A Whole Slew of Japan Benefit Shows Start Tonight

03/23/2011 3:11 PM |

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Don’t miss these musical do-gooder opportunities. Artists like Yo La Tengo, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, Lou Reed and more are performing at relief shows throughout the month. Here’s how to get at them.

TONIGHT: YO LA TENGO at MAXWELL’S
Yo La Tengo’s playing a benefit show at 9pm tonight at Maxwell’s. All proceeds go to Peace Winds Japan, and tickets ($50) went on sale at 10am this morning. Why are you still reading? Go, go, go. Get them before they’re sold out!

TONIGHT: WYNTON MARSALIS at EN JAPANESE BRASSERIE
Wynton Marsalis is playing at the Love for Japan Benefit at EN Japanese Brasserie tonight at 6pm. Martha Stewart’s coming too, where she’ll be part of a silent auction with art dealer Gavin Brown. Beer, sake and Japanese hors d’oeuvres will be served. Might be best to save the sake bombs for another night though. Call 212-647-9196 for tickets. All proceeds go to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund and the Japanese Red Cross.

MARCH 27, APRIL 8, APRIL 9: JOHN ZORN PRESENTS THREE CONCERTS FOR JAPAN
This concert series looks incredible. The first show, taking place this Sunday, March 27th at Miller Theater and featuring Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Sonic Youth, already sold out, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get tickets for the other two. April 8th at Abrons Art Center, starting at 6:30pm, over 22 musicians are scheduled to perform, including Thurston Moore, Norah Jones and Buke and Gass. If you miss that, then you have another opportunity Saturday, April 9th, when The Japan Society puts on an all-day 12-hour show, featuring Philip Glass and Lou Reed. For more information about the series, the Earthquake Relief proceeds, and to buy a ticket, click here for Saturday and here for Sunday. See? So easy.

If you can’t go to these, then by all means check out other ways in which musicians are raising money for Japan relief.