Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - April 04, 2007
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Jim Gaffigan
Jim Gaffigan

GAFFIGAN WHO? There’s been buzz from the Mainland for some time about comedian Jim Gaffigan, compared by many to genius Robin Williams. Rave reviews and SRO crowds are part of his repertoire, which will likely be the case at his Hawaii debut at the Blaisdell Concert Hall July 7 and Maui’s Castle Theatre July 13. Tickets go on sale beginning this Thursday. FUN FACT: Jim also plays Andy Franklin on the TBS hit series My Boys ...

England-born Jamaican dancehall and reggae legend Shinehead, refreshingly positive and socially conscious music maker famous for his cover of Michael Jackson‘s Billie Jean, is in town for one show only this Saturday at Next Door ...


Head over to Dixie Grill Aiea to celebrate Easter Parrothead-style! Join the staff in wearing your dandiest Parrothead outfit, listen to Jimmy Buffett tunes, sip some of Jimmy’s new Landshark beer, and feast on menu specials all weekend long. The saner side of your family can indulge in daily Easter egg hunts ...

Queen Latifa
Queen Latifa

Singer-actress Queen Latifah was seen over the weekend enjoying some R&R on Maui before heading back to begin filming Mad Money with co-stars Diane Keaton and Katie Holmes. What a trio ... and what a story - three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money. I’m looking forward to this film, due out in 2008 ...

Joining Jeff and Leilani Williams as we took in the amazing guitar artistry of Sonny Silva at Du Vin after the opening party at Kim Taylor Reece‘s new gallery on Bethel Street, Sonny reminded me of his showbiz debut, at the age of 8, when I introduced him on stage at the Chubby Checker concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena. Did he twist? No, he sang a Teddy Randazzo song ...


This Week in 1959: On stage with the 14th Show of Stars at the Civic Auditorium, introducing a stellar lineup of local and Mainland stars including Ronnie Diamond, Al Lucas, Dick Jensen & The Uniques, Royal Drifters, Robin Luke ... and making the nine-hour-plus Pan Am Clipper flight from the West Coast Johnny Fuller, The Champs and Frankie Avalon. After The Champs perform their hit, Tequila, their sax player Jimmy Seals, with help from drummer Dash Crofts - long before their Seals & Crofts career - rouses the audience with Night Train. The crowd drowns me out when I try to move on. I’ve never experienced anything like it at a show before or since. Finally, Champs leader Dave Burgess takes the microphone, the crowd quiets down ... and he introduces the star of that memorable evening, Frankie Avalon ...

The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Venus by Frankie Avalon.

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