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Kazutoki Umezu - Petit Ohshigoto 2024
A.K.I. Blues Band
Open19:00 /
Ticket on the day:5,500 yen 5,000 yen + tax (one drink included)
Advance ticket:4,950 yen 4,500 yen + tax (one drink included)
*Advance tickets will start selling at the Shinjuku Pit Inn at 11:00AM on February 1,Thursday (we accept reservations).
Kazutoki Umezu (sax, cl), Yoko Tada (ts), Kazuhiko Fujii (g), Mikio Ito (key), Takashi Nakajo (b), Sankon Jr. (ds)
*Tickets (reservations accepted) are available in advance by phone (03-3354-2024) or through the online ticket reservation form for each concert date on our website.
A priority entrance number is given at the time of reservation.

*Admission to the ' Kazutoki Umezu - Petit Ohshigoto 2024' concert will be in the order of ticket number, so if you have already made a reservation for a ticket, please be sure to purchase your reserved ticket at the Pit Inn reception desk.
*Numbers are assigned at the time of reservation.
*Tickets are available for purchase prior to the performance date.

Requests to Our Customers
Please be aware that the venue will be very crowded if you try to purchase your ticket reservations shortly before the opening time of 19:00. In order to avoid the congestion and ensure a smooth opening, we will start accepting reserved ticket purchases at the reception desk starting at 18:00. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we would like to ask for your cooperation in purchasing tickets early in the time difference. After purchase, you will be able to enter the venue in numerical order upon your return at 19:00 when the venue opens. Thank you for your cooperation.

■The A.K.I. Blues Band is a collection of incredible members who are in demand in the rock 'n' roll and blues fields. Since playing a major role in Aki Yashiro's support band, the group has developed and grown into a free group in which everyone sings and plays. This time, each song will be soulfully dedicated with the utmost respect and gratitude to the great singer.

Last October, I went on a UK & Ireland tour with KIKI BAND - Kazutoki Umezu (as), Natsuki Kido (g), Takeharu Hayakawa (b), and Joe Trump (dr). This was the first overseas tour for us in about four years. Since there was no local coordinator this time, all communication with each live music club, hotel reservations, and transportation were done by myself and others. This was a real challenge. Compared to the past, e-mail and the Internet must have made things much easier, but the workload has increased. And it's all at your own risk. The times tell me that I should get used to it, but I highly doubt that I can keep up. To add an extra push, most stores have a PA, but no amplifiers or drums at all times. "Should we rent the amps? That would cost a lot of money. No, but maybe another band will rent it to us..." We went through such days of twists and turns. Even so, the number of audience members grew day by day, and the fact that they cheered for encores at the end of every show was a true blessing for the musicians.

Now, in March, the annual Petit Ohshigoto at the Pit Inn. There will be a day when we play "KIKI" acoustically, and we will have a chance encounter with "Tetsuhiro Daiku," a great star of Okinawan folk music! Then there's the good-hearted "Komatcha Klezmer", the "A.K.I. Blues Band," and for the 14th year in a row, "Tavito Nanao". Without a doubt, each day of this will be great.

There is a great audience waiting for us here, second to none. And Pit Inn has some great equipment that we didn't have in the UK or Ireland.

We look forward to meeting you all. 

- Kazutoki Umezu

photo:Taichi Hashizume

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