In The Mix
Talib Kweli booked at Pipe
It took a good eight months, but Talib Kweli
has finally found enough time in his busy schedule to pay another visit.
After false starts in October and March, promoter DIG Lifestyles announced last week that Kweli will perform June 17 at Pipeline Cafe. They'll follow up on June 29 with a concert by Erykah Badu.
Pre-sale tickets for both shows are available at DIG Lifestyles, or call 589-1999 ...
AFTER MORE than 25 years on Kalakaua Avenue, the Wave Waikiki went out with a bang during its last night open to the public on Saturday (one final goodbye for VIP guests took place on Sunday).
It was everything I expected -- amateur night early, as Clubland retirees turned out for one last chance to grab a cocktail and sport an outfit that wouldn't work anywhere else in town. The vibe changed around 2 a.m., as the alcohol took effect and people continued to crowd the sidewalk out front. Good thing I was entrenched upstairs next to the DJ booth, where the Stone Groove Family and DMFD reigned supreme.
Stumbling off to Wailana's with 93.1 The Zone's Keola "O-Dogg" Okudara, I noticed people still dancing inside, more than 30 minutes after last call at 4 a.m. What a night ...
EARLIER ON Saturday, I made my way toward Honolulu Community College to check out the soft opening of Coyote Nights.
First impression: This spot will be great for concerts. It's not as big as Pipeline, but definitely has more space than venues like the Wave and Anna Bannanas. The room has a high ceiling, with a second floor lounge that would be perfect for VIP seating.
I was also blown away by the sound and lighting rig, installed by Creative Sound's Jeff Kang. DJ Mike D took the night off from Pipeline to come and spin on Saturday, and marveled at the power and sound quality. More than $100,000 went into the system, which includes a 10-foot video screen and eight double 18-inch subwoofer cabinets.
Unfortunately, Coyote Nights' owner (a woman named Su) had no interest in speaking with this columnist. I'm told there are a number of local promoters jockeying for position, and the club does hold a 4 a.m. liquor license.
Despite its location, I'm kind of excited to see how this place does. If you decide to visit, drop me a line afterward and let me know what you think ...
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