On the Scene
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE GUITARISTS!:
Na Kama bassist Danny Naipo, left, cheered on guitarists Brian Mersberg and Eric Lee as they jammed Sunday during the group's hot set of neo-traditionalist Hawaiian music at Anelaikalani's CD release party at Gordon Biersch. The heavy rain and flooding elsewhere on Oahu didn't keep a capacity crowd from turning out to celebrate the relatively recent release of Anelaikalani's third album, "Completely." The crowd also enjoyed the music of Pili'oha, and the duo of Jeff Rasmussen and Alden Levi, before Anelaikalani took the stage at 7:35 p.m.
Anelaikalani gave a career-best performance Sunday with her 50-minute set at her CD-release party. Anela featured songs from her current album, "Completely," and was joined by Nalani Olds in recreating their dramatic studio duet arrangement of "Malakapua." Anela's powerful rendition of "At Last" was another highlight.
MEET CHARLIE Y CHARLIE:
Charlie Lopez, left, and Charlie Lopez talked with single-monickered Una, second from left, and Keola McCrary after their set as one of the opening acts Saturday at "The Ultimate Spring Break Jam" at Pipeline Cafe. The duo, who acknowledge their Puerto Rican heritage by performing as Charlie y Charlie, were the most impressive local acts on the bill.
"Ultimate Spring Break Jam" headliner T-Pain chilled upstairs while Cee-Lo rocked the Pipe from midnight until well past 1 a.m. A crowd of around 275 got a good show when T-Pain did "I'm Sprung" and "I'm N Love (Wit a Stripper)."
A NEW ERA FOR SCRUPLES:
Lark Hanohano, left, and Tasha Bettencourt assisted Chip Jewitt as he oversaw preparations for Scruples' reopening party on Wednesday. Jewitt is redefining Scruples as "a casual nightclub" rather than a "beach club." The ambience is similar, but the upgrade is a great fit.