Kenan Thompson Announces the 2023 Young Stars 360 National Talent Search

Award-winning actor, comedian, and producer Kenan Thompson announced today his 13th annual Young Stars 360 national talent search. Co-created by Executive Producer, Cherie Chiles-Buchanan of Simply C Productions, and in partnership with the iconic Hard Rock International, Young Stars 360 will embark on a 12-city tour to discover and showcase extraordinary talents among youth aged 5 to 17. The series will allow young talent to highlight their special abilities, whether it be in performing arts, media, or entrepreneurship, in front of prominent network executives, influencers, and entertainment professionals.

“As someone who has been acting since my early teens, I enjoy facilitating opportunities for others to make their dreams come true while giving back to an industry that has given me so much,” Thompson explains. “As executive producers, Cherie Chiles- Buchanan and I remain committed to helping tomorrow’s stars navigate their way to success, however, they define it.”

With a mission to illuminate the brightest young talents of tomorrow, the program empowers talented youth and their parents with a multi-tiered platform, designed to guide them through the nuances of the entertainment industry, enhance their portfolios, provide them with valuable industry insights, help take their careers to the next level. “Hard Rock has been nurturing the careers of artists and talent at its locations since its inception over 50 years ago,” said Keith Sheldon, President of Entertainment. “We are really excited to partner with Kenan and Cherie to launch the careers of the next generation of the entertainment industry.”

The national talent search will kick off at the Hard Rock Cafe in New Orleans on April 1st, followed by stops in major cities including Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, and more.

A six-time Emmy Award nominee, Thompson is the longest-running cast member on the iconic late-night series “Saturday Night Live” and is known for his roles in beloved programs such as “All That,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Good Burger,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks,” “Barbershop 2” and more. He has cemented his place as one of the most versatile and talented performers of his generation and has become an inspiration to aspiring performers, making him the perfect person to find and elevate the next generation of stars.

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Saturday, April 1, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – New Orleans, LA 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 2, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Atlanta, GA 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, April 8, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Philadelphia, PA 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, April 8, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – San Antonio, TX 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, April 15, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Nashville, TN 11:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday, April 16, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Honolulu, HI 9:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, April 22, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – New York City, NY 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 23, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Washington D.C. 9:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, April 29, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood Blvd (LA), CA 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 30, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas, NV 11:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, May 6, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Miami, FL 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, May 7, 2023 – Hard Rock Cafe – Chicago, IL 9:00am – 4:00pm

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