Hiroshima
Hiroshima; Credit: Ken Fong

“No one had ever attempted to do what we had done with Japanese music and jazz before us,” Hiroshima frontman Dan Kuramoto once said in an interview looking back on the project’s 1974 origins. “Every single day that we would get together would be an absolute experiment.” Inspired to create an Asian American equivalent to the fusion music acts such as Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire, featuring musicians like virtuosic Koto player June Kuramoto, Hiroshima have remained devoted to that experiment for the past 48 years on more than 20 albums. In that time, their efforts earned them chart hits like the synthy jazz funk jam “One Wish,” gold records, Grammy nominations, and opening sets for the likes of Miles Davis. Locally, it made them favorites of the original Quiet Storm on WHUR. The band are planning to scale back their activity in the coming years, but don’t call it farewell—instead they’re on their Domo Tour, a thank-you to the audiences that have supported them for their long and accomplished tenure (and bought upward of 4 million records). In other words, this may not necessarily be your last chance to see them play, but why wait to celebrate their legacy? Hiroshima play at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Birchmere in Alexandria. birchmere.com. $59.50. 

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