Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - February 16, 2011
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Luke Wurpel and yours truly

FROM BACKSTAGE to the front line ... As my company and I bid aloha oe to a six-year veteran of the concert scene, our ace production coordinator (and now second lieutenant) Luke Wurpel is taking a break from show biz to serve our country in the U.S. Army. We’ll miss you much, Luke, and wish you safe tours of duty and a speedy return to Hawaii ...

Taking a break from American Idol, Steven Tyler was in Kihei Safeway two Fridays ago, showing his very aloha spirit by posing for pictures with employees ...

Great new eatery downtown: Downbeat Diner & Lounge, located at 42 N. Hotel St. They’re serving up grass-fed beef burgers, sandwiches, vegan and vegetarian options, an array of delicious desserts and breakfast all day and night, $2 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. For more information, go to downbeatdiner.com ... Fun Fact: Downbeat, the musicians’magazine first published in the ‘30s, was available in its early years at newsstands and musical instrument stores like the long-gone Metronome music, which coincidentally was located just down the street from where the newly opened Downbeat Diner & Lounge is located ...

She’s baaack! Kathy Griffin live under the stars at the Waikiki Shell Friday, April 8 ... and at Maui’s Castle Theatre April 10! Tickets go on sale this Saturday at the Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations…

If you’re 21 or over, head to ArtZone in Nuuanu for some Aerial Burlesque Feb. 18 and 19 with advance tickets just $20, available at Odyssey Tattoo, 265-5981 ...

Get your tickets now for the MayJah RayJah 2011 Tour stopping by Waikiki Shell April 16 with New Zealand’s Katchafire, the legendary Ho’onu’a, Kolohe Kai, Ooklah The Moc, Rebel Souljahz, Cease Fyah and Sheriff Brown. Tickets go on sale Feb. 19 at all Ticketmaster locations ... All the info is at mayjahrayjah.com ...

This week in 1987: Lionel Richie performs three sell-out concerts at Blaisdell Arena. During his second encore there’s a spectacular special effect to the hit Dancing on the Ceiling, with musicians literally dancing on the ceiling of the arena while suspended upside down on sophisticated rigging. The crowd is loving it and so am I ... until one of the musicians suddenly dangles by one leg high above the stage. Everyone’s relieved when he’s safely lowered to the deck for a happy ending to a grand concert. Ticket price? $16.50! In his Honolulu Advertiser column, Don Chapman writes: “In town for Lionel Richie’s concerts are his new manager Freddy DeMann, who also manages Madonna and Billy Idol, and Lionel’s agent Howard Rose, who has quite a stable of talent: Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Chicago, Boston and Queen.” ... The No. 1 record is Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi ...


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