Sunday, December 28, 2014
Lights, Camera, Action! The Stage is set! That's Stage Restaurant in the beautiful Honolulu Design Center. A classy restaurant where every piece of furniture, lighting, and artwork in the room can be purchased. Tonight every one was on Stage (even the kitchen staff and diners) for this special Blues & Jazz Wine Dinner featuring a twight light performance by the STEVE LUCAS & COMPANY band, and vocalist Sandy Tsujimura.
Guests enjoyed a special 5 part dinner prepared by Executive Chef Ron de Guzam and his staff while listening to their favorite blues and jazz songs. The menu consist of: Blue lump crab cake with remoulade; Bodin Sausage Fritters served with a spicy mustard remoulade and quick pickles; paired with a D'Arenberg 'The Hermit Crab' Viognier; Fried Catfish with Kahuku corn hushpuppies, sweet pepper tarter sauce,and red bell pepper coulis; paired with Groundwork Grenache Blanc; Seafood Etoufee with mussels, manila clams, shrimp, catch of the day and creole rice; paired with a Masi Modello Rosso delle Venezie; and for dessert a Maple toasted pecan tart with bourbon whiskey ice cream spiced fosters sauce and pumpkin spice beignet.
The evening ended with a high note as Honolulu Design Center owner Tom Soresen personally thank everyone for coming, and also shared his inspiration and vision for the Honolulu Design Center; followed by other guest artists who arrived to join in with the band. The music continued until the last diner left the Stage.
Also spotted in the audience was the legendary Tom Moffatt, Karl Nishio of LS 34, and Bobby Hernandez of PJM,
Please enjoy these captured Golden Moments below:
Steve Lucas & Company:
Steve Lucas - guitar, vocals,
Eddie Ramirez - horn
Aaron Aranita - piano, sax
Omar Abing - standup bass
Tony Carlos - drums
Sandy Tsujimura - vocals
Dr. Jazz - sax
Jose Bylon - vocals
Mahalo to all the musicians for an awesome night! Till next time (which we heard through the grapevine is already in the planning), Don't Stop The Music!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
OMG! Someone let the Catz out of the Cellar (that's the CELLAR CATZ), and now they moved up to the Ground Floor!
Our last visit with these guys was on a Saturday night at the Chuck's Cellar in the basement of the Outrigger East Hotel (their home base venue). We enjoyed the mixed variety of songs they played there, so tonight we decided to see what they would be like outside of Waikiki. The evening started with some songs like Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u, Ferry Cross, Our Day Will Come, Route 66, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Waika, Lodi, Knock Me Off My Feet, and My Brown Eyed Girl.
As the night progressed they played some songs like Blackbird, Listen To The Music, You Got Me, Lying Eyes, Start Me Up, Play That Funky Music, Johnny Be Good, and Tequila (the band's prelude to the their favorite beverage refreshment). Their final set included songs like: Put The Load On Me, Crossroads, Mustang Sally, Brown Sugar, and Love Potion #9.
So cute that Les dedicated "She's My Little Sweet Thing' to his daughter who was also in the audience. Also spotted in the audience was the Patrick Koh Jazz Ensemble Band members who dropped by after finishing their gig at Cafe Julia. (Another venue we plan to visit soon)
Please check out these captured Golden Moments!
The Ground Floor:
Les Loo - Lead guitar, Piano, Bass guitar, vocals
Bert Higa - Bass guitar, Lead guitar, vocals
Harry Chang - Drums
Mahalo to all the CELLAR CATZ, for not just one, but two fun evenings!
Until next time - Don't Stop The Music!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
A Downtown secret....Tucked away inside the YWCA on Richards Strret is the beautiful Cafe Julia. named after its Architect (Julia Morgan) who was also the 1st Woman Architect to designed a public building in 1920; Cafe Julia is the place to be for exquisite dinning and live music - JAZZ music that is! You can dine inside the Cafe or at the adjacent courtyard under the moon and stars. Great place to impress a date. We even saw a couple solo slow dancing in the courtyard. Be sure to save room for one of their table side desserts - totally worth the wait and so delish!
(Cafe Julia's website: http://cafejuliahawaii.com/)
On this night we visited with the Pat "King" Koh Trio. With the anbience of this Cafe and high ceiling room, this venue suits this Trio well. Their soothing music resonates through out the room and courtyard, and will take you back to a simpler time as you listen to all of your favorite Jazz standards. You will not be disappointmented! We plan to revist soon.
The Pat King Koh Trio Band:
Pat Koh - vocals
Ernie Morikubo - guitar
Bob Hasset - bass
Band contact: www.facebook.com/PatKingKoh
Mahalo Pat 'King' Koh Trio, for a great night of Jazz (and dinning).
Till next time, Don't Stop The Music!
Check out these captured golden moments below!