EMPOWER Weekend 2017


Sunday November 5, 2017, 5PM-8PM

Aratani Theatre (Little Tokyo)



Join the movers and shakers of the Asian American community at Kollaboration Star 2017 to celebrate another banner year for Asian American representation in entertainment. Witness six up-and-coming Asian American artists give the performance of their lives for a chance to win the National Kollaboration Star Title, and enjoy special performances from some of the premier musicians, comedians, and dancers from our community. Laugh, cry, and be empowered!


3:00 PM -  Red Carpet & VIP Reception

4:30 PM -  Doors Open


8:00 PM -  Afterparty


2017 National Finalists

Alex Luu - Los Angeles Spoken Word Artist

Alex Luu - Los Angeles

Spoken Word Artist

Jenna Lynn - Houston Singer-Songwriter

Jenna Lynn - Houston


Austin Valencia - Chicago Singer-Songwriter

Austin Valencia - Chicago


Uzuhan - Atlanta Hip Hop Artist

Uzuhan - Atlanta

Hip Hop Artist

Nu Ethnic - San Francisco Alternative R&B

Nu Ethnic - San Francisco

Alternative R&B

Matt Kong - Detroit Singer-Songwriter

Matt Kong - Detroit



Special Guest Performances


Jennifer Chung X Melissa Polinar X Tim Atlas

Each year, Kollaboration brings together some of our favorite Asian American artists together for a special one-night-only collaborative performance. This year Kollaboration is proud to present a special collaboration featuring three amazing Kollaboration alumni artists, singer-songwriters Jennifer Chung (Kollaboration Acoustic 2), Melissa Polinar (Kollaboration @ SXSW), and Tim Atlas (Kollaboration SF 4). Only at Kollaboration STAR 2017!

G Yamazawa X Collab

The 2012 Kollaboration STAR audience choice winner returns to the Kollaboration stage for a special collab performance! G is a North Carolina raised rapper and poet who's single "North Cack" from his 2017 album Shouts to Durham has not only gone viral, but can also be heard on radio stations across the nation.


The Lab

We're excited that the crew from The Lab Creative Arts Studio, most recently featured on World of Dance, will be performing a special dance set (and maybe more) at Kollaboration STAR 2017!  The mission of The Lab Creative Arts Studio is to be the supreme training facility in Southern California, where performers, athletes, and artists of all kind come to explore and learn to reach theirfull potential through instruction, collaboration, and creativity.


Additional Details & Guest Performance Announcements coming soon!


Special Events


VIP Reception

For Premium Ticket Holders

Come early to Kollaboration STAR and mingle with creative and media luminaries at our pre-show VIP reception, taking place at the JACCC Garden Room.  Enjoy snacks and refreshments provided on the house and enjoy some Asian American tunes spun by our house DJ! 

The Afterparty @ Blue J Lounge

For all STAR Ticket Holders

After the show, end the night on a high note at the Kollaboration STAR Afterparty.  Grab some drinks, bust a move, and celebrate the completion of the 2017 Kollaboration EMPOWER Weekend with the Kollaboration staff and performers! Free entry for all STAR ticket holders!

 333 S. Alameda St. Ste 115, Los Angeles, CA 90013


The Venue

Aratani Theatre

244 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012