‘Pinoy’tainment lights up the night at LA’s FORD Amphitheater
LOS ANGELES – A lineup of new Filipino American artists of social media fame sang, danced and drew laughs in the cool Hollywood evening at the outdoor FORD Amphitheater, Sunday, Aug. 29.
Produced by LXV Enterprises, the Night of “Pinoy”tainment, was a one-time-only celebration of both rising and established Filipino American performers in the worlds of hip-hop, music, and comedy.
Despite the continued pandemic, the LA Philharmonic FORD amphitheater was almost at capacity with masked patrons enjoying an entertaining evening.
Organized and hosted by singer-songwriter and multifaceted entertainer AJ Rafael, the evening featured performances by actor/comedian Erick Esteban, singer/actress Jules Aurora, up-and-coming comedian Lila Hart, comedy club favorite and rising star J.R. de Guzman, V.J. Rosales (vocalist and co-founder of the a cappella group The Filharmonic), Rex Navarrete (the “original” king of Pinoy comedy), Kaba Modern (the remarkable UC Irvine collegiate dance group celebrating its 29th anniversary), and acclaimed rapper Ruby Ibarra.
With innovative dance presentations from Jasmine Rafael and hip-hop dance crews it was an energetic, unforgettable evening under the Hollywood stars.
Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant’s first female head executive chef Vallerie Castillo-Archer said, “I came from work just to see the show.” Coming from San Diego, ”Big Abe” Ubaldo and his girlfriend Maricris came to enjoy the show and also promote their clothing business, CandaKreationz, on Instagram. Jason Lustina, UC Irvine Kababayan alumni, attended with others in his Facebook Group – SoCalFilipinos.org.
Petite Comedienne, Lila Hart talked about her disability as a way to let people know that her life challenges can be funny and also entertaining.
AJ Rafael, the veteran MySpace/YouTube entertainer said he was following the legacy of his musician father, with encouragement from his nurse mother. He also performed an amazing duet with his also talented fiancé, Alyssa Navarro, who works for Disney’s office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Comedians Erick Esteban and JR de Guzman both expressed their joy at being able to perform their standup for a live audience again after their hiatus during the pandemic.
San Francisco-based rapper Ruby Ibarra brought the FORD audience to its feet as did show closer, Allan Pineda Lindo, aka Apl.de.ap, co-founder of the The Black Eyed Peas who was joined by Jessica Reynoso aka J Rey Soul.
Longtime community activist and LXV Enterprises, LLC, CEO Ted Benito, said, ”When they approached me to dedicate an evening of Filipino-American talent with a hip-hop/comedy theme, I could not let the opportunity slip away.”