Three-day Super Musix 2013 opens
By Bill Charles
MUSIX is an Okinawa music event bringing together artists and fans from across Asia to share rock, pop, Okinawa folk and a bit more of everything at locations within Okinawa City
Originally produced with the idea of introducing Okinawan music to the world, it’s become a terrific exchange process marking the island as the cultural center of Asia. The notion’s so strong, organizers decided to signify by its name Okinawa’s the place where MUSIC crosses, and thus the ‘X’, producing MUSIX.
While Music Town Otoichiba is sort of ground zero for the festival, venues are scattered. Some are free, and some have admission fees. FLiP, NOIZ and Core MAgaZinE are at Music Town Otoichiba Friday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. performance. Admission is ¥3,000 at the door, or ¥2,500 advance purchase at Lawson L-code 84096, Ticket Pia P-code 190-640, and at Music Town.
Also Friday, Masumi Ohno is at Otoraku, just around the corner from Music Town at 9 p.m. Admission is ¥2,000. Nenees are at Leyla, 1-15-26 1st Floor Sonda for a 9:30 p.m. free concert. ArteKoza, 1-16-2 Uechi, is featuring Chura Link KOZA at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Donations are in order. Salt & Pepper, 1-15-26 3rd Floor Sonda is featuring Building Blocks at 7:30 p.m. Entrance is ¥1,000, and that includes one drink. Yoriko Ganeko is at Hime, 1-2-1 Moromizato at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Also free are three evening concerts by Tsuneharu Asato at Soyokaze, 2-1-21 Uechi. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aiko Nohen is performing at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Nanta Hama, 1-15-12 Uechi. Admission is free.
Murasaki with Masatoshi Ono performs Saturday at 8 p.m. at 7th Heaven Koza. Admission is ¥3,000 in advance or ¥3,500 at the door. A series of FREE concerts take place at five venues Saturday. Etsuko Aguni and Sawako Kanazawa are at Sideways, 1-5-11 Chuo, at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. JET and Sakura Ishado are at JET, 1-10-3 Chuo at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Players’s Café, 2-6-47 Chuo, is featuring Jack the Nicholson, EKD and Trickster Goonies at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Hitoshi and Arita are at Café Ocean, 2-15-2 Okinawa City, with performances at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Hideaway, 3-1-25 Chuo, 2nd floor, features Handmade Strangers and John Oliver III at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sunday’s Drum Voice Dance, an ethnic collaboration of the entire Asia region including Japan, South Korea and India, feature drums and percussion instruments. The dance is at Music Town Otoichiba with doors open at 6 p.m. for 6:30 p.m. performance. Admission is ¥2,000 in advance or ¥2,500 at the door. Tickets are available at Coop Apre, Yui Work, Lawson, e plus and Music Town Otoichiba.
Performing ar N’Jami, an Okinawan folk choir group, Ichitaro on Japanese Drum, North Indian Dance Orchestra Tarana, Korean Chango Unit Fam, and Tahitian Dance Puahinano.
Super Musix is on Gate Street from 2 p.m. ~ 5 p.m. Sunday, with performers Murasaki, Parsha Club, SOUTH, Asian 4 Front and Civilian Skunk. Admission is free. As part of the afternoon, there will be free distribution of 300 A Lunches, all originals from Okinawa City. The meals free distribution is based on “A lunch championship” competition. Free lunch tickets are available from Music Town Otoichiba, 1st floor, at noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.