2013 / “Little Tokyo Live” for local business promotion and community fundraising, Sept 7

With the title of “Little Tokyo Live2013,” a free public concert and a ticketed entertainment event will take place at Little Tokyo on Saturday, September 7.

The free public concert will be held in the open air Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Plaza in front of the Aratani Theatre from noon to 4 pm.

The day will feature a variety of emerging artists and cultural events, providing attendees with the opportunity to explore and visit the many hidden treasures within Little Tokyo such as: fine dining, unique boutiques, great art and culture for the entire family.

The outdoor concert is exclusively financed by the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District and administered by the Little Tokyo Business Association.

Beginning at 7 pm inside the Aratani Theatre, inaugural Legacy Harmony Music Series and Zoku will be featuring old school R&B sensations A Taste of Honey with Janice-Marie Johnson and Original Lakeside.

The evening event will also showcase Irasshai (Welcome) – Community Rhythms, a joint performance by Yoki Daiko and Kinnara Taiko, two drum groups affiliated with Tenrikyo Church and Senshin Buddhist Temple respectively.

Tickets are $30, $40, and $50. Reserved seating. www.jaccc.org

This collaboration of music and culture has its roots in the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Jazz At Drew music festival as far as 1996.

Inspired by Roland Hayes Betts, the founder and producer of Jazz at Drew, ZOKU (the core volunteer support group producing the event) continues the partnership as it promote it’s mission of “building cultural bridges through music, education and commerce.”

This year’s legacy sponsor is Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. A portion of the proceeds from the evening concert benefit the Japan America Treaty Centennial Scholarship Fund, Mrs. Lillian Mobley Presidential Endowment Fund (Charles Drew University) and the JACCC Family and Children Programs.  


Little Tokyo Live

Legacy Harmony Music Series

Building Cultural Bridges Through Music, Education & Commerce

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Aratani Theatre


Master of Ceremonies: Mr. James Janisse, the legendary gentleman of jazz


special taiko collaboration featuring Yoki Daiko (Tenrikyo Church) & Kinnara Taiko (Senshin Buddhist Temple)

Community Leaders Welcome (Roland H Betts, Reverend Marlon Okazaki, Leslie A. Ito)

A TASTE OF HONEY featuring Janice-Marie Johnson





Original Lakeside

The Lakeside journey began when a group of high school students from Ohio formed a band made up of talented musicians and ferocious stamina that has sustained them for more than 27-year. A feat not many bands can boast about. Formerly known as the Ohio Lakeside Express, their travel has taken throughout the world opening for legends like Redd Foxx, Eddie Kendricks and many others. The band really gained steam after an incident in Oklahoma forced a move to Los Angeles. There, the band produced their first album with SOLAR Records, “Shot Of Love.” Off of this album came the wildly popular, “It’s All The Way Live,” and 2years later in 1980, they released, “Fantastic Voyage.” Throughout their career the band has been known and loved for their extravagant stage presence ad creative album cover themes.

A Taste of Honey featuring Janice-Marie Johnson

As the leader and co-founder of A Taste Of Honey, Janice-Marie Johnson has been keeping the groove alive event since topping the charts with “Boogie Oogie Oogie” and winning the coveted Grammy Award for “Best New Artist.” A celebrated pop and R&B icon, Janice-Marie’s music captivates audiences of all generations. From her timeless melodies to the infectious rhythms of her bass. Janice-Marie’s stellar musicianship is always the heart of her hit-filled, roof-raising performances in clubs, casinos, arenas, and concert halls all around the world. Janice-Marie’s classic interpretation of Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” topped the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts and gave A Taste Of Haney a Top 5 pop hit plus another gold single.

In 1969, Kinnara Taiko emerged as the first Japanese American Buddhist taiko group. Naming themselves after the celestial musicians of Buddhist mythology, they originated the use of wine barrels to make their own taiko. The group began composing pieces combining traditional Japanese rhythms with their own musical influences, spurring the growth of an Asian American genre that has since proliferated throughout the country. As a Buddhist group, emphasis is placed on participation, self-awareness, and discovering the joy in “just” playing. Kinnara has performed throughout the U.S. at schools and universities, multicultural folk festival, and Buddhist temples and it has influenced the formation of numerous groups across the country. Their home base is Senshin Buddhist Temple in L.A.

Yoki Daiko (Joyous Drumming) was formed during the summer of 1996 at the Tenrikyo Church as a way for the community to come together and learn the dynamic art of Japanese drumming. Through the thunderous beats and kinetic rhythms, Yoki Daiko shares their efforts to create a joyous life where all people of the world can live together as brothers and sisters. As a community taiko group located in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Yoki Daiko has been a part of various local events and festivals including Los Angeles Lotus Festival, JACCC Taiko Gathering, LACES Multicultural Festival, Biola University Taiko Festival, and the Oyasato Parade in Tenri, Japan.

James Janisse is “The Gentleman of Jazz.” He was an on-air personality with radio station KKJZ 88.1FM (formerly KLON) from 1992 to 2006. His wide-ranging knowledge of Jazz filled the longest continuing shift on KKJZ each weekday night. He continues to be the voice of Jazz on selected United Airlines Flights. He is currently the host of “The Wonderful World of Jazz” playing the finest in Jazz & Blues music on www.kebnradio.com at Noon each weekday afternoon. He is also a control board operator, Program Host, and staff announcer at KCRW 89.9FM. He is a gifted voice/over actor and stage performer heard on radio & television commercials.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit the following programs:

The Mrs. Lillian Harkless Mobley Presidential Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory and contributions of Mrs. Lillian Harkless Mobley and her lifelong commitment to social justice and health equality in South Los Angeles. This endowment will ensure that the legacy of Mrs. Mobley lives on by awarding scholarships to CDU students who are committed to serving underserved communities throughout the world.  

The Japan America Treaty Centennial Scholarship Fund was established by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California in 1960 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations between America and Japan. Scholarship recipients are selected each year on the basis of academic record, school and community activities, Japanese cultural and athletic activities and financial need. During the past 53 years, the scholarship awards have been presented to a total of 1,656 high school graduates in the amount of $782,950.

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) – Children and Family Programs. JACCC’s mission is to present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs. Its Children and Family Programs include multi-generational theatre performances, Oshogatsu and Hinamatsuri workshops and its annual Children’s Day Festival.