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Tom Moffatt

Bruno Mars and More Entertainment News

Bruno Mars at the Blaisdell. Photo from Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars at the Blaisdell. Photo from Bruno Mars

Both the State of Hawaii and City & County of Honolulu declared Bruno Mars Days last week, celebrating his achievements in representing Hawaii with his award-winning talents. Those accolades are well-deserved – Bruno brought it home in style with his outstanding, sold-out shows …

On the last of Bruno’s three-show engagement, father Pete Hernandez added another generation to the Love Notes roster, continuing the family tradition – Eric Hernandez, an exceptional drummer on tour with brother Bruno, first performed as a pre-schooler when the Love Notes worked with Al Harrington. So it was only fitting that Eric’s son Liam made his professional debut at Uncle Bruno’s concert, at the ripe young age of 3 and a half years old …

The most poignant point of that same show was when Bruno moved to the side of the stage to sing Just the Way You Are to his beaming grandmother – it brought tears to my eyes …

And it brought down the house Friday evening during his song Billionaire, which usually features the lyrics “I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine,” Bruno inserted this line “I wanna be on the cover of MidWeek magazine.” The crowd roared its approval at the local reference, and Bruno paused the song for several seconds to take it all in … Fun fact: Bruno has actually been on MidWeek‘s cover twice – in February 1990 as the world’s youngest Elvis impersonator and again in April 2010 as his career was taking off nationally …

Then there was Bruno’s touching reunion with Emme Tomimbang, the first person to ever interview him some 25 years ago. Both shared heartfelt hugs as they chatted quietly before the concert …

Calling all actors: Manoa Valley Theatre holds auditions this Saturday from 1 p.m. for their musical revue, Smokey Joe’s Café, opening July 3…for more info, visit manoavalleytheatre.com …

This week in 1995: Kenny Loggins performs at a benefit concert for ocean conservation group Earthtrust at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel’s Hawaii Ballroom. Kenny’s crowd-pleasing set list includes This Is It, Whenever I Call You Friend, Celebrate Me Home, Danny’s Song, House at Pooh Corner, Don’t Fight It, Danger Zone, Footloose, I’m Alright and Your Mama Don’t Dance. It’s a successful fundraiser with tickets priced at $100 VIP, $45 and $35 … And the No. 1 record is This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan

Correction on last week’s column: Kili Lai’s photo credit goes to Brodlyn Crawford…

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