Hilton Guam To Host Benefit Concert For Japan Sunday, March 20

Members Of Japan’s Chart-Topping AKB48 To Headline The Event

This information originated in American English.

March 18, 2011

TUMON BAY, Guam - Members of AKB48, Japan’s top-selling pop band will join with six local bands and an island cultural dance group to headline “Japan Aid”, an all-day concert this Sunday, March 20 at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Proceeds of the concert will benefit victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

The concert will be staged at “Hilton Park,” near the entrance of the 32-acre complex that is Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. Admission for the event that runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m, is a $15 donation. Food, drink, souvenirs, family activities and raffle tickets will be available at the venue. All proceeds will be donated to the Guam chapter of the American Red Cross, for transfer to the Japan relief effort.

"We have been deeply affected by the tragedy in Japan and immediately moved to provide assistance during this time of need," says Nicolaus Priesnitz, general manager of Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. "The hotel's Blue Energy Committee, made up of hotel employees, tirelessly began to plan a benefit concert to raise funds to assist our neighbors in Japan during their time of need. With the assistance of the rest of the hotel team, local businesses, bands and the community, we have realized the event, remarkably done in just 72 hours.”

Performers will include international dance band The REtroSPECT (sic) and several of Guam’s most popular performers, including Freedom Fries, DST Music, FIYAHdub, the Electric Boonie Dogs, Passenger 3 and the Chamorro cultural dance group Natibu.

The all-girl AKB48 has been Japan’s top selling artist for five years, with 20 hit singles, several iconic music videos and a live stage show performed nightly in Tokyo’s Akihabara district. Two members of AKB48, Iwasa Misaki and Suzuki Mariya, will perform and sign autographs at the “Japan Aid” concert at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. The ensemble group is often compared to sensations such as American Idol or Glee. Their most recent single, “Sakura no Ki ni Naro”, reached #1 in Japan just three weeks ago.

Sponsors of the event include (alphabetically): Ambros, Archway, Inc., Budweiser, Docomo Pacific, Hit Radio 100, Luen Fung Enterprises, Quality Distributors, Pacific Daily News, Pepsi Bottling Co., Mandara Spa, MidPac, Miki Taxi, PacAir/PacSports, Pacific Produce Corp, PWS, Shimbros, Tools of the Trade and Triple J.

"I am extremely proud of the hotel team for taking full reins of this endeavor,” adds Priesnitz. “Guam may be divided from Japan by an ocean, but is truly connected by heart."

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