In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Japan visitors pack
Jake’s CD release party

JAPANESE tourists flocked to The Willows in Moiliili Tuesday night for a CD release party in honor of Jake Shimabukuro's new album, "Crosscurrent."

Now don't get me wrong -- there were a number of local residents on hand for the free mini-concert, but it's pretty obvious the ukulele master's strongest fan base hails from the Land of the Rising Sun.

For some reason, the talented 26-year-old said he was nervous when he stopped by my table to say hello, but once he got on stage with Sean Carroll, Mike Grande and Ryan "Jah Gumby" Murakami, Shimabukuro seemed loose and excited to share his new material with the media types that showed up. Of the four songs he played, "Toastman's Dilemma" was my favorite.

Among those on hand to help celebrate: 93.1 KQMQ's Justin Cruz, Island 98.5's Kale Imua, Hawaiian 105's Uncle Sam Kapu Jr. and his son Sam Kapu III, Chynna Girl Productions' TC Khoe and KCCN FM-100's Bill Van Osdol ...

ANOTHER CD RELEASE party worth checking out takes place on Sunday at Aloha Tower Marketplace. The Ka'ala Boys have a new album, "Can't Get Enough," and will celebrate with B.E.T., Kapena, Koa'uka, Roots Odyssey, Ten Feet and Kawika Regidor at The Beach House.

Doors open at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and there's no cover charge before 10 p.m. Call 566-0644 for more info ...

LOOKS LIKE Nick's Fishmarket is stepping up to help fill the void left when the Maze closed at the end of August.

Tomorrow night brings Phuturo Recordings' DJ Juju to the Waikiki nightspot for an evening of ragga, hard step, downtempo breaks and abstract hip-hop.

Joining him on the decks that night are DJs Lava, Rise Up, Seeko and Steddie; get there when things start at 10 p.m. and you'll also be able to check out DJ Matt Ratt, too. Ten bucks gets you into this one; call 955-6333 ...

AND ON Saturday, head over to the University of Hawaii at Manoa for "Mana Maoli: The 7th Generation," starting at 3 p.m.

Presented by UH-Manoa, Kua'ana Native Hawaiian Student Services and the Na Lei Na'auao Hawaiian Charter School Alliance, this concert serves as a fund-raiser for the Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School. Bla Pahinui, Ernie Cruz Jr., John Cruz, Guy Cruz, Kilinahe, Oshen, Johnny Helm and Natural Vibrations are among the acts scheduled to perform.

Tickets for "Mana Maoli: The 7th Generation" are just five bucks; call 622-5019 ...

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