Red-hot Japanese girls rock band BAND-MAID will make their American live performance debut at Seattle’s Sakura-Con in March 2016. The five-member group has made waves over the past few months for their cute, authentic maid outfits combined with their impressive musical skills. BAND-MAID’s music videos “Thrill” and “Real Existence” have each surpassed 1 million views on YouTube and gained the attention of fans worldwide, including mainstream magazines Guitar World and Metal Injection.

BAND-MAID will perform a live concert, participate in a Q&A session, and sign autographs for fans during the three-day event, March 25-27, at the Washington State Convention Center. Event and registration information can be found at Sakura-Con’s website: http://sakuracon.org

BAND-MAID Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bandmaid

BAND-MAID Website: http://bandmaid.tokyo

ABOUT BAND-MAID

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Guitar & Vocals: Miku

Vocals: Saiki

Guitar: Kanami

Drums: Akane

Bass: Misa

BAND-MAID is an all-girl Japanese rock group from Tokyo formed in 2013. Their authentic maid cafe outfits, based on founder Miku’s experiences in Akihabara’s maid cafes, contrast with the band’s aggressive hard rock sound.

BAND-MAID’s breakthrough video “Thrill” was released in 2014, instantly garnering attention from Japanese rock and mainstream music fans. Racking up praises for their technical skills and daring lyrics, they released their album New Beginning in 2015, with the videos for “Real Existence” and “Thrill” surpassing 1 million YouTube views each.

Reviews for BAND-MAID’s New Beginning:

“Reminiscent of Wolfmother’s debut CD, this is a band that’s found its sweet spot and is super-clear about what they’re about.”

-JRock247

“New Beginning is a fantastic mini-album that deserves wide acclaim. A solid rhythm section, effortless guitar riffing/soloing, and confident vocals. This is a band that knows how to play!”

-Femme Metal Webzine

“Full of addictive numbers with a powerful chemistry of twin vocals, killer guitar riffs, low-end bass line and a precise pounding beat of the drums. Each sound by the five band members has a strong personality, but their collision unleashes huge amounts of energy in each song.”

-JaME

ABOUT SAKURA-CON

Presented by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2015 was over 23,000 individuals, with most members attending all three days.

Please join us for Sakura-Con 2016 as we celebrate our 20th amazing year. All the excellent programming you’ve come to expect will be back in abundance. Anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, dances, concerts, art contests, AMV’s, industry guests, over 100,000 square feet of exhibits hall, guests of honor, and more.