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Partyman: on a mission to party

Date Posted: 1998-10-09

From the shores of Okuma to the Halls of Pescaderia, the Partyman hits the late-night scene. I just want you all to know, that I do this all for you. No evening is too late, no bar too far, no drink too strong to keep me from searching the island for the hottest and best places to party. It's a rough life but I knew it was going to be hard when I signed on. The smile on your face is my reward. This week offers opportunity for some, adventure for others and fun for all. Just doin' my job.

Backbeat- The pouring rain masked the tears on my face as the Full Moon Fest at Ichanda Beach was rained out on Sunday. There should be a rule that if we're gonna get that much rain, we should get the typhoon that goes with it. Saturday had already been called short for technical reasons. For event promoter, Mika, better luck next time. When it rains, it pours.

Now for this week's jams. Clay Sun Union heads the bill this weekend at Gate 2 Street's Club Fujiyama. As always, the band is charged up and you can look forward to a really good time. Fujiyama is on the right hand side of Gate 2 Street about three blocks outside of the base. Be careful where you park. Dollars and Yen are accepted.

Also, a personal favorite here, Oct. 8 marks the opening of the Ryukyu Kingdom Festival which has events fit for the entire family taking place at various locations throughout the island; including the world's largest tug-of-war. Without a translator, these events are pretty, but most of the true meaning of the events and traditions can be lost. So, if you're Japanese, grab an American, any American, and invite them (or them and their family) into the Ryukyu culture; if only for a day. Americans, contact your base tour centers for directions and information. With numerous events spread out over a 10-day period, this is an excellent chance to learn about this part of Asia.

This week's Pick of the Week is African-Reggae Artist Don Benji performing at Club D-Set in Naha on Oct. 10. Come hear this young artist live playing tunes from his recently released CD, "My woman is gone." With singing, dancing and music as a part of his tribal heritage, Benji considers music to be a core part of his personality.

His first visit to Japan took him to Tokyo in 1990, as a part of the Nigerian National Soccer team. While there, he fell in love and promised to return. A promise he kept a few months later. The 29-year old guitar player, singer and writer says that he feels that God inspired him to come to Okinawa. After trying his hand at running a bar on Hwy 58, he has decided to devote himself more fully to his music. Tickets are 1,500 in advance and 2,000 at the door with the show starting at 9 p.m. Find the D-Set on Hwy 58 going towards the airport. Look for the Maui Steakhouse on the left, one block before the Matsuyama intersection. D-Set is on the B-1 level. Call 861-8110 for more information. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show ends at 11 p.m. As always, be careful where you park.

Do you think you have what it takes to be the PartyMan? The time is drawing near to crown a new king of the night, so anyone desiring to take over should submit a writing sample of a recent event to the PartyMan; for me to turn in to my editor. Good oral and written skills are a must and flexibility and appreciation of a wide range of music comes in handy. It's not necessary to be bilingual, but it surely would help. Internet access and computer skills are a definite plus for hopeful applicants. Send your writing sample at the e-mail address listed at the end of this article. We'll do lunch. Or, spend a little time with me at the Kadena Rocker Club's All-Nighter this Sunday, Oct. 11, for my combination, College Graduation and farewell party. Everyone's invited. No, I'm not buying.

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