Viral Video Stars Go Live On Stage And Food Network's Iron Chef Morimoto Sings: Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert Supporting Japan Disaster Relief

Supporting Japan Disaster Relief - Presented by TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A.

LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, April 23, 2011, the Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert ( will bring together YouTube's most virally explosive acts and Googled young and up-and-coming talent together - RYAN HIGA, International J-Pop star MIKA TODD, MTV's America's Best Dance Crew QUEST CREW, and YouTube sensations PAUL DETAH & KEN BELCHER -to raise money for Japan Relief at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Talent never before seen outside of one's own laptop will join together to help those in the hard-hit prefectures of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi.

A feast for the eyes hits the stage as The Food Network's Iron Chef America host MARK DACASCOS (Hawaii Five-O, Brotherhood of the Wolf),makes an appearance and Iron Chef MORIMOTO makes his singing debut for the "Thousand Hearts" Japan Relief Benefit Concert, produced by Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Project, a nonprofit organization established by multi-cultural community leaders throughout the State of California.

Accompanying these Internet sensations will be Grammy-nominated and internationally renowned Japanese jazz group HIROSHIMA and adult-contemporary rock band THE CURD.

Confirmed dignitaries in appearance include Japanese Consul General JUNICHI IHARA and Consul TOSHIO ODAGIRI, U.S. Congressman MIKE HONDA, City of Pasadena Councilman STEVE MADISON, and Mayor of the City of Riverside (sister city to the City of Sendai in Japan) RON LOVERIDGE.

Confirmed special celebrity guest appearances include TAMLYN TOMITA (Vagina Monologues; Joy Luck Club, Karate Kid Part II) LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (Courage Under Fire, Young Guns, La Bamba), BRIANA EVIGAN (Sorority Row, Step Up 2: The Streets), JULIA LING (Chuck, E.R., Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), RYAN HIGA (YouTube's nigahiga with 3.5 million subscribers), KEVIN WU (YouTube's kevjumba with 1.5 million subscribers), DANTE BASCO (Take the Lead, The Debut, Hook), and NICK GISMODI (FanFare, Nick's Doing What), RICHIE GAJATE GARCIA (voted a few years ago the #1 percussionist in the world), AMY HILL (Red Carpet) - actress "All American Girl"; IRON CHEF MORIMOTO (Red Carpet/Performer) - Food Network; HENRY MORIMOTO (Red Carpet); SUSAN HIRASUNA (Fox 11 News - Local/Presenter); TAIKOPROJECT (Performer) - Taiko drums; DANI HI'ILANI WATANABE (Performer) - 12 year old 2010 E Hula Mau Miss Kaikamahine Soloist; HALAU KEKAIULU AND BAND HALOA - Hawaiian performance; NATSUKO UTSUMI (photojournalist/speaker) MARTIN NIEVERA, International Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Host of the musical variety show ASAP on ASB-CBN.

Additional performers and special guests will be listed at Performers and special guests will walk the Red Carpet at 5:00 pm and the Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert will begin at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $20, $40 and $60 and are available at Ticketmaster ( or 800-982-2787) as well as the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ( or 626-449-7360).
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