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Rockin Peaceful Love Rock Festival opens Saturday

Date Posted: 2008-07-04

Okinawa’s most energetic outdoor concert, a two-day Peaceful Love Rock Festival, cranks up Saturday with 18 international musicians and Japanese artists and bands.

The Peaceful Love Rock Festival, now in its 26th year, takes place at the Okinawa City Athletic Field, bringing together a diverse bunch of musicians ranging from a band that just won an audition as the best new band, an Okinawan indies group that has transfixed the Japanese music scene, Okinawan rock singers who’ve turned professional, some of mainland Japan’s top performers, and other bands from American and Asia.

Doors open both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., with the concerts beginning at 1:30 p.m. Advance one day tickets are ¥3,800, or ¥4,300 at the gate. A two-day pass is ¥6,000. Tickets are on sale at Lawson, Family Mart, Hot Spar, Ticket Pia, Fukuhara Music, Teruya Music, Canpas Records, Takara Records and Spin City.

On stage Saturday will be Afromania, Hevenshenp, Kariyushi 58, High and Mighty Color, Green Peace, Skymates, Bleach, All Japan, Goith, D-51 and Mongol 800. On Sunday, entertainment is provided by Hearts Grow, Making Love, Rebers, Jet, Kween, Katchan’s Band, and The Marie’s bands.

Peaceful Love Rock Festival got its start in 1983, when the rock band Murasaki took center stage with the festival theme ‘Murasaki Why Now’. The festival took only three years to gain its first national aware for contributing to music and the community, a feat considered special because of the poor perception of rock ‘n roll music in Japan at the time.

Fan loyalty boosted the Peaceful Love Rock Festival through some rocky times in 1992, and music agency promoter Yoshihiro Tokuyama staked his reputation—and his company—on the viability of the festival. He was right, attracting more than 100 Okinawan and 30 American volunteers who guided the festival to profitability. By the late ‘90’s, internationally known bands such as JET were jumping at the chance to hit the Okinawa festival. JET teamed with Diamantes, a local Okinawa-Latino group, and six other bands to turn the tide in 1998, making the Peaceful Love Rock Festival a permanent part of the Okinawa landscape.

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