Doctor performs benefit concert for his homeland
Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:13 a.m.
Untitled video from August 13, 2011
Local band, Dr. Yahagi & the Mended Hearts, rehearse an original song for a benefit they are holding Friday at the Victoria Fine Arts Center to help raise funds for Japanese Tsunami relief.
If you go:
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive
Cost: $25 at the door; $20 presale, tickets available at Chick-fil-A, 6104 N. Navarro St., Victoria
For more information, call 361-788-9335
Dr. Yusuke Yahagi & the Mended Hearts will have a benefit concert Friday for the victims of the Japan tsunami.
The trio plans to heal hearts and satisfy souls at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. The concert will include old school rock 'n' roll and original numbers like "Songs from the Heart" and "ICU."
"Not only do I want to fix their physical heart. I want to fix their emotional heart," said the cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon.
Yahagi started practicing with Rick Collie and Donald Tharp two months ago.
"We had an instant connection. It was like magical," Tharp said.
Yahagi hopes to fill the 1,500-person capacity venue to raise funds for his homeland. So far, he's sold a few hundred tickets.
Crossroads residents and community groups such as the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs have helped Yahagi raise close to $4,000.
Yahagi plans to return to his native country by next spring.
According to Boston-based, scientific consultants AIR Worldwide, the natural disaster caused an estimated $25 billion in damages.
Victoria may be 7,000 miles away from Japan, but Yahagi said all of mankind is connected somehow.
"We need to unite to help one another," he said.