2017’s Otakon Matsuri will take place alongside Otakon throughout the entire convention weekend of August 11-13 within the Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001). The exciting programming track will feature a vast array of entertainment including panels, demonstrations, special guests and the incredible musical performances that the Otakon Matsuri is known for.

Otakon 2017 will be held from August 11 to 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Lotus Juice, Hirata Shihoko to Perform at Otakon Matsuri 2016

Lotus-JuiceLotus Juice, a rap pioneer known for his Japanese anime and game music, and Hirata Shihoko, a singer heard on the game “Persona 4,” will both perform at the 2016 Otakon Matsuri.

One of the pioneers in rap for official Japanese anime and game music, Lotus Juice draws inspiration from 90’s hip-hop, J-Pop, dub, rock, comedy, love and many more. He is well-known for his works with Shoji Meguro from Atlus Japan, ripping the mic on the track “Mass Destruction” on the game “Persona 3.” He has been traveling around the world from Argentina, Mexico, to the USA, performing at anime and game conventions in front of his international fans. His unique flow has caught the attention of Taque Iwasaki, and their collaboration has gained substantial recognition. He is currently working on his third album.

Lotus Juice provided music for much of the “Persona” series, including multiple theme songs for “Persona 3: The Movie OST”; “Persona 3 The Movie: Falling Down” main theme song, “Light In Starless Sky”; “Persona 3 The Movie: Summer Knight’s Dream” main theme song, “Fate is in Our Hands”; “Persona 3” (“Mass Destruction,” “Deep Breath Deep Breath,” “Burn My Dread – Last Battle”); “Persona 3 Fes” (“P3 Fes,” “Mass Destruction – P3fes Version”); “Persona 3 Portable” (“Wiping All Out”); “Persona 2 OP”(“Unbreakable Tie”); “Persona: Trinity Soul” (“Reverse The Destiny,” “Soul Drive”); “Persona 4: The Animation” (“Sky’s The Limit,” “Key Plus Words,” “Beauty Of Destiny.”)

His work for anime includes: “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”; “Soul Eater”; “Noragami”; “The Irregular At Magic High School”; “Black Butler”; “Katanagatari”; “Kamisama No Memo Cho”; “C”; “Persona 4 Animation”; “Persona 4 Animation Golden”; “Magic Kaito”; “Bungo Stray Dogs.”

Shihoko-HirataShihoko Hirata’s adorable soft-spoken personality may deceive you in person; but when she is on stage, her voice illuminates the venue with power and soul. She grew up listening to mainly funk and soul, and her talent was recognized by Shoji Meguro in his works for “Persona 4.” The game has gained international recognition and is still loved by many fans around the world. The soundtrack to “Persona 4” earned a Nihon Gold Disc Award for Soundtrack.

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
on Thursday, August 11 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Diana Garnet to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

Diana-GarnetDiana Garnet, one of the few prominent foreign artists signed to a major Japanese record label, will perform at the 2016 Otakon Matsuri, Otakorp Inc. has announced.

Born in Washington D.C., U.S.A., Garnet  was heavily influenced by her anime-loving father, and was immersed into anime culture at a young age. Hearing “Yuzurenai Negai” by Naomi Tamura inspired her lifetime goal to become a singer in Japan.

On her third trip to Japan, she began to work as a middle-school English teacher, when a life-changing opportunity arose. In 2013, she took part in a nationwide karaoke TV show for foreigners, called “Nodojiman! THE WORLD 2013 Spring” on NTV and was crowned the winner, also securing a major label debut at the same time.

After releasing cover works for her first single and mini-album, Garnet’s first original single, “Spinning World,” was chosen as the ending theme song for the mega-hit anime, “Naruto: Shippuden,” making her the first female solo foreign artist to sing an anime theme song.

Since then, she has also featured in FLOW’s best album as a guest vocalist, and was also tapped as one of the “likely breakout stars of 2015” in Yahoo! Japan’s Video Topic Awards.

Her second original single,  “Nankai! Mystery,” was chosen as the theme song for the NHK E-TV anime “Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note,” which will air from October 2015 to March 2016, further elevating her status among anime and mass audiences alike.

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Jason Charles Miller to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

2016-jason-charles-millerJason Charles Miller, an accomplished and multi-faceted performer with more than two decades of professional experience as a musician, songwriter, singer and voice actor, will perform at the 2016 Otakon Matsuri.

Originally from Clifton, Va., Miller now lives in Los Angeles, where he owns and runs the successful recording complex, Central Command Studios.

Miller has co-written songs with artists Marilyn Manson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody of Evanescence, Chuck Goff of the Toby Keith Band, Jeordie White of Nine Inch Nails, Driver Williams of the Eric Church Band, Otherwise, Rev Theory and living legend Paul Anka. Songs he’s written can currently be heard on HBO’s True Blood and Hung, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, The NFL Today, Dateline NBC, and the wildly popular web series The Guild, CoOptitude, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy and Critical Role.

He co-wrote the smash single “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin” for the Disney Channel hit movie, Teen Beach Movie. The soundtrack was #1 on the Billboard charts, and “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin” was nominated for a Radio Disney Award. Miller also penned the all-star collaboration “Forever In Our Hearts,” a song to benefit the victims of the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, which included Brian McKnight, Mya, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Nate Dogg and many more.

He’s produced songs for artists as varied as Bret Michaels, Felicia Day, Godhead, Psyclon 9, Tina Guo and YouTube sensation Drew Tabor.

As a solo artist, Miller has opened for country greats Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Justin Moore, Big Kenny of Big and Rich, and Jerrod Niemann.

Miller is also widely recognized as the frontman and founder of the rock band Godhead, the only band ever signed to Marilyn Manson’s Posthuman Records. The band has sold more than 250,000 albums and toured the world with the likes of Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, GWAR, Slipknot, Rammstein, Linkin Park and Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.

In addition, Miller has received two Gold Record Awards for sales: one for the Godhead song “Penetrate” on the Queen of the Damned movie soundtrack, and the other for the song “The End Has Come,” which he wrote and performed with Evanescence founder Ben Moody for the movie The Punisher. He also recently sang two songs on the critically-acclaimed soundtrack for the video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and has even sung backup for Robert Smith of The Cure on the Reeves Gabrels/Robert Smith song, “Yesterday’s Gone.”

As a voice actor, Jason has appeared in over 60 animated productions and dozens of video games and live action productions. Some career highlights include Neverwinter: Underdark (Drizzt Do’Urden), The Legend of Korra (The Sheriff), Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Firefall (Captain Wallach, Sergeant Lewis) Avatar: The Last Airbender, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn(Raubahn Aldynn), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Dollman and Black Condor), Moribito,Guardian of the Spirit (Shinji), The Wonder Woman Animated Movie (Thraxx), Code Geass(Urabe), World of Warcraft (Prince Valanar, Commander Stoutbeard, Terrath the Steady, Hagrim Hopebreaker), Super Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Guy),Resident Evil 5 (Robert Kendo), Dragon’s Dogma (Ser Wesley, Ser Jakys), Star Craft 2, Diablo III(Radek the Fence), Guild Wars 2 (Ben Tenstrikes, Big Nose Ted, Stefan Barush, Seneschal Elam) and has even narrated a film for NASA, “Bennu’s Journey,” which appears in museums and planetariums around the country.

You can see Miller on screen as Strike Leader Jackson in the SyFy original movie, Battle Planet, as the dastardly villain Kowboy Killa in Chatroom of Solitude on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes network, playing himself in Season 5 of The Guild, and squabbling with Lewis Black and Andy Dick in various productions on Comedy Central.

Miller has been featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar World, Inside Kung Fu and many more. He’s also appeared on MTV, MTV2, Fuse and VH1. Touted by many critics as one of rock and country’s best and most consistent live singers, he continues to wow live audiences all over the world.

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Back-On to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

BACK-ONBack-On, a hybrid rock band blending a variety of music genres, will perform at this year’s Matsuri, to be held before Otakon 2015. Combining KENJI03’s piercing vocal melodies with TEEDA’s mixture of English and Japanese rap, Back-On is a group of four childhood friends from Tokyo, Japan, that enjoys creating new rock sounds.

Since the start, Back-On has not only had concerts within Japan, but also overseas, including America, Germany, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Taiwan, and Mexico, receiving high acclaim for their refined and aggressive performance.

Back-On has previously released songs with GReeeeN under the collaborative band BAReeeeeeeeeeN. Individual Back-On members have also collaborated with other talented artists such as Koda Kumi and SoulJa. In addition, the band has composed songs for other artists and is well-knwo for their song composition.

Recently, the band has sung both theme songs of the anime series “Gundam Build Fighters,” spanning two seasons, as well as the theme song of its new sequel, “Gundam Build Fighters Try.” To play such an important role in three consecutive “Gundam” series theme songs is a unusual accomplishment.

On October 5, 2014, Back-On performed a successful concert at the Akasaka BLITZ music venue. The band is currently on its Japan & World Tour 2015.

The band’s main anime collaborations include: “Air Gear” (opening); “Eyeshield 21” (opening and
ending); “Fairy Tail” (opening); “Gundam Build Fighters” (opening); “Gundam Build Fighters Try”
(opening) and “One Piece” (opening composer). The band’s main game collaborations include:
“Tales of the World Mythology 2” (opening); “Tales of the World Mythology 3″ (opening); Gundam
G Generation Frontier” (opening); “Gundam Breaker” (theme song); “Gundam Breaker 2” (theme
song).

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2015 will be held July 24-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Otakon
2015 is celebrating fairy tales, folk stories, myths, and legends.