Reggae With A Touch Of San Fran

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - October 07, 2009
One Groove releases album No. 2

Bicoastal group One Groove is releasing its second album this week.

Bicoastal? Here’s the story.

The seven Hawaii-born-and-raised members started playing music together more than 10 years ago in San Francisco. Two of the group members are now back living in Hawaii, with the remaining five in California.

“Obviously this makes it challenging for us to get together for rehearsals, shows and studio sessions, but somehow we’ve managed to make it work so far,” says group member Kris Kanoho. “Let’s just say that some of the braddahs have racked up some frequent-flier miles over the last few years. Being apart also means not being able to perform live as often as other bands - so a One Groove show is always an event for us as well as the fans!”


Their first record, Make Your Move, did well here locally, spawning a few radio hits including KCCN FM 100’s 2005 “Single of the Year” for a song called Heartache. The song continues to make the play list at Island radio stations. And last year, the group went to the big screen with a song featured in the Universal Pictures comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Pretty cool, huh?

The group - Keone Cataian, Chris Lavatai, Kris Kanoho, Jose Dangtayan, Hini Galuteria and Brent Nishikawa - returns with the album The Movement. Boasting 11 tracks of all-original music, their new album represents more than four years’ work and showcases a marked growth for the group.

Augie T. returns to radio

And while their musical direction continues to be firmly planted in Island reggae, this album demonstrates their ability to push all boundaries and perceptions about what this style of music should be.

“One Groove has always been about pushing boundaries,” says Kanoho. “After we finished our first album, we felt that we still had a lot more to say musically. Where the first album was more Hawaiian and a reflection of where we come from, The Movement is more heavily influenced by where we are today, specifically the San Francisco Bay area. At the end of the day, we try not to over-analyze what we do - we write music that we like to hear and feel super-blessed when other people like it too.”

The track list includes Intro A Nube Nueve, Cloud 9, Lion’s Roar, Unwind, One Step Closer, Taking You Back, Tearing Me Apart, Irie Groove Party, Lonely You Lonely Me, Never Gonna Let It (Take Control), Love You Like I Did and Roots, Reggae, Revolution. Their favorites?

Unwind, Lion’s Roar, Roots, Reggae, Revolution, Tearing Me Apart and Love You Like I Did.

One Groove in its entirety will be on our coast this month to promote the album. For a listing of their performances, visit ...

As of Monday, KCCN FM100’s morning show has a familiar local comedian joining the team. Augie T., the comedian who put Kalihi on the map, has joined Lina Girl for its morning programming. Augie’s history with the KCCN ohana dates back to when he was doing entertainment reports for Brickwood Galuteria in the mid ‘90s. Since then, Augie has gone on to do radio while simultaneously cultivating a successful comedy career. He and his cast of characters will join Lina Girl as the co-host of the KCCN FM100 morning show.

Lina Girl’s longtime co-host Pipi will will carry his high-energy delivery and infectious laugh to the evenings. And Bryan Min, KCCN’s Nighttime Hawaiian also will be moving to another spot. I hear those details will be forth-coming ...

And den in Chinatown, thirtyninehotel is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a music-filled event this week Saturday at 8 p.m. DJs Juan Nunez and Mark Chittom will deliver the sounds. Nunez is one of thirtynine’s favorite DJs. In the heyday of deep house in the ‘90s, Nunez was universally considered one of L.A.‘s best of the genre. His high -profile name propelled him in the nu-disco era of the 2000s. He made a thirtyninehotel appearance for its Space Truckin’ disco party in June, and will be back to celebrate with Chittom.

Chittom, who has been a DJ in Hawaii for 13 years, has made a name in the writing and DJing scene. This will be his last performance before he leaves Hawaii for New York later this month.

Tickets cost $10 presale (, or $15 at the door.

Thirtyninehotel opened its doors in July 2004 and over the years added a world-class rooftop bar, an amazing sound system with historical significance in disco lore and top notch bar service. Thirtyninehotel has matured beyond what owner Gelareh Khoie and her partners Harvey Basset (DJ Harvey) and Richard Rayla ever imagined was possible.

Cheers to their continued success!

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