In The Mix


Mountain men pursue
their reggae quest

IT'S BEEN a long 10 years for Big Mountain front man Quino. Since the former members of Shiloh teamed up to record the band's first album, "Wake Up," in 1992, Big Mountain has lost members, changed record labels, fired its management and gone through a costly lawsuit. But despite the obstacles placed in their path, Quino and the gang continue on in their quest to bring Big Mountain back to the forefront of the reggae music scene.

Tomorrow and Saturday, the group will perform a pair of shows at Kapono's. Big Mountain's latest release, "Cool Breeze," was released last September and the guys are in the middle of a worldwide tour to support the album. Tickets for the shows are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and the night will also feature the music of a group from the Bahamas called The Courage Band; call 536-2161 for more info. Don't feel like spending that kind of cash this weekend? The band will also give a short acoustic performance and sign autographs tonight at Borders Waikele starting at 7:30 p.m. (Our John Berger did an interview with Quino that will be in tomorrow's Weekend section.) ...

THE BIGGEST salsa event of 2003 (so far) kicks off today in Waikiki. "Salsa in Paradise" is a series of workshops and parties taking place until Tuesday at a number of venues. Most of Honolulu's major players in the salsa scene are involved with this, including DJs Ray Cruz, Ray Moreno and Alberto, plus Henry Knowles from New York. Guest instructors such as New York's Nelson Flores and Maribel Maldonado, Los Angeles' Rogelio Moreno and Janette Valenzuela, and Miami's Rene and Jeanne Guiets will also be in town to share their knowledge with local dancers. Ticket prices and locations for the "Salsa in Paradise" events this weekend vary; call the Hispanic Center of Hawaii at 941-5216 for a full schedule of parties and workshops ...

AND ON SUNDAY, the Hawaiian Islanders will spend the day looking for new members to join the Arena Football team's squad of dancers. If you're 18 years or older and know how to shake what your mama gave ya, then head over to 24 Hour Fitness on Bishop Street downtown for a shot at a paid gig dancing during football games. A $10 fee will be assessed to everyone who tries out, so don't forget to bring your wallet. Call 53-ARENA or visit for an application and more information on the team ...

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