The “Back To Our Roots” themed LA County Fair brought NEXTFEST – a multi-stage indie music festival inside the fair – featuring the next in emerging talent. NextFest emerging talent performances took place from all sound arenas every weekend of May, Fridays-Sundays during the Fair across 4 stages. Fair goers saw NextFest LA on The Lagoon Stage, The Farm Stage, The Plaza Stage and The Community Stage. Performers includes Mayer Hawthorne, The Boompap Kids & many more. For more info and to see the previous line up – visit nextfestla.com.
On Saturday May 7, 2022, MYX partnered with the NEXTFEST to curate an eclectic group of established & emerging talented artists of Filipino American heritage to perform at the NEXFEST MYXtape including AJ Rafael, Nieman, Larren Wong & Nievera alongside DJ sets by DJ KZA & Nico Blitz.
The event started at 3P sharp andwas co-hosted by Nico Blitz and Jackie Ramirez of the popular MEXIPINO podcast. Entrance to NEXTFEST was included in your weekend day or season pass into the LA County Fair. Dane Amar did a surprise song during DJ Nico Blitz’ DJ set.
Make sure to tag #NEXTFESTLA #MYXtape while you are enjoying the concert and LIVE DJs.
NEXTFEST MYXtape at the LA County Fair 5/7
LOCATION: Pomona Fairplex: 1101 W. MCKINLEY AVE. POMONA, CA 91768
The Lagoon Stage inside the LA County Fair highlight videos below of the various performers. The event was co-hosted by Nico Blitz and Jackie Ramirez of the popular MEXIPINO podcast. Watch Watch MYX APAHM Featured Artist Nieman’s full performance here and see more NEXTFEST MYXtape performances coming soon to: www.myx.global/nextfestmyxtape.
The performances were shot by Brian Gomez and Riley Lattanza, edited by Brian Gomez.
ABOUT AJ RAFAEL:
AJ Rafael is a popular singer/songwriter & content creator with over 1M subscribers on YouTube, and over 600,000 followers on TikTok. AJ was recognized as aFil-Am Game Changer by the City of Los Angeles in 2017. His debut album, Red Roses, charted on Billboard and at #4 on the Pop iTunes Charts. AJ is also active in the theatre world, working with renowned companies such as East West Players and American Repertory Theatre.
NIEMAN is an R&B/Pop singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles County. With millions of streams on Spotify, Nieman’s music captures his unique blend of classic RnB storytelling with an Alt-Pop sound. His single “Why Do I Still?,” from his second E.P. , “Palette,” was featured on the top 10 on Spotify U.S. Viral 50 Charts, making an appearance on Billboard.com.
ABOUT LARREN WONG:
LARRENWONG is a self-taught vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter from Union City, CA. The child of a Filipino immigrant mother and African-American father, Larren has a diverse, rich ethnic history. His grandfather, a big band jazz leader and flautist in the New York Philharmonic was an early musical role model for Larren, despite being hard to impress.
Nievera is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer/musician originally from the Philippines. He moved to California to work with other artists and to share his music with a new, international audience. Watch the live performance of “Home” above and the music video below:
ABOUT NICO BLITZ:
Virally known on TikTok and Twitch, Nico Blitz is a sought after DJ, host, & events producer. Nico is the founder of the “Yee The Party” series and the “Nico Blitz” Podcast, airing weekly on YouTube & MYX, interviewing artists like Rich Brian, MBNel, Phil Tayag (Swagpitt), SoSuperSam, P-Lo & more. He also co-hosts the popular MEXIPINO podcast, breaking Boundaries in the Mexican and Filipino American cultures with co-host Jackie Ramirez. In his spare time, he is the radio producer for the nationally syndicated radio show The Bootleg Kev, and is the Co-Founder of the SARI NOT SARI campaign, that helped raised money for victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.
ABOUT DJ KZA:
DJ KZA is an open format DJ and multimedia artist from San Diego, CA that is known for his popular Twitch livestream shows. He has DJ’d in venues across the West Coast like Arena K-Town in Los Angeles/San Francisco, Rebfest in Las Vegas and Beachhouse in San Diego.
MYX celebrated Filipino American History Month at the largest US night market and open-air night bazaar of Asia with good food, unique vendors & great music with LIVE performances by AJ Rafael, Albert Posis, DJ Seduza & Nico Blitz. 626 Night Market is inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, where people come together to eat, drink, socialize, and be entertained. Established in 2012, the large-scale market is named after the 626 area code region of San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles. The iconic Californian festival featured 250+ food, merchandise, crafts, artists, games, live concerts, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages with up to 100,000 attendees per 3-day weekend. Among the 626 Night Market OC vendors were several that were Filipino owned like the OG White Rabbit food truck & Ubenabon.
To stay up to date on future MYXtape concerts in your area, visit: www.myx.global/myxtape.
AJ Rafael and Nico Blitz closed out the fun weekend, watch the highlights below:
ABOUT AJ RAFAEL:
Arthur Joseph Rafael, known professionally as AJ Rafael, is a Filipino-American singer-songwriter, YouTuber, and TikToker. Born in Moreno Valley, California, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2010.
ABOUT NICO BLITZ:
Nico Blitz is a sought after DJ, host, & events producer. He is a radio producer, formerly for the nationally syndicated radio show Radio Bassment and Bootleg Kev & DJ Hed on Real 92.3 LA. Nico is the Co-Founder of the SARI NOT SARI campaign, helping raised money for victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines. Nico is also the founder of the “Yee The Party” series, he hosts “The Lunch Table” airing weekly on YouTube & MYX, interviewing artists like Rich Brian, MBNel, Phil Tayag (Swagpitt), SoSuperSam, P-Lo & more.
Albert Posis & DJ Seduza LIVE at 626 MYXtape Presented by MYX at Orange County Fairgrounds on Day 1, watch the highlight video here:
ABOUT ALBERT POSIS:
Albert Posis is a Filipino-American singer, songwriter, and musician from San Diego, California. With millions of views on his YouTube Channel, Albert has been able to harness the platform to launch his musical career. In 2012, Albert released, “Higher,” a ten song project co-produced by Jesse Barrera. Returning from a few years hiatus, Albert teamed up with Maskerade and reemerged with four original songs, including “When We Were Us” featuring Mark Mejia. Reuniting in 2018, Albert Posis and Jesse Barrera have ushered in a new collaborative chapter on Albert’s singles “Ricochet,” “Stoplight,” “Everlasting,” “Truth,” and now “Enough.” Albert’s breadth of knowledge on music as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist has shaped his approach and ability to create songs that can captivate all types of listeners by crossing genres through his classically modern twist.
ABOUT DJ SEDUZA:
DJ Seduza is a MYX All Star DJ from Southern California native whose staple cat ears and playful aura are sure to satisfy your listening pleasure from Hip Hop and R&B to a wide range of EDM, Future Bass, Trap, Jersey Club, and House music. Her credits include opening up for names like Laidback Luke, YG, Kim Lee, Valentino Khan, and 4B and performances at the hottest clubs in LA/OC, including starting her own event Isoulation. Catch her vibe as she continues to spread the feel-good vibes to all who encounter her.