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'Rumble' returns for 13th year

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October 8th, 2013



One of Honolulu's longest-running band competitions returns tonight, Oct. 8, as the 13th annual "Bud Light True Music Mai Tai Rumble" gets underway at Ala Moana Center.

Music Over Judgement and Oppression (M.O.J.O.) won the open category of last year's "Mai Tai Rumble." (Star-Advertiser File)

Music Over Judgement and Oppression (M.O.J.O.) won the open category of last year's "Mai Tai Rumble." (Star-Advertiser File)

Island 98.5's Phat Joe will host the nine-week battle, which has helped launch the musical careers of bands like Nesian N.I.N.E., Kawao, All Natro and 82-Fifty. Both professional and amateur musicians are invited to compete for more than $18,000 in cash and prizes, with judges evaluating each band's vocal quality, instrumental ability, delivery of selected music, emcee ability and overall stage presence. Two semifinal rounds on Oct. 29 and Nov. 26 will set up a final round showdown at the Mai Tai Bar on Dec. 3.

Along with the bands, Mai Tai Bar DJ battle champions Flip and Technique will keep the party going between sets. The competition starts at 9 p.m.

Following each week's "Rumble," stick around for live music during the "Aftershock Concert Series" with some of Honolulu's top island music and reggae bands, including Ooklah the Moc tonight and Nov. 26, and Nesian N.I.N.E. next Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19.

Other bands scheduled to perform include B.E.T. (Oct. 22), Micah G (Oct. 29), Mike Love with Paula Fuga and Sam Ites (Nov. 5), Siaosi (Nov. 12) and Rebel Souljahz (Dec. 3).

The "Mai Tai Rumble" is co-produced by Tihati Productions and Starlight Entertainment.

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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 and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Uber provides rides in style

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October 1st, 2013



If you're tired of hitching rides with friends or endlessly waiting for a cab to pick you up, download the Uber app for your smartphone and discover a new way to travel by private car.

Uber utilizes a network of local taxi drivers who are licensed and insured. A variety of luxury vehicles transport customers in style. (Courtesy photo)

Uber utilizes a network of local taxi drivers who are licensed and insured. A variety of luxury vehicles transport customers in style. (Courtesy photo)

Now available in 40 cities in 15 countries, Uber connects people who need a ride with a network of drivers. No reservations are needed; simply sign up in the app, enter your credit card information and you're good to go.

The app will automatically assign your reservation and inform you, in real time, where your driver is and how long it will take to get to you. The service even sends a text message once the driver arrives — although you'll probably have more fun watching the GPS tracker as the driver heads your way.

Traveling with friends? The app can automatically split fares, too!

As Uber is a private car service, you're going to end up paying more; along with a $7 base fare, users are charged 80 cents to $3.80 per mile, depending on speed. In town, expect to wait about 15 to 20 minutes for a ride, depending on time of day and the amount of traffic around town.

On a recent trip I waited just 10 minutes for a Cadillac Escalade to show up at my front door in Kaimuki. After jumping out to open my door, my driver offered me a bottle of water and asked if the climate control settings were to my liking. Sweet!

Uber has wrapped up its soft launch on Oahu, so there should be more drivers available as the service gets up to full speed. Follow the company on social media (@uber_honolulu) for the inside scoop on special discount codes that will make your first ride more affordable.

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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 and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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