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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 included 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 was co-hosted by Nico Blitz and Jackie Ramirez of the popular MEXIPINO podcast. Watch 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.

Watch MYX APAHM Featured Artist Nieman "Living for the Music" interview here, presented by McDonald's & watch Nieman perform "First Impressions," a song he wrote for Inigo Pascual below.

ABOUT NIEMAN:

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.

Watch Nieman's full NEXTFEST MYXtape performance below:

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.

AJ RAFAEL | @ajrafael

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 | @niemanmusic

ABOUT NIEMAN:

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.

LARREN WONG | @larrenwong

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.

ABOUT NIEVERA:

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:

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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.

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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.

Any project that Jesse Barrera releases or is featured on, the vibes are going to be there. Silky smooth R&B music is back and Jesse Barrera and friends do not miss a beat. He releases 2 new tracks each with Nieman and OGs Michael Carreon and Albert Posis. "100" with Nieman is a funky R&B track that is guaranteed to make you grove while "Maybe We Could Be a Thing" is your classic ballad R&B song that gives you throwback vibes. Each track has their own style and shows one of the many sides of Jesse Barrera.

"100" marks a new chapter for Nieman in his musical career. Check out this direction he's headed towards. If you want to see him perform it live, check out his MYX Spotlight performance at our LA studio.

"Maybe We Could Be a Thing" is a special track for Jesse as he's known Michael Carreon and Albert Posis for over a decade. You could say they're the godfathers of Youtube creators.

Cover Photo Credit: Jesse Barrera Instagram

Get to know our MYX Spotlight Artist of the month, Nieman, even more. Find out how he got started and what inspires him. What he wants people to take away from his music and see what exciting things he's done in his career so far. Check out our exclusive interview with Nieman below, and make sure to stream his latest single, "100," with Jesse Barrera out now.

About Nieman:

NIEMAN is an RnB/Pop singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles County. With millions of streams, 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 in the top 10 on the Spotify U.S. Viral 50 Charts, making an appearance on Billboard.com. In 2018, he released, "Knots," a collaboration EP with his cousin, the Philippines' most streamed artist, Moira Dela Torre. Their title track continues to grow in numbers with over 11.4 million plays and won the Philippines' Awit Award for Best Collaboration. He kicked off this year with groovy new single, “100,” a collaboration with artist and producer, Jesse Barrera, marking the start of a new chapter.  

With a distinct brand both on the stage and off, this Filipino-American artist is making his own lane, challenging the genre on his own terms.

Follow Nieman:

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It's a new month, and we're back with another MYX Spotlight Artist of the month. So for March, let's get familiar with Nieman. Check out his live performance of his latest single, 100 with Jesse Barrera, and stay tuned for his spotlight interview next week.

100 is the newest collaboration from Nieman and Jesse Barrera; this one has an undeniable groove that'll be sure to get you moving. With its tight guitar line that engulfs you from the start, an atmosphere of pure energy, coupled with its crispy vocal production, this song goes 0 to 100 real quick, pun intended. Their new groovy record will definitely set the vibe and mood, suggesting to take the night slow and enjoy the ride. While the world seems to move and operate quicker than ever before, Nieman and Jesse seem to live in a world all their own, where time stands still when with their significant other. So throw out your plans and let the night decide where it wants to go, there's no reason for us to go 100. 

This past year, Jesse Barrera has been on a roll with big collaborations and production credits, and he isn’t slowing down. This isn’t their first collaboration but definitely their grooviest. With growing love from Korea and the Philippines, the two are making the play for big international recognition.

About Nieman:

NIEMAN is an RnB/Pop singer-songwriter based out of Los Angeles County. With millions of streams, 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 in the top 10 on the Spotify U.S. Viral 50 Charts, making an appearance on Billboard.com. In 2018, he released, "Knots," a collaboration EP with his cousin, the Philippines' most streamed artist, Moira Dela Torre. Their title track continues to grow in numbers with over 11.4 million plays and won the Philippines' Awit Award for Best Collaboration. He kicked off this year with groovy new single, “100,” a collaboration with artist and producer, Jesse Barrera, marking the start of a new chapter.  

With a distinct brand both on the stage and off, this Filipino-American artist is making his own lane, challenging the genre on his own terms.

Follow Nieman:

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

Spotify

Los Angeles-based R&B and Pop singer and songwriter Nieman is kicking off 2022 live on stage at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, California. So if you are local to the LA or Orange County area, now is your chance to see Neiman Live on January 14th. Neiman's last time on that stage was fresh off his Asia run promoting the "Knots" EP. His lead single "Knots" off the EP of the same name featured Moira Dela Torre and has now garnered over 11 million streams on Spotify alone.

Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased here.

Show Info:

ALL AGES

Opening DJ Set by PRVDNT

Doors open: 8 PM

The show starts: 9 PM


REGARDING COVID SAFETY:


Per guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), attendees of our events are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (at least two weeks after final dose) or an Antigen test taken within 24hrs of the show date or a PCR tests taken within 48hrs of the show date will be accepted at entry. Negative Test results must be dated and time-stamped to gain entry into the venue. Proof must be a PRINTED copy of a negative test result or vaccination or the original vaccination card.

The 35th Annual Friendship Games is presented by myx, Kollective Hustle & KUMU featuring amazing headlining performers like Kolohe Kai, JR Aquino, Cedrice & Nieman. It is the largest student-run Pilipinx American annual event in the nation, hosted by @pasakaibigan of Cal State Fullerton, October 23-24, 2020 at 5 P.M LIVE on CSUFPASA on the KUMU live-streaming app & YouTube. Last year myx & Kollective Hustle helped bring social media superstars Ceraadi & Jeremy Passion to perform for the 5,000+ crowd and the tradition will continue with the best in Filipino talent.

Headlining Artist Schedule: 10/23: Kolohe Kai & Cedrice 8P PDT | 10/24: JR Aquino & Nieman 8P PDT

ABOUT FRIENDSHIP GAMES:

Friendship Games began in 1985 and features over 40 Pilipinx American student organizations from college campuses representing California, Nevada, and Arizona that participate in a day of friendly, but competitive picnic games, performances and to celebrate “S.P.U.F” - Spirit, Pride, Unity, and Friendship. Schools compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. The school that shows the most S.P.U.F is awarded an 8-foot tall trophy!

The very first champion of the picnic games, Kasama, hailed from Mt. San Antonio College.

Thirty-five years later, Friendship Games has become the highlight event of the Pilipinx-American college experience.

Is your organization going to take home the 8-foot trophy this year?

THE PURPOSE

The purpose of Friendship Games is to dedicate a time and place where people of different backgrounds can come together to celebrate and learn about Pilipinx culture. Along with that, many of those who are already a part of the Pilipinx culture can come together to share their own experiences with the rest of the Pilipinx-American community. This is achieved by using many modern ways to integrate as many people possible such as visual arts, vendors, exhibitors, and special performances.

CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

  1. Spirit, Pride, Unity, and Friendship (S.P.U.F) is a form of celebration derived from many indigenous tribes that are a part of the Philippines. Such tribes would use chant-like expressions to communicate with one another. Schools compete to have the most S.P.U.F and they are mimicking the expressions of these tribes by creating their own cheers. A special tradition that comes along with that is the exchange of gifts so that they can share their spirit, pride, unity, and friendship with everyone.
  2. On the day of Friendship Games, the attendees will be able to enjoy and learn about the many aspects of Pilipinx culture. One of the main sources is the different vendors and exhibitors that are present at the event. Attendees will be able to enjoy food as they learn about the Pilipinx-American community at Friendship Games. Through this, attendees will have the option to learn more about Pilipinx culture both at a local and global level.
  3. One of the main values in Pilipinx culture is being family-orientated. In our history, laborers were forced to work together to reach one common goal at the end of the day. All the organizations that come to participate help showcase this aspect since they uphold the family value of respecting one another and working together. Everyone is encouraged to participate or learn about the different family values surrounded by Pilipinx culture. This value is demonstrated by competing in S.P.U.F and the five unique picnic games we created.
  4. Music and dance play a prominent role in Pilipinx culture. Dancing is a way to tell the story of our culture through various styles; however, at FG, we mostly focus on modern dance. Through roll call and Infinite PASAbilities, FG celebrates the modern style of dance through upbeat performances in a positive environment. In 2019, a cultural aspect was required for all roll call performances. For the halftime show, we do our best to select performances that are relevant to our community. Halftime performers are required to explain their cultural significance in their performer application. American culture has influenced traditional music and it is constantly evolving - just like how Friendship Games is evolving every year.

CSUF PASA Kaibigan’s Mission Statement

The Pilipinx-American Student Association at California State University, Fullerton, is a student based group set out on promoting Pilipinx unity through education, responsibility, and character. This is accomplished with good communication, organization, leadership, recruitment and retention. By teaching Pilipinx culture among the youth, we aim to build Integrity & Friendship, so that one day they themselves can make a difference.

Visit www.csufpasa.com for more information.

Honoring Father’s on his special day with performances by Albert Posis, Apostol, Bailrok, Gabe. Bondoc, Jeremy Passion, Jessica Louise, Keith Pedro, Kiana V, Melissa Polinar, Nieman & The Filharmonic.

Father's Day myxTAPE Special was brought to you by Sigue Pay, Financial Rescue & Southwest Sun Solar.

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