Compete To Open For Bon Jovi

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - January 20, 2010
Marty Dread at Longhi’s on Jan. 22

Win your chance to share the stage with Bon Jovi!!!

Bon Jovi just announced its Opening Act Contest and welcomes Hawaii acts to compete to open for its two back-to-back concerts Feb. 11 and 12. How sweet is that?

Here’s the deal: The Opening Act Contest is open to all bands in Hawaii. To enter, each band must submit a bio describing the band and its music, along with a CD containing one song (no longer than three minutes), and their contact information (name, address, phone number and e-mail) to: Tom Moffatt Productions, 1232 Waimanu St., Penthouse, Honolulu, HI 96814. The deadline is Jan. 25. From the pool of entries, 20 semi-finalists will be selected to send in a video (via YouTube link) for review by a “blue ribbon panel” of local celebrity judges. The top five final-ists will be chosen from the 20 semi-finalists, and will have a clip of their video featured on KHON-TV’s Wake Up 2Day morning show during the week of Feb. 1. Then, on Feb. 8, the top five band finalists will be featured live in-studio as part of KHON-TV’s Wake Up 2Day show, where the two winners will be announced.


“This is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming local bands to share the stage with one of the biggest acts of all time!” says Joe McNamara, general manager at KHON-TV. “Mahalo to Bon Jovi for letting us offer this to the music community here.”

More information on the search for Bon Jovi’s opening act contest can be found at ...

Friday nights at Longhi’s just got a little more interesting with the addition of a new calendar of live entertainment from 9 a.m. to midnight - Live at Longhi’s.

“We decided to do live music because we believe that there are a lot of places that stopped doing live music, and we support local artists,” says Brett McCurdy, Longhi’s general manager. “We believe in fresh food, so we also believe in having fresh, live music. We have worked with a lot of artists in the past, so we are using some of them for our live music as well as advice from our sound guy Wade Nakawa.”

This Friday (Jan. 22) enjoy Maui’s reggae ambassador Marty Dread.

Marty, who recently released his 13th album, has been offering Hawaii and the world his signature reggae stylings since 1994. And, in 2006, he released his first crossover album Next Level, fusing hip-hop and dance hall.

In addition to his live performance, Longhi’s also is offering up a variety of creative signature martinis for $5. How do Red Violin, Blueberry Drop or Lycheetini sound? Or a orange, mango or classic mojito made with fresh-squeezed juices for $7?

“We also wanted to add value to our late-night happy hour with great drinks and food at a special price,” adds McCurdy ...

How can I not mention an upcoming concert featuring The Beach Boys? It’s only my editor Don Chapman‘s “favorite band of all time!” And here’s where I joke that I wasn’t even born when these guys first started making music.

But, yes, along with most of America, I have done my share of singing along to songs such as Kokomo, Surfin’USA and Fun, Fun, Fun.

The dudes who have become synonymous with the California lifestyle will be riding in the wave to our Island shore on Feb. 13. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $45 and $55. Purchase tickets at Blaisdell Box Office, online at, or by phone at 745-3000.

The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history, and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Happy 45 years, Boys!

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