Buffalo Musician Goes to Japan to Perform Despite Disaster

April 7, 2011 Updated Apr 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

April 7, 2011 Updated Apr 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
Another blow to residents of Japan after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sendai late Wednesday night.
Quake victims are now being warned of possible tsunamis triggered by this latest tremor.

"It's just shocking and it's very struggling because I'm here away from everyone," said Kengo Yamada, a Japanese native who now lives in Hamburg, NY.

After weeks of feeling helpless, Yamada jumped at the opportunity of being a part of a Japanese themed concert benefit at the Pearl Street Brewery in Buffalo Thursday night, raising money for Japanese earthquake victims organized by The Good Neighborhood.

Buffalo native, Geno McManus is also performed in the concert benefit. McManus just came back from Narita, Japan on Monday. He has been doing shows in Japan every three or four months for the past 11 years. His Japanese friends thought he was crazy when he kept his concert date in Japan last week despite the chaos and radiation fears gripping the region.

"From the air flying in I saw piles of cars and there's land that's kinda like become marsh land, so there's areas now like cities and stuff...they kind of flood a little bit. At night there's water coming up through the ground in some places," said McManus.

Part of the proceeds raised at the concert benefit are being donated to the Red Cross to aide in earthquake and tsunami relief.