In The Mix
Local band heading off
Local reggae band Ooklah the Moc
follows in the footsteps of Natural Vibrations
and Go Jimmy Go
, leaving the islands next week for a West Coast tour.
The band starts in Berkeley, Calif., a week from today, before moving on to gigs in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and a few other spots in California. The first weekend of April will find the band in Arizona.
Catch Jimbo "Ras Bird" LaPierre, "Sista Micky" Huihui, Nick "Kali" Navales and the rest of the band one last time on Saturday, when they'll play at Bliss ...
IT TURNS out there wasn't as much drama as I thought over "Dancing in Paradise," a fundraiser planned by Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii and Sisters Offering Support.
First, the party takes place on Saturday -- not last weekend, as originally reported. Second, Las Vegas-based event promoter Wayne Coy was simply protecting his business interests when he called them last week to advise against using the words "second chance prom" in promotional materials. After initial attempts to contact him were unsuccessful, I was able to speak with him on Tuesday.
"We started the trademark process over a year and a half ago," he said. "We restrained ourselves from making any kind of communication with anybody ... until we knew for sure that all the I's had been dotted and the T's had been crossed."
It just so happened that official word came last week, so Coy started with informal calls to dozens of groups. When told about the situation here, he quickly made an attempt to compromise.
"When somebody tells me they're trying to raise money for abused children ... I'm completely empathetic to that," he said. "It's a great cause.
Both parties say they've put the matter behind them.
So "Dancing in Paradise" will go on as planned Saturday night in Waikiki -- call 941-5554 if you're interested in attending ...
OTHER PICKS for this weekend: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The O Lounge tomorrow, during a special "Be Social Fridays." Import models Lisa Belle, Honey Cruz, Francine Dee and Nikita Esco will be on hand to help Masuimi Max celebrate her birthday. They'll also be at "Refine" at Fashion 45 on Sunday ... Speaking of St. Patrick's Day, L&L Drive-Inn will hold its second annual corned beef musubi-eating contest at Kahala Mall tomorrow at 10 a.m. Call 951-9888 to sign up ... NextDoor continues to come correct on Saturday nights. This week's special guest is DJ Cocheeze, who has spent the last two years touring with the legendary KRS One ... And don't sleep on "Black Mondays" at the Wave Waikiki. Next week's party features a Stone Groove Family reunion, including the mysterious fifth member of the crew ...
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