Do It! Crystal Method, I Digress, ‘Parallel Realities,’ and the Turtle Bay Summer Paddle Challenge

Aug. 10, 2012 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
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The Crystal Method brings its big beats to The Republik

Over its 15 years as hitmakers and headliners, the duo known as The Crystal Method has been hailed as one of the world’s best at picking up flotsam from electronic and analog music and pulverizing it into a big beat for audiences to get down with.

Bonding as DJs in Las Vegas, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland moved to Los Angeles and started making music. In 1997’s “Las Vegas,” now certified platinum, they created an album that could not be denied — an American-crafted offering equal to groundbreaking European electronica that had been dominating the scene.

In the years since, The Crystal Method has created movie and video game soundtracks and a series of remixes and composed music for runners via Nike. On its most recent album, 2009’s “Divided By Night,” TCM works with eye-opening musical partners including New Order bassist Peter Hook and Matisyahu.

On its way to Honolulu after playing at the Ultra Music Festival in Seoul, and with an appearance at Burning Man in the offing, TCM’s appearance during The Republik’s soft opening, limited to 500, will be a rare opportunity to hear this act in a club setting.

Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., third level
When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $25-$40 advance, $30-$45 at the door; ages 18 and over
Info:,, 855-235-2867
Note: DJs KSM, PSI, Willis, Tide and R.A.F. open the show

–Elizabeth Kieszkowski

Ascendant band I Digress returns to Hawaii roots

I Digress, a pepped-up indie-pop band with rock ‘n’ roll roots, is touring the Northwest with a detour way out west to Honolulu. The band, formed in Honolulu and now based in Portland, Ore., is calling this tour “Return to Sender,” and when it comes to this stop on the route, that’s about right.

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This time around, the band arrives with a new member in tow: Cody Males of Oregon on guitar and keyboards. The band is also bringing three new original songs, two new covers and a new EP.

Late last year, band members Ben Strobel (vocals/guitar), Jack Jackman (vocals/bass) and Ryan Johnson (drums) moved the band to Oregon. They’ve since found a studio, played at the massive music showcase SXSW in Austin, Texas, and recorded new music to bring out on tour.

Jackman played in a metal band in Hawaii and ran a production company, Nemesis, before rounding up I Digress. It all started in an unlikely fashion: at an open mic night, when Jackman heard Strobel’s clear, sweet singing voice … on a Justin Timberlake cover.

That blend of pop and grass-roots enthusiasm, seasoned with some hard-rock spice, serves I Digress well. This band rolls out some attractive, eager-to-please energy on stage. Its ReverbNation page makes comparisons to Jason Mraz and Jimmy Eat World, and these are good starting points.

“We always have one term for our music,” Jackmans says: “It’s called sex-pop.”

He adds, “I think you have to be a little bit brave to do what we’re doing. … We just wanted to come back — it’s going to be such a special show — to show the improvement that we’ve made.”

Where: Hawaiian Brian’s, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $8
Info: 946-1343,

–Elizabeth Kieszkowski

‘Parallel Realities’ dives into murky world of PR

As the election season nears, what could be more provocative than a play about the public relations business? Playwright John Wythe White has written what he calls a “revenge play,” “Parallel Realities,” premiering this weekend at The Actors’ Group.

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The story is about a young woman dealing with the realities of the PR business, White said. “She comes to realize very quickly that the clients that they serve are basically people with all the money and the power, and they get to create their own version of reality.”

White said he sees the same thing happening now in Hawaii during election season.

“I wrote this play a long time ago and I’ve continually had to update it,” White said of “Parallel Realities,” which stars Katherine Aumer and S. Rick Crump, pictured. “I had a lot of references in the beginning to George Bush and Karl Rove, and I had to take all those out because they’re gone.”

Interestingly enough, his original play had rail as a hot topic in the play’s fictional election. “There’s a lot of stuff about the rail in the play, except it’s kind of like an alternate version of the argument that’s going on,” White said.

Finding the truth now “is a fight in this country,” he said.

Where: The Actors’ Group, Dole Cannery Square, 650 Iwilei Road, Suite 101
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 2
Cost: $12-$20
Info: or call 722-6941
Note: Contains adult situations and language

No experience needed to enjoy SUP activities

At the Turtle Bay Summer Paddle Challenge this weekend, you can have fun even you don’t plan on getting wet.

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The event features a premium concert and afterparty at Surfer, The Bar, with Men in Grey Suits covering classic surf-rock songs at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Ekolu Kalama, a musician who also happens to be a champion stand-up paddler. There will be a raffle and prize giveaways on Saturday and Sunday.

And don’t forget the races. There’s an 8-mile race from Hukilau Beach in Laie to Turtle Bay on Saturday, and with $5,000 in prize money at stake, the race won’t be a stroll in the park. It begins with a 10 a.m. ceremony to celebrate the history of Laie and the re-enactment of a traditional hukilau. On Sunday, paddlers will sprint around a spectator-friendly course set up in front of the Hang Ten Bar & Grill.

The event, part of the Stand Up World Series, will draw some great paddlers, including current points leader Kai Lenny of Maui.

Where: Turtle Bay Resort
When: Opening ceremony, 10 a.m. Saturday at Hukilau Beach. Races, 1 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Music and entertainment, 7 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free for spectators

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