Island Trybe organized the event with Aomas Entertainment as a showcase of Pacific Islanders active in the local hip, R&B and reggae scenes. As Island Trybe manager Sean Lizama explained, “’Nesian” is just shorthand for some of the regions local Islanders hail from – Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.
“The whole ‘Nesian Fest really is just a coming together of all that,” he said. “Next year we might do it in the summer time. But I figured this would be a good time to get it started.”
But it’s also an emotional time for Island Trybe, a group that has been easing back into performing after the deaths of two band members this summer.
Vocalist Les Alo spent several days in the hospital in July and died a few days after his release. And just two weeks later band mate Doug Norris, Jr. died in an auto accident while driving home from a nightclub in Olympia.
“It was very hard. It was torturous,” recalled Lizama. “We’re just getting back to it. We owe it to these guys to just keep pushing.”
Along with Island Trybe, Saturday’s lineup includes Aomas Entertainment, Po, D’Rocc, Forewa Greenroots, Soul Kuljah and Alo Key, a soul singer from Independence, Missouri. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; www.hellskitchenonline.com.
Call 253-232-5519 or check Island Trybe’s MySpace page for more details.