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Happy Chinese New Year!

I want to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year, lunar new year, and Spring Festival! gong xi fa cai! It's also Valentine's Day ♥. So happy Valentine's Day to you!

My personal 5 Recap on what has gone on in relation to my beatboxing from December 2009 to February 2010 in chronological order:

1. Opening for Michael Winslow was the cream of the crop for my entire 2009 and career. It was a real honor to work with someone I grew up watching in the Poice Academy films. After my performance he encouraged me to keep doing what I do, and that meant a lot. Major thanks goes out to my sponsor Freelance Clothing (do check out them out, you can also get their stuff at Dig Lifestyles)! Shout out to the Freelance fam Just For Fun Krew, Jay, Kenny, and B3@k 03! I also want to thank Raul Soria, Kamuela Kahoano, Pipeline Cafe, Jazz Minds' Mahea & Nancy, the promoters, Greg Azus, Jason Azus, Cooper, Ellice, Janel, Mara, Rosie, and everyone that came out to make the show such a success! Michael Winslow is funny, and his sound-effects are out of this world!
Photos courtesy of Raul Soria & Freelance Clothing:


2. The Aloha For Haiti fundraiser at the Mercury Bar was a success. I along with other local talent volunteered our time on stage, and raised over $1,100.00 for Doctors Without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org). I brought to the stage harmonicist Juanita, and poet Jess K during my set for impromptu collaborations. Big thanks goes out to the Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Willow Chang, Bridget Gray, Samba Axe, Dakini Dance Company, DJ Jet Boy, DJ RoLando de la vega, Mercury Bar, and more!
Photos courtesy of Tracy Chan of Metromix Honolulu:

3. After recovering from the vog I felt healthy enough to perform for three back to back Chinese New Year events: the Chinese New Year Festival (Chinatown Cultural Plaza) hosted by the United Chinese Coalition, Night in Chinatown Festival block party (Smith/Hotel Street Main Stage) hosted by the Chinatown Merchants Association, and the Chinatown Open House (Chinatown Cultural Plaza) hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. I also met the Narcissus Queen & Court. I had a great time performing for all three events. Big thanks goes out to all of the organizers, Albert Lui, Leonard Kam,  Karlel 'Ewalani Crowley, Joseph, Heather, and many more!
Chinatown Open House photos courtesy of hawyn316 & Regina:

4. A couple Saturday nights ago I performed for Oʻahu households on the KHON-TV2 program "Entertain Me!" I will appear in a future episode as well. Turn in to KHON-TV2 every Saturday at 9PM after "America's Most Wanted!" Big thanks to producer Jim Bryan, their crew, and the Hawaiian Brian's Billards staff!
Photos courtesy of Irwin Santos:

5. The human beatbox (vocal percussion) workshop that I facilitate three days a week at the Diverse Art Center (1024 Queen St) made one month, and is going on two.  They're coming along nicely with a growing interest from the ladies as well as the fellas. We're cultivating a Hawaii beatbox community together. Good balance of beatboxers of all sorts of levels, and Hawaii definitely has heavy beatbox talent. Diverse Art Center made an appearance in the February 10th issue of MidWeek, and the "NEW" human beatbox class also got mentioned. Big thanks goes out to MidWeek, Niki Kealoha, Diverse Art Center, regular beatbox workshop attendees, and Linda Dela Cruz.

Here's the consistent weekly schedule of the human beatbox workshops/classes at the Diverse Art Center:
Monday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm

Monthly class fee of $20 or a weekly fee of $5; late payments add a $15 on top of the $20.

Check out the MidWeek article about the Diverse Art Center:

http://www.midweek.com/content/columns/entrepreneurs_article/giving_creative_youths_a_new_voice/

What's coming up? Visit the events section:
http://jasontom.com/events

Last, but not least I want to thank God!
Oh, and I want to thank you for reading. Have a great week!

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