10 Feet Fest, Sardinha Steel Magic

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - August 19, 2009
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The boys from Kalihi: Ten Feet presents its annual Ten Feet MusicFest next week

There’s lots to celebrate this Saturday at the Ten Feet MusicFest. After a successful first year in 2008, Ten Feet and 2Flips Productions decided to make it an annual event.

“Its goal is to bring Island bands together back to Aloha Tower to share their music at a venue with a rich history of promoting Island music,” says Andres “Drez” Santos of Ten Feet.

The festival, happening at The Waterfront from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., also celebrates the CD release by New Zealand’s Three Houses Down.

The guys will share music from their sophomore album Breakout, along with crowd favorites off their debut album DreadTown.

“Three Houses Down are like brothers to us,” says Santos. “They were gracious enough to lend their talents at our CD release party, and we thought it appropriate to return the favor. It’s all part of sharing the aloha spirit with other Islanders.”

Santos and the Ten Feet gang, Nathan Martin, Ericson Carnate, Josiah Kekoa and Jon Irei, will make an appearance at their hosted event.

‘Hula Island Style’

But, as Santos explains, “It’s really not about us. We want to feature other Island acts and promote our fellow artists. Therefore, we’ll play somewhere in the middle and spotlight our friends.”

Also taking the stage is Kamehameha Schools graduate Anuhea Jenkins. The fresh-on-the-scene talent will share Island contemporary originals off her debut album, Anuhea.

Rounding out the bill are performances by Nesian Nine and Maoli.

General admission to this 21-and-older event is $20 presale and $25 at the door. VIP tickets, which include an enclosed seating area with private bar and two drinks specials, are available for $40 at IslandTix outlets, GCI Wireless stores, Barefoot League, UH Campus Center and online at http://www.islandtix.com.

“Expect to have another great night of music and memories and make sure to bring the aloha spirit,” adds Santos ...

The legendary Greg Sardinha also has reason to celebrate with his new release from Keala Records. Hula Island Style Volume 1 is a presentation of favorite hapa-haole classics.

Joining Sardinha are artists Gary Aiko, Roddy Lopez, Kuhio Yim, Ha’a Heyer, Gordon Freitas, Ben Vegas and Randy Aloya. Heard throughout the CD is a blend of ukulele, bass, guitar and Sardinha’s signature steel guitar. He actually plays multiple instruments on the album.

The album, which released last week, features 12 tracks: Hukilau, Sweet Leilani, My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii, Love Song of Kalua, Tiny Bubbles, My Isle Of Golden Dreams, Honolulu City Lights, Waikiki, Sea Breeze, I’ll Remember You, Lahaina Luna and Blue Hawaii . A modern sound for Island classics...

The celebrating doesn’t stop there. Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner Hoku Zuttermeister just launched a new exclusive line of jewelry inspired by music, family and tradition.

To create the collection, Zuttermeister partnered with Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry. Officially called the Hoku Zutermeister Collection, the line includes women’s and men’s bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings, all available in silver and gold.

The collection officially launched this week with a celebratory party at Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry in Pearlridge Center.

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