Daniel Pak performs for the Quad City Arts Annual Celebration at The Bend Event Center -- May 16.

Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m.

The Bend Event Center, 1910 Bend Boulevard, East Moline IL

Taking place this year at The Bend Event Center in East Moline, the May 16 Quad City Arts Annual Celebration invites the public to gain insight into the organization's recent achievements, future plans, and community impact, all while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a performance by Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Daniel Pak.

Originally from the island of O`ahu, Pak is a singer, songwriter, and producer making his home in Seattle, Washington. As frontman for Kore Ionz from 2008 to 2017, Pak shared the stage with reggae royalty including The Wailers, Steel Pulse, and Toots & the Maytals. In 2011, the artist's “Love You Better,” a song that the International Examiner deemed a “poignant love letter,” rose to the number-one spot on commercial radio in Hawai`i. Performing as a solo artist since 2018, Pak has shared the stage with Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) and Sir Mix-a-Lot, and is currently working on new music with producers Eric Lilavois (My Chemical Romance), Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden), and Thaddeus Turner (Digable Planets). Through his musical platform, Pak has galvanized support for political change, performing at events for Washington State Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Pak is also the co-founder and executive director of Totem Star, a nonprofit youth record label that, for more than 14 years, has supported in excess of 5,000 aspiring young recording artists in the greater Seattle area through music production, live performance, and mentorship. Partnering with the City of Seattle, Pak led Totem Star’s effort to raise $1.7 million to build a 2,000-square foot, state-of-the-art recording studio in historic Seattle landmark King Street Station, which opened in November of 2023. In addition, Pak has served as Co-Chair of the Seattle Music Commission, as a Governor for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, and as a Trustee for The Bush School. In November of 2022, he was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame alongside Hiro Yamamoto (Soundgarden) and Artist Ambassador Krist Novoselic (Nirvana).

In addition to enjoying the Pak performance, attendees of the Quad City Arts Annual Celebration are invited to connect with the group's leadership, artists, and supporters to deepen their engagement with the local arts scene, including by being part of discussions and recognition ceremonies, Attending this year's celebration is keynote speaker Randy Cohen from Americans for the Arts, and the event's $40 admission price includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, with proceeds supporting the Quad City Arts’ Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program.

The Quad City Arts Annual Celebration at The Bend Event Center will begin at 6 p.m. on May 16, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)793-1213 and visiting QuadCityArts.com.

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