MAY 16-21, 2016


Open Audition for Perspective Students Will be Held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 12pm to 2:30pm at The Edison Theatre at 213 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach, Calif – April 13, 2016 – POW! WOW! School of Music (PWSoM) is excited to announce its first event in OC, CA. PWSoM OC will be a one-week intensive music training and mentorship program focused on music education and performances. PWSoM will provide a unique learning opportunity for a select group of student musicians of diverse backgrounds and musical styles between the ages of 12-18, who will explore the intersection of different genres and fields of music.

The students will participate in a wide range of classes including music theory, music fundamentals, composition, improvisation, live sound, recording, performance, and the music business. Both local and national musicians, teachers, and music industry professionals will serve as the guiding force behind each lesson. Through this unique dynamic, teachers and students will compose, brainstorm, invent, collaborate, explore, and create together.

The culminating event – a live music concert at PWSoM’s closing night festivities on Saturday, May 21, 2016 – will debut the students’ collaborative efforts in creating original musical arrangements.

“We are excited to seed a new positive movement in Orange County that’ll bring together local and national musicians to support local communities, stated Andy Song, the founder/director of the program.” “Our focus is on building creative collaborations by harboring a sense of companionship among participants rather than competition. PWSoM was first created in partnership with Flexfit inside an art festival called POW! WOW!” in Honolulu, HI in 2013. Since then we have expanded to Austin at South by Southwest (SXSW), Long Beach, Japan and now to Orange County.”

Musicians and singers (age 12-18) are welcome to attend the “Open Audition” on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 12:00pm – 02:30pm at The Edison Theatre to meet the teachers and program coordinators. At the “Open Audition,” the perspective students will be evaluated on their skill level, ability to be mentored and a willingness to collaborate for placement into the program. Official invitations will be sent to those selected on April 25, 2016.

PWSoM will run simultaneously with its evening activations which will be held at selected venues (TBA) in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Costa Mesa, and complete all curriculum and rehearsals by April 20, 2016. The main dates for PWSoM OC are as follows:

[Evening Events]
Tuesday, May 17 | 8:00pm to 2:00am – Opening Party at Yost Theater
Wednesday, May 18 | 9pm to 2:00am – PWSoM Jam at Odd Fellow/Gonzo’s Taco
Thursday, May 19 | 10:00pm to 2:00am – Performance by ROTU Sound & DJ Erok
Friday, May 20 | 10:00pm to 2:00am – Performance by Mattson 2 at The Wayfarer

[The Final Event]
Saturday, May 21 | 2:00pm to 10:00pm – Student performance / Special Performance by DJ Babu, Tenelle & many more

[Student Workshop & Performances]
Saturday, April 16 | 12:00pm to 2:30pm – Open Audition
Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20 | 4:00pm to 8:00pm – Daily Music Workshop
Saturday, May 21 | 2:00pm to 10:00pm – Closing Day Performance

PWSoM Daily Music Workshop will be held at Nothing Usual, 200 E 4th St. Santa Ana. Each PWSoM teacher and artist delivers fresh, innovative ideas and teaching styles to the program. Each individual brings with them an incredible background of contributions to the local and national music scene. The lists of participating mentors and guest speakers are as follows:

Andy Song | Composer x Guitarist x Founder/Director of PWSoM
Nicholas Kaleikini | Saxophonist x VP of Kaleikini Productions x Hawaii Regional Director of PWSoM
Vince Gutierrez Musician x Songwriter x Instructor at The Collective Sound Music Academy
DJ Erok (Edmyr Barayang) | Void Shift x Critical Beatdown Producer
Tenelle Luafalemana | Recording Artist x Singer and Songwriter
Trent Valladares | Drummer and Founder of HEX
Jasmine Lee Chun Fat | Singer Songwriter
Glen Repol | Producer x DJ x Founder of Rotu Sound Research

Guest Speakers:
DJ Babu | DJ x Dilated Peoples
DJ Neil Armstrong | DJ x Adidas Brand Ambassador x Foodie
Josh Fischel | Singer x Songwriter x Artistic Director for RIOTstage
Roslynn Cobarrubias | DJ x Radio Host x Web Personality x Founder of Third Floor Network Marketing
Sophia Chang | Illustrator x Fashion Consultant x Blogger

*More Mentors and Guest Artists to be announced.


POW! WOW! is a gathering of contemporary artists that engages the broader community in the process and creation of art. Centered around a week-long event in Hawai’i, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organized gallery shows, lecture series, education in art and music, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations across the globe.


Our purpose is to establish an educational platform that gives young local musicians not only the opportunity to meet and connect with other music professionals, but also the chance to be exposed to unfamiliar musical territories in an effort to expand their horizons.


Flexfit is one of the world’s largest vendors of custom, private label headwear. Flexfit manufactures hats for some of the most reputable brands in the sports, streetwear, action sports, golf and outdoor markets, while also offering a wide selection of wholesale blank caps.

Contact for PWSoM Orange County: Marlon Parungao

Media Contact: John Pangilinan