In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Spreading holiday oompah

IT'S IMPORTANT not to forget your roots, even when you're a member of a successful band like Go Jimmy Go.

For Fernando the Love Machine, resident trombonist in the group, that means embracing his band-geek past with no shame. Turns out that back in the day, he was a trained classical tuba player.

So after flying out to Kauai on Saturday to perform at the Aloha Beach Resort with Go Jimmy Go, Fernando got back on a plane to take part in one of the 30th annual "TubaChristmas" performances the next day at Kahala Mall.

"The tuba was made for more than just oompah music," he said. A number of local tubists came out to play "Christmas carols like you've never heard."

I can just imagine the looks on holiday shoppers' faces as they passed by this boisterous group of horn-blowers at the mall ...

ANY GUYS out there planning to get married soon, or at least pop the big question?

"Perfect Proposal," a television show produced by TLC and hosted by Nikki Boyer, will be in town next month to search for men who "want to surprise their girlfriend on national television with a unique proposal she'll never forget!"

Sounds like something you'd want to do? Visit the show's Web site at, or e-mail

The show's producers, who've been here before to film episodes of "A Makeover Story" and "A Dating Story," say Hawaii is "ideal as a romantic backdrop," and can't wait to return again ...

ALMOST FIVE years after the Kona Brewing Co. opened its first brewhouse in Kailua-Kona, taps will begin to flow tomorrow at the grand opening of a new location in Hawaii Kai.

Overlooking Koko Marina, the new pub will carry all of Kona Brewing Co.'s ales and lagers, including a number of specialty beers that, until this point, had only been available on the Big Island. In commemoration of the new restaurant, a "Koko Loco Coconut Milk Stout," with pure coconut milk added to it, will be served while supplies last.

And on Thursday, Hawaii Public Radio will hold a benefit dinner for its members, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit organization. About $6,000 is expected to be raised during the evening ...

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