STAR-BULLETIN / 2007
Natural Vibrations heads for the mainland this week.
Nothing beats a hangover like cleaning a littered beach
FOR MOST club kids, Sunday is a recovery day after two or three nights of partying. That makes the decision to hold the first annual Bikini Beach Clean Up this weekend at Ala Moana Beach Park an ambitious one for James Bishop
and Paul Fisher
. Founders of local nightlife hotline 948-BUZZ
, the two took it upon themselves to bring "all the nightlifers, students and the community ... together and support our environment in a fun way."
They knew a public service project wouldn't be sexy enough on its own, so Bishop and Fisher applied the same techniques promoters do when hyping an event.
Free food and drinks are planned, and a DJ will play music all afternoon. Teams who collect the most trash will be rewarded with prize packs.
If you can drag yourself out of bed by 10 a.m. on Sunday, head to the makai side of the park just Ewa of the tennis courts; the trash competition will start at 11:30 a.m. Detailed directions are available online at 948buzz.com ...
TICKETS WENT on sale this week for the inaugural 'Aumakua Music Festival, a yearly event that aims to help the careers of local musicians via the 'Aumakua Music Project.
The idea is simple, yet brilliant: Provide artists with a place to produce quality material, then allow them to keep their finished masters and choose between independent promotion or signing with a label. The AMP also engages in instruction and school visits for local keiki.
Festival organizer Shawn Moseley will join Stephen Inglis, Millicent Cummings, Evasive Species and Cindy Combs to present a variety of music on April 12 at Mamiya Theater. In addition, local artwork will be displayed and two short films will be screened; all proceeds from the event will go to the AMP. Call 550-8457 ...
HARD TO believe it's been 12 years since Natural Vibrations released the album "Balls Rolling."
I still have vivid memories of playing that CD on the air during my college radio days with Tim Inoue, a high school classmate and fellow USC Trojan. We were probably the first to broadcast Natty Vibes on the mainland, helping lay the foundation for a fan base that continues to grow.
In fact, that's where the band is this week, with shows planned Friday and Saturday in San Diego with Iration. They'll visit Northern California next weekend with Ooklah the Moc and Humble Soul, followed by dates in Oregon and Washington before finishing the month in Colorado.
Visit naturalvibrations.com to purchase a new copy of their debut album, which is back in print for the first time since 1996 ...
FRIDAY'S PICKS: Sample rare Scottish and Irish brews with expert Andy Baker and grind on pupu menu by chef Jay Matsukawa during a special edition of "Hops and Grinds" at the Willows. Tickets are $30; call 271-9701 ... Xyloh plans to help out singles with a "Hookup Night" at the nightclub. Different colored wristbands will identify guests as "single to mingle," "one night stand," "unsure," "goes both ways," "happy" or "FTF." Call 593-2227 ... The Boys Bunch returns with their annual "April Foolish Party" at Aloha Tower. Live music is planned from 5 p.m. to midnight; proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Call 782-5677 ...
MORE PICKS: Double-O-Spot Productions introduces a new venue to the EDM crowd on Saturday. The Shop, located at 580 Dillingham Blvd., will host "Energy" from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. with DJs G-Spot, PSI, Big Daddy Dave and JaeGurl ... Honolulu's longest running Latin night has changed its name. Judah Oschner relaunched "Martes Caliente" this week at Zanzabar ... Ill Establishment and Funky4Corners introduce a new weekly at the O Lounge on Thursday. The first "Unwind" will feature an opening performance by singer Dorian Wright; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for bottle service ...