Rocking With Ryu at The Duck Tap House and Grill

This Saturday night, May 14, Ryu will share his unique style of musicianship for the guests at The Duck Tap House and Grill, located at 10426 – 118 Avenue. Expect a fun evening of great guitar music with vocals, harmonica and lots of exciting solo excerpts. And among those songs you’ll hear are time-honoured classics like Stairway to Heaven – a musical masterpiece that very few guitarists ever attempt – as well as Hotel California, Pink Panther, Beat It, Georgia, Dust in the Wind, I Shot the Sherriff, well you get the idea. He has a multi-genre repertoire so you’ll hear lots of your favourites. So we’ll see you at 8:00 on Saturday, with the music continuing until 11:00. Support local businesses and talent! And follow Ryu on Facebook at Ryu Yokoo:Hibiki Guitar Stylings or Instagram at 2020ryuyokoo and stay up to date on the performances this charismatic and creative musician is presenting around the Edmonton area.

Relax with Ryu at Stanhope Eatery and Bar

Next Saturday May 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 Ryu will be charming the diners at Stanhope Eatery and Bar with his amazing arrangements of classic songs. His instrumental are thrilling and his vocals and harmonica add to the pleasure of this talented musician. Stanhope’s menu is hard to beat – it divers and delicious. Reservations recommended. Lots of free parking. See you there!

Japanese Culture in the Schools and in the Community

May is Asian Heritage Month. Ryu is excited about being invited into Edmonton-area schools to share his culture with the students throughout this month. A little bit of history, some significant contributions to society, how to write their name in Japanese characters, some basic Japanese language phrases, and musical demonstrations of folk songs are just some of the activities the students will enjoy. If you’d like a similar event in your school, organization or company, let us know by contacting hcmiller@shaw.ca or calling 780-904-6575.

A story about a lumberman and his wife living in the forest.
Sakura – the beautiful spring phenomenon of cherry blossoms adorning Japan.

Stanhope Eatery and Bar Every Sunday Night!

What a great way to spend a Sunday! Starting at 4:00, Ryu hosts Open Stage with a great variety of entertainment, from music to comedy to drama and poetry. More information can be had by calling 780-904-6575 or emailing hcmiller@shaw.ca. Then he follows up solo at 6:00 with two hours of all your favourite songs while you are dining, with the soothing sounds of his elite guitar music. His repertoire includes everything from easy rock to love ballads to crowd favourites to classical. He’s the whole package and perfect for a classy venue like Stanhope with his blues-influenced melodies. Come on out every Sunday to this very sophisticated European style restaurant and enjoy a leisurely experience. Located at 4208 Calgary Trail in Edmonton’s south side with lots of free parking, Stanhope’s menu is amazing and includes something for everybody.

Concert on the Square

Edmonton area residents are fortunate to have events happening downtown year round in Churchill Square. This summer is no exception and are especially welcome after Covid shut down many events this past two years. Ryu is appearing on stage on the Square on Tuesday May 17 from 11:00 to 1:00. What a great way to enjoy a lovely prairie spring day by being outdoors at Churchill Square listening the variety of melodies that Ryu produces.

Farmers’ Markets are Great!

Ryu loves to perform at farmers’ markets. Throughout the summer months he can be found at Morinville, Callingwood, 124 Street Grand market, and Miller Crossing. This year his first appearance will be at Callingwood, located at 69 Avenue and 178 Street, on Sunday May 29 from 10:00 to 12:30. Watch this page for other dates and locations and please follow him at Ryuyokoo:HibikiGuitarStylings on Facebook, Ryu Yokoo2020 on Instagram for more information.

Friday May 20 at High Note Bar and Grill

House Concert or Block Party

With COVID-19 restrictions almost gone, and most of us vaccinated, you can safely host a house concert. Or look ahead to a back yard party! Inviting 10-12 friends, neighbours, or family members to a celebration – or whatever your accommodations will hold – and having your very own musician play for you and your guests will provide a unique way to make the occasion special. Ryu loves to play in these settings. These events are really big in Europe and are catching on in North America now too. If you want more information about how to plan one for your next event, call us at 780-904-6575 or email hcmiller@shaw.ca and we’ll help you organize the event. And the costs are very reasonable – you’ll be surprised! (Ryu himself has been triple vaccinated)!

The very beautiful Wonderful Tonight.

Ryu also has an exciting and meaningful repertoire of love songs that will add to your special wedding day or anniversary party or Grandma or Grandpa’s milestone birthday or anniversary. Or a corporate party. The opening of new venue. This versatile local artist can provide an evening of cultural experiences too, with a few Japanese traditional songs, and a trip around the world exploring where various genres of music originated.

Singing and playing for guests at a house concert.

Ryu’s Ibanez is the perfect instrument for the songs of the 1940s and 50s at seniors’ residences.

Performances at Extended Care Centres

Ryu performs at long term care homes and seniors residences. Giving back to the seniors is something that Ryu feels is important. This year, 2022, he is already booked for several appearances at numerous facilities around the Edmonton area, from Vegreville to Spruce Grove and numerous locations in between. The soft mellow tones of his Ibanez guitar lends itself nicely to the tunes that our seniors grew up listening to and he has classical favourites added in. Call us at 780-904-6575 to book some time-honoured selections in concert for your loved ones. Watch this space for more events.

Celebrate Japanese Culture

Although Ryu was born in Japan, he has been in Canada for over 20 years. He is often asked to perform a traditional Japanese melody and he is happy to oblige. He also teaches Japanese so if you planning to travel to the industrious and beautiful country of Japan, give us a call to set up a few lessons so you have a basic vocabulary before you go! You'll be glad you did.  
Ryu appreciates the many live music venues in the Edmonton area and wants to help with recovery from the recent Covid restrictions. Got a venue opening or special occasion coming up? Ryu would be happy to help out by sharing his wide repertoire with you and your guests. He is also an experienced open stage host. Call manager Heather Miller at 780-904-6575 or hcmiller@shaw.ca for more information. Let us make your special occasion the best that it can be.