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