Friday, December 31, 2004

’60s resound

Darby Slick was there when psychedelic music hit the American consciousness in the 1960s. In fact, he penned one of its earlier hits, "Somebody to Love," for his band, the Great Society, then fronted by his sister-in-law Grace. When she left and went to the Jefferson Airplane, she took the song with her, and it became the Airplane's first national hit.

Darby Slick leads his own trio through some classic rock.

After the Society broke up, Slick moved to India, as was the fashion back then, and studied intensively for 12 years under sarod master Ali Akbar Khan. He later became the director of Khan's musical college in California.

Over the years, Slick has developed into a class guitarist, playing the handcrafted fretless/fretted electric guitar of his own invention. He's recently returned to the stage with his own band, Somebody to Love, which is finishing up their island stay Monday and Tuesday at the Esprit Nightclub of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

Joined by 16-year-old lead singer-guitarist Daniel Zrike and his younger brother Dillon on drums, Somebody to Love not only redoes the classics of his band and the Airplane, but also Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Wilson Pickett, Janis Joplin and the Beatles.

Proceeds from the shows will benefit the local charity Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii.

Place: Esprit Nightclub, Sheraton Waikiki

Time: 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

Tickets: $25

Call: 922-4422

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