Free tickets will be available starting on Monday for an upcoming concert in August that will celebrate Lodi's 50-year relationship with Kofu, Japan.
The Yamanashi International Exchange Band from Japan will play a concert with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. It will be held at 7 p.m. on August 15 at Hutchins Street Square.
The concert coincides with the Mayor Masanobu Miyajima of Kofu and four other council members visiting Lodi to honor the anniversary of the sister city relationship.
The band from Japan includes junior highthrough college-age students who are playing concerts in Des Moines, Iowa, Fairfield and Lodi during their trip to the U.S.
The band is a brass and woodwind band. All of the band members come from the Yamanashi Prefecture, which is similar to a county, and Kofu is located in it. Lodi's sister city lies just west of Mount Fuji.
The Air Force band has come to Lodi for holiday concerts in the past and feature 45 musicians.
"They are exceptional musicians, and they will be augmented with some neat young people from Japan," Mayor Bob Johnson said.
He emphasized that the concert is free and will be open to the entire community.
"It's an opportunity for good music and good comradship with other citizens of Lodi," he said.
Tickets are free and will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday. They can be picked up at the Hutchins Street Square box office, 125 S. Hutchins Street. There is a limit of two per person, and they are first come first serve.