3/31 – Jero in Concert at Japan America Theater

March 31 — Jerome Charles White, Jr. aka Jero makes his long awaited U.S. concert debut with two exclusive West Coast performances.

As the first African American enka singer in the history of Japanese music, Jero has single-handedly reignited interest in the musical ballads that emerged in Japan’s postwar era.

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jero grew up listening to his Japanese grandmother’s recordings of enka legend Misora Hibari. After appearing on a Japanese television contest, he landed a recording contract rising to the top of the charts with his hit single “Umiyuki (Snowy Sea).”

Critics have lauded the way this meteoric talent has managed to mold a traditional musical genre around a modern context in a way that appeals to both old and new generations. Looking like a hip-hop star, with the voice of an angel, he has redefined the Soul of Japan. Jero was named the best new performer of 2008, appearing on the New Year’s Eve songfest extravaganza “Kohaku.” Dedicating his song to his ailing grandmother, audience members agreed that Jero best exemplified the show’s theme of “creating bonds between people through the power of music.”

Tickets on sale to the public February 1.
$100/$80/$60/$50
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