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Sunday, June 22, 7pm
Ai Loves L.A.
Ai Carina Uemura
Featuring Special Guest Artists
Sunday, June 22, 7pm
Redondo Beach, California – In a rare U.S. appearance, Japanese singer Ai Carina Uemura, whose range and versatility have elicited comparisons to Alicia Keys and Beyonce Knowles, will appear in concert on Sunday, June 22, 2008, 7pm at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
The benefit concert marks the return engagement to the U.S. by the 26-year-old American-born, Kagoshima-raised singing star, known simply as "Ai" in Japan. Her U.S. debut at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles last January sold out.
The concert promises to be a once in a lifetime event when Ai's award-winning dancers and DJ join her on stage along with special guests, the celebrated First A.M.E. Voices of Gospel Choir and an international tap challenge featuring Motoharu from Japan and Reggio based in Chicago.
Winner of back-to-back MTV awards as R&B artist of the year, Ai is a favorite of advertisers like Japan Air Lines and Pepsi in Japan. Her face and her music help sell everything from fashions to cell phones.
One of best known hits in Japan, "Story," sold over 300,000 copies as a single and has been downloaded over 3.5 million times. Since 2001, she has released nine albums and 16 singles.
The June 22 concert will benefit the Go For Broke National Education Center, an organization that encourages positive values in young people by teaching the value lessons embodied by American World War II veterans of Japanese ancestry. Ai's grandfather, Masami Endo, was one such veteran.
Masami and Ai had much in common. Both were born in the United States but at an early age moved to Japan. Masami returned to America at age 18 and attended high school in Los Angeles to study English. Ai returned to America as a teenager to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she studied dance and began training as a singer.
Both shared a deep love of music. Masami could play the violin and piano. Ai inherited her grandfather's piano-playing skill, which she often uses in creating her songs. Masami became a decorated WWII veteran who served with the legendary 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team. Dubbed "Go For Broke" because of the fierce determination displayed by its soldiers, the 100th/442nd became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service. Masami served in France and Italy, where he met Ai's grandmother, Giovanna, in 1944.
Masami passed away in 1996. Last year, Ai released "I'll Remember You," a song that pays tribute to him and others who leave a lasting impression through their knowledge and caring.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit HANASHI JAPAN, the Go For Broke National Education Center's U.S.–Japan Aratani Historical Initiative.
Tickets for the Benefit Concert are reserved seating $50 and $100 preferred. Student discount tickets are available for $35, phone orders only.
To purchase tickets online go to: Ai Loves LA Concert. For phone orders call Go For Broke at (310) 222-5713.
For more information on Go For
Broke visit: http://www.goforbroke.org