In The Mix
Inoa'ole brews magic at Mai Tai's
IT'S NOT often that a band can keep me hooked long enough to drink three more beers than I originally planned.
That's what Inoa'ole did Monday during the "Mai Tai Rumble Aftershock," a concert series that follows the annual competition at the Ala Moana bar. I was there to judge the first round semifinals, along with Cinnamon Red Entertainment's Darryl Hill and the lovely Mailani Makainai of Keahiwai.
Choosing the winning bands wasn't easy, as Son Caribe edged out Dagra and Modern World in the original music category. There was even a tie in the island contemporary category, with All Natro and Katch Ah Vibe moving on to play again Nov. 29.
Once the competition was over, Inoa'ole ripped it with a medley of old-school jams. When was the last time you heard "Sing a Song," "September" and "Let's Groove" move seamlessly into "Ain't No Fun," "Too Close" and "Mr. Wendell"?
Catch more of them tonight at Mai Tai's, tomorrow at Gordon Biersch or at Kapono's on Wednesday. The "Mai Tai Rumble" continues Monday and Tuesday with the finals on Nov. 29 ...
GETTING TO this weekend: NextDoor is turning into a regular destination -- after catching Z-Trip there last Saturday (and was that really Dan the Automator in the house?), I'm going back to see DJ Shortkut tonight ... Another good choice is Natural Vibrations at Pipeline Cafe tonight. The guys headline "Bucket Jam," a fund-raiser for Protect the Planet ... It's not the Sisters in Sound who host tomorrow's "Sound Workshop," but rather the talented Freeform Sound Collective. Special guest DJ Yak will be there, before DJ Monkey brings him to "Electr01yfe" at Indigo on Saturday ... And Missing Dave celebrates six years on Saturday at the Wave Waikiki. The Crud and Pimpbot will join them, and be sure to pick up their new EP with tracks featuring MD alumni Daena Dempsey and Starr Lutu along with current singer Noelle Poole ...
WANT TO be on national television? Producers are casting for "Elimidate." Get down to Zanzabar, Magoo's and the Ocean Club tonight; Red Lion, Pipeline and the Wave tomorrow; and the W Honolulu on Saturday. The O Lounge will host casting calls from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday ... "Girls Gone Wild" is also in town, and will be looking for ladies tonight at O Lounge, tomorrow at the Wave and on Saturday at Pipeline. Call 371-3455 ... The Zone hosts a "Madden 2006" tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, with $700 going to the top three finishers. Entry fee is $20; the Zone is located at 98-1254 Kaahumanu Street ... Quiet Storm Records is looking for cover models for the next volume of their "Island Roots" compilation. Women ages 18 to 24 are invited to Ocean's on Saturday at 2 p.m. Call 247-6459, ext. 23 ...
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