In keeping with April’s “Green” theme, the focus this month is on music with a reggae touch.
Starting this month, Unsigned HI Presents will be curating the music on the main stage! Here are the featured artists to look out for:
RootHub’s voice is deep, gravelly, and smoky, familiar and yet different from anything you’ve likely heard. RootHub spent years traveling between Kauai, LA, and New York, finding and refining his voice and writing dozens of songs, each one a story. One part Kerouac, two parts Dylan, one part Tom Waits, a dash of salt water and you’ve got Root Hub, a modern enigma.
M.O.J.O’s (Music Over Judgement And Oppression) musical roots stem from their childhood days on the islands. Sean Millson, Chris Llarenas, and Wil Tafolo grew up with the music of the islands. Exposed to different music throughout their travels, they incorporate the different genres they love, to create a unique sound that anyone can groove to. They are a reggae band that combines ska, rock, dub, and hip-hop to create a sound that cannot be categorized. Formed in the Washington DC area in 2008, M.O.J.O has performed on both the East and West coasts, in the DC Metro VA area and on the famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA at legendary venues such as The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go and House of Blues. In December 2012, M.O.J.O was named the winner of the Mai Tai Rumble’s Open Mic category, one of the largest “battle of the bands” competitions in Honolulu.
Hanale Bishop is an acoustic guitarist as well as a farmer and owner of Homestead Poi. He is partners at the farm, He Hawaiʻi Au, with his father Daniel Bishop.
STREET PERFORMERS, PRESENTED BY HONOLULU FRINGE FEST:
In 2003 Ben Sota founded the Zany Umbrella Circus, one of the few remaining tented circus companies in America. Ben has produced and directed over 30 shows and tours, performing and teaching all over the United States and the world, at venues including the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, D.C., Jordan, Ethiopian and Afghanistan. Ben’s work has been featured on Al Jazeera TV and ABC’s Good Morning America. Ben currently resides in Honolulu, HI and just finished directing a stage adaptation of La Strada at UH Manoa.
Ben Moffat has performed and taught, nationally and internationally, since 1986. Ben received his MFA in Asian theatre and directing from the UH in 1986 and in 1987 began teaching part time at University of Hawai‘i, Windward Community College. In 2011, he resigned as a professor and now freelances as a performer, storyteller, director, writer and teacher. Co-founder of dance theatre company Monkey Waterfall, Ben is a frequent performer at the Talk Story Festival in Honolulu, and has toured the public libraries in Hawai‘i and Wisconsin with various shows, including his solo storytelling performances using masks, stilts, and puppets.
Jerome James & Activ8 Electro Jazz:
Activ8 Electro Jazz street band is an ensemble of musicians, dancers and personalities that inspire movement of the people! Led by Jerome James from atop a rolling drumset stage, they will get the crowd going with a full horn section, emcees and the most amazing drumming you have ever seen.