Sunday, April 23, 2017


At present most fans of live music still refer to the person behind the bar as, "The Bartender." Though there has been a terminology for the higher class bartenders. Achieving excellence in either role requires the same degree of commitment. A mixologist is an individual with a passion for combining elixirs and creating extraordinary cocktails, whereas a bartender is an individual with a passion for making great drinks and creating well-balanced experiences.

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

To be successful, you really need both types of pros behind the bar. Some beverage consultants say that capably tending bar and devising sensational cocktails are different disciplines, both of which cater to the wants and needs of the guests and require years to fully develop. It may be that the renaissance of the mixologist in large part is because of the ascension of premium spirits over the past two decades.

"One Night Fling" by Willie K

But bars and night clubs change ever so slowly and the night clubs of today are quite different than the night clubs of yesteryear. In Hawaii we have yet to establish a Latin Dance club dedicated to an all Latin venue of music and dance, from Mexico to Argentina and Chile. And they have Mariachis all the way down. Moving to Rumba-Bolero music at less than 140 beats per minute is still about the best dancing one can do in Latin America.

"Adoro" by Graciela Susana

Throughout the Southwest United States, he said, mariachis are making greater efforts to preserve the music, including the "Son's" spirit evolved from 19th-Century hybrids of Spanish and Indian music. The newer repertoires are mostly rancheras, heartfelt, often self-pitying ballads more equivalent to country music of the United States. But change is coming, the groups are getting smaller and are playing more for dancers than for listeners in night clubs.

"We may be fools whether we dance or not. So we may as well dance."