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A Thousand Hearts: LA’s star-studded Japan Relief concert coming up April 23

Japan Relief Concert Thousand Hearts

Japan relief efforts in Los Angeles should get a big boost next weekend from the all-star concert being organized by Asian American organizations including the Asian Bar Association and the Asian American Journalists Association. “A Thousand Hearts” promises to be a great show as well as hopefully, a great fundraiser.

As always, wish I lived in Cali, but if any of you readers are in the area, don’t miss it.

Here are the details via press release:

WHAT: “THOUSAND HEARTS” Japan Earthquake Japan Relief Benefit Concert presented by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
WHERE: Pasadena Civic Auditorium
WHEN: Saturday, April 23 @ 7 p.m.
WHY: 100 percent of of the net proceeds will go directly to the hardest-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi.

PASADENA – Grammy-nominated band Hiroshima, a jazz and pop band, will headline the
“Thousand Hearts” Japan earthquake relief concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 7 p.m. There will also be an art fair from 4 to 7 p.m. All proceeds go to Japan earthquake relief.

Featured entertainers will include:

HIROSHIMA (jazz band) – Nominated for a Grammy last year, Hiroshima is an American jazz/ fusion smooth jazz band. Their latest album Legacy is a celebration of their 30th year in the recording industry.
QUEST CREW (dance group) – Multi-talented and charismatic Quest Crew entertained their way into MTV viewer’s homes and hearts to become America’s best dance crew. With a high energy mix of mind-blowing tricks and innovative choreography, Quest Crew continues to bring audiences to their feet while on stage or on the screen.
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (actor) – Phillps is an American film, television, and stage actor. He earned a supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I.
TIA CARRERA (singer, actress) – Carrera is a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer. In 2011, she won a Grammy Award for her album “Huana Ke Aloha.” In 2009, she also won a Grammy for her album “Ikena.”
BRIANA EVIGAN (actress) – Step Up 2 and Sorority Row
JULIA LING (actress) – TV shows Chuck, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Grey’s Anatomy
MARK DACASCOS (actor) – Food Network’s Iron Chef America, Dancing with the Stars (Season 9)

Tickets are $20, $40 and $60 and are available at Ticketmaster (1-800-982-2787 or via Ticketmaster online) as well as the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ( or 626-449-7360).

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.