After two decades spent chiseling their unique, multi-genre infused sound, Dirty Heads have finally come into their own. Since the release of their 2008 debut ‘Any Port in a Storm,’ the five-piece band — Jared Watson (vocals), Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell (vocals/guitar), Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums) and David Foral (bass) — has consistently experimented with their sunny style, leaning heavily on reggae fused with hip-hop cornerstones and scaling back for more acoustic fare, darting between extremes. But it’s with their fifth and self-titled album that the group has felt fully confident in a body of work, ready to bring their unique style to the masses.
In late 80’s Gin Blossoms started to grow a huge following as the #1 local music draw in Phoenix and certainly were the hometown heroes of their favorite hang, Tempe, Arizona. Gin Blossoms indelible jangle-pop sound was evolving during radio’s diverse mix of hair bands and grunge music superstars like Nirvana. After the Phoenix New Times chose them the city’s best rock band, they qualified to play at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas in 1989. That same year, College Music Journal dubbed them the “Best Unsigned Band in America” and added an invitation to perform on MTV’s New Music Awards in New York City. The Gin Blossoms have been defining the sound of jangle pop and indie rock for more than two decades.
Piko Taro is a singer/ songwriter from Chiba prefecture, Japan. His video, “PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen)” went viral on the Internet after being posted on Youtube last summer. Shortly after that, Justin Bieber posted on his twitter saying it is his favorite video on the Internet, which stirred more buzz. Global media including CNN and BBC then picked up the story and turned him into a globally recognized star. Piko Taro’s song also reached American Billboard Chart Hot 100, which was the first in the last 26 years as a Japanese artist. His song is also registered as “the world’s shortest song” in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Flow is a five-piece Japanese mixture rock band made up of KOHSHI (Vo), KEIGO(Vo), TAKE(Gt), GOT’s(Ba) and IWASAKI(Dr). Brothers, KOHSHI (older brother, Vo) and TAKE (younger brother, G) started playing together in 1993, and formed FLOW in 1998. One year later, KEIGO (Vo) and GOT’s (Ba) were added and in 2000, IWASAKI (Dr) joined the group. The group made a major debut in 2003 with a first single “Blaster,” and kept releasing hit after hit, well received for their strong twin vocal melody and their wide range of musicality. They have released numerous anime tie-in songs such as “Naruto” opening theme song called “GO!!!,” Code Geass : Lelouch of the Rebellion R2’s opening theme song called “COLORS,” Tales of Zestiria the X’s opening theme song called” Kaze no uta,” and have earned their popularity over a long period of time. Their energetic live performance is also something not to miss. In 2008, they had a successful solo live concert at Nippon Budokan. But not only in Japan, they keep getting offers to play at various festivals worldwide and performed in more than 15 countries since 2006. In 2015, they completed a world tour, which took place in eight countries including Japan, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. The group continues to perform and deliver music across the border.
*Ekiden registration fee includes admission to the nighttime concert at Waikiki Shell (lawn seats). Tickets are first come first served for the first 2,000 participants.
No coolers, outside food & drinks allowed.
No hydroflasks allowed. (Only empty, clear, non-glass water bottles allowed).
No packages, bags, knapsacks and backpacks allowed.
Small purses not to exceed 12″x12″ (One per person & subject to search).
No drones allowed.
No chairs, back rests only.
Any outside alcoholic beverages will be confiscated. Any patron under the age of 21 found drinking will be subject to ejection and/or arrest.
Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival 2016
FOURTH ANNUAL HONOLULU EKIDEN AND MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BE HELD ON MAY 22, 2016
The Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival culminates in a star-studded concert at the Waikiki Shell, including international superstar group MAGIC!, whose smash hit “Rude” has topped the charts in eight countries. The thrilling lineup also includes the all-girl pop-rock band sensation SCANDAL and Japanese pop artist Go Hiromi.
Canadian reggae, rock and pop band!
As one half of the in-demand writing and production duo The Messengers, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Nasri has penned music for everybody from Justin Bieber and Pitbull to Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera. He garnered a Grammy Award in the category of “Best R&B Album” for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. in 2012. He has now formed a band with Mark Pelli, drummer Alex Tanas and bassist Ben Spivak to create a sound that combines reggae, rock, pop, and a little soul. That sound distills Caribbean flavor, arena-size bombast, and glistening melodies into an undeniably intoxicating musical potion. This is MAGIC! “I want everybody to join us on this MAGIC! adventure,” says Nasri. “It’s a stressful time out there, and people are struggling to find hope in balance. This music is meant to put you in a good mood. We want to bring people together to have a good time. It’s not about us. It’s about the music. We want you to be a part of that energy and a positive musical world.”.
Japanese pop-rock girl band from Osaka, Japan
SCANDAL was formed in August 2006 by four high school girls – Haruna, Mami, Tomomi, and Rina, who met in an Osaka vocal and dance school called Caless. They started thrilling live audiences every weekend at Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park. Soon, they started getting offers from clubs in Osaka and Kyoto. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States, France, and Hong Kong. That October, Scandal released their major debut single, “Doll”, under Epic Records Japan. The band has performed the theme songs for many anime, including “Shōjo S” and “Harukaze” for Bleach and “Shunkan Sentimental.” for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. With numerous overseas performances and anime theme songs, Scandal has built a considerable international fan base.
Japanese Musical Icon
Hiromi Go made his debut as a singer with the 1972 single “Otokonoko Onnanoko”, which catapulted his status to top idol. Aside from his career as a musician, he has appeared in TV dramas, saw success in music programs and talk shows. After the ‘80s, released such big hit tracks as “Aishu no Casablanca” and “Nioku Yonsenman no Hitomi” in an attempt to step aside from his status as an idol. During the 90’s and on, had huge success with ballad “Aitakute Shikatanai”, along with dance tunes such as “GOLDFINGER ‘99” . From 2002, he took a break from his musical career and lived in New York for three and a half years. In April 2005, with the release of the single “Ai Yori Tsuyoku”, he officially restarted his musical career, and since then, has strongly continued on.
Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival 2015
Save the Beach, Save The Ocean
Save beaches decreasing throughout the country. Such thought is the concept of GREENROOM FESTIVAL.
GREENROOM FESTIVAL is a culture festival of art and music, with the backbone of beach-culture and self culture.
GREENROOM FESTIVAL conveys ocean, beach lifestyles, and culture through Music and Art and maintaining precious beaches for our children.
All our artists, no matter what their nationality or genre, are sure to present to you their very best performance, leaving behind precious memories in all of your hearts.
Tickets: Greenroom Festival tickets included with Honolulu Ekiden Entry Fee. Greenroom Festival tickets also sold separately at www.ticketmaster.com
*Subject to change
Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival 2014
The Honolulu Ekiden experience culminated in a music festival held on the beach in Waikiki following the race as part of the Sunset on the Beach concert series.
Three popular Japanese bands and one local band performed on the beach at Waikiki.
Japanese pop/reggae duo from Kanagawa, Japan
In May 2005, Iseki (vocalist and guitar) and Kurei (vocals) formed Kimaguren. While performing live concerts at beach houses in Zushi, the duo started Otodama Sea Studio, which became known for producing outdoor music events with popular Japanese artists on the beaches of Zushi, Kanagawa. A major break came in 2008 when they debuted under Universal Music Japan and their second single “Life” was a major hit on the charts. That same year, they appeared on Japan’s annual year-end music TV show “Red and White Song Contest (Kohaku).” In 2012 they released an album and performed live at Budokan in Tokyo. One of their singles was the theme song for a Japanese movie that debuted in March 2013.
Japanese pop-rock girl band from Osaka, Japan
Formed in August 2006 by four high school girls—Haruna, Mami, Tomomi, and Rina—Scandal played live music on the streets until the group was noticed and signed to a Japanese Indie label. In 2008, the band released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States, France, and Hong Kong. That October, the band released its single debut under Epic Records Japan. In 2012, Scandal became the first girl band to achieve four consecutive top 5 positions in the Oricon Weekly charts in Japan. The band also held a concert in Malaysia in December 2012, becoming the first Japanese band to hold a solo concert there. After successfully performing at Budokan Hall in Tokyo in March 2012, they fulfilled their biggest dream since forming the group in March 2013 by performing on their own at Osaka-jo Hall in their hometown of Osaka. At present, they are considered to be one of the most powerful Japanese all girl pop-rock bands.
Japanese-Canadian pop-rock “hybrid band” from Sendai, Japan
A pop-rock band formed in 2000 in Sendai, Monkey Majik consists of Canadian brothers, Maynard Plant and Blaise Plant, on lead vocals and guitars, and two Japanese members, Tax (on drums) and Dick (on bass). The band rose to mainstream success after the 2006 success of their singles, “Fly” and “Around the World,” from the album Thank You, eventually reaching the top of Oricon charts in Japan. In January 2011, the band was named Goodwill Ambassadors and often visits and performs live acoustic concerts in Canada. The band also received acclaim in Japan after assisting hands-on with cleanup and rescue during the aftermath of the 2011 Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Their gesture of kindness was documented by MTV Japan and later broadcast as a part of the band’s “Send Ai, Send Love” movement. They continue to hold concerts under the “Send Ai, Send Love” theme benefiting those affected by the Tohoku disasters as well as performing live in other parts of Asia.
Opening Act: EMKE – A Hawaii teen rock band
Most of us can only dream about living on an island paradise or becoming a rock star. For the members of EMKE, that’s just everyday life.
Sisters Kira (vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass) and Ezri (vocals, bass, keyboard) Santos along with Mari Arakawa (vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass) and Payton Sekigawa (drums, percussion), burst onto the Honolulu music scene in 2005. The band members met while attending a real life ‘school of rock’ in Hawaii (Hawaii MusicWorks). While taking lessons, the group discovered they shared an interest in 80’s classic rock and decided to form a band. The choice of musical style proved to be a fortuitous one. Performing cover tunes from bands like Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi, EMKE quickly gained accolades for wowing audiences with their mature level of musicianship and vocal abilities.
In a short time, EMKE found themselves graduating from intimate local club gigs, to playing before huge concert crowds. To their excitement and surprise, the band was now doing opening slots for artist including BILLY RAY CYRUS, the legendary KANSAS, QUIET RIOT’S CARLOS CAVAZO, HOOBASTANK, and SWITCHFOOT and ONE REPUBLICK. EMKE has also received multiple invitations to appear at the music industries’ prestigious NAMM Show in Los Angeles, CA to perform with musical luminaries such as LEE RITENOUR, ANDY McKEE and (the band’s favorite gig) opening for JOURNEY’S NEAL SCHON. As a result of their LA concerts, the band was awarded a musical endorsement by Yamaha Music Corporation of America.
EMKE’s debut EP “Promises and Expectations” is a mixture of melodic “pop anthems” and “guitar driven” alternative rock. It’s a collection of tunes that echoes the band’s current musical influences such as, All Time Low and Go Radio with musical undertones that pay homage to their roots in classic rock.