Blonde Highlights

Rick Hamada
By Roz Makaula
Friday - September 15, 2006
Pimpbot is going on the road
Pimpbot is going on the road

HIGH ENERGY AND INFECTIOUS volcanic ska-rock rhythms can easily be linked to Pimpbot, one of Hawaii’s premier bands. With the upcoming Rock From The Rock Hawaiian Eruption Tour 2006 next month, this group is definitely on the move. I had a chance to chat with the group’s lead vocal-ist and trombone player, Fernando “The Love Machine,who has a very interesting October ahead of him. The voice of Star 101.9’s night show tells me that he’ll make his first back-to-back road tour starting with fellow Pimpbot rock stars Eric “The Biz” Lagrimas, Tom “Tommy Utah” Coleman and Rylan “Big Sexy” Yee. The tour begins in L.A. Oct. 5 with a minimum of seven shows, taking the band to different cities before ending Oct. 15 in Seattle. Pimpbot launches Rock From The Rock with fellow ska/punk/rock bands Missing Dave and The Crud. The multi-collaboration effort made its way from idea to reality after members of all three groups found themselves playing at anniversary gigs for each other last year. Missing Dave and The Crud got together first and asked Pimpbot to join them.

Experience gave Mainland tour vets Fernando and Lagrimas new roles, that of co-tour managers for the Eruption concert series. At the close of that tour, Fern will meet up with members of Go Jimmy Go (his second band) for a planned road trip to Colorado, where they’ll take a two-week trek of the western United States along with reggae group John Brown’s Body.

While The Love Machine is away, Clear Channel’s Mortuary Chris will take the nighttime lead on the radio airwaves. And by the way, if the name Lagrimas sounds familiar, you may be thinking of Eric’s brother, Abe Lagrimas, a talented musician in his own right, heard kicking butt recently at the rRed Elephant Café. Folks wanting to rock out with Pimpbot before the tour can do so at their send-off party on Friday, Sept. 22, at Kemoo Pub. Also performing that night are special guests from the Big Island Black Square and from San Diego, Buck-O-Nine. Show starts at 9 p.m. ... Another island music artist making big news with big plans next month is former MidWeek cover story subject John Cruz. A biographic film on Cruz recently wrapped and will debut at the Hawaii International Film Festival Oct. 26 at the Hawaii Theatre. Plans for a concert are also under way. In the meantime, Cruz returns to the recording studio, where he’ll work on his second album at Jackson Browne‘s studio in Los Angeles. ... Sudden Rush, a Big Island Hawaiian music band, made a rare Oahu appearance at last week’s Waikiki Ho’olaule’a. The group rocked out on the KCCN FM 100 stage, much to the delight of thousands fortunate enough to see and hear them on stage -this could be their only Oahu appearance of 2006. Last year, Sudden Rush gave a single Honolulu performance - at the Downtown Ho’olaule’a. ...

Compadres is a local hot spot and regular venue for live music with Kalaeloa and Friends on most Friday nights. Last week was no exception as the band got the weekend under way for patrons of the restaurant. Soon-to-be newlywed Blaine Okamura met up with longtime friend and fellow surfer Jeff Napoleon for some ‘ono kaukau and cocktails. Friends Miss Hawaii 2006 Pilialoha Gaison and Miss Honolulu 2005 Amber Stone joined the guys. While there, Okamura couldn’t help but comment on the rocking performance by songtress Courtney New, who joined Kalaeloa on stage with a taste of her personal musical flair. New, surrounded by friends and family, chose the Ward eatery to celebrate her birthday ...

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