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Black Star show in effect

AS THE Internet continues to work its way into every facet of popular culture, the emergence of social media has provided an interesting bit of insight into the way concerts are booked in Honolulu.

When BAMP Project announced the return of Mos Def and Talib Kweli to Honolulu as the reunited Black Star on June 21, hip-hop heads rejoiced. The two had been relatively frequent solo performers here in recent years, but the prospect of seeing both of them on stage at the same time makes their July 22 concert one of the can’t-miss events of the summer.

But shortly after word began to spread on Twitter and Facebook, Kweli posted an update of his own.

"No Black Star show in Hawaii," he wrote in a June 22 update. "Hey promoters … you have to ask me first. And I have to say yes."

While our fine city isn’t without its share of semi-shady "promoters," the guys at BAMP have always been upstanding members of the local concert-throwing community. When reached by phone last week, BAMP’s Matty Hazelgrove described the whole situation as an "unfortunate miscommunication" that used to be handled behind closed doors.

Hazelgrove wouldn’t comment on the record about the reason for the mix-up, but said booking the two rappers as Black Star was a little more challenging than usual since the pair don’t regularly tour together. He did state, however, that the booking agent he was working with sent a text on June 23 stating, "It’s all good," and that tickets still would be available starting last Friday at Pipeline and all Local Motion stores on Oahu.

"It’s happening like it was always planned," said Hazelgrove. "It’s been tricky … (but) we got it all finalized."

Then last Saturday, Kweli himself followed up on Twitter, posting confirmation of the July date and asking, "Where will you be?" Now that his concerns have been addressed, I’m sure plenty of folks will be at Aloha Tower in July to see him and Mos Def …

MORE CONCERT NEWS: Along with next month’s Black Star show, BAMP Project recently announced All Time Low at Pipeline on Aug. 1 and Air Supply at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Aug. 22. Rock trio Chevelle will play Pipeline on Sept. 11 … Underworld Events has landed stops on the Ataris’ 2010 U.S. summer tour schedule, with dates on Oahu (an 18-and-over show at the Loft) and Maui (a 21-and-over show at Hard Rock Cafe) on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, respectively. Visit www.underworldevents.com for more details … Raymond Ho, Jr. and Artist Groove Network have partnered to present "Alohalaulea" at Aloha Tower Marketplace on Sept. 18. Billed as "18 bands for $18," the concert will feature performances by Three Plus, Kawao, Rebel Souljahz, Ekolu, Ho’okoa, Maoli, Cease Fiyah and Ooklah the Moc, with more bands to be announced. Connect with Ho on Facebook (www.facebook.com/raymondhojr) for more …

OUT AND ABOUT: "Lost" may be pau, but Matthew Fox is still living the island lifestyle. He was spotted dancing at Chinatown nightspot the Manifest last week during "Get Right Wednesdays" … "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto spent time on the Big Island last Saturday before jetting back to Oahu to serve as a celebrity judge in a keiki cooking competition (visit tgif.staradvertiser .com for video). His latest restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, is expected to open later this year … Mixed martial artist Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was spotted in Waikiki earlier this week, partying it up Monday night at Red Lion to the sounds of DJ 720

WEEKEND PICKS: Downtowne returns to Bar 35 to present "Dirty Disco" with special guest DJ Amara from Los Angeles. Doors open at 9 p.m. tomorrow, with a $2 discount on cover if dressed in disco-themed attire. Hawaii’s own DJ KSM also will be on hand to keep people dancing; call 537-3535 … Bacardi, Contrast Magazine, the Nocturnal Sound Krew and local socialite Christa Wittmier team up to host the "B90X Aerobics Pool Party" at the Waikiki Beach Marriott’s Waikiki Terrace tomorrow. DJ Eskae and his NSK brethren will spin the afternoon away on the decks, with a "surprise" performance by Fiero after playing NextDoor tonight; tomorrow’s poolside shenanigans will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. … House fans will want to spend their Fourth of July in Chinatown with competing parties at NextDoor and the Loft. DJs Ramyt, Zane, Willis Haltom and Hi-C will spin at NextDoor starting at 9 p.m. Sunday; DJs Kidd Khaotik, Cin, Bryce, K1nch, James Coles and Daniel J will be among those on the decks at the Loft from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. during the "Stars & Stripes 2K10 Rave Massive." Big kids (21 and over) only at NextDoor, but those 16 and up can party all night at the Loft …

In the Mix drops Fridays in TGIF. Contact Jason Genegabus by e-mail at jason@staradvertiser.com or phone at 529-4766. Check out TGIF on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TGIF808.


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