KCON USA presented by Toyota, the world’s largest Korean culture convention and music festival, has announced first generation idol Kim Tae Woo from g.o.d, talk show host and comedian, Sam Okyere and Korean-American singer, actor and television host Kevin Woo as special guests to appear at KCON 2017 LA. The world’s largest celebration of Korean pop culture spans three days at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center from August 18-20. Tickets are on-sale now and can be found at www.kconusa.com.
Among other activities, Kevin Woo will serve at the host of the conventions artist engagement sessions. Sam Okyere will be participating in a panel and have fan meet and greet. Kim Tae Woo will be making special appearances at the convention and is also scheduled to perform.
Kim Tae Woo is a South Korean singer. He debuted as the lead singer for g.o.d. in 1999. The group became one of the most popular groups in the 2000s and is often referred to as “the Nation’s idol,” “Legends of K-Pop” with other first generation idols. They were also one of the few groups to have an album become a “million seller” in K-pop. In October 2006, Kim Tae Woo released his first solo album Solo Special, which sold over 100,000 copies in one month. In September 2009, he released mini-album T-Virus which also achieved over 100,000 sales. In the same year, he won “Best Ballad/R&B Performance” award with title song “Love Rain” from T-Virus at the 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards. In July 2014, he re-grouped with other members of g.o.d and made a comeback with album Chapter 8. He has been actively promoting his 6th studio album T-WITH since its release in July, 2017.
Sam Okyere is a Ghanaian TV personality who rose to fame with the variety show “Abnormal Summit” as the Ghana representative after initially moving to Korea as a student. International Hallyu fans may also know him from many other television programs including “Law of The Jungle” and “Real Men.” He is also active in the local community as the ambassador of Yongsan.
Kevin Woo is a Korean-American singer, actor, and television host currently based in South Korea. He debuted as a member of K-POP boy band U-KISS in 2008 and was the main vocalist in the group. Their breakthrough hit was Man Man Ha Ni released in 2009. U-KISS is known for their international popularity, where they have held various tours worldwide including Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America. They made their official Japanese debut in 2011 and held numerous sold-out concert tours in Japan and topped the Oricon chart with multiple hits. Kevin is currently a host of popular music talk show After School Club on Arirang TV. After School Club is a live interactive talk show featuring musical guests of South Korea and is directed at an international audience. It allows fans of K-Pop music to interact directly with their favorite stars on the live show through social media. Kevin Woo was raised in Danville, California where he lived with his parents and elder sister. He is currently preparing for his solo career.
Since its launch in 2012, KCON has grown exponentially to become the undisputed epicenter for all things Hallyu (a.k.a The Korean Wave). The expansive event, which spans three days, takes place within the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the surrounding entertainment district on August 18-20. In addition to star-studded concerts, which this year includes 12 of the top acts from South Korea, fans in attendance will experience more panels and workshops than ever before. Topics will cover everything from K-beauty and K-food to e-sports and K-drama. The New York metro area edition of KCON 2017 USA took place this past weekend (June 23 and 24) at the Prudential Center attracting over 43,000 fans.