Throwbacks and Rising Stars
Whew, what a week. Talk about hitting the ground running; I still don’t know how I got through Hawaii Cocktail Week after a week off from work. I look at all the events and people and cocktails and participating bartenders and visiting bartenders and I’m like, HOW did Mike Prasad do that!? I actually know how: It was his team of hard working, passionate people including Brent Nakano and Joanne Magday. Nice work, guys. Seriously. Every event I attended was filled with awesome people interested in cocktails, and I have to say, there is obviously a cocktail culture here in Honolulu; we just needed a mega-event like this to bring that out and make it shine. Very well done. I’m really looking forward to next year.
Just about any time I ever see something cool and say, “Hey! I like that !” to someone, be it a necklace, top, shoes, bag, earrings or whatnot, nine times out of ten, they say they got it at Art & Flea. It always reminds me of how lucky we are to have that event. Sure, we don’t have a district like Camden Town in London lined with second-hand shops or consignment stores where you can find perfectly worn-in jackets and records (really, who needs jackets, anyway?) but man, if that event isn’t the perfect catch-all to find the coolest stuff to wear or hang in your apartment, then I don’t know what is. This Thursday’s theme is beyond killer: a throwback to the ‘90s grunge era. I really don’t want to get into how it feels to have the era you grew up in become a “throwback,” but whatever. I’m so excited to layer some damn clothes and hear some good local music. TheTigers From Niger (or TTFN!) are performing, and oh, man! Talk about making leaps and bounds in cross-genre experimentation. I was so inspired by band member Paris’s contribution to the Pow Wow School of Music with his gregarious personality, remarkable talent and stage presence as an emcee. This is his band that reaches beyond all of that. Expect a refreshing blend of beats and melodies that melt hip-hop, down-tempo and up-tempo.
Speaking of good local music, the Hard Rock Cafe is starting Hard Rock Rising: The Global Battle Of The Bands events. Local acts are lined up for the next four weeks for a chance to represent Hawaii in London at the finals. While I am not completely convinced it’s fair to have an online popularity contest determine the winner of these things (Sometimes the best bands are the least Internet savvy. Who has time to pile up the Facebook friends and likes when you’re making music?), it’s a good thing, because it teaches the necessary evil of marketing yourselves and generating a following. People need to know who you are, and the more exposure you can build, the more gigs you will get and more people will come to your shows. And so on. Congratulations to Rock Opera Theatre, M.O.J.O. and Kap-10 Curt aka Curt Kobane who will compete in the first event this Saturday.