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Otto Cake turns to Kickstarter for fundraising help

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February 4th, 2016



KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / 2013Punk rock baker Otto in his Kaimuki store in 2013.

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Punk rock baker Otto in his Kaimuki store in 2013.

Downtown Honolulu hasn’t been kind recently to punk rock baker Scott "Otto" McDonough, who celebrated 26 years of selling his cheesecake and baked goods under the Otto Cake brand in Honolulu last week.

After shuttering his original Kalihi storefront in 2004, a debilitating back injury kept him from reopening another retail location until 2009. He moved to Smith Street in Chinatown, but was forced to close that location in 2013 after a series of run-ins with drug dealers and drug users that caused him to fear for the safety of himself and his employees.

0202 otto 002Media coverage of Otto’s plight and his move from Smith Street to 12th Avenue in Kaimuki led to a surge in business, and less than two years later he was back in downtown Honolulu with a new space on the ground floor of the Davies Pacific Center. The expansion was meant to be the precursor to another expected boost in sales, since many of Otto’s customers continued to work and live in the area and were eager for him to reopen in the neighborhood.

But just as the busy holiday season was supposed to get underway, disaster struck his downtown operation once again. About a week before Thanksgiving, the sprinkler system in the building malfunctioned, causing thousands of dollars in water damage. A month-long closure led to a significant loss of revenue and continues to threaten Otto Cake’s overall viability as a business.

"It's the day I revolve around all year," Otto said of the business he generates on Thanksgiving. "I have to make double the money that month so I can pay the rent in January. But I couldn't take Christmas orders either.

"I knew on Thanksgiving, I was sitting there by myself in Kaimuki and I just knew it was going to be bad. How bad it was, was they sent me a bill for the entire time I was closed. They want interest on everything.

In order to help Otto catch up with his bills, friends established a Kickstarter fundraising campaign with his blessing to collect $7,000 for the business by 3 p.m. Feb. 15. Backers have so far pledged nearly $5,000 of the money requested in return for rewards like fresh-baked brownies, strawberry ginger lemonade, iced coffee and Otto Cake T-shirts. Those who pledge at least $100 will also have their names listed on a perpetual plaque that will be posted in the store; as of Tuesday night, rewards were still available for pledges of $200 or more.

Even if he hits his Kickstarter goal, however, Otto still isn't out of the woods. After making necessary repairs, missing his January rent payment and scrambling to figure out how to make this month's rent, he estimated he now needs between $17,000 to $20,000 to dig himself out of this hole. Yet he makes no excuses for his shortcomings, stating matter-of-factly that "I can't read well and don't know numbers very well, so I'm not the most well-educated person."

"I was homeless before I started my bakery," he continued. "I've already packed my house up and am ready to do it again. I was already anticpating that (the bakery) was gone. This (fundraiser) is now that last ditch miracle effort that might save it, but I thought it was gone.

"I wanted to last until the 26th anniversary last week, and then I was accepting of the fact that it was going to go. But now people know. My parents didn't know until a couple weeks ago. I didn't tell my band members. I told no one. I mean, it wasn't my customers' fault there was a flood."

Otto seemed almost overwhelmed when asked about the outpouring of support he's received since the news got out. He's appreciative of what's been done so far, but also realizes there's still a lot more help needed in order to save his business. Along with financial support, he mentioned needing legal and accounting advice to help address the issues at his downtown store.

Along with the Kickstarter campaign, Otto Cake supporters will have an opportunity to make donations during a fundraiser concert at Downbeat Lounge on Feb. 11. Let’s Save Otto Cake will feature performances by Otto’s band 86 List, The Bougies, T.V. Microwave and Even Odders. Doors open at 9 p.m.

For more information about Otto Cake or the fundraiser, call or text Otto direct at (808) 834-6886 or visit the fundraiser’s Facebook event page and Kickstarter campaign profile.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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More thoughts on UB40

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January 29th, 2016



KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERUB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue on stage at Blaisdell Arena on Thursday. The band returns for a second sold-out show tonight.

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue on stage at Blaisdell Arena on Thursday. The band returns for a second sold-out show tonight.

UB40 fans lucky enough to hold tickets for tonight’s sold-out Honolulu concert at Blaisdell Arena are definitely in for a treat, as UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue delivered an entertaining two-hour set on Thursday and will undoubtedly do the same again this evening.

Here are a few more thoughts on the show that didn’t make it into my review, which can be found here.

IS THAT UNCLE BARRY?

If I were drinking something when UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue first hit the stage, I would have done a spit-take worthy of viral video glory.

Even though I had my glasses on and was sitting just a few rows away from the stage, I truly had a hard time believing it wasn’t President Barack Obama on keys after faking out the world and extending his annual holiday vacation so he could give Virtue a break. And this was before the smoke with the funky smell started to waft above the crowd, so I knew a contact high was out of the question!

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KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Whenever I found myself losing focus on some of the more obscure songs performed on Thursday, I fixed my gaze on the Uncle Barry lookalike and cracked up. Maybe I’m easily entertained, but I got a kick out of it the entire show.

SUPPORT LOCAL

Kudos to concert promoters Ray Jr. and Tantriq Entertainment for giving local bands a shot at opening for such a legendary band. In order to cut costs, promoters based on the continent often skip on hiring an opening act, opting for just the featured artist — or even worse, letting the artist handle the job and suffering through a family member who was suddenly appointed tour DJ for the trip.

Sure, UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue and/or their management probably had to sign off on the bands, but Ray Jr. and Tantriq were smart in presenting local rising reggae stars The Vitals (pictured below) as an option for Thursday’s show. They represented the 50th State well and got the Blaisdell crowd more pumped than they would have been listening to a playlist off the audio engineer’s iPod plugged into the sound board.

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Going tonight? Try to get there when things start at 8 p.m. so you can catch perennial local favorite Kapena opening things up.

PUT YOUR HANDS DOWN

It used to be a good thing when everyone at a show would have their hands up as the band played. Not anymore.

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JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

In 2016, most of those hands are holding a smartphone and blocking the view of people behind them — and more often than not, it’s for the entire performance. It’s getting harder and harder to enjoy a concert when you’re forced to constantly avoid glowing phone screens being waved around on all sides.

Sure, maybe I’m being a little hypocritical. When I cover a concert, I bring two iPhones with me to create content for social media, along with a separate point-and-shoot camera and other equipment. But I’m working! Whenever I spend my own money to see a band play, I might take a picture or two, but then I'll put my phone away and focus on what's happening in real life right in front of me.

What gets me is that people will pay good money for tickets to a show... and then spend the whole time experiencing it through a phone screen. If you’re going to do that, why not buy a concert Blu-Ray or DVD and stay home instead?

Just. Put. It. Down.

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Jason Genegabus 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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Fluffy inks ABC pilot deal

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January 15th, 2016



KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, on stage at the Hawaii Theatre on Thursday.

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Gabriel Iglesias, aka Fluffy, on stage at the Hawaii Theatre on Thursday.

As stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias neared the end of his 93-minute set at the historic Hawaii Theatre on Thursday, he allowed himself to slip out of Fluffy mode for a bit in order to share a few juicy bits of news with fans — as well as at least one Honolulu Star-Advertiser reporter in the room.

Nestled between a funny story about the increasing automation of bathrooms and two classic jokes involving a police encounter after picking up a box of fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts and his adventures driving a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle, Iglesias let it slip that he has a deal to film a sitcom pilot for ABC based on his life when he’s not on tour.

“The Fluffy Shop” will be based on his real life, Iglesias said, because he didn’t feel comfortable playing the role of someone else on television. He wanted fans to see him as himself.

Iglesias also mentioned a number of animated projects he’s part of that are in various stages of development. “Norm of the North,” which opens today in theaters, pairs his voice with a polar bear. He’s also set to appear in an upcoming follow-up to 2014’s “The Nut Job,” and he’s signed to work on a remake of the classic Disney cartoon “Ferdinand the Bull.”

Despite performing in front of a nearly sold-out Hawaii Theatre crowd, this week’s show “wasn’t supposed to happen,” Iglesias said.

Thursday’s four opening comics — Martin Moreno, G Reilly, Alfred Robles and Rick Gutierrez — are all in town this week shooting scenes with Iglesias for the second season of his Fuse TV show, “Fluffy Breaks Even.” Expect to see Fluffy and friends eating at Koko Head Cafe and taking part in a mud run at Kualoa Ranch among other adventures when the season premiere episode airs in April.

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Jason Genegabus 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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Bar Leather Apron opens downtown

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January 6th, 2016



PHOTOS BY KRYSTLE MARCELLUS / KMARCELLUS@STARADVERTISER.COMBar Leather Apron owner Justin Park presents a Clover Club cocktail accompanied by candied bitter orange peel. Cocktails at Bar Leather Apron will be served with a complimentary appetizer.

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Bar Leather Apron owner Justin Park presents a Clover Club cocktail accompanied by candied bitter orange peel. Cocktails at Bar Leather Apron will be served with a complimentary appetizer.

It only took a few days for guests to steamroll this week’s soft opening of Bar Leather Apron at Topa Financial Center.

Owners Justin Park and Tom Park (no relation) put out a private invite on New Year’s Day via social media, inviting friends and family to make reservations at the new space that used to be Mezz 127. By Monday, the first day of the soft opening phase, Tom Park had to put out another message letting people know reservations were nearly full.

The overwhelming response only underscores how eagerly anticipated the new bar is among mixology fans.

“It’s the home stretch to the starting line,” said Justin Park. “Different people are going to see us for different things.”

Park, 34, was previously the bar manager at Manifest in Chinatown and has more than a decade of experience in the bar industry. He raised his profile tremendously after winning the title of World’s Best Mai Tai in 2012, and is widely considered the best bartender in the United States for 2014 after winning the United States Bartenders Guild’s Shake It Up competition and finishing fourth overall in the World Cocktail Championship.

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Tom Park essentially grew up at Topa, where his mother still runs a flower shop in the building after more than 25 years. He also owns luxury shoe retailer Leather Soul, which had a storefront in the same building before moving nearby to Merchant Street. After signing their lease over the summer, the two have enlisted the help of friends to get a lot of the remodeling work done themselves to turn the space into what they want for their intimate, service-oriented business model.

“We’ve both been very hands-on with the build out,” said Tom Park. “With my shoe store, I conceptualized with the architect, and then it was executed by the architect and the contractors. With this, we were involved in the process the whole way.”

Walk into the 1,054 square-foot space and you’ll find a beautiful 16-foot, J-shaped bartop fashioned from a slab of monkeypod by local woodworker Dae Son. It’s a worthy stage for Justin Park to showcase his skills, yet cozy enough for customers to get the one-on-one interaction expected from such a refined establishment. Customized glassware from Japan lines the shelves, with bottles of whiskey and other spirits on the bar that you’d have an extremely difficult time sourcing on your own.

Bar Leather Apron is also leading the way when it comes to ice in a local bar, with Justin Park promising that all his cocktails will be served with hand-carved ice. A preview visit to the bar last week turned up oversized blocks and spheres created to fill different shaped glasses, plus an expensive commercial freezer installed smack dab in the middle of the bar itself.

Justin Park explained the placement was out of necessity, so bartenders will always have ice within reach, but also as a marketing tool for customers used to watching bartenders pull “fancy” ice out of portable coolers that look like something you’d take to a picnic at the beach.

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“I want there to be new flavors people have never tried and pairings they’ve never tried, and make the classics really good, but I want the emphasis to be on the whole place and not just the drink program,” he said. “You could go to a really good bar and have a (terrible) drink. You probably wouldn’t go back there. Or you might go to a (terrible) bar, but this guy knew what ... he was doing and made great drinks. I want it to be like, ‘Man, we went to this really good bar, and we had a really good drink, and we’re going to go back to this really good bar.’

“My cocktail program is a bar program. My bar program is everything that goes on in the room.”

While the drink menu continues to undergo fine-tuning during the soft opening phase, Justin Park said he expects to offer “six to eight signature drinks and about 15 to 20 classic cocktails” once Bar Leather Apron opens to the general public on Monday. A variety of classic highball cocktails will also be served along with beer, wine and “some other fun stuff.”

To help introduce the new bar’s drink menu, he shared two cocktails that are confirmed to be on the menu. Pick up a copy of today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check out the Bar Leather Apron Old Fashioned, a twist on the classic cocktail made with Knob Creek whiskey from a barrel hand-selected for Bar Leather Apron.

Justin Park prepares a Bar Leather Apron Old Fashioned.

Justin Park prepares a Bar Leather Apron Old Fashioned.

While the Old Fashioned is considered a more masculine drink — that hasn’t stopped more women from ordering them in recent years as the popularity of whiskey has grown, Justin Park added — the Clover Club falls on the other end of the spectrum. With gin as its base alcohol and a special raspberry syrup made using a sous vide machine, the drink is both delicate in appearance and full of flavor. See the recipe below.

Bar Leather Apron is located at the Topa Financial Center, 745 Fort Street, Suite 127-A, and will be open from 3 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays starting next week. Call (808) 524-0808 or visit www.barleatherapron.com.

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Jason Genegabus 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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CLOVER CLUB

By Justin Park, Bar Leather Apron

Ingredients:

» 2 ounces gin

» 1/4-ounce Lillet Blanc

»1/2-ounce sous vide raspberry syrup

» 1/2-ounce lemon juice

» 1 egg white

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake and strain into another mixing glass. Shake with no ice added and strain again into chilled cocktail glass.

Note: Park creates his sous vide raspberry syrup using sugar, water and raspberries in a sous vide machine. Substitute with raspberry-infused simple syrup.

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'Soul' searching for rare Hawaii tunes

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December 16th, 2015



PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM “Awesome Tapes From Africa” blogger Brian Shimkovitz made a guest appearance at Bevy earlier this month to share his cassette mixing skills.

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

“Awesome Tapes From Africa” blogger Brian Shimkovitz made a guest appearance at Bevy earlier this month to share his cassette mixing skills.

Finding a Honolulu-based DJ who spins nothing but vinyl records is a rarity these days.

Just 10 years ago, it was common to find the island’s top talent continuing to haul crates upon crates of vinyl to gigs. CD-playing “turntables” called CDJs were growing in popularity, but some DJs found the technology didn’t afford them the same level of creativity as vinyl when manipulating music on the fly. Serato Scratch Live, which debuted in 2004 and was the professional standard among DJs until it was replaced by Serato DJ in 2013, had yet to achieve critical mass and create the mass exodus into to the digital realm we now live in.

So the news that Aloha Got Soul’s Roger Bong would play an all-cassette set alongside Los Angeles-based ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz, who started the blog “Awesome Tapes From Africa” in 2006, made this reporter do a double-take.

SOUL TIME IN HAWAII

Presented by Aloha Got Soul

» Where: Bevy, 661 Auahi St.

» When: 9 p.m. Dec. 26

» Cost: Free

» Info: www.alohagotsoul.com

Mixing with cassettes? In 2015?

“Mediums like vinyl or cassette tape, there’s a lot of stuff you can’t find anywhere else,” Bong, 28, said during a break in the action at Bevy on Dec. 3. “Music has gone through phases. Records were the thing. That went out. Tapes came in and went out. Then CDs came in. Now it’s digital downloads.

“I think for what we’re doing, it’s just a process of rediscovery for us. It’s like a game for me. It’s a passion.”

Bong has built a name for himself digging through the music of generations past and sharing the best stuff he finds with like-minded fans once a month at Bevy in Kakaako. Along with the monthly Soul Time listening party in Honolulu that started in 2014 and followed two well-received mixtapes in 2012 and 2013, he now has partners who live in Chicago and London who host Soul Time events in each of those cities as well.

“We’re really not trying to do anything different. We’re just doing what we enjoy,” he said. “I think it’s because throughout the world there’s a lot of like-minded people doing the same thing. In Europe and Japan there’s a much bigger audience.

“If we were in any other city in the world right now and we were doing this with Awesome Tapes from Africa, we’d command a much bigger audience. The music scene here is pretty small compared to other places, so the level of interest for something like this is even smaller than what it might be somewhere else.”

Aloha Got Soul founder Roger Bong with some of the cassettes he brought to mix with at Bevy on Dec. 3.

Aloha Got Soul founder Roger Bong with some of the cassettes he brought to mix with at Bevy on Dec. 3.

Besides the monthly party at Bevy, Aloha Got Soul uses Soundcloud to get its sound out to the masses. Bong has also assumed the duties of a record label executive after re-releasing Nohelani Cypriano’s self-titled 1979 album on vinyl in August, which followed the release of a 7-inch vinyl single of 1960s and ‘70s local recording artist Mike Lundy’s “The Rhythm Of Life” and “Tropic Lightning.” (A follow-up pressing of the complete “The Rhythm of Life” LP released in September sold out as well.)

In February, Bong will partner with Strut Records to release an “Aloha Got Soul” compilation that features “rare Hawaiian grooves” by Lundy, Cypriano, Aura, Nova, Hal Bradbury and ‘Aina that were originally released between 1979 and 1985. It’s just the first of multiple releases planned for 2016.

“At the end of next year, I’m planning to release a compilation by a new-age artist who made electronic music here in the 1980s,” he said. “It’s in the same vein of what we’ve been doing so far.”

Bong added that while looking to the past to uncover forgotten music has worked well to establish the Aloha Got Soul brand, there’s only so much old music from Hawaii available to rediscover.

“Hawaii is a musically rich place,” he said. “What we try to do, I’d say we’re 65 to 70 percent of the way through. It can only grow so much.

“I’m trying to grow and evolve this naturally. It’s not always going to be us looking for old-school stuff. We’re going to need to bring the old and new together.”

Starting this month, Soul Time in Hawaii moves to the last Saturday of every month at Bevy. Bong will be joined by DJs Oliver Sequin and Hideki Yamamoto for another evening of soul, funk, disco, jazz, boogie and Hawaiian music. Visit www.alohagotsoul.com for more info and audio from previous parties.

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Jason Genegabus 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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Tyler, The Creator returns to Honolulu

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December 7th, 2015



PHOTOS BY JAMES GARRETT / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERTyler, The Creator, in the white T-shirt, performs with Taco and Jasper Dolphin at The Republik on Saturday.

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Tyler, The Creator, in the white T-shirt, performs with Taco and Jasper Dolphin at The Republik on Saturday.

There’s a relatively fine line between acting too cool for everyone else in the room and coming off as an arrogant, self-absorbed windbag.

tyler the creator 03With Tyler, The Creator’s set at The Republik on Saturday, it was pretty obvious he didn’t care what anyone thought of him or his crew, regardless if they paid to be there or not. But at the same time, there was no mistaking that behind the raspy voice, vulgar language and a level of bluntness many of us wish we could maintain in our everyday lives, there exists an artist extremely proud of what he’s accomplished since his debut album, “Bastard,” hit the Internet in 2009.

The 24-year-old deserves plenty of praise for his role in the growth of hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All — which may or may not have disbanded earlier this year, depending on who you ask — and there’s no questioning his skills extend far beyond the rap realm with his experience as a producer, songwriter, clothing and concert merchandise designer, graphic artist and music video producer. He’s at a stage in his career where the adventures are his to choose and he’s got the money to finance just about anything.

And that’s why seeing him on stage a few months after releasing his latest album, “Cherry Bomb,” one might wonder why Tyler even bothers with touring right now.

Sure, watching him perform cuts off 2013’s “Wolf,” 2012’s “The OF Tape Vol. 2” and 2011’s “Goblin” was a fun history lesson for anyone unfamiliar with his discography... which had to have been all of maybe a dozen people at The Republik on Saturday. There was no shortage of karaoke action at this show, and Tyler himself even mentioned taking a break and letting the crowd take over his verses at one point.

But it was the back-and-forth between Tyler, hype men Taco and Jasper Dolphin and the audience between songs that was more telling than the performance itself.

From brashly admonishing the crowd to “take your photos now” at the start of the night — and making a point of ridiculing fans he caught with their phones out later on — to openly admitting wanting to “get the f—k off this stage” before closing things out with “Tamale,” it was pretty obvious we were all getting the unfiltered Tyler, for better or worse. Reflecting on the show afterward, it was hard to decide which was more uncomfortable, the extended moments of complete silence between songs or hearing someone on stage actually ask over a microphone what time it was just 20 minutes into the set.

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Among the more inspiring lines from Tyler on Saturday:

“I appreciate your soul.”

“Last time we was in Hawaii, there was a tsunami warning. That s—t was crazy. Okay, I have nothing else to say.”

“Whose weed is this? How did it get on stage?” (As he proceeded to light and smoke whatever it was that he found.)

“Are my hands soft?”

While not quite achieving the level of chaos associated with a full-fledged Odd Future performance, fans of the group’s founder surely didn’t leave disappointed after 60 minutes of putting their hands up, jumping around like crazy and getting bottle after bottle of water sprayed on them.

Did Tyler care? Probably not. After dancing a quick jig and peeling off his T-shirt to toss into the crowd, he was long gone, leaving fans hoping for an encore with the proverbial lump of coal in their stockings on this December evening in Honolulu.

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Jason Genegabus 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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P+J joins MVT for 'Tommy' party

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December 3rd, 2015



'THE WHO'S TOMMY'

Presented by Manoa Valley Theatre

» Where: Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Manoa Rd.

» When: 8 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 13; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10; and 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

» Cost: $39 general admission; discounts available for seniors, military and those 25 and under with valid ID (no one under 13 admitted)

» Info: (808) 988-6131, www.manoavalleytheatre.com

Tickets are still available for a unique opportunity to pre-party like a rock star at Manoa Valley Theatre tomorrow night.

Pints, Pupus and Pinball partners MVT with McCully bar Pint + Jigger to present an evening of specialty cocktails and whiskey tasting hosted by mixologist Dave Newman with food by P+J executive chef Devin Beppu.

Here’s a quick look at some of the dishes set to be served at tomorrow’s pre-curtain party. All are inspired by the “Tommy” production underway through Dec. 13 in Manoa.

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMBourbon-flambeed mushrooms.

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Bourbon-flambeed mushrooms.

Fish and chips croquettes.

Fish and chips croquettes.

 Bangers and mash (with locally sourced breakfast sausage provided by Link HNL).

Bangers and mash (with locally sourced breakfast sausage provided by Link HNL).

The Pints, Pupus and Pinball party starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow; venue doors open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $100; call (808) 988-6131 or purchase online at www.manoavalleytheatre.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 and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Lightsleepers opens McCully storefront

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December 2nd, 2015



PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMLightsleepers Mc is located at the corner of McCully and S. King streets.

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Lightsleepers Mc is located at the corner of McCully and S. King streets.

Holiday shoppers looking to support local businesses and pick up unique gifts can head to the corner of McCully and South King streets, where Lightsleepers Mc opened in the former in4mation storefront last month.

Owner Kavet “Kavet the Catalyst” Omo has previous retail experience as part owner of Prototype in the early 2000’s. Lightsleepers sold T-shirts out of that store until Omo left the company, after which he moved onto selling via his own online storefront and later at outdoor shopping event Honolulu Night Market.

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“You gotta be about it. There’s no half-stepping in any game, especially this clothing game,” said Omo, 39. “Night Market really helped push us out there. We were already selling in in4mation, but Night Market was great exposure.”

It was that relationship with in4mation that led to the new Lightsleepers brick-and-mortar. At first, Omo was told a new in4mation store was opening at Ala Moana and that his brand would be one of those picked up at the new location. A few weeks later, he was approached with an opportunity to take over the old McCully location.

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“I’m learning a lot about having a physical shop and the amount of product you need,” Omo said. “We’ve kinda just forged our own path.

“Mono does its thing with the high-end accessories, and Truest is all about the shoes. And then Mojo Barbershop is going to open next door and we got About the Goods right down the street. McCully fits Lightsleepers perfectly.”

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Lightsleepers Mc is located at 2009 S. King St. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Visit www.lightsleepers.net.

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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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UB40 founders make Hawaii visit

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October 21st, 2015



When a popular band loses its lead singer, there’s often quite a bit of drama among fans when a new voice steps in to take the reigns.

COURTESY UB40Former UB40 members, from left, Mickey Virtue, Ali Campbell and Astro Wilson will headline the Honolulu stop of the UB40 The Reunited Tour in January.

COURTESY UB40

Former UB40 members, from left, Mickey Virtue, Ali Campbell and Astro Wilson will headline the Honolulu stop of the UB40 The Reunited Tour in January.

Just look at Van Halen. Or Journey.

But it seems UB40 got things backward. Five years after leaving the group to pursue a solo career, Ali Campbell and fellow founding members Astro Wilson and Mickey Virtue decided to get the get the band back together.

Only problem? UB40 never went away when Campbell left in 2008. They simply replaced him with his brother, Duncan Campbell, and continued to release music and tour the world.

Once UB40 Reunited — the new name used by Ali Campbell, Astro and Virtue — started playing shows last year, the biggest drama came from the brothers Campbell as they traded shots in press interviews.

Airing out all their dirty laundry inevitably led to a lawsuit in the UK that appears to be heading to trial early next year. At stake are the rights to use the UB40 name, which the three former members are now using without the “Reunited” tag. When they return to Honolulu early next year, they’ll be introduced as UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue. Expect hits like “Red, Red Wine,” “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love” and “Kingston Town” along with newer tracks off the trio's 2014 album, "Silhouette."

Tickets for the Jan. 29 concert at Blaisdell Arena are priced from $39 to $139 and go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including all Walmart stores on Oahu) and online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Hawaii stop of the UB40 The Reunited Tour is produced by promoters Ray Jr. and Tantriq 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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Scarlet Honolulu opens in Chinatown

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July 24th, 2015



PHOTOS BY KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERScarlet Honolulu is now open in the space formerly occupied by The Fix in Chinatown.

PHOTOS BY KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

Scarlet Honolulu is now open in the space formerly occupied by The Fix in Chinatown.

Oahu’s LGBT community has a new Chinatown destination, thanks to the recent opening of Scarlet Honolulu in the space formerly known as The Fix and SoHo Mixed Media Bar.

The new gay club is the result of a partnership between local television personality Lanai Tabura and Los Angeles fashion designer and photographer Traver Rains. Rains introduced Tabura to Scarlet Chicago’s Rob Savvy and Robbie Baldwin earlier this year, and within just a few months Scarlet Honolulu was born.

“We did this in six weeks,” Tabura said during the club’s opening night on Friday. “What I didn’t know was (Rob and Robbie) were already coming to Hawaii on a regular basis and they always noticed there was no place for them to go. There were bars, but no clubs.”

Scarlet Honolulu co-owners Lanai Tabura, left, and Traver Rains, right, with special guest Richie Rich.

Scarlet Honolulu co-owners Lanai Tabura, left, and Traver Rains, right, with special guest Richie Rich.

While Tabura brought his experience as an entrepreneur and local connections to the table, the creative direction for Scarlet Honolulu came entirely from his partners. The new club is nothing like it’s Chicago-based namesake, which has more of a classic speakeasy vibe.

Here in Chinatown, Scarlet is loosely based on a dollhouse theme, with a spacious dancefloor flanked by a handful of VIP areas. The artwork on the walls features a series of dirty dolls in action; Lanai said his partners set up a photoshoot in Chicago to create the images, which were shot in an actual dollhouse and blown up to create larger-than-life wall treatments in the club.

(Nearly everything on the walls at Scarlet Honolulu is NSFW, so you’ll have to check it out in person to see what the fuss is about.)

“I’m most proud because it’s so different and bizarre to me,” said Tabura. “Different, because you don’t see anything like this. I think everyone is going to want to check it out.”

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Along with Scarlet, Tabura and his partners plan to open two other businesses in what used to be part of the old nightclub space as well as an adjoining restaurant space. The Tiki at Scarlet Honolulu is expected to open in “about two months” with a classic tiki bar theme, followed by a new restaurant concept in “about three months.”

Tabura declined to provide any more details, other than to confirm that his brother (and “The Great Food Truck Race” co-star), chef Adam Tabura, would be part of the team working on the restaurant.

“It’s a three-step deal,” he said. “We have some good stuff coming.”

Until then, Scarlet will carry the torch from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays with a variety of parties, including Way Back Wednesday, Frat Night Thursday, Fireball Friday and The Banger Dance Party with DJ Luna on Saturdays. The club will host a Pau Hana Industry Party on Sundays.

To keep up with the latest info, follow Scarlet Honolulu on Instagram and Facebook.

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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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