Bridge to Japan: City Winery Hosts Earthquake and Tsunami Benefit on March 31st ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bridge to Japan: City Winery Hosts Earthquake and Tsunami Benefit on March 31st

Bridge to Japan: City Winery Hosts Earthquake and Tsunami Benefit on March 31stCity Winery is partnering with New York-Tokyo to host a benefit show on March 31st to benefit those displaced by the earthquake and tsunami. Recognizing that times here are tough but one of the after-effects of this catastrophe is many of the displaced people don't have basic amenities like food and shelter. Please support this effort if you can.

Tickets are as follows: Bar Stools $45.00, Reserved Tables $55.00, Reserved Best Tables $55.00 and VIP Tables $65.00. Click through the flyer to purchase tickets.

Below is write-up on the event from City Winery's website.

"In light of devastating earthquake and tsunami that afflicted the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, effectively the entire northeastern coast of Japan, we are producing a benefit concert with the goal of raising $30,000 for immediate aid to assist some of the 500,000 people who have been made homeless. While the 24hr news cycle obsesses over the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, these internally displaced people are trying to survive in frigid conditions with little access to shelter, water and basic amenities - a tragedy regardless whether it happens in one of the world’s poorest or richest nations.

Our neighbors in Japan, like our neighbors in Haiti, are part of our global family and need our help.

In 2010 in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, City Winery reached out to our friends, fans, artists and peers in the music industry to support a series of benefit concerts that raised over $100,000. Then, as now, the much-needed funds were put to immediate use helping those in dire need. The warmth and passion of those who attended and participated was a thing to behold, the generosity of spirit and community was humbling, and left an indelible mark on all those who benefited

Once again we are asking you to help support a worthy cause and purchase tickets to the benefit concert. We will donate 100% of all ticket sales to relief efforts. Matching donations from the Ogawa family in San Francisco will double your contribution.

Our target of $30,000 will be directed to help with the immediate efforts of the American Red Cross through the who are assisting those most keenly affected by the catastrophic event that has literally reshaped their lives. We have partnered with our friends at New York-Tokyo to produce “BRIDGE TO JAPAN”, which will feature performers from both countries. Japan like New York City is a collection of islands joined by common experience but comprised of dynamic communities of musicians, artists and fans. It is our hope that the concert will bring together individuals from these communities with the common goal of helping those in need."

Performers include Rachael Yamagata, Tift Merritt, Marshall Crenshaw,Dar Williams, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Nicole Atkins, Ben Sollee, classic pianist Taka Kigawa, and the New York based big band Morning Musuko.

Paula Cole and 12year old phenom Cecilia Gault just confirmed and more artists will be announced in coming days.

Japanese Red Cross Society
New York - Tokyo