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Here are some videos from Sunday night's API Extravanganza, an under-promoted concert that featured a bunch of great local Asian American talent, plus Chicago's hilarious Asian American sketch comedy troupe, Stir-Friday Night. The local lineup included singer-songwriter )and killer guitarist) Jack Hadley, Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu, Hype 303 hip-hop dance crew (shown above), sand painter Shaina Vo, covers by the Pacific Jam Band, award-winning singer-songwriter Wendy Woo and headliners Denver Taiko. The concert was sponsored and produced by Isle Casino Blackhawk, which, through Peggy Moore in ist marketing staff, supports a ton of Asian community events in this area. (Full disclosure: Erin was the emcee for the evening, and Isle Casino made a small donation in exchange to the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, for which Erin is the executive director. Most of these acts have performed at the festival.) One of the coolest things about the lineup of artists was that most of the acts were Asian American, not the ol' kimono-and-traditional-dance routines. Sure, the kung fu was old school, and taiko drumming is traditional too. But they're cool, right? Here are the other videos: