Pimpbot will have Hawaii company at SXSW


POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2009

LOOKS LIKE the guys from Pimpbot aren't the only Hawaii-based musicians heading to the South By Southwest Music Conference this year.

; This column broke the news on Jan. 9, more than two weeks before an a SXSW representative got in touch to provide a list of all artists involved in 2009. An e-mail from Phil Tripp confirmed that John Cruz, One Right Turn, David Tamaoka and Anuhea Jenkins will also make the trip to Austin, Texas, in March.

Loyal readers will recognize One Right Turn's appearance as another leg of the band's “;50 States in 2009”; tour, while Jenkins shares the same management and Cruz hails from the same family One Right Turn's Connie Cruz and Tiffa Garza. It's nice to see that after a few years of not being involved in SXSW, members of Hawaii's music industry are making moves across the Pacific Ocean.

Let's hope this is the start of a regular pipeline of talent to an annual event that can launch artists' careers into the stratosphere ...

STILL BASKING in the afterglow of Barack Obama's inauguration as president of the United States? Local retailer Butigroove has the perfect T-shirt for you.

Head to Butigroove's storefront near Ala Moana Center (or visit their Web site at http://www.butigroove.com) to pick up the limited edition “;1/20 Collection Tee,”; which contains more than 20 different Obama designs. My favorites include Butigroove's “;Barack-ed”; versions of “;Rock the Vote”; and “;I Love New York”; logos, and the shirt also includes the popular “;Obama Ohana”; logo seen around town in recent months.

Butigroove is located at 500-A Piikoi St.; call 589-2884 to check on available sizes ...

EVER THOUGHT about joining the colorful cast of Cherry Blossom Cabaret?

Honolulu's premiere burlesque troupe is looking for new members, and you don't need to be female to join—men are welcome as well!

Head to Chinatown on Sunday afternoon for closed auditions from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mercury Bar. Emcees, stage-ready performers and apprentices are needed; if you have experience in magic, ventriloquism, juggling, hula hooping or any other type of novelty act, the CBC wants to hear from you. E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more ...

WEEKEND PICKS: Local radio and television traffic reporter Dave Hisaka bids aloha to our islands this week, as he prepares to return to his home state of California. You can say goodbye on Friday at Pearl Ultralounge during the club's weekly Candy Bar party ... Los Angeles-based rockers Ozomatli return to Hawaii this week for three shows. They'll wrap up the mini-tour with a concert at Aloha Tower on Saturday with special guest Chali 2na. Go Jimmy Go and Mabanzi will start the night around 7:30 p.m. Bring four cans of food, and you'll score a free Ozomatli poster ... After getting together at Senor Frog's Waikiki in 2007, former Wave Waikiki owner Jack Law is rallying the troops for another reunion on Saturday at Pipeline Cafe. Star 101.9's Maleko will host, with Missing Dave, Pimpbot, Creed Chameleon and The Spacifics on stage from 10 p.m. Bring your old Wave VIP card for $5 cover before midnight ...

COMING UP: You've got another chance to see one of my favorite films from last year's Hawaii Independent Film Festival. ”;Trouble the Water”; is a gripping documentary about Hurricane Katrina as seen through the eyes of two Louisiana residents who had nowhere to go when flood waters started to rise. Screenings are set for 1 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts ... The O Lounge and Bar Seven kicked off a collaboration of sorts this week, as OMG Wednesdays launched at the O Lounge as an 18-and-over compliment to the 21-and-over WTF Wednesdays promotion at Bar Seven. Expect DJs and drink specials, with no cover downstairs and a minimal charge upstairs ... Wednesday is also a big night for concerts at Pipeline Cafe. The Presidents of the United States of America will play an early show, with Scarface, Devin the Dude and The Illmatics following at 10 p.m. with a Pro Bowl pre-party ...


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