Saturday, May 28, 2016

What is it?

Our reader/dancers can find the power of live music on Oahu, to make folks feel good. Fortunately, they find it on full display at a host of Oahu night clubs. If listening to live bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Oahu does things almost right.

"Thoughts of people can be more valuable than money. When you
exchange dollar bills you each still have one, but if you
exchange an idea, now you each have two."

Multiple options let you tap into the venues that are appearing in the outskirts of Oahu. like Dot's in Wahiawa, a tried and true nightlife spot for locals of Central Valley. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Waikiki area, there are terrific places to hear live music that can be found throughout Oahu. We don't get much news from the good spots in Honolulu but they have plenty of fans and will soon be sharing their info goodies with their fellow dancers on these blogs.

In Mililani - Just Tacos with Salsa has the locals flock to a dance place where everybody knows each other's name for great food, good drinks and good times. So no matter where you are you will be able to find after dark fun dancing and socializing with live music to set the mood. And we are all waiting for something on the Waianae Coast. West Oahu is growing in spite of the Rail Blunder.

"There is no dignity quite so impressive and no independence
quite so important - as living within your means."

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Well, I am satisfied at this point in my search for Live Music or Recorded Music. Recorded music on average is better sounding for the music lover than live music. This simply because the entire setup of recording music is to get the maximum in good musical sound. There is a lot of engineering in the final recording.

However for the Live music lovers there is something that cannot be engineered and that is the atmosphere created in the average intimate night club. There is something about humanity being all around and even with all their mistakes, omissions and yes, some engineering, the musicians come out at as good human beings.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The Agricultural Age on earth, arrived sometime around 8000 BC and with it the first division of humans into “primitive” (gatherers, hunters, fishermen) and “civilized” where most people worked the soil and "civilization" in small towns and villages took “root.” And they certainly danced when drums came into existence at about the same time. The music was the party - eat, drink, dance and be merry. So we still can enjoy it that way.

 “ It is true, wine improves with age and the older we get, the better we like it.”

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Oldies But Goodies

The dancers of Oahu are really going for the oldies but goodies music. They seem to know which ones they really like. Of the thousands of new songs that are released daily, there are only a very few that survive to become "Oldies." And we don't have to listen to the good ones every day, but when we do we can enjoy to da max. For dancers it may be doubly enjoyable when moving to this music in our regular style of dance.

"Perhaps, the only way to make sense out of all these changes is to just
accept them and continue to enjoy moving to the music and dance."

They have a good dance session coming up in October on Oahu and the tickets are being gobbled up. Hopefully, they will send us a poster to include in one of our blogs.  For now we know how to find oldies but goodies.The usual places are the night clubs that  have live music. But for Live Bands it is far easier that once learned, the rest is just polish and they continue to do so every time they play.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Most people that have recorded live music from anywhere, have noted that when playing it back the music almost never matches the feel of the live experience. There is a different atmosphere in each. Recordings and live music are two different things. How about you? Live or recorded, which one rocks your world more?

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

Since I moved, messed up.

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
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"Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship;
and pass the rosy wine."

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Night Clubbing?

If we are fans of live music, Oahu will not fail us. I am not very familiar about Honolulu's live music scene, but I know that this city shows all-embracing talent for all types of music. In addition to Latin music, rhythm and blues music, rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical… no matter which is your taste, you will find your favorite on this Island!

"Yes, we accept that there are many poor people in our dance scene.
They can never afford the luxury of integrity."

Many times, punk, rock lovers and bands often get together and perform outdoors or in some tiny clubs throughout every region of Oahu. The annual Street Scene has seen dozens of national recognized bands while the rest bring the local talents into the spotlight. Of course, live music and concerts are often given at the Blaisdell in Honolulu. So if you are living on Oahu, go ahead and enjoy whatever you can find to like.

 "The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

The only negative is that the traffic scene is going to get worse and parking fees are going to go up when the Rail Disaster is installed. So the outskirts of Oahu look very promising to those in the know. The Waianae Coast, the Central Valley and the North Shore are the most indicated. We just don't get much news from them on this blog. Patience, they will eventually find out and get on these blogs for free public relations. We refer to this as Social Media.

  "Ain't No Big Thing" by Don Ho

The Salsa scene is still going strong even with the advent of "Bachata." Good large bands, (over six) and playing some terrific music. But they do not represent Latin music which is much more that that. In the disciplines of the American Style and the International Style of Ballroom dancers you have the nucleus of Da Reel Teeng.

"Haleiwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii

"Musicians, from the beginning have always been drinking and sharing
a good wine. It could be another form of vice, but is is not."

Friday, May 13, 2016

How about Kauai?

Tried to give some people a little free publicity on Maui. But their copyrights must be respected. They have no idea what they lose by that. Most web sites come with copyright so if they mail it to me, I will print it but I will copy only what is not copyrighted and I will skip Maui for a while.

“There may be no such thing as ruining your life. It may
turn out that life is a pretty resilient thing.” 

Mike Lopez Productions
Kauai seems to be doing just fine in the social dance department. They have social dance clubs and plenty of places to go Night Clubbing. Because of the Rail Disaster many people are moving to Maui, but what about Kauai? I think they could look into that. They seem to be developing a good group of citizens.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

You’ll find live music venues throughout Kauai in marketplaces, restaurants, lounges, the beaches and in the island’s fine hotels and resorts. Even some of the social dance clubs have live music. I found the photo on the right and apparently not copyrighted. From traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music to jazz, Kauai’s live music will make the perfect soundtrack for your stay.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Duke’s Canoe Club at the Marriott Kauai's Beach Club near Lihue fronts beautiful Kalapaki Beach and features contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music. Depending on the night, you'll hear everything from Hawaiian to rock at the Point in the Sheraton Kauai. For an off-the-beaten-path venue, visit the Hanalei Family Community Center in Hanalei Town, home to regular slack key guitar and ukulele events. And most Kauai luaus feature live Hawaiian music to get you in the mood during your stay in paradise. completely screwed up

"Warehouse Blues" by Willie K

A social dancer's interest is to keep dancing clearly and directly enjoyable,
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your dance. You just have
to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ever So Slowly

Extrava Danza and Ritmo Mestizo are having the toughest time to get going. Extrava Danze is zooming into the Live Music action on Oahu. But there are some dancers that suggest that some musicians are not playing music for dancers. They are interested in playing their best music for the hearing pleasure of their "listening" audience and they do have a point. But I will bet there are a hellavah lot more dancers out there than "listeners."

"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination and life to everything else."

When people in general listen to music at home, at work, or traveling, it is usually music that is playing in the background while they do tasks such as work or household chores. This may mean that the people aren't actively listening to the music. Music can be a great, healing relaxer to help them escape from the various stresses of life these days. But of course, to really enjoy good music of any genre and harness these relaxing effects, we must really listen to it.

"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii

To really enjoy good music of any genre and harness these relaxing effects, we must really listen to it. Now what happens when you listen to Live Music? The result can be a panoramic expansion of your musical experience, which may be likened to listening in color. Canned music can be perfect and very nice, but Live Music with all its human errors can be the real thing.

 "Moonlight Lady" by Don Ho

You can carry around just about any song you want these days, but that's rarely better than seeing your favorite bands on Oahu live. So you want to make sure you never miss an important show of your favorite on this island and all your friends too. If we can get the bands that you like to get their news into this blog, we got it made in the shade. It is a painless way to keep on top of the performances no one wants to miss.

"Our dancing friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there."

Thursday, May 5, 2016

High Cost of Live Music

Yes we all know and we should understand that it might be worth it. In addition to more participation, I think there may be another reality that should be recognized by those who are concerned, Oahu bar and club owners offer bands to please live music fans, They want the customers to dance, get thirsty, and buy more drinks. They don’t pay bands simply because they like music. By far, the most profitable part of any bar or lounge business has been liquor sales, and that is usually the primary reason they offer dancing

"Our greatest weakness may be in giving up. The most certain way
to succeed is always to try just one more time."

But, as had been often observed by many dancers themselves, they don’t drink much – booze, that is. Costs and benefits drive business decisions. So, perhaps one of the reasons for the loss of so many dance venues on Oahu might also be due to the costs of paying a band ($400 to $800 or so) which is not offset by a break-even point or increase in liquor sales. No business can keep up a net loss for long.

"Ala Moana Annie" by Amy Hanaialii

"Adoro" by Armando Manzanero

On the mainland it has become more successful to emphasize more income on "chopstick" food and a Juice Bar. There are so many pupu delicacies available and the juice bar can feature three or four different types of juice mixtures every evening. But, very few bands (more than one musician) with higher costs can survive on "pass the hat" donations. And, gigging for the fun of it gets old, fast. The Cover Charge will increase, and I think it might be helpful to understand what is happening to local dance venues and perhaps why there have been many closings.

“There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds.
Don't think all ecstasies are the same!” 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Whachu drinking?

By Rene Martinez, Pupukea
Beer seems to be the preferred drink in dance Night Clubs on Oahu by men dancers. It is easy to price, pick your brand, convenient even without a glass and can be timed to be drunk at a nice speed. Many can be very loyal to their brand of beer. Though there is an elite group that want theirs "tailormade" - "crafted."

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus when the limo breaks down.”

Hard liquor drinks have more varied customers but not so many. And dancers have a reputation of not being drunks. The easy drinks are the favorites. Scotch on the rocks, Rum and Coke. The fancy ones are a fetish with some dancers, I don't believe I have ever had a Mai Tai. And women seem to have preferred fetish type alcoholic drinks and in small glasses.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

However, wine is becoming an increasing choice of drink for dancers. You just sip, then sip and then take another sip. Some prefer Red and some prefer White wine. Many seem to know the different classes of wine and even understand the difference in the smell. Wine also seems to be more healthful than any of the other drinks.

Wine has a long history dating back about 8,000 years at the start of Agriculture. It is thought to have originated in present day Georgia or Iran. Wine later evolved into Europe over the next millennium specially in the area of Bulgaria and Greece and gradually move into Rome. 

"My Cup Runneth Over" by Max Bygraves

It was a very common commodity in classical Greece and Rome. Wine has also played an important role in religion since ancient times. The Greek God Dionysus and the Roman God Bacchus represented wine. Wine has also played an important role in ceremonies in the Christian religion such as mass. There was no knowledge of the disease "Alcoholism." which was discovered in the 20th century.

"Just In Time" by Bobby Darin

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam one thousand years ago:

"As much as wine has played the infidel
and robbed me of my robe of honor.
I wonder often what the Vintners buy,
one half so precious as the stuff they sell."