Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kona Winds Live at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (1-5-2013)

What is Kona Winds?   We found these definitions on the web:

Kona winds occur when a low-pressure center is within 500 miles Northwest of the Islands and has an unusually low central pressure, below 1,000 millibars for the subtropics.

kona [′kō·nə] (meteorology) A stormy, rain-bringing wind from the southwest or south-southwest in Hawaii; it blows about five times a year on the southwest slopes, which are in the lee of the prevailing northeast trade winds.

Kona (leeward) winds usually occur during ho‘oilo (winter) seaon.  During this time the trade winds are not dominant, which allows the Kona winds to develop.  The Kona winds blow from the southwest direction, impacting the leeward side of the island first.  Since the winds come from the south, they are generally warmer breezes with the capacity of carrying a lot of moisture.

We found KONA WINDS on this night at Ige's in Aiea.   No rain storm or gusts inside here, but there was a lot of dancing, cocktails & music brewing.   This band used to perform at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel through the 1980s.   Val shared, 'Kona Winds is a variety band that plays everything from R & B, Old School Funk, Haw'n Contemporay, Showtunes and Classic Rock n Roll'.   If there was a draft in house it was due to the chicken skin rendition of 'Neither One Of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye' by Mary Barboza.   The evening ended on a high note with a hana-hou which included the audience participation in 'Heidi Heidi Heidi Ho'.   Also spotted in the house, Bill "Elvis" Haupu Burgher of Legends in Concert Waikiki.

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


Kona Winds Band:

Val Cabral - lead vocals, band leader
Mary Barboza - lead vocals
Gerry Cabral - keyboards, vocals, music director
Bengy Dabis - lead guitar, vocals
Glenn Quiocho - bass guitar, vocals
Herman Regal - drums
* John Loo - keyboards
* Ben Juan - drums

* Guest artist

Band Contact: https://www.facebook.com/messages/val.cabral.98


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bop Tribal Live @ Gordon Biersch (1-2-2013)

Our first Jazz show for 2013! Despite the rain, wind and cool weather, this group of young talented musicians delivered; and you could tell they were having fun at it.

From the Bop Tribal website:   BOP TRIBAL is an award winning quintet jazz group that initially started at The Dragon Upstairs in Downtown Honolulu Chinatown. B.T.'s home base music is in the 50's hard bop, but it adeptly weaves its way through modal jazz, bebop, post bop, and even hip hop. This quintessential New York jazz, transported to the Honolulu stage in 2008.  Their debut album "Bop Tribal" received the best album award at the Hawaii Music Awards in 2009.   They also received a 4-star review in the Downbeat magazine (June 2009), and was a preliminary ballot for a Grammy in 2008.

Check out the video!

Please enjoy these captured golden moments.  Mahalo for jump-starting our New Year, & Don't Stop The Music!

Bop Tribal:
DeShannon Higa - trumpet, flugel horn
Reggie Padilla - tenor sax
Satomi Yarimizo - piano
Jon Hawes - bass (sitting in for Shawn Conley)
Shinya Yarimizo - drums (sitting in for Abe Lagrimas Jr.)

Check out their website at: www.boptribal.com

Guests Artist:
Al - trumpet
Bart W. Howk - trumpet

Check out the pictures!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Island Storm Live at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (12-22-2012)

We encountered an Island Storm on this night even though the weatherman said it would be a cool and clear winter night.

A few years back, we had the pleasure of meeting Wayne at the Kapi'olani Bandstand during an LS 34 gig which he assisted with sound.  We learned that Wayne played guitar for Island Storm, but we never had the opportunity to see them live until now.   What a treat watching & listening to these guys!   It's not every day you see a musician flipping his axe over his head and behind his back on stage.   Sandy also got to meet an old classmate that she had not seen since King Intermediate school (1975).  

Island Storm first started playing together as members of the Pipeline Band in 2003.   After recording a CD, "Shadow Reef", and a video for the single "Ready To Rock" which appeared on Overdrive Live Volume 2, they had the opportunity to play at a few concerts at the Waikiki Shell at Kapi'olani Park; along with some radio, television and newspaper exposure.   In 2004, they formed a cover band, Sidekick, which then morphed into the present day version of Island Storm.   Their music is best described as Island Style party music.   This upbeat style includes Rock, Reggae, Country, Pop, Oldies and Dance.  In additional to traditional and fundraiser gigs, Island Storm also perform at various Oahu Military bases and often at welcome home concerts for our returning USA troops and their families. How rewarding!

Please enjoy these captured golden moments.   Mahalo ISLAND STORM! and Don't Stop The Music! 


Island Storm Band:

Val Vasquez - Guitar/Vocals
Wayne Mezurashi - Guitar/Vocals
Darren Kaneko - Keyboards/Ukulele/Vocals
Paul Nishimoto - Drums/Vocals
Norbert Enos - Bass/Vocals.

Contact them on their website at: http://www.islandstorm808.com/about_us.html