Benefit for Japan Show Review

How’d The Show Go?
By: sandieganliz

On Saturday, April 2nd, the Fokai Family raised funds to help and support the victims and Purebred in Japan after the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck in March, which has left Japan in need of assistance. Still facing an irreparable nuclear disaster, most of Japan’s citizens located in the North have had to either evacuate or seek new shelters. The Fokai Family, in association with Purebred USA, held a San Diego benefit show to give their support.

Arriving at 6:00 p.m. at Winston’s in Ocean Beach, I walked into the bar and paid the $10 that would benefit the people of Japan. I immediately noticed that the presenter’s booth had a bunch of goodies from local shops that donated prizes for a raffle. Some of the shops that participated include Tribal Gear, The Roots Factory, Primo Beer, Seedless Clothing and others. According to the event coordinator, Shane Berry, there was well over 85 items donated.

The first band I saw that night was Don Modello, who had a grunge/rock sound with tones that might have been influenced by Nirvana and Pepper. The next band was 56 Hope, an island-reggae band from Guam that is now based out of San Diego. They played with two guitars and a percussionist beat on a couple of electronic drumheads. Their reggae was more on the island-romance side, and a memorable song was “Borderline.”

C-Money and O.G. from Slightly Stoopid thrilled an already excited crowd by playing congas, a trumpet and keys to recorded music. Some of the music was more hip-hop while others were purely instrumental with C-Money getting down on vocals. Overall, their music was very melodic and influential of how they contribute to Slightly Stoopid’s music.

Raffle drawings were held in-between sets and next up on the line up was Ablaze, a band that sounds like country/rock/reggae. This band played with two acoustic guitars and a saxophone, and sang about drinking and smoking; their music was fun!

High Tide and Roots Covenant were next. It was after 9:00 p.m. when High Tide took the stage and entertained the crowd with their easygoing reggae/rock. High Tide always gets good feedback from the audience because their music hits a nice reggae spot. Roots Covenant kept the crowd going with their roots/reggae vibe that not only has a touch of Latin influence, but political messages as well. E.N. Young played a couple of his solo songs and joined Stranger on stage when they were up for their performance.

I didn’t stay for the last two sets of Stranger and Anuhea, and I don’t think I needed to because the place was still packed by the time I left, which was around 10:30 p.m. Stranger is a local favorite, especially in Ocean Beach, and Anuhea, a female singer from Hawaii, is definitely loved by San Diego. In fact, Stranger and Anuhea hooked up last weekend to entertain the San Diego music scene. Aloha Reggae!

Overall, I would consider this live music benefit for Japan a success. The bar was full, the music and crowd were great, and money was raised to help those in Japan suffering from the current devastation. Hopefully, all the good vibes from that night transferred over to that country as well!

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