Do It! Theory of a Deadman, Yellowcard, Rebelution, more

Sep. 21, 2012 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
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Critically acclaimed Theory of a Deadman and Yellowcard head to The Republik

The Republik rocks out this week with Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman tonight and Florida pop-punk group Yellowcard on Tuesday.

At right, Theory of a Deadman (from left, David Brenner on rhythm guitar, Dean Back on bass, Tyler Connolly on vocals and lead guitar and drummer Joey Dandeneau) released its fourth album, “The Truth Is …,” in 2011. The band is promoting it as an example of the old adage “Honesty is the best policy,” with tunes like “Lowlife,” “The Bitch Came Back”and “Hurricane.”

Theory of a Deadman’s previous releases, “Scars and Souvenirs,” “Gasoline” and its eponymous debut album, established its grunge like sound, with “Scars” going platinum and single “Bad Girlfriend” earning lots of radio play.

The band has a sense of humor; in April, Theory of a Deadman posted a video in which Connolly roams the streets of New York trying to find someone who knows who he is.

Yellowcard, which formed in 1997, is one of the few punk bands that features a violin, played by founding member Sean Mackin. Its 2003 single “Ocean Avenue” shot to the top of the charts; the single “Empty Apartment,” performed during an episode of “One Tree Hill,” put the group in the spotlight.

The band took a hiatus from 2008 to 2010 but has returned with (pictured from left) lead guitarist Ryan Mendez, original drummer Longineu W. Parsons, lead singer/guitarist Ryan Key, bassist Josh Portman, and Mackin. Its latest album, “Southern Air,” was released in August and features the upbeat tunes “Always Summer” and “Here I Am Alive.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday
Cost: $32, all ages; $60 VIP

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Cost: $25-$30; $50-$55 VIP
Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.

Kaimuki adds monthly night of fun to calendar
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Something’s cooking in Kaimuki, the east-side neighborhood named for the ovens where the mythical menehune once baked ti roots. A burgeoning “artsy scene” has taken hold there, said Silvana Alfonso, pictured, owner of the vintage boutique mod.vintage.

Alfonso and other businesses in central Kaimuki have organized a new monthly event, Third Fridays Kaimuki, and the first Third Friday takes place today.

“We decided to try to do an event sort of like First Friday, but a little bit different because First Friday … is going more in the direction of a clubbing zone,” said Alfonso. “It’s lost a little bit of that feel of a community dedicated to the arts, so we want to take it back to that.”

Waialae Avenue from Koko Head Avenue to Eighth Avenue will play host to street musicians and artists, fashion shows and free samples. Visitors who get a “passport” stamped by five participating merchants will be eligible for free gifts such as coffee, gift cards to restaurants and yoga sessions.

Along with Alfonso’s shop, which she opened in January, some trendy cafes and restaurants have opened recently, along with the district’s first gallery, UKtopia, which opened in early September. “The (Queen) Theater is going to be the main next thing that will make this whole neighborhood grow,” she said, adding that proposals to turn the old moviehouse into a performance venue or a club are under discussion.

“We hope that by creating a sense of community, people will be more interested in coming to this side of town,” she said.

Among the businesses that will have special offers that night: Drift Boutique, Yoga Hawaii, Brazilian Showroom, Shop Toast, Hi Tech Glass, BC Burrito and Head to Toe Nail & Spa.

Where: Waialae Avenue, from Koko Head to Eighth Avenue
When: 6-9 p.m. today
Cost: Free
Info: or 224-2642

Red Star musicfest features reggae, rap
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California-based group Rebelution headlines the Heineken Red Star Music Festival at Aloha Tower this weekend in a concert that combines reggae with rap.

Rebelution, formed in Santa Barbara in 2004 with members, pictured from left, Rory Carey (keyboards), Eric Rachmany (vocals/guitar), Marley D. Williams (bass) and Wesley Finley (drums), scored big when its 2007 debut album, “Courage to Grow,” was selected by iTunes as the editor’s choice for reggae album that year. The album has remained in the Billboard reggae charts since then, while its second release, “Bright Side of Life,” was iTunes’ top reggae album in 2009 and third in the U.S. for all genres of music.

The group, which features Rachmany’s crystal-clear vocals slicing through the instrumentals, was considered a vintage roots-style band. However, in its latest album, “Peace of Mind,” the group expanded its range to include strings and synthesized sounds. All 12 tracks were rendered in acoustic and dub remix versions.

Released in January, “Peace of Mind” marked Rebelution’s highest chart debut, finishing atop the reggae and independent categories and fourth on iTunes’ overall album chart.

Rebelution will be joined by Bermuda reggae artist Collie Buddz and rapper Cory Scoffern, aka The Grouch.

Buddz’ self-titled debut album in 2007 topped reggae charts from Japan to Germany and sent him on tours to Europe, Japan and Latin America.

The Grouch, who is based on Maui, is a founding member of the independent hip-hop group The Living Legends and by himself has become a prominent figure in the indie-rap scene. He cut his teeth in the rap clubs of Oakland, Calif.

Where: Aloha Tower
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $35, all ages; $80 VIP for 21+

‘Beached!’ will present art, music in refreshing harmony
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A couple of years ago, violinist Fumiko Wellington launched Fresh Chamber, presenting a series of “salon” concerts that combined chamber music with visual and performing art. The idea was for fans of music and fans of art to gather in an informal atmosphere to enjoy and share their passions.

Fresh Chamber has been on hiatus for a while, but Wellington, pictured, is bringing the concept back Thursday at Studio 909, with “beached!” featuring the music of American composer Amy Beach and the work of Hawaii artist Dorothy Faison.

“We’re going for more of a salon atmosphere than a concert atmosphere,” said Wellington, a violinist with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra.

Beach (1867-1944) was a child prodigy and piano virtuoso who was largely self-taught. Though she composed mostly in late Romantic style, she “was artistically far ahead of her time,” Wellington said in an email, calling Beach’s work “surprising in the best way.”

“Both her playing and her composition were held in high esteem by the greatest artists of her time,” Wellington said.

Beach was especially known for her songs, several of which will be performed by mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover, a University of Hawaii-Manoa voice professor. Also performing: symphony musicians Ignace Jang on violin, violist Colin Belisle, cellist Joanna Morrison-Pernela and UH piano professor Thomas Yee.

Faison’s most recent work of note is the fictional “Lawnboat Historical Society,” a whimsical account of an era in which boats transported grass lawns across the ocean to Hawaii. She has created a website, paintings and “historical” documents and artifacts as part of her chronicle. For this event, she will be creating a “wrap” around the performance area, decorated with motifs from her “lawnboat” series.

Where: Studio 909, Hawaii Musicians Union building, 909 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Cost: $20
Info: or 596-2123

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