Okinawan Rock celebrates 50th anniversary
The Americans brought it to Okinawa, and the locals quickly embraced rock n’ roll music, often integrating it into the local cultural music scene.
Hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since rock n’ roll arrived, and big-time celebrations are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th, to pay homage to the music of then, and now. Music Town Oto-Ichiba in Okinawa City is the venue, with doors opening at 5 p.m. on the 8th for a musical evening beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday the action switches to 7th Heaven Koza, where the music begins an hour later, at 7 p.m.
Advance tickets are ¥2,800 for Saturday, or ¥3,500 at the door. Sunday’s tickets at the door are ¥2,500. Tickets for both evenings are ¥4,000 in advance or ¥5,000 at the door, and are available at Seventh Heavy Koza, (098) 932-1949, Fukuhara Music Shop, Takara Records and Teruya Music Shop.
This year’s theme is “Okinawan Rock Will Never Die!!!” This event is a special concert held each year on the day of Rock, June 9th. 6 (June) is “Roku”, and 9 is “Ku” in Japanese. From every place within Okinawa prefecture, many rock’n’rollers will concentrate to Okinawa city!! If you love rock’n’roll, it is a big event not to be overlooked. The Okinawan rock’n’roll bands such as ZODIAC, S.K.P, 8 Ball, mickey-row, Ven Deehen, Okinawa Rock Association All Stars among others. will appear.