The bar formerly known as Red Lion University may have changed owners and its name, but the venue continues to support live music by local bands on the weekends.
Last Saturday, new band Friendly Fyre (which includes guitarist Jamm Aquino, who also works as a staff photographer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser) made their debut at Rock Bottom, with an opening set by Technical Difficulties. Friendly Fyre consists of former and current members of local bands Missing Dave and LoveChile. Read more
The popular pidgin musical comedy “Once Upon One Time” is in revival.
Written by the late Lisa Matsumoto, with a libretto by Paul Palmore and Roslyn Catracchia, the production adapts and intertwines familiar fairy tales into a fun Hawaiian-kine fantasy for the whole family.
The action takes place in a mythical local kingdom where outrageous characters meet for one crazy, kapakahi adventure.
Characters include Noelani an da Six Menehunes, Kekoa and Maile, Red Rose Haku, Da Keed Who Wen Cry Mongoose, and many more. Featured actors include Pomai Lopez, Tesia Worley, Jessica Kauhane, Daryl Bonilla, KoDee Martin and Leilyn Lui.
Catracchia is guest music director, Elitei Tatafu Jr. guest director, and Kat Jones guest choreographer.
» Where: Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E. Manoa Road
» When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 8
» Cost: $35 general admission, $30 for seniors and military, $20 for those under 26 years old
» Info: 988-6131 or www.manoavalleytheatre.com
» Note: All seats are non-reserved
Manoa Music Calling
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Where: Thai Sweet Basil, Manoa Marketplace
When: 6-9 p.m. Mondays
“Come have fun and strum!”
Guitarist-singer Chino Montero succinctly puts into one phrase the whole idea behind an ongoing gig held every Monday evening in Manoa Valley. For a little more than three months now, “Monday Manoa” at Thai Sweet Basil has gathered momentum through word-of-mouth — and e-mail, and Facebook, and MySpace — that Hawaiian music, kanikapila style, is back on a regular basis.
The perfect setting for this music is a sunny Sunday afternoon picnic at your favorite beach park. But the next best thing is for both musicians and Hawaiian music lovers to gather in the cool and spacious confines of this restaurant in Manoa Marketplace.
In an area lit by one lone red-orange stage light, the main group of Montero, Jeff Peterson and David Kamakahi are joined by a couple of guys who regularly sit in: bassist Jeff Teves and Peter Moon Jr. (the son of Peter Moon) on ukulele.
Moon just graduated from Saint Louis School, but his skills on “the little flea” belie his years. He and Kamakahi make for a formidable ukulele duo, and the same can be said for Montero and Peterson (members of Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom’s backup band) on slack-key guitars.
Everyone gets to showcase their chops, as the solos are easily tossed around to each player. Classic and longtime favorites are newly revived by the hands and voices of these men, including “E Ku’u Morning Dew,” “Hi’ilawe,” “He Aloha Ku’u Ipo” and “Ulili E.”
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