Welcome to “The Morning After,” a weekly recap of my wild and entertaining adventures. I’m Lacy Matsumoto, and you might remember me from my contributions to “From the Hip” in the Honolulu Advertiser, or maybe you’ve seen me on the dance floor — or maybe even behind the turntables. I’ve always had a passion for music, and I feel blessed to be able to express that on the 1’s and 2’s as well as with my writing.
My first “Morning After” came at the perfect time — last weekend was insane! Along with being Labor Day weekend, one of my dearest friends was in town.
Nicolas Marin (also known as DJ Nicky Savage from the band Fiero), is resident DJ on First Fridays at NextDoor, commuting to Hawaii from Orange County once a month. Through music, we’ve become great friends and he’s been a huge influence in teaching me how to DJ. As a Hawaii connection, I’m helping ease him into being a local foodie, taking him out to try everything from kalua pig to V Lounge pizza.
The next step? Getting him to try poke.
Owl City’s breakout single, “Fireflies,” almost made Adam Young a star — almost because his quiet demeanor keeps him a relatively anonymous personality despite his success. Young returned to Hawaii last weekend to play his second concert in as many years at Pipeline Cafe. Owl City’s sophomore album, the platinum-selling “Ocean Eyes,” was re-released earlier this year with additional material included that was left over from the album’s recording sessions.
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Lanai Tabura flashes a shaka as the dancefloor gets down during the first night of “Lanai’s Flashback Saturdays” at Oceans808. He’s rekindling the party at the very spot where years ago, he says, there would be a line around the block to get inside what was then Studebaker’s.
The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace was the location of BAMP Project’s rescheduled Black Star show Friday, which featured performances by local hip-hop artists Tassho Pearce and Creed Chameleon; San Francisco-based singer Goapele also returned to the islands to help open for Mos Def and Talib Kweli.
Photos by Malia Leinau / HNLNow.com
Pro surfer and Kauai resident Donavon Frankenreiter was on Oahu this weekend for a handful of performances. On Friday, he appeared at what was first billed as a private performance hosted by radio station 93.1 The Zone; by the time he went on stage at theVenue, the show had been opened up to the general public. On Saturday, Frankenrieter appeared at Borders Books and Music for a performance and autograph session before heading to the Waikiki Aquarium to play there.
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Dozens of mixed martial arts fans showed up at Oceans808 to see Big Island fighter BJ Penn square off against Frankie Edgar in a rematch of their lightweight showdown earlier this year. Although Penn was unsuccessful in his bid to regain the UFC title, those who showed up were treated to drink and pupu specials along with giveaways from Tequila Cazadores, Bud Light and Fighters Corner.
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Mexican import Senor Frog’s celebrated its third anniversary in Waikiki with a casino-themed party at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
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“Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” season five winners Poreotics are in Honolulu to participate in “The Movement” on Saturday at McKinley High School. On Thursday night, they were the featured guests at a special pre-party at Paparazzi Nightclub.
The ladies of Cherry Blossom Cabaret launched their new monthly party, “MenageA3,” at Apartment3 last weekend. Every third Saturday will feature a different theme, starting with August’s “Glitz & Glamour” theme that called for an “old Hollywood feel.” The ladies were joined by DJ Kitty Lee and a “vintage photo booth” provided by Firebird Photography.
Mira Savara Events hosted an all-ages Bollywood party at Pipeline on Friday with a performance by Willow Chang and DJ Sovern-T playing Bollywood and Bhangra dance tunes.