Concerts & Clubs / Schuyler Tsuda has a thing for secret shows. He used to throw them in Minneapolis and loved those he attended in Hawaii. Now that he’s the music programmer at the Doris Duke Theatre, he can get back at it, sort of. His Secret Sound Showcase (SSS), a monthly concert featuring “the best local bands in the Islands,” according to Tsuda and co-organizer Miller Royer, will try to keep the energy of those underground, word-of-mouth, multimedia binge parties–but in classy Doris fashion.
SSS won’t technically be a true “secret show,” as those abide by no law (the Doris Duke is as straight-laced as its namesake was not in real life), but Tsuda says he hopes to retain the shows’ reputation. “Those [Minneapolis] secret shows were some of the best I’ve ever seen. I just want to bring that flavor,” he says.
The first lineup is a variety of styles: Taimane Gardner, the flamboyant ‘ukulele picker, Clones of the Queen, the dream-pop trio and shoe-gazey Pink Mist. The whiplash is intentional. “What Miller and I were really pushing for was to not have another venue where you see the same [types of] bands play all the time,” Tsuda says.
SSS starts during the last hour of ARTafterDARK, and admission to one does not get you into the other, but remember: When the art finally goes dark, you now know about this one guy who’s throwing a secret show.