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Musical ‘Eruption’ arrives

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October 19th, 2012



<em>Abe Lagrimas, Jr. will be one of the featured performers at next week's inaugural Eruption Music Festival. (Courtesy Dailey Pike)</em>

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. will be one of the featured performers at next week's inaugural Eruption Music Festival. (Courtesy Dailey Pike)

Local recording label Pass Out Records will kick off the inaugural Eruption Music Festival next week with a number of events planned at various locations.

According to organizers, the four-day festival will showcase "music that effaces corporate-defined genres and has a preference for artists who self-define new perspectives on intercultural sound."

Featured performers this year include tenor saxophonist Tim Mayer, Latin jazz pianist Zaccai Curtis, Hawaii's own jazz drummer Abe Lagrimas Jr. and their modern exotica group, WAITIKI 7. In addition, conductorless chamber orchestra Firecracker Pops and the University of Hawaii Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Reginald Padilla, will also make appearances during the festival.

First up is "ERUPTION / DISRUPTION" on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Musicians Union Building at 909 Kapioland Blvd. starting at 8 p.m. Billed as a "public jam session" led by Lagrimas and Curtis, with backing by bassist Randy Wong and other musicians. Admission is $10 (free for participating musicians); $6 for students. Click here to buy tickets.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, "COCKTAIL-TOA: The Eruption of Tiki Drink & Music" will bring 1950's Waikiki back with performances by Wong, Lagrimas, the Kahiki Serenaders, Greg Paré and Lopaka Colon at Lemongrass Cafe, 83 N. King St., starting at 8 p.m.

Along with the music, cocktails featuring bitters from newcomer Hawaii Bitters Company will be served by HBC co-owner Kyle Reutner to go with pupu by Lemongrass Cafe. "Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and Photographs" author Phillip Roberts will also speak, and excerpts from new films "The DVD of Tiki" and "Hawaii: Home Movies from the 1950s, 60s & 70s" will also be screened. Admission is $25.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, the WAITIKI 7 will headline "The New Sounds of Exotica" at Hawaiian Brian's, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd. This is the third time in three years the band has performed in Hawaii, but next week's concert will be the first time the band joins forces with a string quartet and horn trio. The all-new lineup has been dubbed Firecracker Pops. Tickets are $20 at the door.

The festival will conclude on Friday, Oct. 26, with a 7:30 p.m. concert at UH-Manoa's Orvis Auditorium headlined by the Eruption All-Stars and the UH Jazz Ensemble. Visiting artists Mayer, Curtis, Lagrimas and Paré will be among the special guests that evening. Tickets, priced at $12, will be available at the door.

For more details on ticket prices and other festival information, visit www.eruptionmusicfest.com or follow the festival on Twitter.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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‘Rumble’ returns for 12th year

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October 9th, 2012



<em>Vinyl Wine performs during the finals of last year's "Mai Tai Rumble." (Star-Advertiser File)</em>

Vinyl Wine performs during the finals of last year's "Mai Tai Rumble." (Star-Advertiser File)

The Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Center will launch its 12th annual "Mai Tai Rumble" tonight at 9 p.m. with the first qualifying round of competition and an "Aftershock" concert by Natural Vibrations.

Every Tuesday through Dec. 4, bands will compete in two categories — Open Mic and Island/Reggae — for a shot at more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. Semi-final "Rumble" rounds are scheduled to take place Oct. 30 and Nov. 27; the finals are set for Dec. 4.

Music Over Judgement & Opression will face off against Fun Yung & The Nunya's in the Open Mic category tonight, with Noble Roots and Bassick Concept battling it out in the Island/Reggae category. Judges will evaluate the bands based on vocal quality, instrumental ability, delivery of selected music, emcee ability and overall stage presence. Island 98.5's Phat Joe will host the competition.

Here is the complete lineup of "Aftershock" bands; performances start immediately after the "Rumble" competition wraps up around 11 p.m.

» Oct. 9: Natural Vibrations

» Oct. 16: Micah G

» Oct. 23: Rebel Souljahz

» Oct. 30: Ooklah the Moc

» Nov. 6: Nesian N.I.N.E.

» Nov. 13: Rebel Souljahz

» Nov. 20: Nesian N.I.N.E.

» Nov. 27: B.E.T.

» Dec. 4: Ooklah the Moc

For more than a decade, the "Mai Tai Rumble" has helped launch the musical careers for numerous bands, including Pressure Drop, Nesian N.I.N.E., Epic Session, Kawao, 82-Fifty, All Natro and Pohaku.

For more information, call 947-2900 or visit www.maitairumble.com.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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The Republik rebounds

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October 4th, 2012



<em>Yellowcard performs at The Republik on Sept. 25. (Star-Advertiser File)</em>

After a few weeks of uncertainty, Kapiolani Boulevard nightspot The Republik is back on track with its plan to dominate Honolulu's concert scene.

Without proper testing and certification of its fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, the Honolulu Fire Department issued multiple notices of violation in August, resulting in The Republik being restricted to just 299 people — a decrease of nearly 70 percent in crowd size compared to what owners expected — and fire inspectors showing up to enforce the restriction when rock band Third Eye Blind performed on Aug. 31.

On Sept. 14, however, representatives from HFD and the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting attended a functional performance test, which allowed for The Republik's capacity to jump to 1,000 people. According to HFD spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig, conducting the test took care of "two of the three issues" and all that was left was the "administrative" process by DPP to determine the venue's official maximum room capacity.

The Republik has not responded to multiple requests for comment about the situation, but continues to issue press releases and social media updates about upcoming shows. Already announced: Ballyhoo! on Oct. 13, The Green on Oct. 19 and 20, and Odd Future on Oct. 27.

In addition, upcoming shows were announced this week; tickets will be available tomorrow for Tiffany on Nov. 2, Buckcherry on Nov. 3, a DJ set by Dirty Vegas on Nov. 10, Ozomatli on Dec. 1 and Reel Big Fish on Dec. 9.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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