Hanshin Contents Link Corporation, the master licensee of the Billboard brand in Japan, is set to debut its third venue in Yokohama this spring, and announced the inaugural lineup for the 300-seat club and restaurant.
“Nights weaving history and tradition” is the theme of Billboard Live YOKOHAMA, opening its doors April 12 in the Kitanaka area. Like its acclaimed predecessors in Tokyo and Osaka, the new venue will strive to host exciting and memorable concerts that can be enjoyed in an intimate setting along with the chef’s excellent cuisine.
The inaugural concert will be with legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach for an extremely rare three-night run in a club-sized space.
The first round of the opening series features 14 top domestic and international acts on the roster, including Japanese jazz maestro Sadao Watanabe, J-pop singer Superfly, French pop icon Jane Birkin, Prince‘s former band The Revolution, new jack swing music producer Teddy Riley, jazz fusion guitar great Larry Carlton, Grammy-winning modern jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper, and more.
Reservations for the opening series concerts begins Monday (Jan. 20) Japan time on Billboard Live’s website.
Billboard Live YOKOHAMA Opening Series Lineup
April 12, 14, 15: Burt Bacharach
April 17: Sadao Watanabe
April 23: Superfly
April 24, 25: Jane Birkin
April 26: Teddy Riley
April 28: The Revolution
May 1: My Little Lover
May 3, 4: Steve Lukather and Friends
May 6: Robert Glasper
May 7, 8: Level 42
May 9, 10: Bossa Nova Legends featuring João Donato, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal and Marcos Valle
May 12, 13: Larry Carlton
1st Stage: “The Crusaders Remembered Vol. 2”
2nd Stage: “Greatest Hits / Steely Dan Vol. 2”
May 23: THE KAI BAND
May 31, June 2, 3: Al Mckay Allstars plays music of Earth, Wind & Fire