Los Angeles – July 27, 2017 – KCON USA presented by Toyota, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, has announced first generation idol Kim Tae Woo from g.o.d, talk show host and comedian Sam Okyere, and Korean-American singer, actor, and television host Kevin Woo will make special guest appearances at this summer’s KCON 2017 LA.
The world’s largest celebration of Korean pop culture will span three days at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center from August 18 to 20. Tickets are on sale now and can be found at kconusa.com.
K-pop Legend Kim Tae Woo of g.o.d. to Perform at Largest Korean Pop Convention in Los Angeles from August 18 to 20
Among other activities, Kevin Woo will serve as the host of the convention’s artist engagement sessions. Sam Okyere will be participating in a panel and have a fan meet and greet. Kim Tae Woo will be making a special appearance at the convention, and is also scheduled to perform.
Kim Tae Woo is a South Korean singer. He debuted as the lead singer for g.o.d in 1999. g.o.d became one of the most popular groups in the 2000’s, and are often referred to as “The Nation’s Idols” and “Legends of K-Pop”, along with other first generation idol groups. g.o.d were also one of the few groups to have an album become a million seller in K-pop.
In October 2006, Kim Tae Woo released his first solo album “Solo Special”, and sold over 100,000 copies in just one month. In September 2009, he released his mini album “T-Virus”, and again achieved over 100,000 sales. In the same year, Kim Tae Woo won the Best Ballad/R&B Performance award with title song “Love Rain” from his “T-Virus” EP, at the 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards.
In July 2014, Kim Tae Woo regrouped with the other members of g.o.d, and together they made their long-awaited comeback with their album “Chapter 8”. He has been actively promoting his sixth studio album “T-WITH” since its release in July 2017.
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Sam Okyere is a Ghanaian TV personality who rose to fame with the variety show Abnormal Summit as the Ghana representative, after initially moving to Korea as a student. International Hallyu fans may also know him from many other television programs, including Law of the Jungle and Real Men. Sam is also active in the local community as the ambassador of Yongsan.
Kevin Woo is a Korean-American singer, actor, and television host currently based in South Korea. He debuted as a member of K-pop boy band U-KISS in 2008, and was the main vocalist in the group. U-KISS’ breakthrough hit was “Man Man Ha Ni”, released back in 2009.
U-KISS are known for their international popularity and have held various tours worldwide, including Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America. U-KISS made their official Japanese debut in 2011, and have held numerous sold-out concert tours in Japan and topped the Oricon chart with multiple hits.
Kevin is currently a host of popular music talk show After School Club on Arirang TV. After School Club is a live interactive talk show, featuring South Korean musicians as guests, and is directed at an international audience. The show allows K-pop fans to interact directly with their favorite stars live through social media. Kevin was raised in Danville, California, where he lived with his parents and elder sister. He is currently preparing for his solo career.
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has grown exponentially to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu, aka the Korean Wave. The expansive event, spanning three days, will take place within the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the surrounding entertainment district from August 18 to 20.
In addition to star-studded concerts, with this year including 12 of the top acts from South Korea, fans in attendance will experience more panels and workshops than ever before. Topics will cover everything from K-beauty and K-food to e-sports and K-drama. The New York metro area edition of KCON 2017 USA took place last month on June 23 and 24 at the Prudential Center, attracting over 43,000 fans.
For the latest KCON news and tickets, fans are invited to visit the official website at www.kconusa.com and follow @KCONUSA on Twitter, where additional artist line-up and other information will be announced. Fans can also join the conversation with the hashtag #KCON17LA.
KCON is produced by CJ E&M, Asia’s leading content company, and its global music channel, Mnet.
About KCON USA
KCON USA (kconusa.com) is the largest North American convention dedicated to “All Things Hallyu”. The convention launched in 2012 with over 10,000 fans in attendance, and has since more than doubled annually to over 118,000 fans. KCON is now established in Los Angeles as the annual flagship event for American fans of Hallyu and Asian pop culture, providing the largest forum for fans to directly connect with each other, as well as artists and professionals from the Korean entertainment industry. In 2016, the brand expanded internationally, presenting KCON in Abu Dhabi, Paris, and Tokyo. FUSE listed the event as one of the “22 Best Music Festivals of 2015”.
About CJ E&M
CJ E&M is Asia’s leading content and media company headquartered in Seoul, Korea, featuring five main business units: broadcast, film (CJ Entertainment), music, live entertainment, and animation. Since 2011, CJ E&M has been contributing to the promotion of Korean culture around the world, through the company’s “One Source, Multi-Content”strategy.
As a trend leader in Asia, CJ E&M has produced and distributed various popular content, including Asia’s largest music festival Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), leading Hallyu convention KCON, Tony Award-winning musical“Kinky Boots”, record-breaking box office hits “Roaring Currents” (2014), “Ode to My Father” (2014), and“Veteran” (2015), along with sought-after television programs like “The Incomplete”, “Grandpas over Flowers”,and “Reply 1988”. With regional offices in Asia and the United States, CJ E&M currently employs over 2,000 people worldwide, and is traded on KOSDAQ under the ticker 130960. For more information, visit CJ E&M’s website at http://en.cjenm.com.
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