Who Said LA Tech Can’t Have Talent?

Bold red walls with seeping curtains, bordered by an intricate gold-lining framed stage. Two large speakers surround each side of the stage, while a projection shone on the walls reading “Laurel & Wolf”. Embellished walls, balcony seats, floor seats, lights, music—the stage was ready, and so was the audience.

Friends and family were scattered throughout the theatre, while exciting for the acts ahead loomed in the air.

What set this specific talent show aside from any others?

The show featured top LA-based startup companies gathered to showcase their hidden talents before a panel of celebrity judges and an audience of tech and media influencers. The entire evening benefited P.S. ARTS, an organization dedicated to providing arts education to underprivileged youth.

The 1st Annual LA Tech’s Got Talent was held at the Wilshire Ebell in Los Angeles, on Sunday, October 4th. The brilliant and ever so accomplished Leura Fine, CEO of Laurel & Wolf, brought this night to life for the audience and the acts. Celebrity judges included artist and songwriter LP, producer Dana Brunetti, and actor Ian Bohen. To top it all off, the show was hosted entirely by the hilarious Pete Giovine, who captured the audience with his witty and enthusiastic personality.

LA Tech’s Got Talent presented by Laurel & Wolf (left to right): Dana Brunetti, LP, Leura Fine, Ian Bohen

Celebrity Judges (left to right): Ian Bohen, LP, Dana Brunetti

The evening commenced with Pete Giovine introducing the show and its celebrity judges, Pete started out the show with a few of his jokes. Some provocative, some more appropriate—still, he continued to entertain the audience and kept the laughter going.
Want to learn how to “dougie” or “whip” or even “nae nae”? The opening act featured a group of young adults performing a hip-hop dance routine for on behalf of Laurel & Wolf. Their wild energy instantly excited the crowd, which lead to cheers heard throughout the theatre.

Walking onto the stage in a vibrant yellow ruffled dress was Nanxi Liu. She walks towards the center of the stage where the piano is placed and begins play. Her piece was extremely captivating. From a range of higher octaves to lower octaves, Nanxi showcased her talent with heartfelt emotion and passion.

Upcoming acts included Tamera James who is a singer and producer on SoundCloud. She presented her talent by singing and rapping with her soulful voice and effortless talent. Steve Kraus came up on stage and represents the company of “Shopping Quizzes” and showcased his voice and talent on the piano.

Representing the company, The Bouqs, John Tabis and Gofv Hoffer demonstrated what they called “The Startup Journey”. A Powerpoint is presented in the center of the stage as John walks to the microphone and begins to sing, while the first slide reads “Chapter 1: Inspiration. Initially, the audience is whispering and murmuring to one another and wonders what the talent here is. He continues to sing into “Chapter 2: Bootstrapping” and presents random photos relative to bootstrapping. The audience begins to laugh at the song melody he uses for this presentation. Varying for “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus to “We Are the Champions” by Queen, John and his dancing partner presented such humor and entertainment for the audience. They continue to go on with their “other chapters” of their journey. The performance was very amusing given its interpretative dancing, unique singing, and comical slides.
As the night continued on, several acts had the opportunity to get on stage and demonstrate their talents. At the end the judges tallied their votes and announced the winner.

Nanxi Liu! Without a doubt her exemplary piano playing showcased her effortless talent.

Here’s to a great show Laurel & Wolf but most importantly for such a great cause. P.S. ARTS’ mission is to improve the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. They are the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, visual arts, music, and theater arts to every child in a school during the regular school day.

By: The Dia Diaries Fashion Contributor, Tiffany Tran
CHANDIA BRENNENChandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.


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