On Saturday, April 23rd the “Help Japan Relief Concert” takes place to help the earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan. Presented by the Santa Cruz Japanese Cultural Fair organization, the money raised will be going to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund established by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. 100% of the donations received will go to local non-profit and community service organizations in Japan for citizen-to-citizen relief efforts reaching those most in need in the most affected areas.
Local historian Sandy Lydon, who has been teaching and studying Japanese and Japanese-American history for over 50 years, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Performances include the Watsonville Taiko players, San Jose Taiko, shamisen and shakuhachi flute music by the Santa Cruz Hougaku Revue plus the Hawaiian sounds of the Ho`omana Band with hula from various schools in Santa Cruz. “Help Japan” takes place Saturday, April 23rd at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz. Doors open at 6:30 pm; slide presentation and the music begin around 7.
More info is available at jcfsantacruz.org.