TOKYO (majirox news) – Many people have offered Japan their “deepest condolences” and promised support to the country. In addition, many organizations have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.
In Tokyo, the American Club provided supplies and donations to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. They have also coordinated efforts with musicians to organize a fundraiser to help the victims with top musicians from the U.S. and Japan to perform live on May 20.
Speech, from the American hip-hop act Arrested Development, will play a very special set at the event. As the lead singer of the ’90s group, Speech became famous with hits like “Tennessee,” “People Everyday” and “Mr. Wendal.”
Joining him will be other talented performers offering their support, including world renowned tenor John Ken Nuzzo, the son of an Italian-American father and a Japanese mother who has been part of the Vienna State Opera since 2000, and Steve Gardner, American Roots’N Blues singer from Mississippi. There’s also the Jericho Road Show with Nashville’s Bill Steber, the Mike Price Jazz Band; song stylists Harvey Thompson and Andrea Hopkins and Mori Yasumasa, the 1992 World Champion Elvis Impersonator.
The event, originally an opening gala, was transformed into a fundraiser for the Tohoku region when actress Lisle Wilkerson, a former Tokyoite, contacted her network in the U.S. and Tokyo to help. She had an immediate response from Speech and good friend John Ken Nuzzo. In addition, Steve Gardner was able to convince fellow bluesman, Bill Steber of Nashville, to come on over for the event.
The Club was founded in 1928 by 51 American businessmen living in Tokyo. It was closed during World War II, reopening with 350 Members on July 4, 1949. Today it has more than 3,300 members from 50 nations. The total number of singles, spouses, couples and families using the club is approximately 10,000 local people and about 1,200 from out of Japan.
American Ambassador John Roos will also attend the event, which is open to the public.