[SHOW REVIEW] &Blue Takes Home The Grand Prize At Kollaboration Star 2013


On November 16, 2013 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, Kollaboration Star 2013 was held, featuring some of Kollaboration’s greatest talents.

With over 80 singers, actors and actresses present for the red carpet event and booths like Neilson, Verizon, McDonalds and more, the event was a success. A total of six contestants competed for the grand prize of $20,000 and the talented &Blue – an acoustic 3-person band from San Francisco – took home that prize. Also, a $1000 Verizon Audience Choice Award was given to Washington DC’s vocalist, Dave Yoon.

The show started off with David So, hosting Kollaboration for the first time and making the audience laugh and feel welcomed with his witty jokes and stage presence. He soon announced the first artist, Troy & Ariel, a duo team from Seattle who mesmerized the audience with their amazing piano playing and spoken word. The duo had mic problems but the audience supported them until the end.

Next to go up on stage was Dave Yoon, winner of the Verizon Audience Choice Award and he as well had mic trouble. When David So came back on stage, the audience chanted “CHECK THE MIC” and finally, the mic situation was fixed.

The two talents were able to come back to stage to perform for the audience once again and show their true talents.

Soon enough, &Blue performed and wowed the crowed with their vocals. Then, Mikey Silverio from Houston, John & Daniel Rhee the winners of Kollaboration Los Angeles and Toronto’s Plaitwrights and Charleston Relay performed and hyped the crowd with their great stages.

Mike Song and KRNFX held a special collaboration stage; while Mike Song danced, KRNFX beatboxed.

PK, founder of Kollaboration went on stage to tell a few jokes. Soon enough, the crowd went to intermission and returned to the amazing Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae and Bizzy set where they performed some of their hit songs including the newest one, “The Cure.”

During the event though, a blinding light was set up behind the band and pointing toward the audience, making it hard to see or even concentrate on the concert portion of the event. Even though it was turned off half way through, causing the audience to cheer, they were turned back on toward the end of the trio’s performance.

Other than the small sound and light problems, Kollaboration Star 2013 held a successful event in Pasadena and many are looking forward to the years to come.