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The LA K-Pop festival was held at the Coliseum on Saturday night. The event brought the top K-Pop artists from South Korea to commemorate the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Fans watch Girl's Day perform on stage during the show, including one who had a birthday wish for one of the band members on a home made sign.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Girl's Day was one of the big acts that came over from Korea for the event.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Fans watch Girl's Day perform on stage during the show. The event brought the top K-Pop artists from South Korea to commemorate the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

The enthusiasm and fanaticism displayed by K-Pop fans can only be equated to Beatlemania. The fan base for K-Pop is rapidly growing and is not just prevalent in the Asian community.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

The LA K-Pop festival was held at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Tickets for the LA K-Pop festival were free and according to organizers 60,000 fans showed up for the show. K-Pop is growing in popularity on both sides of the Pacific.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Members of CN Blue walk the stage during a sound check. K-Pop bands sell out massive venues across Asia in minutes and have fanatical followings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

K-Pop bands are built by entertainment corporations in Korea and merchandising was on full display at the Coliseum show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A stage outside the Coliseum was open to all comers to try their dance moves to K-Pop recordings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Fans begin to fill the Coliseum for the show. K-Pop supergroups sell out Asia's largest venues on a regular basis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

K-Pop fans are fanatical in their adoration of their favorite groups and know just about every song word for word.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

K-Pop super group CN Blue go through their sound check on stage at the Coliseum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Members of Girl's Day leaves the stage after their performance. Concert tickets were given away for free in an effort to help popularize Korean pop music in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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Sixty thousand screaming fans brought the decibel levels way up during the LA K-Pop Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this past Saturday. The K-Pop music phenomenon is surging in popularity on this side of the Pacific. There are dance schools, karaoke bars and clubs wholly dedicated to the light, sugary pop music. I went to the Coliseum to see the fanaticism and spectacle firsthand.

Screaming fans, mostly teenage and twentysomethings, sang along, waved fans adorned with band members’ faces and stared wide-eyed as Korean supergroups such Shinee and Girl’s Day took the stage. K-Pop’s popularity here in the United States is not limited to the Korean community. I met fans from as far away as Buffalo and from a variety of neighborhoods in Southern California: Compton, San Diego, Thousand Oaks and South Los Angeles. The appeal is squeaky-clean groups, created by entertainment corporations in South Korea, that produce sugar-sweet songs with infectious hooks and dance moves.

This is a set of photographs from the event. If you do decide to hit a K-Pop spectacle, be sure to bring some earplugs.

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  1. March 20, 2015, 12:08 am

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