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Jul 19, 2012

Music on Maui, Hawaii Island, and a fundraiser

This is a blog test - I am figuring out how to easily convert my old text and photo email newsletters over to this blog....   Below is a old newsletter minus the photos   Mahalo for the patience!  JC
            I will be playing music tomorrow night (Thursday, June 12th)  at  Cafe des Amis in Paia, Maui.   I play from 5:30 - 8 and I look forward to the good food there after I play.  
               Hope to see you there!
            On Saturday and sunday evening I will be back in on the Big Island at Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe from 5:30 - 9.   But before that . . . 
          I will be helping out my good friend and keyboardist Fulton Tashombe at the Iao Theatre on Market Street in Wailuku, Maui from 2 - 4 pm.     
  Fulton Tashombe - pianist/vocalist/songwriter/conductor/arranger

Fulton has played with Natalie Cole ,  The Whispers , The O'Jays , Johnny "Guitar" Watson , and Emil Richards , among others. 

      On the bill will be many of Fultons friends including Erick Gilliam, Kelly Covington, David Choy & Slam, Danny M, Paul Marchetti, Shiro Mori, Sal Godinez, John Zangrando and Fultons All Star Band. 
     Also headlining is Emil Richards,  who played the bells on Scarborough Fair, the snaps on the Addams Family TV show, the bongos on the original Mission Impossible TV show, the xylophone on the Simpons theme song, as well as close to 2000 films and TV shows.      
    His credits span from Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison to over 750 more. He has played on movie scores written by Alfred Newman, Bernard Hermann, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, and Quincy Jones, Danny Elfman and 100's more.
            This important event is a fundraiser for Fulton who has just been approved for a lung transplant.   A person not only has to qualify medically & psychologically, but economically as well.  Meaning one has to have funds to sustain oneself both pre and post operation until recovery is sufficient to allow one to work again. Or in  Fulton's case -  PLAY AGAIN!
      You can tell he has quite a sense of humor by the T shirts which will be on sale there. 
                I am so glad to have the opportunity to help out not only a great musician,  entertainer, arranger, singer, producer, but a great human being and friend! Mahalo Fulton!
                 A few weeks ago I went to the City of Refuge annual cultural exhibition.  Very cool!  
      I sincerely hope you all had a good July 4th.  ( one of my favorite holidays )  
     I had a great gig up at the Mauna Kea  Beach Hotel.  Below Jack Martin surveys the crowd and the beautiful bay. 
    In the band playing music was Karl Kasberg on Keys, Paul Lindberg on Sax,  Ginai on Vocals and Ukelele,  Bruce David on Drums, myself on Chapman Stick and Jack on Guitar.
      I always read bits of the Constitution and Bill of Rights on July 4th and still am so impressed by the premise this country was founded on, and how brilliant those documents are. 
    Very disturbing to me is released report  from the Department of Homeland Security which takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.   DHS funded that group for $12 million. 
In it, the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists.

- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;

- Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;

- People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);

- Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;

- Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;

    I would guess that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson and many other founders of America were reverent of individual liberty and didn't care much for centralized authority. 
    Myself,  I am not "anti - global", but I am a bit wary of the loss of American sovereignty.   Are you at all wary?  
    I do hope you have a chance to enjoy what you have along with some music. 
     Mahalo and Aloha!
     Joe Conti

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