Tuesday, August 30, 2011

John Cruz brings Aloha to Japan

Hawaii's superstar soloist, John Cruz, has scheduled a series of concerts in Japan starting on Friday, September 2 in Yokohama at Thumbs Up. Catch the tour venue on his johncruz.com website. He'll be wrapping it up with a sunset performance at the Greenroom Camp Festival in Minamiboso on September 10, an eco-conscious event to promote saving Japan's beaches and protecting the environment.

A songwriter and actor, Cruz is best known for his 1996 soulful hit "Island Style" which has become an anthem of Aloha throughout the islands and the world. In 2005, John added the Grammy Award to his list of honors. His original song "Jo Bo's Night" was featured on the compilation CD Slack Key Guitar Volume 2, which won the first Grammy ever awarded for Hawaiian music.

The Oahu born singer has not forgotten his roots and is well known as a pro bono headliner at benefit concerts for numerous nonprofit groups. His first gig upon returning to the islands will be at the Kauai Lifeguard Association FIrst Wave Celebration on October 9, a fundraiser to buy jet skis and ATVs for local lifeguards who perform their rescues in some of the roughest waters in Hawaii.