On the Scene
John Berger

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Not enough Grammy
statues for everyone

CAN I BORROW THE GRAMMY?: Jeff Peterson, one of the participants on Charles Michael Brotman's Grammy Award-wining compilation album, "Slack Key Guitar, Vol. II," will be on the Big Island this weekend recording tracks for "Slack Key Guitar, Vol. III." Had the last one been billed as a group project instead of a compilation, each guitarist would have received a Grammy. Peterson is happy to have been part of the project, but jokes that it would be nice to borrow the trophy for a week or two. He plays HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio Mar 12 ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Jean "Kini" Sullivan and Tanui Tully, who celebrate tomorrow ... also to Keith Haugen (Monday), Donnie Trujillo (Tuesday), and Jerry Byrd and Sistah Sherry (Wednesday) ...

CONGRATULATIONS: To Matty "Matty Boy" Hazelgrove and BAMP Project, Hawaii's newest concert promoters, on the success of their first show, the Steel Pulse/Dread Starr concert at the Waikiki Shell Feb. 23. No Oahu venue puts more restrictions on promoters, and bringing in a world-class reggae act as a first project is a huge gamble, but the concert went off perfectly ...

FASHION WATCH: Paul Ogata has sold out the first of his limited-edition, politically incorrect T-shirts and reports the design that was available at his shows, reclaiming a World War II-era Japanese epithet, got a young fan sent home from school. Ogata's now considering a line of women's wear ...

JAKE DOES REGGAE? It could have happened when Sonja Swenson and Francois Rogers said their vows Feb. 20. Jake Shimabukuro played Swenson "down the aisle" at the start of the ceremony. Had one of the bride's invitees, Steel Pulse vocalist David Hinds, a friend of 15 years, not been in the middle of the band's "Black History Month" tour, they could have jammed. Hinds caught up with Swenson and her new husband backstage at the Waikiki Shell Feb. 23 ...

WRESTLING MEMORIES: "Uncle Tom" Moffatt has added clips from vintage local wrestling interviews to the uniquely local memories he shares Saturday mornings on Oldies 107.9. Featured last week: Gentleman Ed Francis and Curtis "Da Bull" Iaukea ...

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John Berger has covered the local entertainment scene since 1972. Contact him at jberger@starbulletin.com.

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