Hiroshima Concert at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

The INFINITI Summer Concert Series presented by ROLEX South Coast Plaza at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach presents Hiroshima on Friday, July 29, bringing elements of Western and Japanese music to jazz fusion. Make it a Japanese-inspired day by visiting Laguna Art Museum’s current exhibition Noguchi: California Legacy followed by the smooth sounds of Hiroshima.
Formed nearly 30 years ago, Hiroshima uniquely bridges cultural divides through music, infusing Asian, Latin American, African American and other sounds. Throughout Hiroshima’s music is the band’s trademark sound of the traditional Japanese instrument, the “koto.”
Founded by Sansei Japanese American Dan Kuramoto on wind instruments, the group consists of six members, with Peter Hata on guitar, June Kuramoto on koto, Johnny Mori on percussion and taiko, Dave Iwataki on keyboards, and Danny Yamamoto on drums. The band’s early jazz-pop R&B sound gave the group a huge following among the African American community and they are regarded as musical pioneers among the Asian American and Japanese American community.
Celebrating 20 years as the longest running music series in California, and recognized for bringing revered musicians to southern California every year, this premier series runs through September 30 at Hyatt’s intimate outdoor amphitheater.
Following are the remaining Friday dates and performance schedule:

• August 5 – ‘Soul Of Summer’ starring Jonathan Butler with Maysa and Eric Darius
• August 12 – Andre Delano with Special guest Tom Braxton
• August 19 – Steve Tyrell
• August 26 – ‘Sax Pack’ – Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Shilts with Nick Colionne
• Sept. 2 – Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
• Sept. 9 – ‘Summer Jam’ starring Richard Elliott and Norman Brown
• Sept. 16 – Christopher Cross
• Sept. 23 – ‘Jazz Attack’ Gerald Albright, Peter White, Rick Braun
• Sept. 30 – The Manhattan Transfer
In addition, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach debuts a $2 million renovation of the hotel’s lobby, bar, and patio areas exhibiting a fresh California Beach chic look and feel. With a casual elegance the hotel resembles a beach home retreat. The lounge area features a fireplace clad in European, chiseled limestone with Japanese ash ledges that strategically provide a display of custom, regional art. Communal tables, modular sofas and ‘Bird-Nest’ chairs beckon visitors to relax and enjoy.
Tickets are now on sale, ranging from $45 to $65, and can be purchased at www.hyattconcerts.com, or by calling the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach box office at (949) 729-6400. The hotel is located at 1107 Jamboree Road in Newport Beach and can be reached at (949) 729-1234 for reservations and more information, or at www.newportbeach.hyatt.com.