Sunday, December 30, 2012

Don Tiki Live at the Doris Duke Theater (12-15-2012)

This was our 4th Don Tiki Show and certainly not our last.   We were turned on to Exotica Jazz in 2005.  What is Exotica Jazz?  Check out this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotica.

The first Don Tiki show we saw was held at the Hawaiian Hut-Ala Moana Hotel.   Beautiful dancers paraded the aisles in costumes with giant cocktail glasses on their heads.  One singer also balanced a large tiki on her head laugh singing the entire song.  The characters, the vibes, the percussions and the animal calls were so memorable, we couldn't wait to attend our next Don Tiki Show.  That next show was at the Turtle Bay Resort under the moon and stars (2006).   Willow Chang danced and sang.  The next was at the Aloha Tower Marketplace on Valentine's day (2010) featuring Star Kalahiki.   Each venue offered a different show filled with surprises and a sense of escapism. 

This Hot Lava Holiday show was held at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. An indication of the energy in this room----a prelude of animal sounds and chanting by a restless audience (aka natives) precluded the show.  Entertainment all around us! How fun! This particular show was a tribute to the memory of Fritz Hassenpusch, former Don Tiki's 'Delmar deWilde'.   We're pretty sure he was there in spirit with the rest of the gang.

Mahalo Don Tiki! & Best wishes in Seattle (Benaroya Hall) and in Los Angeles (Walt Disney Concert Hall) Enjoy these captured golden moments.  Bravo DON TIKI! & Don't Stop The Music!


Don Tiki Band:

Kit "Perry Coma" Ebersbach - keyboards
Hai-Jung - bass guitar, vocalist
Lopaka Colon - percussionist, jungle & birds calls
Tim Mayer - reeds
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. - vibes and percussions
Jason Segler - drummer
Ryoko Oka - keyboards, t'rung (Vietnamese bamboo xylophone)
Violetta Beretta - dancer, vocalist
Charles Degala - vocalist
Tei Tatafu, Jr. - vocalist
Sherry Shaoling- vocalist, dancer, comedian

Check out their website at: http://www.dontiki.com/

Golden moment videos!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

TRK Live at Gordon Biersch (12-14-2012)

Here's one Acronym you need to remember, 'TRK' for 'The Rhythm Klub'!   With only 4-5 band members, these guys can surely boost some good R&B, Classic Rock, Lite Jazz and Funk that gets your attention and your feet dancing.  Veteran musicians, it's not a surprise that every one sings and harmonize well together.  You can spot TRK at Terry's Place at the Chinese Cultural Center every Monday night from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, doing what they love to do - making music for all to enjoy!   

Please enjoy these captured golden moments.   Mahalo TRK! & Don't Stop The Music!



The TRK Band:
Adney G. Atabay - vocals, congas, trumpet, drums
Ricky Ricardo - saxophone, percussion, vocals
Eric D. Kutzen - bass guitar, vocals
Hemingway Jasmin - keyboards, vocals
* Ben Juan - drums, vocals

* Guest artist

Band contact: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TRK-The-Rhythm-Klub/158280870902148

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas with Funkshun at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (12-7-2012)

Ho, Ho, Ho! Our first Christmas dance party of the year!  With a tall Santa wearing rubber slippahs and his funky elves all dressed in teal and black, and wearing fedora hats!   The stage was decked out with twinkling Christmas lights and snowflakes - very festive!   It's a good thing we arrived early at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka.  The house was packed with Hawaii '74, Pearl City '80 and Aiea '79 alumna celebrating.   This swarm caused the dance floor to be smaller than usual.  Nevertheless, dancers made do with whatever floor space was afforded to them.  Evening activities included a secret Santa grab bag, tons of door prizes, a chocolate Santa candy eating contest, and Santa doing the Gang-ham Style dance (~hey, sexy lady, wop, wop, wop, wop, oppa gagnamstyle!~) We scored one of Mona Fukumoto's goodie baskets for our grab bag.   Yum!  (for a complete menu email monafukumoto@gmail.com).  There was even a special appearance on stage by Devin "Ducky" Nakasone, and Shar Aoki.   Mahalo Suzi for getting us seats near the stage.  And Mahalo to Funkshun for kick-starting our Christmas season with some of our favorite Christmas songs.   Please enjoy these captured golden moments.   Happy Holidays & Don't Stop The Music! 

A Christmas song!

Roy Yoneshiro - vocals, congas
Dean Bajcar - bass guitar, vocals
Dave Ogata - drums
Chet Okayama - guitar, vocals
Gerry Cabral - keyboards, vocals
Mitchell Fukumoto - keyboards
Bill Popaka - saxophone, vocals
Kennji Santiago - trombone, vocals
Jerry Gomes - trumpet, vocals
A.J. Timbancaya - trumpet, vocals
Alan Nakamoto - trumpet, vocals

Check out their website at: http://funkshun808.com/


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shining Star at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (11-30-2012)

In the words of EW&F - 'Shining Star for you to see, What your life can truly be!'   This is a High energy top 40 band playing today's top dance hits with the funky retro sounds of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & now.   This band plays non-stop and knows how to get you movin' & groovin' on the dance floor.

One chapter closes and another begins.  Mahalo to Kelly Kaye and best wishes on your new endeavors!  Welcome to Stacie Caires, Shining Star's new female lead vocalist. 

Another Friday night with Ono grinds at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka, and Ono music by some shining stars!  Please enjoy these captured golden moments.  Mahalo and Don't Stop The Music!

Check out the pictures!

Shining Star Band:

Ben Juan - drums, vocals
Ben Pascua - lead guitar, vocals
Gary Omalza - lead guitar, vocals
Craig Morata - bass guitar, vocals
Hemingway Jasmin - keyboards, vocals
Edwin Ramones - keyboards, vocals
Stacie Caires - vocals
*Ricky Ricardo - saxophone, vocals

* Guest artist

Contact the band at: shinestartheband@yahoo.com

Cool video!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Steve Lucas, A Fellowship in Jazz Featuring Tim Tsukiyama on sax at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (11/28/2012)

It's another cool Wednesday night in Aiea with a Fellowship In Jazz! Diners can enjoy free Jazz every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka, between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. On this particular night, the band featured guest artist Timothy Tsukiyama, on saxophone.   Our first impression, Tim appeared a very quiet and humble person.   That all changed once he blew his sax. We knew then that we were in for a great evening of music.  Here's what we found on the web about Tim:

Royal Hawaiian Band website shares the following:  Born in Honolulu, Tim graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1977, attended Lawrence University earning a B.A. in Music. Professionally, Tim has performed with Ray Charles, the Temptations, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Honolulu Symphony, University of Hawaii Saxophone Choir, Benny Golson, Michael Paulo, C and K, Kalapana, the Ornery Horns, and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet.
Tim’s experience in the Royal Hawaiian Band
has been a lot more exciting than he ever imagined but also very rewarding and entertaining!

Global Music Supply shares:  Tim is a member of the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, plays first alto with the Royal Hawaiian Band, and works as a freelance musician with several local groups.   Most recently, Tim has performed with Pauline Wilson, Noel Okimoto, Jeff Keeyer, Matt Catingub, the Honolulu Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony Pops, and the U.H. Saxophone Choir.   Tim is an active private lesson instructor, and has taught saxophone to students from (high schools) Roosevelt, Mililani, Leleihua, Moanalua, Iolani, Punahou, Farrington; and the University of Hawaii. 

The adage 'music is an extension and expression of one's soul'.  Mahalo for sharing your beautiful music!   This was truly a Fellowship In Jazz!  Please enjoy these captured golden moments,
and Don't Stop The Music!

The Band:
Steve Lucas - guitar
*Tim Tsukiyama - saxophone
Dr. Ken Leung - saxophone
Tants Gions - trumpet
Frankie Paracuellea - bongos
David Haynes - drums
Jose Bylon - bass guitar
Tony Kato - trumpet
Jeff Gerona - congas

The Vocalists:
Steve, Ken, Tants, David, Jose, Sandy, Mei-Ling, and Jeff.

The pictures!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Men in Grey Suits Live at Inferno's Wood Fire Pizza (11-25-2012)

The Men In Grey Suits are doing it again!   From Waikiki to Kaka'ako......the Surfs Up every Sunday at Vice Inferno Brewery at the Ward Centers, from 4;00 pm to 6:00 pm.   How cleaver to place the stage right on the edge of the lanai over looking the Auahi Street entry driveway.  Curious shoppers and diners could not help but be drawn to the rhythmic beats of 'Surf Rock'!

What is Surf Rock?  Check out this link for its history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surf_music

What a fantastic combo!   Great Music, Delicious Inferno Wood Burning Pizza, and Cold Hawaiian Isle Brewing Company Beer!   Who can enjoy this?   Well, on this particular day there was a large group celebrating a pre-wedding party. The entire group, the parents, grandparents, wedding party and the kids were all on the dance floor strutting their surf moves to Hawaii 5-0!   What a golden moment!

Sundays may never be the same here. But that's okay with us---Just Don't Stop The Music! 


Men In Grey Suits:

Alvin Fejerang - Drums
Michael Clare - Bass
Robbin Henley - Guitar
Chad Hamman - Guitar

Check out their website: http://www.meningreysuits.com/

Video of the band in action..........

Friday, December 14, 2012

Woodrose live at Dots in Wahiawa (11-23-2012)

We arrived at Ige's in Aiea to find the neighborhood dark with a HECO power outage, so headed up north to Dot's in Wahiawa and discovered Woodrose.   One word 'Variety'.   This band covered it all - rock, blues, disco, R&B, latin, etc.   Their music sets took you on a journey back and forward from 1950 to current and back again.  They even did songs by one of our favs, The Carpenters, and Brazil 66!   It was fun reminiscing and singing along to tunes that we haven't heard for years.   Burning up the dance floor were the Wahiawa Line Dance Sisters.  These women have a different line dance for every song.   All together it was a very entertaining evening.   Kudos to Bernie of Kool Inspiration for another Kool show.  Mahalo! and Don't Stop The Music!


Woodrose Band:

Aron Mirafuentes - Band Leader/Drummer/vocals
Dave Johnstone - Keyboard/vocals
Wayne Lehano - Lead guitar/synthesizer/vocals
Zack Kaaihue - Bass guitar/vocals
Nadine Marchan-Wheeler - Vocals/Percussion
Clarice Benaura - Vocals
Darrel Mira - Lead/rhythm guitar/vocal


Friday, November 16, 2012

3rd Annual Pacific Rim Jazz Festival @ The Hawaii Convention Center (11-3-2012)

Receiving tickets on Halloween for this event was certainly 'A Treat!' This was our 1st PRJF, and will certainly not be our last! We were proud to see and hear our local talent sharing the stage and spotlight with other first class guest artists from the mainland, who filled the the evening with new and old favorites that kept our feet tapping, fingers clicking and heads swaying. There were no bad seats in the house. Even the brave swing danced in the aisles and belted out choruses. In the audience we spotted legendary saxophonist Gabe Baltazar and his wife Rose, Jazz and R&B artist Ginai Hill, American Idol semi-finalist singer Jordan Sagundo, Jazz singer Melinda 'MeiLing' Redira and Drum artists Brad Choi and Peter Factora. The evening even featured a surprise group of ghost busters chasing a ghost in the audience during Ray Parker Jr's song, 'Ghost Busters'. Unsurprisingly, the event went into overtime. Perhaps justification this may become a 2 or 3 day festival in the near future? We like! Proceeds from this festival will benefit the Kapolei Foundation, whom have granted over 500 scholarships to deserving students in the Leeward Community, to include the Michael Paulo Music Scholarship Award. (http://kapoleifoundation.org/) What a great way to nurture our young aspiring artists, and to perpetuate this great gathering of Jazz enthusiasts! Mahalo to all the performers and organizers of this great event! Enjoy these captured golden moments &
Don't Stop The Music!

Pictures from the event:

Local artists featured in the festival: 

Michael Paulo - saxaphone, flute.

Rene Paulo - piano, vocals.

DeShannon Higa - trumpet.

Starr Kalahiki - vocalist.

Jeremy Cheng - guitar, vocalist.

Phil Bennett & The Remnants - The Pre-Fest and Dinner Band.. Phil Bennett (drums), Todd Yukimoto (sax), Aron Nelson (guitar), Arex Ikehara (bass guitar), and Bailey Matsuda (keyboards).  

Al Waterson - The MC.

Visiting Artists from the mainland: 

Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons

Deniece Williams - vocalist.

Rick Braun - trumpet.

Brian Simpson - keyboards.

Ray Parker Jr. - guitar, vocals.

Golden Moment Videos:

Video – Phil Bennett and The Remnants

Video - Star Kalahiki

Video - DeShannon Higa and Reggie Padilla

Video - Brian Simpson

Video - Deniece Williams

Video – Rick Braun and Michael Paulo

Video - Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Beat presents: “DISGUISE” 10-27-2012 at the Cest Si Bon

The location, the Cest Si Bon room at the Pagoda Hotel & Floating Restaurant. 'Cest Si Bon' - which in French means 'It's So Good!'

DISGUISE! presented by The Beat, was a night of music & dance by three unique bands, each with its own signature - 'Soulz', 'Chaos', and 'Funkshun'.

This was a night with lots of beautiful people - to include rock stars, super heros and villians, all being naughty and nice. It was also a night of surprises and danger - a Flash Mob, a Birthday celebration, and a Tsunami warning! (Thankfully we were safe and didn't have to evacuate) The night was packaged with delicious food, a costume contest, door prizes, candy, balloons, cupcakes and LED swords. This pre-Halloween dance party was indeed 'So Good!' Mahalo to Suzi Shimada, all the Bands, and all the many Hands that put this successful event together. Please enjoy these captured golden moments, and Don't Stop The Music!


Gail Higa - vocals
Brian Umamoto - bass guitar, vocals, band leader
Pat Tomishima - guitar, vocals
Art Davis- brass
Micah Sanlibio - brass
Rob Toyama - brass
John Loo - keyboards, vocals
Layne Maeoka - drums, vocals
* Rodney Kaneshiro - vocals, horns

* Guest only.

Band Contact:  https://www.facebook.com/messages/brian.umamoto

Devin Nakasone - vocals
Sharlene Aoki - vocals
Joe Perez - vocals
Brian Nakashima - guitar, vocals
Marcus Watts - drums
Dayton Arima - bass (subbing for Nate Ng)
Vernon Lau - keyboards

Band Contact:  Kristen @ (808) 383-2832 or getchaosmusic@yahoo.com

Dean Bajcar - bass guitar, vocals, band leader
Roy Yoneshiro - vocals
Chet Okayama - guitar, vocals
Dave Ogata - drums
Gerry Cabral - keys boards, vocals
Mitchell Fukumoto - key boards
Bill Popaka - saxaphone, vocals
Kennji Santiago - trombone, vocals
Jerry Gomes - trumpet, vocals
AJ Timbancaya - trumpet , vocals
Alan Nakamoto - trumpet, vocals

Band Website:  http://funkshun808.com/

A Video Montage!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sandy Tsukiyama Live at Adega Portuguesa Restaurant & Bar (10-21-2012)

Adega means 'wine cellar'. Venha ouvir o pato e uma canção de ganso! (Portuguese translation: Come hear the duck & goose song!) It's Adega Restaurant Owner, Trigo's DeSilva's favorite! Adega Portuguesa Restaurant & Bar is Honolulu's only place for authentic Portuguese food, and Latin music from Brazil. Every Sunday night from 7:30 pm to 10 pm, Sandy Tsukiyama and her band play some of the best Latin Jazz in the islands. We were awed with Sandy's sultry voice and rhythmic Portuguese lyrics. Here is what the Adega Portuguesa Restaurant & Bar website (http://www.adegahi.com/) has to say about Sandy:

“A Honolulu native, Sandy Tsukiyama grew up in a musical household. She discovered Spanish language and Music Theory at her alma mater, Roosevelt High School and received a BA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At UH she continued in Spanish and began studying Brazilian Portuguese. Fascinated by bossa novas on radio jazz programs, she embarked on a quest to further investigate the music of Brazil. Her first vocal gigs were with Brazilian-inspired group, “Ohta-San’s New Thing” and the Ebbtides, in 1975. She began studying voice with Marilyn Kim and was backup singer and percussionist for Nohelani Cypriano. In 1980, recipient of a Rotary Post-Graduate Fellowship for International Understanding, she studied Brazilian folk music traditions and voice at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro Escola de Música. During her three-year stay there, she became immersed in the vibrant musical culture of the city. Fortunate to perform backup for Marku Ribas and Robertinho do Recife, along with numerous, well-known artists, Sandy appeared at various venues from posh piano bars such as Chiko’s Bar, Rive Gauche, and national TV broadcasts on Rede Globo. She was house vocalist for two years in the piano bar at Restaurante Antonino in the Lagoa District, where Lisa Ono, who later became Japan’s primary bossa nova exponent, would occasionally sit in. At the “Todos os Cantos” music festival, in Curitiba, Paraná, in 1981, she was accompanied by the yet unknown, Eliane Elias. While married to percussionist Carlinhos “Pandeiro de Ouro” de Oliveira, she befriended countless household names on the Brazilian music scene”

You can also catch Sandy on her Radio Show "Brazilian Experience", every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm on KIPO Hawaii Public Radio on 89.3 FM.

Enjoy these captured golden moments. Felicidades e não pare a música! (Portuguese Translation: Cheers! & Don't Stop The Music!)

Members of Sandy Tsukiyama’s band:

Sandy Tsukiyama – vocals, percussions
Peter Factora – drums
David Yamasaki – guitar
Ernie Provencher - bass guitar


Video 1 – Desafinado

Video 2 – Corcovado

Monday, October 22, 2012

Steve Lucas ~ A Fellowship in Jazz featuring Eddie Ramirez at Ige’s Restaurant & 19th Puka (10-17-2012)

Jazz was definitely in the air in Aiea! With lots of Rooting & Tooting too! Steve Lucas ~ A Fellowship in Jazz, featuring special guest artist, Eddie Ramirez! Fans and Diners were treated to a special performance by extraordinaire trumpet and flugelhorn player, Eddie Ramirez. Eddie, member of The Society of Seven, Phase 7 and many other noted musical groups, was visiting from Fremont, CA. Cannonball Trumpets, which Eddie highly endorses, shares the following bio:

"Eddie brings over 45 years of international show and tour experience to the state. Included in his repertoire is big band, swing, Dixie, classical, jazz funk, Latin, classic rock, gospel and R&B. Eddie's classic training stated at age 7, when he became the youngest trumpet soloist in the Philippines. He went on to write and perform musical scores for TV show and moves in the mainland, and perform with touring artist such as Stan Getz, Nancy Wilson and Ann Margaret. He played lead trumpet with several big bands, toured with his own Latin band 'Brass Wave', mastered free form jazz in Germany, and honored his multi-instrumentalist skills on tours throughout Asia, Japan, Hawaii, Germany, Canada and the U.S. His arrangement of Chick Corea's "Spain" for the Honolulu Symphony, which he also performed with them, remains a milestone in his career. He also perfected holding a note indefinitely and playing two-horns-atonce, for which he is probably best known in the islands. Eddie spent the 80's on stage and TV in Hawaii, making albums and touring with Hawaii's top show group Society of Seven. He then toured with Bobby Womack on his Resurrection Tour thought the U.S., and Joe Louis Walker throughout Europe. In the Bay area, he's done guest solos on CD for Danilo, Sista Monica, Elaine Lucia, Chuck Prolio's OMB, IshikoJam, Kirk Casey, and music for CD-rom games by Electric Arts. Eddie is currently teaching adults and children music theory, piano, flute, trumpet and vocals and freelancing with Big City Revue, Mich Woods (rocket 88 swingband), Rudy Salvini's Big Band, and Danilo. His first U.S. CD "Velvet Fist" was released in 1999. He produced multiple CD's that contains love song of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. He is currently at work on his next, entitled "The Eddie Ramirez Project"."

Mahalo to Ron Ige, owner of Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka for providing not just delicious food, but also a stage/showroom that serves the community well. This was truly 'A Fellowship In Jazz' to remember! Enjoy these captured Golden Moments & Don't Stop The Music!


The Musicians:

Steve Lucas – guitar, vocals
*Eddie Ramirez - trumpet, flugelhorn
Steven Yamasaki – bass
Tuns Gionson – trumpet, vocals
Yano Gionson – guitar
Jose Baylon – bass guitar, percussions, vocals
Glen Racoma – drums
Frankie Paracuelles - bongos, drums
Harry Chang – drums
Dennis Wilson - trumpet
Sterling Sakuma – drums

The Vocalists:

Sandy Tsujimura, Adney Atabay (of Phase 7 and TRK), Mei-Ling, David Haynes, Norma and Rhea.

Video 1 – Quiet Nights.

Video 2 – Sabor A Mi, featuring Tuns Gionson on vocals.

Video 3 – It’s Too Late, featuring Sandy T on vocals.

Video 4 – Video Medley. Part 1 “Mysty”, featuring Adney Atabay (vocals) and Sterling Sakuma (drums). Part 2 “Here’s That Rainy Day” featuring Meling (vocals). Part 4 David Haynes on vocals and “Invisible trombone” with the song “Around the World”.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Men in Grey Suits live at Jimmy Buffett's Honolulu Surfing Museum (10-11-2012)

It's Surf Rock! at the Jimmy Buffett's Honolulu Surfing Museum in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort.  Every Thursday night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

"Men In Grey Suits is Honolulu's newest Surf Rock band playing music of The Ventures, Dick Dale, and many others including many movie and TV theme songs of the 60's that were strongly influenced by surf guitar sounds like Hawaii 5-0 and The Pink Panther Theme.  Although beginning as a cover band, material is being written for a debut album to be released in December 2012.

Formed by guitarist Chad Hamman who was visited in his sleep one night by a Kahuna telling him that Honolulu needs a new Surf Rock Band to liven things up a bit.  A few well placed advertisements drew Robbin Henley, Jr., Florida native surfer and guitarist extraordinaire in to the band.  Soon followed by bassist Michael Clare, refugee from the space rock/fusion world of Gong who found himself stranded in paradise and the lure of the psychedelic tinged sounds of the surf guitars pulled him in.  Drummer Alvin Fejarang, a veteran of 20 years in the phenomenal Oahu band Kalapana couldn't resist the challenge of providing the rhythms and the rest is for the future to uncover."

(Information from http://www.meningreysuits.com)

Tour schedule: 
SPECIAL Halloween performance at the Honolulu Surfing Museum - Wednesday October 31!

Men In Grey Suits:
Chad Hamman - guitar;
Alvin Fejarang - drums;
Mike Clare - bass guitar;
Robbin Henley, Jr - guitar.

Check out their website and music
at: http://www.meningreysuits.com



Sunday, October 7, 2012

n u v o and Soul Pilot at Amuse Wine Bar (10-5-2012)

What a gem!   Cupola Theater at the Amuse Wine Bar, home of Fresh Fridays with n u v o !   There's a large dance floor which ballroom and swing dancers like.  We saw dancers all the way from Wahiawa and Haleiwa there!  The Amuse staff was quick to accommodate guests with additional tables & seating.  Free parking, great wine selection and ono pupus.  They also serve iced coffee!  We like!  Checkout their website: http://www.amusewinebar.com/

Every 1st Friday n u v o plays Top 40, Funk, R&B and Disco music from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. (However, Jules said there is no show in the month of December due to holiday parties, but will resume in 2013) On this Friday night, the 1st set featured guest band, Soul Pilot.  A Double Treat! Two bands with an array of good music to groove and dance to.  Enjoy the pics and golden moment videos below.  Mahalo to all!  And Don't Stop The Music!

n u v o

Jules Kam - Lead Vocals
Ross Murakami - Drums
Dayton Arima - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Dave Watanabe - Guitar, Vocals
Jason Lazzerini - Sax
Matt Nakamoto - Keyboards, Vocals

Soul Pilot

Rachel Gonzales - Lead Vocals
Russell Shiroma - Guitar,Vocals
Bradley Choi - Drums
Dayton Arima - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mitchell Fukumoto - Keyboards
John Lundgren - Sax

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Audissey, BS Express, and Chaotic Five live at Manoa Grand Ballroom (9-21-2012)

Hats off to Dennis Matsukawa of Audissey, and Bernadette Ferreira of Kool Inspiration for supporting new young talent!


A video of the performance........

Friday, September 21, 2012

Steve Lucas, A Fellowship in Jazz @ Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka 9-19-2012

Cool Jazz on a hot night at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka!

Listen to JAZZ every Wednesday (except the 1st Wed.) at 6:30 pm till closing.

Special guest Johnny Rock of Johnny Rock Society closed out the night.

Fusion Live @ Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka 8-31-2012

Fusion is a fun high energy dance band.

Here is some background information from bass player/leader/manager George Furukawa:

Fusion, a Top 40 variety cover band, was formed in April 2005 by bass player/leader/manager
George Furukawa. The band has evolved into its current blend of musicians. Fusion is a vocally-
driven band with roots in diverse musical influences from classic rock to contemporary R&B/

Fusion consists of up to three front line lead vocalists (one male and two females) supported by
a four piece rhythm section (guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums). Fusion’s three front line lead
vocalists are youthful, dynamic performers.

Fusion plays something for everyone – including rock, neo-soul, R&B, easy listening, disco, and
Top 40. Fusion tailors its play list to fit a variety of events, including birthday parties, retirement
parties, graduation parties, corporate banquets, reunion parties, weddings, wedding anniversaries,
and so forth.

Fusion is open to learning songs upon request, if provided with advance notice. Fusion also
dresses appropriately for all shows and has a no drugs/alcohol policy before and during
rehearsals and bookings.

Since 2005, Fusion has performed at the following venues:
Leeward Community College
Honolulu Country Club
Kapiolani Community College
Pearl Ultra Lounge
A Taste of Kalihi
Japanese Cultural Center
Bird of Paradise Restaurant
Pipeline Café
Pacific Beach Hotel
Hawaiian Brian’s
The Waterfront
Senor Frog’s Honolulu Restaurant & Bar
Gregg and Michelle Tarter wedding reception
Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka
Chris and Sharon Daco wedding reception
Champions Sports Bar & Grill

Paulo Nacionales (vocals)
April Patricio (vocals)
Natasha Jim (vocals)
Jeremiah Paraoan (guitar/vocals)
John Drabczyk (keys/vocals)
George Furukawa (bass)

Mike Nakamoto (drums)

Contact Information:
George Furukawa (bass/leader/manager)
1559 Hoolehua Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Telephone: 455-3109
Cell: 754-1121

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Royal Kunia Street Band Live @ Dot's in Wahiawa 8-31-2012

The Royal Kunia Street Band kept everyone on the dance floor with music from the 60's, 70's and more.


web album
The Band:
Craig Kanekoa (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Uke)
Chet Okayama (lead vocal, lead guitar)
John Loo (keyboards)
Rod Esteban (drums)
Randy Hoo (sax, flute, percussion)
Mark Silva (trumpet)
Kennji Santiago (lead vocal, trombone)
Robin Kimura (bass)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Anna Marie and Devin, Live @ Dot’s in Wahiawa 8-31-2012

Anna Marie and Devin are dynamic singers and put on an entertaining show. Their dance routines, costume changes, and holding up que cards prompting the audience (to scream, and to applause) made it a special night at the Mule Barn. Please check out the pictures and the golden moment video below.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Easy Street at The Ground Floor 8-25-2012

Lots of laughter, and catching up on good ole days with friends while listening to music by Easy Street.

In the crowd, a group of Castle High School Alumni (Class of 1976), Jon's former Servco co-worker, Sandy's former 1100 Alakea Plaza building tenant, and her former Aloha Surf Hotel GM /mentor. This was truly a Golden Moment in so many ways!

The Easy Street Band:
Myron Pang - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Allen Yamaguchi - Bass
Darrell Larm - Lead Guitar, Synth guitar, backing vocals
Jeff Tarumi - Electronic and acoustic percussion, backing vocals
George Pichay - Drums


Friday, August 17, 2012

Local musicians backed up the Summer Soul Festival on 8-10-2012 at the NBC Arena

The Summer Soul Festival included The Crystals, The Manhattans, The Shirelles, and The Stylistics!
The groups did not bring their full bands, in fact, one group only had their bass player, another had a keyboard player, and another a drummer.  Tom Moffat asked Steve Lucas to get a band together to perform for the evening.  Working with the few musicians from the mainland, Steve Lucas and his local musician friends created a sound that was flawless.  They had less than two weeks to learn all the songs with only 1 rehersal just hours before the actual concert.  Our local guys did Hawaii proud!  Thank you Tom Moffat for supporting local musicians!

The Fabulous Steve Lucas Band :
Steve Lucas (guitar)
Bill Noble (saxophone/flute)
Elliot Maker (trumpet)
Miles Yoshida (bass)
Bob Hernandez (bass)
Butch Nicolas (drums)
David Haynes (drums)
Marshall Kaniho (keys)
Jeff Gerona (congas/percussions)

This was indeed a golden moment to capture.
Please listen to the music and enjoy!

Here are some pictures!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Funkshun LIVE at Ige's Restaurant and 19th Puka (8-3-2012)

Class reunions from Pearl City and Waipahu were in the house!  Funkshun kept this party grooving all night long! 

Funkshun video medley.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Magic Mushroom Reunion at the Manoa Grand Ballroom 7-27-2012

If you were night clubing during the early 70's, The Magic Mushroom nightclub at the Gold Bond building (677 Ala Moana) had to be on your list of clubs for live dancing music.

The Magic Mushroom Reunion Party on 7/27/2012 has brought back the memories of those days.  Hosted by Ed Kanoi of 107.9 Radio, this party featured Soulz, White Light, and Audissey.

Special Guest: Johnny of Johnny Rock Society, and Kevin Hirabara of Road House.

Special Thanks to Dennis Matuskawa of Audissey, and Bernadette Ferreira of Kool Inspiration, for putting on an awesome event!

Looking forward to The Magic Mushroom Reunion 2 !!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Live Jazz at Ige's Restaurant &19th Puka (7-25-2012)

Cool JAZZ on a HOT Summer night!

It's A Fellowship in JAZZ! Every Wednesday night (except the 1st week) of the month from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Ige's Restaurant & 19thPuka.

The Musicians:
Steve Lucas (guitar), Nando Suan (guitar), Jose Bylon (bass), TantsGionson (trumpet), Dr. Ken Leung (sax), Glenn Racoma (drums), Freddie (bongos/drums), Al (congas/percussions), Jeff Gerona(congas/percussions), Al (bass), and Harry Chang (drums).

The Vocalists:
Steve Lucas, Jose Bylon, Tants Gionson, Dr. Ken Leung, Sandy OrdonezTsujimura, Meling, and Jeff Gerona.

A special appearance by 'KAMANU' with Ronson Asuncion, Maui Travis and Kawehi Makuakane. What does KAMANU mean? - to persevere and never give up. Perhaps a Hawaiian Night will be coming to Ige's soon?

And lastly, Happy Birthday David!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Live JAZZ & great food at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (7-18-2012)

It’s Live JAZZ & great food at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (7-18-2012)

The Musicians:
Steve Lucas (guitar), Scott Villiger (sax/flute), Glenn Racoma  (drums), Jose Baylon (bass),Nando Suan (guitar), Dennis Williams (trumpet), Aaron Aranita (sax), Ken Leung  (sax), David Haynes (drums), and Al (congas)

The Vocalists:
Steve Lucas, David Haynes, Jose Baylon, Sandy Ordonez Tsujimura, Ken Leung, Pablo Lucas, Meling, and Norma

The Food:
Korean Fried Chicken and Bread Pudding

Jazz is every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wed at Ige's!
Check out the video!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

CHaOs at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (7-13-2012)

CHaO's HIGH ENERGY kept everyone dancing all night long!

The band

Devin Nakasone - vocals
Joseph Perez Jr. - vocals
Sharlene Aoki - vocals
Brian Nakashima - guitar
Vernon Lau - keyboard
Nathan Ng - bass
Todd Uyehara sittiing in on drums for Marcus Watts

Guest performers
Kelly Cortez, Derek Higashi, and John Loo from H2O
Dean Bajcar, David Ogata, Roy Yonashiro from Funkshun
Eddie Lactaoen

Want more info, check out

=>> Check out Devin's special non profit organization "Prayers On Wings" dedicated to helping families.

"Our mission is to help build bridges of communication between children in crisis and their loved ones using a simple rubber ducky"

Website: http://www.prayersonwings.webs.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/prayersonwings

Monday, July 16, 2012

Live Jazz @ Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka, with Steve Lucas, A Fellowship in Jazz (7-11-2012)

Live Jazz is back at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka, every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of every month!  Come on down to Ige's for good food, meeting up with old friends, and awesome jazz.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Star-Studded Night of Jazz @ The Hawaii Art Museum (7/6/2012)

Jazz at the Hawaii State Art Museum on First Friday; featuring Gabe Baltazar and Chuck James Trio, Aaron Aranita, Miles Jackson and singer Rea Fox.

Europa!  Featuring Gabe Baltazar and Aaron Aranita both on sax, keyboard

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LS34 Rockin' & Rollin' for the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua Fundraiser at Dot's in Wahiawa (6/29/2012)

LS34 helping the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua raise funds for student scholarships and community programs.  Over 200 persons attended the event at Dot's in Wahiawa.

Check back in a few days for live audio recording of LS34.....................

Monday, June 25, 2012

Jazz with Tony Kato and Ken Leung at 3rd Cup Cafe & Venue (6-23-2012)

Good Food, Good Friends, and Great Music!

Tony Kato on Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Ken Leung on Sax/Clarinet
Special guest - Steve Lucas on Guitar.

Steve Lucas joining in on guitar.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wasabi Live @ Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (6-22-2012)

Everyone had a "Rock and Roll" good time with Wasabi. 

Special guest Garry Moore!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Bobby Nishida Band Live @ Jazz Minds (6-16-2012)

It was a great night for jazz!

The Bobby Nishida Band:
Bobby Nishida (guitar/vocals)
Bradley Choi (drums sitting in for Ken Fields)
Dayton Arima (bass guitar)
Bryan Aoyogi (guitar/vocals)
Jason Nagashima (keyboards/vocals)

Joy Waikaloa (singer)
Mia Teruya (singer)

Freddy Von Paraz (drums - Powerpoint)
Alec Wong (singer - Powerpoint)
Byron Lai (guitar - Hat Makes The Man)

Monday, June 18, 2012

LIVE JAZZ! Steve Lucas~A Fellowship in Jazz at Albert's Place (6-14-2012)

Live jazz every Thursday, (6:30 pm-10:30 pm) at Albert's Place at the Hawaii Country Club in Kunia.

Little Sunflower (F. Hubbard)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jazz jam sessions are the best! (6-8-2012)

We were fortunate to have been invited to this special party.  Host invited over 20 musicians and singers.  The music was awesome!  We had a great time!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

70's Night Club Reunion Encore! at the Ala Moana Hotel (6-2-2012)

The ultimate reunion party!

Here is a sneak peak on the action!

If you missed the reunion, or want to relive the whole experience; you can purchase a 3 set DVD of the entire event from Irwin Santos of ISLE Computer Consulting.

Here is the info from Irwin ...........

Cost: $39.95

Add $3.50 for shipping, Add $1.25 for Credit Card Purchase per set. All sales plus 4.712% tax.

Here’s what you get:
• 1 - 70s Nightclub Reunion X “ENCORE” DVD 3-disc set
• Recorded in High Definition, available in Standard Definition Wide Screen Only (non-BluRay)
• All 5 bands will be recorded live, plus audio directly from the mixer
• Region 1 only, single layer discs
• Standard “Amaray” DVD case to hold multidiscs
• 30-day warranty on defective discs during playback, disc replacement only

DVDs will be available for pickup 60-90 days after the event. As the project is worked on, status updates will be posted on the website. If you wish to have your DVD mailed to you, the costs are as follows: $1.50 for packaging, $2.00 for US Postal Mail. Total $3.50/disc. Pickup location, date, and times to be determined.

If you wish to place your order, please indicate the following in your email:
• Quantity of sets
• Mailing or picking up?
• Method of payment (Check, Credit/Debit card via PayPal, Cash)
• Supply the following: Best phone number to reach you & Mailing address

Please write
irwin@isle-cc.com or call 213-283-6107 (it's a Los Angeles number, but I'm on Oahu...courtesy of Magic Jack)

all or email first to confirm your total. Make checks payable to

"ISLE Computer Consulting"

mail to:

ISLE Computer Consulting
45-551 Keole Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Attn: Irwin

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TRK live @ Terry's Place (6-1-2012)

TRK played to a full house at Terry's Place!

Guest performance by Stacie Caires.

Special performance Terry Kakazu!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Audissey Live @ Pho Viet Thien Hong (5-26-2012)

Audissey was rocking and rolling at Pho Viet Thien Hong Vietnamese Cuisine & Lounge!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

H2O Live at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (5-25-2012)

Hard 2 Oppose (H2O) performed to a full house at Ige's.
Check out their website: http://hard2oppose.com/

Friday, May 25, 2012

Jazz with Kajo at Da Smokehouse in Waikiki (5-23-2012)

Jazz at Da Smokehouse every other Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm.

Kajo is
George Cristobal, sax
Harry Chang, drums
Brian Gallarde, bass
Joe Engbino, guitar

Guest: Art M on sax, Sandy Tsujimura, vocals

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Jazz with Tony Kato & Ken Leung @ 3rd Cup Cafe & Venue (5/18/2012)

Great music, good food, of course awesome coffee!

Check out 3rd Cup Cafe & Venue's website: http://www.3rdcupcafe.com/

Friday, May 18, 2012

Patrick Koh Jazz Ensemble @ Terry's Place (5-16-2012)

Cool jazz at Terry's Place at the Chinese Cultural Plaza.

Check them out on Facebook - LINK

Hee is a sample of their music.

Blues at Da Smokehouse, Waikiki (5-16-2012)

Mo Fessor - Maurice "Mo" McConnell on keyboards and Bob Hernandez on bass.

Da Smokehouse features great food!  Take a look at their website!  LINK

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wahiawa Pineapple Festival (5-12-2012)

The poster says it all!

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Great food, crafts and awesome jazz!

Here is Gabe Baltazar with Bruce Hamada Jr. on bass, Jim Howard on keyboard, Van Baron on drums, and Jr. Choy on trumpet.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Prayer On Wings Fundraiser at the Pupule Lounge (4-28-2012)

What a great way to raise funds for a good cause!

For more info go to: http://www.prayersonwings.webs.com

Saturday, May 12, 2012

40 OVER the band @ Dots in Wahiawa (5-11-2012)

"Its always a party" with 40 OVER!

Alvin Fejarang created an awesome poster for his band!

Check out the action..............

Friday, May 11, 2012

Steve Lucas A Fellowship in Jazz at Albert's Place, Hawaii Country Club (5-10-2012)

Another jazzy night in Kunia!

Great live music................

Check out Steve Lucas A Fellowship in Jazz every Thursday night at 6:30 pm at Albert's Place, Hawaii Country Club in Kunia Hawaii.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Jazz, with Steve Lucas, A Fellowship in Jazz (5-3-2012)

It was a real treat to listen to some jazz at Albert's Place at the Hawaii Country Club out in Kunia. Steve Lucas A Fellowship in Jazz plays every Thursday at 6:30pm.

Well You Need'nt ......

SPAM Jam 2012: EMKE, and Manoa DNA!

SPAM Jam 2012 was awesome! Music, shopping, and FOOD!. We got a chance to see two great bands.

EMKE is in their own words “....an addictive combination of “power pop” and “classic rock”. Check out their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/emke.hawaii

Manoa DNA, whose music stretches accross generations with music from, The Eagles, James Taylor, Crosby Stills, the Beach Boys, Latino or Hawaiian, and more. Please visit their website: http://www.manoadna.com


Manoa DNA

Saturday, May 5, 2012

LS34 Rockin' & Rollin' to the 60's & 70's at Dots (4/21/2012)

It sure was a night to remember.  LS34 rocking to a pact house at Dots!

Check out the pics. 

Live recording to be posted soon!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Funkshun playing that funky music at Dots in Wahiawa (4-13-2012)

Everyone had a blast, dancing to the funk from the 70's and 80's.

This video features Roy Yonashiro on lead vocals, and Bill Popaka on sax. Performing the song Reasons by EW&F. Thank you Bernadette of Kool Inspiration for putting on another great event!

For more information on Funkshun check out their website: www.funkshun808.com

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Oldies & Goodies Band was rocking to the 60's & 70's at Dots in Wahiawa (4-6-2012)

The Oldies & Goodies Band plays the music of  Elvis, Roy Orbison, Beatles, Stones, Santana, Surf Music, Motown, and more.  The band will be performing at the Pacific Beach Hotel's Aloha Center Cafe on 4/20/2012 and 4/27/2012, 6:30pm  - 8:30pm.  To find out more information on upcoming performances check out their website: www.oldiesgoodiesband.com

The Band.......
Manny Anduha - Vocals
Emily La Boy - Vocals
Jack Lin - Lead Guitar
Henry Malley - Bass Guitar
Thommy Miske - Drums
Todd Hartwell - Keyboard

Check out the pics........


 And video too..................

Thursday, March 29, 2012

LS 34 rockin' & rollin' at the WHS 60th birthday bash (3/24/2012)

It was an awesome party. Happy Birthday Marauders!

Good Golly Miss Molly, featuring Ronald Hanagami on lead vocals.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Easy Street Live at Dots in Wahiawa (3-16-2012)

A great evening listening to the cool sounds of Easy Street. It was a treat to hear songs from Kalapana, Summer, C & K and more.  Every Friday and Saturday Dots is the place to be for good live music in Central Oahu!  Thank you Bernie for promoting live music.  Check out the pictures and videos!

The Band:

Myron Pang Lead Vocals, Guitar
Darrell Larm Lead Synthesizer Guitar, Backing Vocals
Allen Yamaguchi Bass Guitar
Jeff Tarumi Percussion, Guitar, Backing Vocals

Special guess:  George Pichay on drums, Creed Fernandez on congas, and Alvin Fejarang (formally with Kalapana) on drums. 

The website: http://www.808easystreet.com/

More drums, more congas please!