Lineup Announced for ‘Japan Restart’


SAN FRANCISCO — The lineup for “Japan Restart,” a benefit concert for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, has been confirmed.

As previously announced, the concert will be held on  Saturday, April 16, from 12 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St. in San Francisco Japantown.

“Survivors of the northern Japan earthquake and tsunami still endure under devastating conditions,” said a spokesperson for the artists. “We are a group of artists coming together to do what we can for Japan. Our internationally renowned cast of musicians, performers and spirited volunteers have come together to create this once-in-a-lifetime benefit concert. Come see the show and gather as a community to help Japan restart.”

Seating is limited for the two different back-to-back shows. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Additional donations are gratefully accepted.

To purchase tickets ($30 per show) or to make a donation, visit

For more information, visit or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Note: This event takes place during the Cherry Blossom Festival, so parking will be difficult. Public transportation is recommended. Those going by car are advised to arrive early.

Show 1 (12 to 2 p.m.)

Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos featuring Jason McGuire (El Rubio) and Jose Cortes (Gypsy singer from Spain)

Van-Anh Vo, Vietnamese national champion on dan tranh

Mark Izu, Brenda Wong Aoki and Shinji Eshima

Hideo Date Sextet, featuring Masaru Koga, Khac Quan, Claire Tremblay, Jason Jong and Keiji Oshita

Taiko Ren

Studio M from Japan

Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble


Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater

Kiite Moraitai


Show 2 (3 to 5 p.m.)

Elvin Bishop and Takezo

Soulit from Japan

Dohee Lee and Lunar Drum Ensemble

Miguel Govea and Los Compas


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