diversified entertainment on the air stationAaron Pylinski | Staff Writer
Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) provides the community with large name acts like comedian Adam Devine or Christian hip hop recording artist Lecrae who both visited the air station last year. So far this year we’ve had the Jabbawockeez dance troupe and country music singer Frankie Ballard. The bigger question at hand is how do we book acts and what is the process for providing input for future acts.
When it comes to entertaining, there is a fairly captive audience here at MCAS Iwakuni. There’s little live entertainment outside the gates that offers a taste of home. The MCCS Special Events and Club Iwakuni teams bring all forms of performances for the community.
Normally, we book our acts with AFE about a year out. Even then, we’re usually only offered what AFE has available at the time.
AFE solicits information from their followers on social media for music to add to their #AFEmixtapes. They also accept requests for upcoming entertainment. You can message them via social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube) or email requests to [email protected] There is no guarantee requests are actionable, but AFE is open to community suggestions.
Alternatively, MCCS offers options for those in the community looking for something other than just rock, comedy, or country acts. Club Iwakuni offers free music every Friday night at the Eagle’s Nest called Friday Night Flights. The shows are free and open to the public. Performers range from local Japanese musical acts to Irish rock bands passing through. If you’re looking to request music for Friday Night Flights, join our Dining & Entertainment Facebook Group and submit your requests. They have an open poll asking for community input on future entertainment.
The Hangar offers Freestyle Fridays, theme nights (usually on Saturdays) with guest DJs, and the annual Foam and Glow party. The Hangar is open to E1-E5 and their guests.
Outside of MCCS and AFE we also get entertainment from the USO. Last September the USO Show Troupe came to the Sakura Theater to provide family entertainment. Most of the entertainment that comes from the USO is planned through their headquarters and bigger events can be found on their page.
What can the community expect in the future? Rapper Kid Ink is coming to the Sakura Theater on July 9 and reggae fusion band The Majority on July 10. There is also a comedy tour in August featuring Daniel Dougar. All courtesy of AFE.
Essentially, if there are performers the community would like to see, send your requests to AFE. The sooner the better because a year is a long time for planning out acts, especially here with our constantly transitioning community.