It’s always exciting to move into a new season. I’m still reeling from a crazy weekend of new parties, old parties, the return of some of the best parties and a completely new venue. THIS is how you start a spring, ladies and gentlemen.
It started Thursday at the Hyatt, believe it or not. JapengoRestaurant used to be the home to Capitol, the upscale loungie-turned-clubbie Tantriq party that was sort of like their reborn Monkey Bar. Japengo introduced a new menu at the restaurant, and I’m dying. I love the lounge in there; it’s open and private at the same time with just the right lighting. The new dishes include giant shrimp breaded with a lemon-mayonnaise glaze and dusted with macadamia nuts. It’s pretty much crack.
Friday night opened up a whole new can of summer worms at the new Aloha Beer Company. It shares the parking lot with Sam Choy’s BLC on Nimitz Highway and is home to Make Ass Friday, the new/old summer party Jake Thompson and friends deliver to the 18+ (to dance) and 21+ (to drink) crowds. What a crowd it was. Starting early with live music by Camile Velasco and going straight into hard electro and hip-hop, I was amazed watching that blend of different styles get down. Everyone had too much fun to front, and with one side covered in huge, loungie bottle service areas, us grown-ups didn’t feel too creepy. Young host Kyle Faruya had the best night ever as did that week’s guest, DJ Frizel, who ripped between old school hip-hop, dubstep, radio hits and trance to the delight of all 500 people in the room. Look for a variety of A-list guest DJs and live music that JP Kennedy from The Green is helping coordinate. All. Summer. Long.
Saturday’s return of Space Truckin’ at thirtyninehotel hit everyone in that room with a bang. Tiger & Woods might not be too massively known, but that party might be now. People should know that with Space Truckin’, you’re getting a great vibe and amazing music. You will smile. You will dance. Smoke and balloons filled the room of people disco-house dancing and smiling. It was extremely hard to leave; the only reason I did was to catch legendary Benoit & Sergio at Asylum Afterhours. What a weekend for amazing music!
This weekend I look forward to seeing Reflex at Nextdoor Friday. French electro-pop doesn’t exactly come to this island on the reg. Also, Fishcake will host a benefit for our finned friends and PangeaSeed with Sharks + Ships. The already eclectic space will transform into a vintage nautical lounge with many sights and sounds, and their neighbor TheBox Jelly will open for the after party and the must-see Shark Love Inc. traveling show. Drinks, pupu and desserts will be next-level with newcomers CookSpace and trusted Peace Cafe.
I may or not head down to Cabo San Lucas for the Electric Palms Music Festival next week. Flights during spring break aren’t exactly accessible, but I’m working on it. Watch this space. It could be the spring to end all springs.