2019 / Okinawa Shuri Castle Benefit in LA: Okinawa-base duo to perform in OC & LA, Nov. 20, 22, 23

The Okinawa Association of America begins fund drive for the restoration of the Shuri Castle which was ravaged by fire on October 31. In addition to collecting donations at the OAA office, the association will be sponsoring this special benefit concert in an effort to bring in more funds for the restoration of Okinawa’s sacred and beloved Shuri Castle.

To aid the donation collecting efforts, a folk/rock/blues “chanpuruu” band visiting from Okinawa – aptly named Okinawa Americana – will be performing.

Internationally recognized recording artists and musicians, David Ralston and Merry Gushi have created their own brand of music, self-described as “Okinawa Americana Music.” Integrating influences from Japan to Brazil to America’s heartland, World Music to Blues, Country, Folk, and Roots Rock, they successfully illustrate that “The world of music is not just changing, it has changed.”

November 22 (Friday), 7:30 p.m.
Fruit of the Spirit Lutheran Church (Map)
2706 West 182nd Street, Torrance, CA 90504
RSVP Required
Admission/Donation: $5 for OAA members, $10 for non-members
Proceeds will go toward the Shuri Castle restoration efforts


The following concerts were arranged by the Okinawa Americana:

November 23, 6:30 p.m.
Bob’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant (Map)
15926 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247
Dinner reservation required: (310) 515-2250
Donations will be collected at the restaurant during this time

November 20, 7:30 p.m. (Sold Out)
Habuya Okinawa Dining (Map)
14215 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
Donations will be collected at the restaurant during this time