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PartyMan....On the town

By: Steven Rollins

Date Posted: 1998-08-07

If you're looking for excitement, there are some excellent choices coming up. In particular, my eyes are on The Beer Dome and Slum Jam Clubs. In case you were wondering, my sources tell me that the LL Cool J concert has been postponed at least until mid-November. He took a movie deal and had to rearrange his schedule. More on that to come.

Jet, who operates a Gate 2 Street club by the same name, performs at the Beer Dome on August 11th and 12th with his former rock and roll partner, George Murasaki. They played together in the 1970's in a band by the name of Murasaki. Call the Beer Dome at 868 9838 for details or visit the Jet Club on Gate 2 Street, about three blocks straight out of Kadena on the left. No matter where you catch Jet though, you will hear classic rock at its finest.

The PartyMan Pick of the Week is the Slum Jam Club's Hip Hop Jam Night on August 11th.. Located in Naha's Matsuyama district, Rap/Mix sensation DJ Scratch, formerly of EPMD, plays for one night only in the two story club. He brings with him DJ Hiroshi (aka Sugar Hill), DJ George and DJ Hinga-Higa for what promises to be a party to remember. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and space is limited so advance ticket purchase is recommended; Slum Jam holds approximately 250 people. Tickets are $18 (2,500 yen) if purchased in advance or $22 (3,000 yen) at the door. Your ticket price includes one free drink and no-cost non-alcoholic drinks are available all night long.

Ken Ishigaki, Slum Jam's regular DJ, says he's looking forward to the event. "I admire DJ Scratch's ability and enjoy his music," says the 10-year, turntable veteran, "this event is an excellent chance for the Americans and Japanese to meet and party while hearing a great artist at work." Event promoter Hiroko Tamabe is tasked with making the arrangements for the band on Okinawa. "Okinawa is an isolated spot," she told the PartyMan, "Having a famous artist coming to the Slum Jam makes this an extra-special event" She echoed Ishigaki's regret that American's are normally not welcome in the Slum Jam because of some bad experiences in the past, and points out that this event is a chance for both peoples to show that maybe that policy needs to be looked at again. I agree. Let's make this a safe and fun event for all.

To get to the Slum Jam, take route 58 into Naha. Turn right on route 222, which you will see a short while after you cross the river. Then, go up three blocks (you'll see a Lawson's on the left) and turn right. One more block and Slum Jam is on the left. Public Parking is available all over at moderate prices (starting at 200 yen an hour). Bring Yen!! Get your advance tickets at Dino's, Delax or Check It Out on Gate 2 Street, or, in Naha at the Slum Jam, Star Bow or Freee-k Show Clubs.

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