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Tom Moffatt

Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

COMEDY POWERHOUSE Mike Epps returns to Hawaii for two exclusive shows Friday, June 29, at Blaisdell Concert Hall and Saturday, June

30, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater! Tickets are now on sale at both venues, and since he pretty much sold out on his last visit, you won’t want to wait to buy yours … Fun fact: Epps, who’s done a lot of movies with the likes of Ice Cube and Jamie Foxx, is in the film Sparkle, featuring the late, great Whitney Houston.

Bonnie Raitt fans … after listening to Bonnie’s new CD, I can assure you that you’re in for a treat! Slipstream features 12 selections that engagingly showcase Ms. Raitt’s amazing talent. Wow! …

Looks like Bobby Brown is turning his New Edition gig in Honolulu into a romantic affair, marrying longtime fiancée Alicia Etheridge … with family and friends flying in to witness the Isle ceremony …

Emme’s Island Moments returns with an exciting installment titled, Hawaii 5-O Revisited. It’s a tribute to the matriarch of the classic 5-O series, Rose Freeman, wife of creator and executive producer Leonard Freeman, and also honors original “Danno” actor, the late James MacArthur. Local regulars appearing in the reboot, including Al Harrington, Dennis Chun (son of Kam Fong), Jimmy Borges and Kimo Kahoano, are spotlighted. Tune in May 31 at 7 p.m. or June 2, at 9 p.m. on KGMB …

Michael Paulo, David Benoit, Brian Bromberg and more … this Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center with workshops for local musicians, too … Visit apaulomusicproductions.com for info …

The Waikiki Music Festival is back this Father’s Day weekend and will feature some serious country music as 14-time Grammy award-winner Ricky Scaggs and his Kentucky Thunder band headline the June 16 concert that also features Amy Hanaiali’i and John Cruz. Then, on Father’s Day, June 17, the stage’ll be set for Willie K, Cyril Pahinui and Kohala’s newest country superstar Paul Nash. Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com

This week in 1981: Jay Leno performs at The Comedy Corner at Cooke Street and Ala Moana Boulevard with shows at 9 and 11 p.m. The cover charge is $4 on weeknights and $5 on weekends, plus a two-drink minimum. Hosting the shows: James Grant Benton. After Leno’s stint, it’ll be Rap Reiplinger’s turn … And the No. 1 record in Hawaii is Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

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