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HNL Flow "Beatbox Hero" Feature

October 26, 2014 at 01:24AM

"Jason Tom Beatbox Hero" feature from pages 8 through 15 (click image above or below) inside issue #3 of HNL Flow, the premier online magazine about Honolulu's urban culture. Words by Ellie Kakazu, photos by Shawn Saito, video feature by Vina Cristobal, additional assistance by Peter Cheng.


JASON TOM - ISSUE 3 HNL FLOW from HNL FLOW on Vimeo.

New York City

October 7, 2014 at 08:10PM

This is it! I'm am heading to New York City for the 5th Annual American Beatbox Championships! Preparing to compete and showcase and jam with fellow American beatboxers and beatboxers from around the globe. I'll be bringing my best with the spirit of excellence to the Big Apple. Thank you for your prayers, blessings and support! Together on this journey we will "Soar Like An Eagle."

Friday, October 10th: 5th Annual American Beatbox Championship Opening Night @ VENUE and TIME CHANGE: Salon De Lafayette (New York, New York), 11pm-2am Lot 45 Bushwick (Brooklyn, New York), 9pm-2am

Saturday, October 11th: American Beatbox Championship 2 vs 2 and Loop Station Battle @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Brooklyn, New York), 7pm-1am

Friday, October 12th: 5th Annual American Beatbox Championship Grand Finals @ Webster Hall (New York, New York), 7pm-11pm

5th Annual American Beatbox Championship

October 1, 2014 at 12:31AM

I will be at the 5th Annual American Beatbox Championship in New York City on October 10th, 11th, and 12th.


Designed by: Reeps One | Photo Credit (right): Joe Marquez - the Smoking Camera

I recently started to raise funds by pre-orders of the Jason Tom "Soar Like An Eagle" black shirts, tank tops, black girl shirts, black youth size shirts, and donations/blessings on short notice to get to New York City in less than one week away for the biggest beatbox event in the nation for the United States of America, the 5th Annual American Beatbox Championship Final. It will be judged by Michael Winslow (known for his movie roles in Police Academy and Spaceballs... who I opened for in Honolulu in 2009 and 2012), Reeps One (2-Time UK Beatbox Champion), and B-Art (European Beatbox Champion). The organizers mentioned that if I am able to get to New York City they will have me showcase as a feature, but after getting that memo I registered to enter the beatbox competition to officially represent the state of Hawaii to the fullest. This year more than previous years I've noticed on event descriptions, flyers, and posters of events I am featured in recognizes me as Hawaii's best beatboxer, Hawaii's top beatboxer, and Hawaii's #1 beatboxer. I don't mention to event organizers or promoters to post that, but it's an honor. It's something to take care of and not to take lightly (“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there” -John Wooden). I'm going to put myself out there for Hawaii in this national beatbox competition. I will be sure to bring my experience back to the Hawaiian Islands to share with my beatbox students that represent the Human Beatbox Academy and Diverse Art Center and the Hawaii beatbox scene and community.


Jason Tom on Beatbox Battle (organizers of the Beatbox Battle World Championship) TV
(Video Credit: Dane Neves)

This year is the first time they held regional battles on the west coast, east coast, mid west, and southern part of the United States of America and having the final in New York City. They've also changed their battle format, which for the first time I actually agree with and makes me down to enter. I will give it my best and I will go for the win. Not to take the competition lightly though. I've been training consistently behind-the-scenes on new ideas, new rhythms, and new compositions to sharpen my skills and reinvent my sound as a beatbox artist with the spirit of excellence. I will bring the Aloha Spirit with me to New York City.


Jason Tom headlining ARTafterDARK: Rakugaki at the Honolulu Museum of Art (over 2,233+ in attendance)
(Photo Credit: Joe Marquez - the Smoking Camera)

I originally didn't plan on going to this year's American Beatbox Championship, but fellow American beatboxers tugged at my heart when they contacted me via Facebook if I will be at this year's American Beatbox Championship. I contacted my sponsor Freelance Brand to assist me in designing a brand new shirt with a concept and message I want to convey with, "Soar Like An Eagle," with the saying, "Eyes on the Prize." An eagle is a national bird that represents America. We went with something bold and the message is about how important it is to have "focus" on our "goals" and "dreams" with a "vision (Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. -Proverbs 29:18)." An eagle has great eye vision (a play on the word, "vision,") and focus on retrieving his or her reward (i.e. swooping from high up to catch salmon). Eagles also persevere (but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:21).


Jason Tom "Soar Like An Eagle"
(Designed by Duke King of Freelance Brand)

The first time I represented Hawaii at a national and global beatbox event was back in 2010. 100% of the pre-orders of the ",On the Beat," shirt went into the production of the shirt and it also sent me to New York City in 2010 for the 6th International Human Beatbox Convention (Boxcon) and 1st American Beatbox Championship organized by Humanbeatbox.com and the World Beatbox Association (WBA). That event was documented in the award-winning film, "American Beatboxer," that will be screening in universities starting with Harvard University on October 24th. I showcased with a live beatbox set at the 6th International Human Beatbox Convention to officially represent Hawaii, USA.

Here are events this week in Honolulu before I fly to New York City:
October 2nd, First Thursdays HawaiiSlam (the largest registered poetry slam in the world) at Fresh Cafe. $100 Slam Poetry Competition & Open Mic. Doors & Poet Sign-In 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm. $3 before 8:30pm, $5 after. I will compete at this slam with new beatbox material. I highly recommend this one if you can make this one.

Friday, October 3rd, I will be performing for Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation Fundraiser at Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian's with National Dance Week Hawaii. 6pm-8pm
Ticket: $30 at door, $20 online pre-sale.

Saturday, October 4th, I will teach a free Human Beatbox Workshop at Ward Village for National Dance Week Hawaii's Hip-Hop Culture Day. 2pm-9pm. FREE event.

Sunday, October 5th, my students of the Human Beatbox Academy and Diverse Art Center will perform on the Main Stage at the Hawaii State Capitol for the Hawaii Children And Youth Day. I will be performing a live solo beatbox set at the PG-13 Zone near the Kalanimoku Building. FREE event. 10am-3pm

Mahalo to Freelance Brand, Bevy, HNL Flow, VH07V, Jewelry by Justine, Daughter of a King, Diverse Art Center, the Human Beatbox Academy, Word of Life Hawaii, the blessings and donations, and those who placed a pre-order or pre-orders or are pre-ordering "Soar Like An Eagle" to send me off.

5th Annual Rice Fest

September 27, 2014 at 03:31PM

Come join us tomorrow for the 5th Annual Rice Fest from 11am to 5pm at Ward Centers, this Sunday, September 28th, 2014. I will be posted near the main stage near Farmer's Market across Ward Warehouse. I will be sharing a set with ukulele trio Heart & Soul and I will debut a brand new live beatbox set of new material and compositions. I will also make a special announcement. Pre-orders for "Soar Like An Eagle" will be taken at this event.

Entertainment & Activities

2014 Tentative Schedule:
(Times and activities may change)

11:00am Rice Fest Begins!
(Hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s “Bruddah” Bryan)
11:05am-11:35am Entertainment by EMKE
11:40am-11:55am 1st Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo featuring Sheraton Waikiki’s Chef Colin Hazama & 2001 Miss Hawaii & OC16 The Pet Hui host Denby Dung – “Black Vinegar Braised Pork Belly”
12:00pm-12:25pm Ukulele performance by Jody Kamisato & the Ukulele Super Kids
12:30pm-12:55pm Entertainment by Honoka & Azita
1:00pm-1:25pm Taiko Drumming performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
1:30pm-1:55pm Entertainment by Streetlight Cadence
2:00pm-2:30pm Entertainment by Heart & Soul featuring Hawaii’s Human Beatbox Jason Tom
2:35pm-2:50pm 2nd Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo featuring OC16 Hawaiian Grown Kitchen chef & host Grant Kawasaki & KHON2’s Manolo Morales
2:50pm-2:55pm A word from our beneficiary: Lanakila Pacific
3:00pm-3:30pm 5th Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest
3:30pm-4:00pm Guinness World Record™ for Largest Loco Moco – Official Weigh-In
4:00pm-5:00pm HiSessions presents Entertainment by Kapena
5:00pm Rice Fest Concludes
All Day (11am-5pm)
  • Brown Rice Donation Centers – Brown Rice and monetary donations will be accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
  • Guinness World Record™ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest Loco Moco in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record™ of 500kg (1,102.31 lbs)!
  • Live Stream (feed provided by Channel808.tv)
  • FREE WiFi – Mahalo to Oceanic Time Warner Cable for providing complimentary TWC WiFi throughout the course of the event!

See detailed descriptions below:

Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demonstrations
Watch with excitement as local chefs team up with local celebrities to put on tantalizing cooking demonstrations featuring rice.

Attempt to set the Guinness World Record™ for the world’s Largest Loco Moco
We will attempt to set the Guinness World Record™ for the world’s Largest Loco Moco (500kg or 1,102.31 lbs) at this year’s Rice Fest. Come and witness the spectacle for yourself.

5th Annual Da SPAM Musubi Eating Contest
Think you got what it takes to be on the next episode of Kanak vs. Food? Battle your will against other kanak attackers in Da SPAM Musubi Eating Contest. The contestant who downs the most SPAM Musubis in 3 minutes wins! Returning champ “Uncle Rodney” is ready to take you down!

Official Rice Donation Center
Rice donation centers will be on site to collect your generous brown rice and monetary donations for our beneficiary Lanakila Meals on Wheels, so bring your brown rice with you to the event! There will be collection areas at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth and the VH07V booth.

FREE WiFi
Thanks to the great folks at Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Rice Fest will have complimentary TWC WiFi coverage throughout the event grounds!

Other Activities
» Numerous food trucks and vendors serving up their most popular rice dishes
» Live Music
» Cultural performances
» Keiki Zone
» and much, much more!

Don’t miss it!

Back to School Bash

August 22, 2014 at 01:03AM

This Saturday, August 23rd is the Back to School Bash at Town Center of Mililani in Mililani Town. Jason Tom will be performing a live beatbox set at 1:30pm, but come early to catch other performances and activities. Also featuring Crimson Apple, Pas De Deux, 2014 Miss Hawaii Contestants, Magician Kaulana, Read Aloud America, Kalani Robotics Team 3008!

This Back to School Bash was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 9th, the same day of the Hawaii Primary Election. It got postponed to August 23rd due to hurricane Iselle and tropical storm Julio that headed our way.

Awaken to Conquer

August 2, 2014 at 12:13AM

You can still join us at the G12 Hawaii Conference "Awaken To Conquer." Today, Saturday, August 2nd, I will be beatboxing for the Pre-Concert Rally For Youth at 5:00PM. After that, doors open at 5:30PM for the Soulfire Revolution Concert at 6:00PM. Come and join us! It'll be a blessed time! You can register for free at http://www.g12hawaiiconference.eventbrite.com

Pastors Art and Kuna Sepulveda, Pastors Cesar and Claudia Castellanos, Pastor Rich Witmer, Pastor Bert Pretorius, and more will be there.

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki Recap

June 20, 2014 at 12:17AM

Dane Neves (of Not Another Puppet Show) and I shot my Beatbox Battle TV video at Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside (a location recommended by Craig Garcia) on the morning of ARTafterDARK Rakugaki. The "Jason Tom from Hawaii - Freestyle - Beatbox Battle TV" video has over 12,000+ views and counting. I want to thank everyone who has been sharing, liking, and commenting my Beatbox Battle TV video. Your support means a lot! It's the first time Hawaii and an Asian American is featured on the Beatbox Battle TV YouTube Channel. It's also the second Hawaii beatbox video to be featured on the Beatbox Battle TV website. I want to thank Beatbox Battle for reaching out and supporting Hawaii beatboxing.

After shooting that video I prepared for ARTafterDARK RaKugaki. That event itself was a success. Attendance exceeded the Honolulu Museum of Art's capacity of 2,000 with over 2,233 that came out, and this is an ARTafterDARK record high for 2014. I want to thank God, my fans, supporters, the organizers, the dancers, and more! Also I want to thank Cherry Lei, Kealoha, PRV, and Diamond Inouye for our collaborations. Below are some of the event photos by photographer Joe Marquez of the Smoking Camera:

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki

Jason Tom ARTafterDARK performance footage by Poohko Hawaii

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Skill Roy of Rock Steady Crew Hawaii

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
B-boy Hi-Jack

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Dawson rocking the dance floor.

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Gogo dancer Cherry Lei

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Jason Tom on stage

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Chocolate Reign b-boy freeze

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Funky T popping

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Jason Tom and Cherry Lei

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki
Jason Tom and Cherry Lei

More photos here.

Jason Tom featured on Beatbox Battle TV

June 7, 2014 at 05:22PM

Jason Tom featured on Beatbox Battle TV:

#Jammin II at Minato Japanese Restaurant

June 5, 2014 at 02:24PM

Come join me this Friday for #Jammin II at Minato Japanese Restaurant, 6:30pm.

12th Avenue Hawaii & Ukulele Hale 
Presents #Jammin at Minato Japanese Restaurant

#Jammin II: "Tacky Aloha Friday"
June 6th, 2014 @ 6:30pm 
Live Music, Ono Food, & Fun Games and Prizes! 
FREE Admission! 

Starring:
Students of UkuleleHaleHonoka & Azita & Jason Tom Hawaii's Human Beatbox!

Instagram: @12thavenuehawaii @ukulelehale

ARTafterDARK Rakugaki

May 23, 2014 at 12:44PM

Next Friday, May 30th is ARTafterDARK Rakugaki (Japanese for "graffiti") at the Honolulu Museum of Art. 6pm-9pm. Admission is free to Museum members and $10 for non-members. I am headlining this ARTafterDARK as a live music act and I will be performing two sets. I go on at 7pm and 7:30pm. This ARTafterDARK will be epic!

ARTafterDARK:
'Rakugaki' information

Graffiti meets classic Japanese art. Presented by Iichiko.

 

ART

• Explore the exhibition Light from Shadow: Gold in Japanese Art and participate in an art activity in the gallery for a chance to win a Honolulu Museum of Art prize pack

• See Rubinson Intong create wall art and watch Brady Evans draw manga.

• Make stamp art with artist Chad Watanabe

ENTERTAINMENT

• DJ Mr Nick + DJ Betty Tsuji

• Multimedia artist VIZ's latest video installation

• Break dancer Josh Sevellino + human beatbox Jason Tom

FOOD + DRINK:

Savor Japanese street fare like misoyaki beef skewers, yakitori noodles, and gyoza, and graze at a sushi station
Try specially created Iichiko cocktails, featuring their new product line.

PARKING

Just a reminder—ARTafterDARKers can park in the following locations:
1) FREE: Street parking on Beretania and Kinau Street from 6pm.
2) $5: Up to five hours, $2 for each additional 30 minutes or fraction thereof. The lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St.), entrances on Beretania and Young streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 11pm.
3) $5 at the First United Methodist Church Parking Lot on the corner of Beretania and Victoria streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 10pm.

 

Beatroot at Easy Music Center

May 23, 2014 at 12:32PM

I will make a guest appearance on stage at this month's Beatroot 2014 qualifier 4/6 (Hawaii Producers Battle Beat vs Beat) next week Thursday, May 29th at the Easy Music Center. 5-7pm, FREE, and all ages.

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