Can’t Stop the Music

Longtime musician Arthur Nakane receives a Certificate of Appreciation, signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and delivered by David Abbott of the Los Angeles Geographic Information System Department.

After eight years of entertaining crowds in Little Tokyo’s Japanese Village Plaza, some high praise has come to musician Arthur Nakane.

A Certificate of Appreciation, signed by L.A. Mayor Garcetti, was delivered to Nakane, who was performing his iconic one-man band music in Little Tokyo on Feb. 28.

“Completely surprised,” said the disbelieving entertainer. “When this man came on to the stage and said he was from City Hall, I honestly thought he was going to shut down my performance there,” he confesses with a laugh.

Five years ago, the city banned for two months all the music at the popular plaza, after someone complained that the sounds of their weekly karaoke shows and some invited bands were too loud.

David Abbott of the city’s Geographic Information System Department, who saw Nakane perform and did some research on the musician’s life and achievements before recommending him to the mayor, presented the 11-by-17-inch certificate as the show audience gave a round of warm applause.

A native of Japan, Nakane came to L.A. in 1963 to study. Encouraged by the owner of the Crenshaw district restaurant Kabuki, he soon started his music career as a singer-