In the Mix
Jason Genegabus

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Jason Mraz had
a busy weekend

SELF-DESCRIBED "boy with the fallopian voice" Jason Mraz turned in a solid performance at the Hawaii Theatre on Saturday night, less than 24 hours before he sang the national anthem to kick off Sunday's Pro Bowl.

I guess it was the ESPN cameras and a national audience that made him dress up more -- when he strolled onto the stage at the Hawaii Theatre, Mraz sported a comfortable long-sleeved T-shirt with a trucker hat, jeans and slippers.

Armed with just a guitar, the singer spent more than an hour entertaining with music and funny stories. Special guest Tristan Prettyman impressed during her short opening set, winning over the crowd with her own tale about haupia pie from Ted's Bakery in Kailua.

Local boy Jack Johnson was also spotted, signing autographs in the lobby just before things finished up for the evening ...

WHILE MOST people might recognize Erving "Kona" Chang for the jams he plays on Power 104.3, the 1993 Kailua grad is also a pretty talented musician.

Chang, better known on the radio as Island Boy, released his first solo album in January. "Changed" is a departure from his Tropical Knights days, with 10 all-original songs that he describes as "contemporary acoustic" music.

"I just went with what I loved to write and play," he said, crediting artists like James Taylor and John Mayer for inspiring him. "My goal is to ... go to the mainland and do music."

The dream isn't that far fetched, either -- Chang is a cousin of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Mel Amina, so he's definitely got the right bloodline. After performing at Aloha Tower's Pro Bowl block party and on Perry and Price's Saturday morning radio show last weekend, he'll play at Neptune's Garden this Saturday, followed by gigs at Windward Mall and Ward Warehouse next weekend ...

REGGAE FANS must be loving life these days, with Prezident Brown here on Saturday and Steel Pulse coming to town next week. Add in weekly parties at Don Ho's and Ye Olde Fox and Hounds, and you've got plenty of chances to skank the night away.

Over at Lulu's Waikiki Surf Club, the crew that used to hold it down at Auntie Pasto's is back. "Dubwize" gets started at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, with DJs El Nino, Gonzales and Vince serving up platters of reggae goodness every week ...

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