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Peaceful Love Rock Festival Seeks Next Generation

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2001-07-07

Attention Rock and Roll Fans! The Peaceful Love Rock Festival is back for its 19th year and organizers are adding a few new twists to the mix. Rather than sticking to old ways, this year’s festival is geared towards one primary purpose: to bring up the next generation of musicians in hopes that they will one day run the show. Since 1983, the Peaceful Love Rock Festival has been a showcase of many talented, local musicians. This year, the promoters and organizers have been hard at work to ensure that the legacy of the Peaceful Love Rock Festival continues for years to come.

One way this is being done is by highlighting some of the local young talent involved in other genres of music. In the past, the festival has been focused almost entirely on Hard Rock, but this year’s festival will introduce fans to many other styles of music including Punk, Ska, Dancefloor-Raggae, Blues-Rock, R&B, Latin, and Bossanova. As Rock and Roll has never been contained under one specific sound or feel, this year’s festival is presenting more of the whole package than ever before, and in doing so is looking to be one of the highlights of all music events on island.

Bands performing at this year’s festival include Messiah, Jack, Duty Free Shop, Ryukyu FreeStyle, Nosewater, Shuri, Zero Faith, In-Hi, Skaymate’s, S.S.D., Jigokuguruma, G-Freak Factory, Wakyo, Mongol 800, Valtinho, Kachimba 1551, David Ralston Band, Maria Howell, Waltz, Parsha Club, Jet, Kachan Band, Murasaki, and the Diamantes.

As today’s youth are the future of tomorrow’s music, ticket prices have been drastically reduced from prior years in hopes that more of the young generation will come out and participate in the festivities, see the scene, and hopefully take over the festival someday.

For the past 19 years, Yoshihiro Tokuyama, president of Sound Package, and his crew have worked hard ensuring that the Peaceful Love Rock Festival legacy continues. Since 1996, Tokuyama’s “Peaceful Love Network” has donated used instruments to children in Mongolia in hopes that some of those kids would gain an interest in music and become musicians of the future. The donations will continue this year and a booth will be set up where those wishing to give may donate harmonic flutes. “Maybe these children will be guest musicians at a future Peaceful Love Rock Festival,” Tokuyama hopes.

As Rock and Roll cannot be classified under one particular style of music, it is great to see so many other genres of music being added to the lineup, and it’s also great to see the festival’s organizers and promoters hard at work to ensure that the legacy of the Peaceful Love Rock Festival continues for years to come. Get ready to Rock and Roll as this year’s festival is looking to be an excellent, intense show!

Tickets are now on sale at Campus Records, Fukuhara Records, Teruya Records, and Sam Goody for $25 for adults and $15 for high school students or younger for one-day or $35 for both days. Tickets bought on the day of the event are $5 more. Organizers wish to remind thos planning to attend that bringing coolers or alcohol to the venue is not allowed.

Event Information:
July 7/8, 2001
Doors Open: 1:00 p.m.
Start Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Okinawa City Open Air Stage
Ticket Info:
¥2,500 for adult 1-day ticket
¥1,500 for high school or younger 1-day ticket
¥3,500 for 2-day ticket

Ticket Sale Locations:
Kadena USO, Campus Records, Fukuhara Records, Teruya Records, and Sam Goody

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