Upcoming fall concerts at ASU feature D Smoke, Japanese Breakfast

September 21, 2020

After presenting Jason Derulo and Icona Pop this summer to thousands of people digitally, Live from ASU returns this fall with more live music on a screen near you with two virtual concerts. Presented by ASU 365 Community Union, the concerts feature two new artists, Omar Apollo and D Smoke. Both artists pay homage to their diverse cultures and will deliver something alive and engaging in a live digital format for the ASU community and audiences.

Bilingual Mexican-American singer-songwriter Omar Apollo will perform live in the first fall concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 8. 7 p.m. Thursday, November 12. Both artists produce bilingual music that showcases their own experiences of growing up in multicultural environments.

Omar Apollo will perform live during the Live from ASU fall virtual concert series presented by ASU 365 Community Union.
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“The shows must continue – and they will with ‘Live from ASU,’ said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president of cultural affairs.“ These virtual concerts reflect the diversity of our community and will bring energy and the excitement of a live performance, as well as the intimacy of a question-and-answer session with the artist. ”

The question-and-answer session will be moderated by an ASU student and community members can start submitting questions now using the hashtag #ASULive for a chance to get their question answered.

The ASU “Live from ASU” concert series was designed by ASU President Michael Crow as a way to engage with students and the ASU community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each performance will be an opportunity to reinforce ASU’s commitment to students and its culture of innovation, as well as to provide an interactive shared experience with the artists.

The ASU community and the public can tune in to watch each broadcast live on livefromasu.com. The concerts will be broadcast live during Mountain Standard Time and will not be available for replay or redistribution.

Omar Apollo
7:00 p.m. Thursday 8 October

Apollo, a 22-year-old first-generation Mexican American singer from Indiana, began writing and recording his own mix of jazz, R&B, funk, alternative, soul and pop. His parents moved to the United States to give their children a better life and the opportunity to go to college; however, Apollo always knew that this route was not intended for him. He started playing guitar when he was 12, but quit soon after because he was tired of only playing church. At 18, he began to listen to new styles of music and fell in love with the guitar again. His biggest influences are Benny Sings, D’Angelo, Los Panchos, John Mayer, Elliott Smith, Cuco Sánchez, Paul Simon, Gary Numan and João Gilberto. In 2019, Apollo completed consecutive sold-out tours across North America.

D Smoke
7:00 p.m. Thursday November 12

Hailing from Inglewood, California, Smoke personifies the city’s powerful cultural duality: nurtured by boulevards and naturalized by a family’s legacy in gospel music. Smoke dipped his fingers into the classical piano at the age of 6, honing his skills in church and eventually giving voice to Michael Jackson. Focusing on the creative arts has helped him bypass the throes of violence on his doorstep and propel himself into UCLA classrooms. During her inscription, D Smoke was a beacon for her city, becoming a voice for the voiceless, using language, culture and music as tools to fill institutionalized gaps and spread the gospel of a united culture. of Los Angeles. During the same years he spent at Westwood, D Smoke gained unique and immersive industry experience collaborating across genres with everyone from Usher, Babyface, Mary J Blige and Jahiem, to Missy Elliot, Timbaland and the Pussycat Dolls. Her hard work earned her the ASCAP Song of the Year award. After college, he taught Spanish at Inglewood High, applying his personal experiences as a former student and longtime resident of the city to create a safe space for students to truly express themselves openly.

In 2019, D Smoke gained worldwide notoriety as the undisputed champion and star of Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow”. to prove. The EP “Inglewood High”, released October 24, 2019, reveals the beauty and frustration of today’s Inglewood through the eyes of its alumni, while capturing the essence of the town that made it. raised.


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