Coinciding with the Tokyo Music Fair, October 23rd - 26th, Epiphone and Yamano Music sponsored several events in Japan including the John Lennon "Dream Power" Music Award finals as well as performances by "American English" at local dealers and for the US Navy.
The Tokyo Music Fair, historically held every other year in Tokyo, was moved to nearby Yokohama this year. At the "Queen's Circle" performance center, the four finalists in the John Lennon "Dream Power" Music Awards performed. Searching for the best local bands and performers, the Dream Power Awards received over 700 entrants - four of which performed at the event.
Above: Pop rock band "Rumble Guitar".
Above: American English performing songs from the "Mop-Top" era play at the Dream Power Awards. American English is a Chicago-based band sponsored by Epiphone. Billed as "The Complete Beatles Experience", AE plays over 150 shows per year to crowds typically of 5,000-10,000 fans. Pictures above, "George" and "John" use their Epiphone Casinos while "Paul" plays his Epiphone Viola. For more information about AE, visit their website at www.AmericanEnglishBeatles.com.
Above: American English performing songs from the Sgt. Pepper era play at the Dream Power Awards.
Later that evening, Yamano Music (exclusive distributor of Epiphone products in Japan) sponsored a V.I.P. Dealer dinner and party at Tokyo's "Little Darlin" nightclub. At the event, were many of the strongest Epiphone dealers in Japan. Awards were presented to many of the top performing dealers.
Above: Performing as the early "Fab Four" at the V.I.P party was American English.
Taking advantage of the visit to Japan, American English stopped by several music stores in the Tokyo area including Yamano Music's "flagship" store located on the Ginza in downtown Tokyo.
Above: American English puts on a mini-concert in front of Yamano Music.
Above: It didn't take long for traffic to come to a stop as American English entertained the downtown Tokyo audience.
Also while in Japan, Epiphone in cooperation with the US Navy MWR department, arranged for an American English concert at the Naval base in Yokosuka.
Above: As a show of appreciation for supporting the troops, Epiphone and Yamano personnel get a personal tour of the nation's oldest, active aircraft carrier - the USS Kittyhawk. Pictured from left to right: Mako Yamano (COO Yamano Music), Jim "Epi" Rosenberg (president Epiphone), Dave Berryman (president Gibson) and Mike Voltz (acoustic product manager Epiphone).
Above: American English perform for the US Navy.
Above: The sold out crowd at Fleet Theatre US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan sing along and then, show their appreciation by calling AE out for 2 encores.