Do It! Grieves, Bleachers, Kanpai

Feb. 26, 2015 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
(Courtesy Jenavieve Belair)

(Courtesy Jenavieve Belair)



Blues and jazz music influence rapper

Seattle alternative rapper Grieves brings his moody lyrics to the Republik this week.

His album “Irreversible,” independently released in 2007, propelled him on tour with some top names in indie-rap, like Atmosphere, Macklemore, P.O.S and Brother Ali. His 2011 release “Together/Apart,” an album exploring the dark side of relationships, gained him national acclaim, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatstrokes chart and No. 13 on the top rap albums chart. His fourth studio album, “Winter & the Wolves,” features acoustic piano and guitar combined with synthesizers in songs about the fight for survival. It reached No. 7 on the Billboard rap albums chart.

His musical tastes stem from going to jazz and blues performances at a club in Chicago with his father, and his grandfather, a pianist who fled the Holocaust.

“I’d say that I was comfortable at an early age listening to music that truly inspired me, instead of music that was cool amongst my peers,” he told the website HipHopDx. “While everybody else was jumping on their beds listening to Kris Kross, I was listening to Carole King’s ‘Tapestry,’ which is slightly emasculating for me to say, but it’s true.”

Opening will be underground Los Angeles hip-hop artist Scarub and rapper/producer A-Plus, who also perform at Nextdoor on Saturday.

» Where: The Republik
» When: 8 p.m. Friday
» Cost: $25
» Info: (855) 235-2867,

(Courtesy Laura Sable and Bill Wiemuth)

(Courtesy Laura Sable and Bill Wiemuth)

Duo performs on land and sea

Laura Sable and husband Bill Wiemuth have developed what might be considered a true lounge act — if you’re lounging around on a cruise ship.

Sable, a singer who can really belt out a tune, and keyboard and backup vocalist Wiemuth have performed during cruises operated by American Queen Steamboat Co., American Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Majestic America Line and others, sailing the Mississippi, the Columbia River and Alaska waters. Sable also has sung in regional theater productions and in New York.

She and Wiemuth have developed a program that pays tribute to “great ladies” of song, featuring hits of singers such as Patsy Cline, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald, Cher, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Peggy Lee and others.

They’ll be taking the act on shore Friday, performing at Medici’s, a new, intimate performance venue at the Manoa Marketplace.

Where: Medici’s, Manoa Marketplace (near Bank of Hawaii)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Cost: $15
Info: (808) 351-0901, or 351-0901

(Courtesy The Republik)

(Courtesy The Republik)


Jack Antonoff and Bleachers are ready to play The Republik

What do you do when you have a multiplatinum megahit that puts you at the top of the charts for weeks and appears on “Glee” and on a Super Bowl commercial? If you’re Jack Antonoff, you come out with another indie pop act and churn out a few hits with that as well.

Antonoff is a member of fun., which busted the charts with “We Are Young” in 2012. The song propelled fun. to six Grammy nominations, winning for best new artist and song of the year.

Antonoff, meanwhile, emerged last year with Bleachers, which plays the Republik on Saturday. It features material that had been brewing in his mind for years and somehow came to fruition while touring with fun.

Bleachers’ debut album, “Strange Desires,” includes popular tunes such as “Rollercoaster” and “I Wanna Get Better,” an “international” hit that Antonoff wrote and began mixing while on tour in Asia and then finished up back in New York.

It’s all a product of Antonoff’s restlessly creative mind. A New Jersey native, he formed a punk rock band in high school and has been touring with bands since age 15. He formed the band Steel Train, then fun., and he’s co-written songs with Taylor Swift (“Sweeter Than Fiction”) and Sara Bereilles (the gay anthem “Brave”).

Of working on his Bleachers project while on tour with fun., he told MTV, “If you told me … I’d be doing a world tour, then making an album in the midst of it, I would have told you it wouldn’t be possible; all I know is I was very compelled to make this, and it happened.”

» Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
» When: 8 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $34-$39
» Info: (855) 235-2867,

(Courtesy Anthony Cardona)

(Courtesy Anthony Cardona)

Body painting on menu at Kanpai: Art & Sushi

If art is food for the soul, then it’s only appropriate to have events where art and food go hand in hand. At Kanpai: Art & Sushi it will go a bit further than that.

The event will feature body painting, below, for guests by artist Bryce Loon.

“There’s been a lot of events where models are being body-painted, but the guests, they don’t really get to be involved, so this event will be a bit more special where the guests can be a part of our art as well,” said Linda Kuo of Loading Zone Arts, the sponsoring organization.

Kuo, a contemporary dancer, has been body-painted before, spending two hours getting two life-size female figures painted on her body to portray the “different personalities of the female.”

“It was really cool to see how the artist can use everyone’s body,” said Kuo, admitting the experience was ticklish.

“Everyone has different body types, so the challenge for the artist is how to adapt different lines onto each person’s body.”

Surf artist Luke Dekneef also will be creating live artwork on canvas.

The food, meanwhile, will be provided by Sushi on Wheels, which will offer all-you-can-eat sushi. There also will be a mochi bar, five beer tastings and drink specials. Entertainment will be provided by go-go dancer Cherry Lei, Madam X from the Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Kuo and DJ Who’s Next.

» Where: eleven44, 1144 Bethel St.
» When: 7 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $45-$55
» Info:

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