“HARLEM FOR JAPAN” Benefit Concert on 4/19











A big benefit concert will be held tomorrow night at the City College of New York campus in Harlem.

The Harlem For Japan Benefit Concert will feature a wide variety of music, from traditional Japanese to R&B to jazz to dance. Some notable acts include R&B legend Chuck Jackson & the Oscar and Grammy-nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre.

Samurai Beat Radio will attending this wonderful event (which already has received press coverage on the NY Daily News & CBS News). Admission to this event is FREE and the show begins at 6:30pm. Suggested donation is $25.00 and all donations are accepted. 100% of the money will go directly to relief efforts for Japan.

If you are around the NYC area, come on by and help save Japan with the soulful music of Harlem! For more information, visit www.newheritagetheatre.org

The “Concert For Japan” – Music, Art, Education for The Win










On April 19th, Samurai Beat Radio had the pleasure of attending the “Concert For Japan” event at Japan Society. We witnessed a variety of food vendors, arts & crafts workshops, notes of encouragement, and of course, some great music throughout the day.

A good number of people showed up to lend their support for Japan and were entertained by the festivities around them. Children were making origami, adults were making washi lanterns, and there were even people taking Japanese language lessons! It is amazing to see how much Japanese culture has become part of our lifestyle. The “Bye Bye Kitty” exhibit was also pretty neat too.

We managed to catch Ryuichi Sakamoto (who gave a really great performance) and the 4 Japanese-female-led bands (Echostream, Me & Mars, The Suzan, Hard Nips) featured in the later portion of the evening schedule. Before the bands, we were treated to some awesome taiko drumming by Taikoza & a urban geisha entertainment group called Salme that you have to see to believe.  It was a very nice & diverse range of music. Much kudos to Superglorious for having a well-rounded lineup that had something for everyone. The Suzan were really, really amazing to see and really got the crowd going with their energy!


Echostream


Me & Mars


The Suzan

Congratulations to Japan Society for having an outstanding event to raise money for Japan. As of right now, they have raised $4.5 million. If you want to donate to Japan Society, you can do so online here.

Stay tuned as we have video messages from Echostream, Me & Mars, The Suzan, and pianist Taka Kigawa coming up!