Gerald Ishibashi of Stonebridge Entertainment has announced a concert event entitled “The Great Nisei Reunion,” to be held at The Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 16.
The concert, featuring The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Mills Brothers, with special guests The Island Crooners, will be a tribute to the Nisei generation.
“The idea started as an ‘oldies concert’, but the basic format offered such a wealth of options to create a truly special event to share with loved ones that I turned it into a reunion opportunity, a way to say ‘thank you’ to ‘The Greatest Generation,’” Ishibashi says. “I would love to see Sansei and Yonsei mingling with their elders, so I am offering a special ticket deal that will be good until Nov. 1, 2014. For every ticket purchased, you will receive a ticket of equal value for your favorite Nisei. This offer is only good until Nov. 1, though.”
In addition, there will be a special bento lunch by Don Tahara of the Far Bar (formerly Far East Café) available for purchase prior to the show.
The show will start at 2 p.m. at The Aratani, formerly the Japan America Theatre, located at 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo. Ticket prices are $60 and $45. With the sentiment and pent-up demand for such an event, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. For tickets and information, call (310) 627-7272 or go online to www.StonebridgeEntertainment.com.
“So many of our Nisei are in their 80s and 90s now,” says Ishibashi. “I have wanted to do this concert for some time now. This is the music of their youth — a walk down memory lane for our Nisei parents and relatives. What a great way to share a moment in time with these special folks!”