In The Mix
And then there were 3
MEMBERS of the all-girl group The Girlas
said goodbye to one of their own last week, when Kelli Heath
left to attend audio engineering school in Arizona.
Heath, along with bandmates Tiffa Cruz, Candy Diaz and Carly Smith, played one last time at O'Toole's on Tuesday, where the ladies have played every first week of the month during the bar's original music showcase.
As a crew from 'Olelo filmed the evening for future broadcast, Diaz alternated playing with Heath and Smith to bring up Jim McCarthy of Doolin' Rakes, who did his part to shill for the night and encourage patrons to come back. Johnny Helm was there too, lending support ...
LEAVE IT to Augie Tulba to get the locals back into Waikiki.
It was a packed house at the Sheraton Waikiki's Esprit Lounge last Wednesday, as his parents, wife and kids were in the audience, and Tulba pulled no punches when sharing the inner-workings of his family life. Jose Dynamite was also there to open things up.
The gig is set to run through January, so don't put off checking this one out. With just a $10 cover charge and free parking in the hotel, its a great mid-week date option.
Plus, I hear host Champ Kaneshiro is planning a showroom-style vocal performance to rival the Elvis Presley tune he sang last week ...
DETAILS ARE firming up on one of the worst-kept concert secrets out right now. Yes, U2 is coming to town -- tickets go on sale Saturday for an April 8 show at Aloha Stadium. (See item in this section.) It'll be the first time the band has played here in 20 years ... Final word is expected this week on The Roots, who are supposed to play Feb. 9 at Pipeline Cafe. Can't wait until next month? Blackalicious will be at NextDoor this weekend, while Afrika Bambaataa and World Famous Beat Junkies DJs Shortkut and Rhettmatic will be in town at the end of the month ... Congrats to Ekolu, who debuted at number nine last week on Billboard's Top World Music Albums, and jumped to number five this week. That puts "Ekolu Music" right behind Keali'i Reichel's latest album, "Kamahiwa" ... Congrats also to Duke's bartendress Amie Fujiwara, who won the second annual "Grammy Drink Contest" sponsored by Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. She'll follow in the footsteps of co-worker (and last year's winner) Jesse Greenleaf, taking her recipe to Los Angeles to make and share during a reception in honor of Hawaii's Grammy nominees. Unfortunately, I couldn't help judge the contest this time around, since it happened the same night as Mötley Crüe's show last month ...
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