“Kiyoshi Maekawa and Keiko Fuji in 1969: The Rock and Blues Animating the Showa Era”
- Venue: Main Theater, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater
- Show dates: September 15 (Sun), 16 (Mon; public holiday), 2019
- Performers: Junretsu, Marcia and more
Vocalists Kiyoshi Maekawa and the late Keiko Fuji were icons of the Showa kayō (mid-20th century Japanese pop) genre. They are less well-known, however, for being musically talented singers with roots in Western rock and blues who transcended the framework of the more traditionally inflected Japanese enka music. This showcase will consist of covers of these legendary Japanese musicians’ repertories and beloved Western classics, as interpreted by a number of young artists. Produced and headlined by kayō style vocal group Junretsu—who achieved their first appearance on the prestigious television special NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen in 2018—, “Kiyoshi Maekawa and Keiko Fuji in 1969” will be a new musical experience for young and old, men and women alike.
*Kiyoshi Maekawa will not make an appearance.
Junretsu is a kayō style vocal group formed in 2007. It consists of four members: Kazuyoshi Sakai, Shota Gogami, Yujiro Shirakawa, and Ryohei Odai, many of whom formerly portrayed heroes on sentai shows (a distinctive television genre featuring color-coded costumed superhero teams). With their classic approach to the mūdo kayō sub-genre, they won the support of a primarily older female audience and made their major label debut with the 2010 single Namida no Ginzasen (Tears on the Ginza line). Junretsu proceeded to build up their fanbase through regular performances at public bathhouses nationwide, achieving their first appearance on the prestigious NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen in 2018.