Mike Biv Searching For R&B Talent

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - May 06, 2009
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Michael Bivins

Turn off the karaoke machines and listen up: Michael Bivins, founding member of the legendary groups New Edition and BBD, the music executive who discovered and groomed the best-selling male group of all time, Boyz II Men, and creative consultant on MTV’s Making the Band 4, is hosting a high school talent search contest.

Tryouts for the Mike Biv Talent Search are happening Wednesday, May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Windward Mall, and Saturday, May 16, noon-2 pm at Ala Moana Center’s Centerstage. Bivins is looking for Hawaii’s best R&B male and female singers between the ages of 13 and 18. Contestants are asked to come prepared to perform a 60-second song of their choice as a soloist, in duet or as a group.

No early registration is necessary; teens and their parents can simply show up and sign in.

“I would suggest that they come early so they are ahead of the line and can get in to try out,” says Kutmaster Spaz, owner of DIS-N-DAT Media Group, one of the organizers and media sponsors of this competition.


“Right now, Jeans Warehouse, Local Fever Stores and 102.7 Da Bomb are doing a promotion where, if you go into any of the Jeans Warehouse or Local Fever Store locations from now until May 15, you can enter to win one of 10 guaranteed tryout slots in front of the judges at Windward Mall or Ala Moana Center.”

The 25 finalists will then move on to the Hawaii finals Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m. at Level 4, where Bivins himself will select a winner(s) to advance to Washington, D.C., for the final phase of the competition.

The winner of the finale will sign with Sporty Rich Enterprises to be the latest discovery of Bivins.

Marc Holyoak

“To my knowledge, Mike is having the talent search in most major cities but not every state,” says Spaz. “Mike Bivins is making the time to come out to Hawaii to do this, but the one I’ve got to give props to is Darnell Jones of Hot Lava Entertainment, who is putting up his own money to make this happen for the youth of Hawaii.”

For more, visit www.myspace.com/hotlavaentertainment ...

Also happening at Windward Mall at 7 p.m. May 8 is a solo performance by Kapolei’s Marc Holyoak at Hot Topic. The 23-year-old, who has made Hawaii home since he graduated from high school in Montana, just released his solo project Sleep Waves.

And he is currently in the middle of recording his debut EP Physics.

“I decided to start up Sleep Waves in February of this year,” says Holyoak. “I have been playing in bands for years, so I thought I would try something by myself. So I started writing some new material and bought some recording equipment. Within a month I had completed my first single Stay. Three or four days after it was finished I already had a gig lined up for Star 101.9’s Made in Hawaii concert series. Since then I have been working constantly, writing material and getting shows lined up.”

Holyoak describes his music as “more pop rock than anything.” For Sleep Waves, Holyoak kept it fun and something you could dance to.

Gabrielle Awai as Cinderella

As the frontman for indie group A Sedated Nation, Holyoak has become renowned for his catchy melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, captivating presence and sensational voice. For a sample of Sleep Waves or Physics, go to www.sleepwavesmusic.com.

Or visit him at one of his upcoming shows: May 9 at noon he will appear on KTUH Songwriter Showcase with Barefoot Bob; on May 16 at 8 p.m. he has a Star 101.9 Made In Hawaii performance at Irish Rose, and May 24 at 6 p.m. catch him at the Star 101.9 Made in Hawaii at Dave & Buster’s ...

If your happily ever after isn’t working out, there are still tickets available for Mother’s Day weekend performances of the musical Cinderella staged by the young people’s performing arts group HEARTS (Hawaii Education of the Arts).

Written by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cinderella features classic Broadway hits such as In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago I Saw You, Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful? and the Godmother’s featured song, Impossible!

Cinderella will be played by Gabrielle Awai; Prince Charming by Jordan Reed; the Godmother by Kaena Kekoa; the Herald by Erik Norseth; the King by Kalei Sadarananda; the Queen by Caroline Malone; the Stepmother by Keisha Padello; the Stepsisters by Erin Carroll and Tiare Sadarananda; the Chef by Benji Ah Sing and the Steward by Matthew Brown.

Shows are at Paliku Theatre May 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and May 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, $15 and $20. Group rates are available. Call 206-2033 for tickets or more information ...


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