Saturday (June 26), 8pm, Mulligan’s on the Blue, Wailea, $10 advance / $15 door
“Woo hoo” for The Throwdowns and “nana nana boo boo,” to the naysayers. I can’t help but feel utterly celebratory for this band–one that is as sugar-and-fire as the torched tops of creme brulee. More than simply talented and spirited, they’re just some of the gosh-darned nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Late last year, I thought I’d try out a bit of cancer and see how that worked out (good, by the way). The band happened to be on Oahu, opening for The Fray, and made a special trip to Kaiser Moanalua just to bring me flowers and a fake mustache. It was, like, totally “Make a Wish,” and somehow they intuitively knew I’d been wishing for a mustache that I could keep safe from chemo… Also abundantly altruistic is the T’downs headlining of a statewide Summer Concert Tour with The Throwdowns, a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation. Not sure where he finds the time, but bassist Kimo Clark is the Vice Chair of the Surfrider’s Maui Chapter, and says “getting involved with a cause like this is kind of a no-brainer.” So when this island-hopping showcase makes its Maui finale at Mulligans, going–and thereby getting involved–is a no-brainer, too. Especially when Battle of the Bands 2010 winners, Moth (see this week’s Music Scene), will take the stage, as will BOTB 1st-runners-up, Sounds of Addiction. Miss it, and you can “stick your head in doo doo.” 808-874-1131 (Mulligan’s), www.surfrider.org
THE THROWDOWNS, MY MUSTACHE & ME
I may be pretty dude-ly, but turns out, I make an ugly dude. Or maybe, a mustache that big makes any dude ugly? Hmm… I suppose posing with rock stars doesn’t help much either. Whatevs. I’ll go ahead and blame the grimace on the 104 temp, and the fatness on bad habits IV fluids.