June Kuramoto, Danny Yamamoto, Kimo Cornwell, Dean Cortez and Dan Kuramoto in concert.
June Kuramoto, Danny Yamamoto, Kimo Cornwell, Dean Cortez and Dan Kuramoto in concert.

Hiroshima will appear for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 and 9 p.m. at the E-Spot Lounge in Studio City.

The newly opened hot spot was renamed to reflect the new owner, legendary artist and producer Sheila E.

Band leader Dan Kuramoto stated, “We are honored to perform at Sheila-E’s new E-Spot Lounge and to join such a group of legendary and contemporary artists. Sheila E is providing a great opportunity for artists to perform at a great venue and to build a community for jazz concerts.”

Hiroshima joins a stellar list of artists performing at the new venue. The grand opening on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 featured Sheila E, a multi-faceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer and composer. The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra (Escovedo is Sheila E’s dad), Cecelia Noel, Poncho Sanchez and Triple Threat are among the future scheduled artists.

The group is led by co-founders Dan Kuramoto on saxophone, flute, shakuhachi, and keyboards, and June Kuramoto on koto, and features Kimo Cornwell on keyboards, Danny Yamamoto on drums and Dean Cortez on bass. Dan Kuramoto serves as producer and songwriting is by Dan and June Kuramoto and Cornwell.

The band has received two Grammy nominations: Best Pop Instrumental for “Legacy” (2009, Heads Up International) and Best R&B Instrumental Performance for the song “Winds of Change” from the album “Odori” (1980, Arista).

Hiroshima CDs are available online at www.hiroshimamusic.com, Amazon, iTunes and cdbaby. Visit the Hiroshima website to check out the “Blah, Blah, Blogz” feature and band tour dates, photos, recipes and “Good Eats.” Sign up for the Hiroshima Community and receive special offers.

The E-Spot Lounge, formerly known as Upstairs at Vitello’s, is located at 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, and can be reached at (818) 769-0905. Tickets are available through Vendini.com.

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