Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Another great concert for a great cause.


Supporting Japan Disaster Relief – Presented by TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A.

LOS ANGELES – 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, television/film 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 Deputy General Consul YUSUKE SHINDO 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), DANTE BASCO (Take the Lead, The Debut, Hook), and NICK GISMODI (FanFare, Nick’s Doing What).

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 (1-800-982-2787 or on-line) as well as the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ( or 626-449-7360).