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"Thousand Hearts Japan Relief Benefit Concert" - 4/23/2011


On Saturday, April 23, 2011, the Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert ( will bring together a showcase of artists, celebrities and dignitaries from the worlds of music, dance, entertainment and government to raise funds and awareness for the survivors of the Japan earthquake-tsunami at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to the hardest-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi with no administrative fees or holds on funds. Thousand Hearts is produced by Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Project, a nonprofit organization established by multi-cultural community leaders throughout the State of California.

Grammy-nominated and internationally-renowned Japanese jazz group HIROSHIMA, featuring international J-Pop star MIKA TODD and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 3 Champions QUEST CREW, will headline the show. Other performers include hip-hop violinist and international YouTube sensations PAUL DATEH & KEN BELCHER and adult-contemporary rock band CURD.

Confirmed dignitaries in appearance include Japanese Consul General JUNICHI IHARA and Consul TOSHIO ODAGIRI, U.S. Congressman MIKE HONDA, City of Pasadena Councilman STEVE MADISON, and Mayor of the City of Riverside (sister city to the City of Sendai in Japan) RON LOVERIDGE.

Confirmed special celebrity guest appearances include LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (Courage Under Fire, Young Guns, La Bamba), MARK DACASCOS (Iron Chef America, Hawaii Five-O, Brotherhood of the Wolf), BRIANA EVIGAN (Sorority Row, Step Up 2: The Streets), JULIA LING (Chuck, E.R., Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), RYAN HIGA (YouTube’s nigahiga with 3.5 million subscribers), KEVIN WU (YouTube’s kevjumba with 1.5 million subscribers), DANTE BASCO (Take the Lead, The Debut, Hook), and NICK GISMODI (FanFare, Nick’s Doing What), RICHIE GAJATE GARCIA (voted a few years ago the #1 percussionist in the world), AMY HILL (Red Carpet) - actress "All American Girl"; IRON CHEF MORIMOTO (Red Carpet/Performer) – Food Network; HENRY MORIMOTO (Red Carpet); SUSAN HIRASUNA (Fox 11 News - Local/Presenter); TAIKOPROJECT (Performer) - Taiko drums; DANI HI'ILANI WATANABE (Performer) - 12 year old 2010 E Hula Mau Miss Kaikamahine Soloist; HALAU KEKAIULU AND BAND HALOA - Hawaiian performance; NATSUKO UTSUMI (photojournalist/speaker) MARTIN NIEVERA, International Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Host of the musical variety show ASAP on ASB—CBN.

Additional performers and special guests will be listed at Performers and special guests will walk the Red Carpet at 5:00 pm and the Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $20, $40 and $60 and are available at Ticketmaster ( or 800-982-2787) as well as the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ( or 626-449-7360).