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O.N.O., Hoobastank head for Kona

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November 19th, 2014



Kona Brewing Company’s Brewery Block in Kailua-Kona continues to develop new nightlife options on the Big Island with two upcoming events.

Our Night Out (O.N.O.) Kona returns after a successful first block party in August to present an evening of music, fashion, food and fun on Saturday.

COURTESY HOOBASTANKHoobastank returns to Hawaii for a concert at Kona Brewing Company's Kailua-Kona location in December.

COURTESY HOOBASTANK

Hoobastank returns to Hawaii for a concert at Kona Brewing Company's Kailua-Kona location in December.

This time, O.N.O. has partnered with Hawai’i Fashion Month to feature the work of the following Big Island-based designers:

» Indigo Sage

» Kai Ea Jewelry

» Sea Swept Hawai’i

» Alohiwai

In addition, Rydix Drag & Grind will present a classic car show to go with a skateboard half-pipe and live musical performances that are also planned. Kona Brewing and other food and drink vendors will keep people full and happy, while students from Mele Murals will paint live during the event and collect donations to support the arts advocacy group.

O.N.O. Kona will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the KBC Brewery Block, 74-562 Pawai Place. Admission is free; VIP packages are available for $30. Email O.N.O. Kona for more information or follow them on Instagram.

ALSO COMING UP in Kona is the return of Hoobastank to Hawaii on Dec. 5. The Los Angeles-based band will headline the night, with opening band The Darkroom on stage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 general admission and $59 VIP, which includes early entry into KBC’s Brewhouse Oasis, drink vouchers for Kona brews, a limited edition Hoobastank commemorative poster and pupu buffet.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the concert; purchase tickets online or in person at Soundwave music and KBC’s retail shop and Growler Shack.

“I can’t wait to see how the fans respond to our tropical venue for Hoobastank and The Darkroom,” said Hawaii Restaurant and Retail Managing Director Mattson Davis in a release. “We are honored to be providing the aloha as their tour brings them back to the U.S. This will mark the fourth show at the Brewhouse Oasis for us this year.”

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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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Mercury to be replaced by Proof

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November 7th, 2014



If you weren’t able to get to the Mercury Bar before it’s previously announced closure on Halloween, you’re in luck — the bar’s anti-First Friday party will take place as planned, with performances by The Knumbskulls, Junkies Runnin Dry, Beach Boy Golf Pro, Animal Mother and Pressure Down Sounds.

FFF: GHOST TOWN

Presented by Jet Setter Productions

» Where: Mercury Bar, 1154 Fort Street Mall

» When: 9 p.m. Friday

» Cost: $5

» Info: Facebook.com

“We’ll be open for First Friday as Mercury Bar,” new owner Joshua Hancock confirmed on Thursday. “Then we’ll close for a few weeks.”

Hancock and his business partner, Serena Hashimoto, have stepped in as majority owners of the Mercury Bar. Anthony Karl, who bought the bar from original owner Andrew Bugreyev, will continue to have an ownership interest, but it will be the duo who opened Downbeat Diner and Lounge on Hotel Street who run things on Chaplain Lane from here on out.

That also means on Dec. 1, the space will officially become Proof Public House after more than a decade as the Mercury Bar. Think pool, pizza and beer — all the necessary elements for a relaxing place to hang with friends away from crowds elsewhere in Chinatown.

1106 proof

Proof also refers to the strength of the alcohol they’ll serve, the process of change as it relates to pizza dough, and the authenticity of a venue that speaks truth to the Chinatown lifestyle with ownership who both live and work in the neighborhood.

Hancock answered a few questions about Proof, including an explanation as to why the new pub will not offer live music.

STAR-ADVERTISER: What is the concept behind Proof?

JOSHUA HANCOCK: A public house is actually the long name for a pub in Europe. It was used to denote a home that the public could come to and try home-brewed beers. This was during the early era of small beer brewing in Europe.

Proof is going to be kind of a throwback to the original concept of a public house. We’re planning on having pizza as well as cheap beer. Our main plan is to take out the stage and put in a pool table, open the windows up and change some of the aesthetics to make the room more inviting. We want to go from a club feel to a more open-air feel that’s inviting to the public.

Upstairs will be rented out for private parities and we’ll offer karaoke.

SA: Will Proof be another Downbeat Diner?

JH: It’s really going to be more of a pub vibe. Unlike Downbeat Diner and Lounge where the diner is a little more formal with a full menu and the lounge is a bar with a venue space, Proof will be a different option.

We’re just trying to fill a niche. We want to be affordable, accessible, casual, not fancy. A place to drink cheap beer and socialize.

SA: Do you plan to continue offering live music?

JH: We’re not doing live music. Downbeat has absorbed most of the customers who went to Mercury to see bands play.

At Proof, we wanted to offer a place where they could shoot pool. A more causal environment to get out of the hustle and bustle of the clubs and restaurants. And cheap beer, of course.

SA: Which is more fun, playing music or running a business?

JH: Music will always be my first love, for sure. It’s more therapy for me than anything.

For me and Serena, we do this to support what we’re already doing in the music scene. At Downbeat, we provide a place to eat late at night and see shows. With Proof, we asked ourselves, “Where can we go to shoot pool? Where can we go to hang out and have a beer?”

The businesses that have been doing well in Chinatown are the ones with the owners actively in charge … so I’ll be everywhere. We’ll have some management (at Proof), so hopefully I’ll be spending most of my time at Downbeat, which is the bigger operation. But I’ll be back and forth.

SA: Any plans for further expansion? Would you consider opening a bar outside Chinatown?

JH: I loved the Mercury Bar ever since I first went there more than a decade ago. To be able to take over a business that’s established and have so many good memories feels good.

We’ll probably stick with Chinatown. We’re comfortable here and have great relationships with other businesses. And there’s still plenty of potential. I think the neighborhood matches our interests with its history and architecture and blend of personalities who come down here.

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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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Buffett Fest features all-star lineup

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November 7th, 2014



When the news broke in August that Hawaii Regional Cuisine pioneer, Chef Peter Merriman, would take over operations at Jimmy Buffett’s Restaurant & Bar at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber, I wrote it was a good sign for local musicians.

Fiji headlines "Revive the Live: Fiji & Fashion 2" at The Republik on Friday. (Star-Advertiser File)

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012

Fiji headlines Buffett Fest on Saturday in Waikiki.

Like the former owners, Merriman and his business partner, Bill Terry, are big supporters of live entertainment in their restaurants. That support will be underscored this weekend by Buffett Fest, featuring performances by Shar Carillo (2 p.m.), Mana’o Company with Micah G (4 p.m.), Kapena (6 p.m.) and Fiji (8 p.m.).

“We are excited to celebrate the re-opening of Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber Resort through music,” Terry said on Tuesday. “Music is such an important aspect of the Jimmy Buffett brand and Handcrafted Restaurants. We couldn't think of a better way to share our new food and beverage menus with Oahu than with a killer concert!”

Along with the music, Buffett’s at the Beachcomber will offer happy hour specials from 2 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Draft beers will start at $4, along with $3 Landshark Lager, $5 well liquor and house wine, and $8 specialty cocktails.

Admission to Buffett Fest is free; the Beachcomber is located at 2300 Kalakaua Ave. Call (808) 791-1200.

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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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