In The Mix
Late-nighter at Sarento's
IT'S BEEN almost two years since Sarento's last held a late-night party atop the Ilikai Hotel.
That changes tomorrow night when GoldenChild Entertainment kicks off "I-Bar," a new monthly at the restaurant. It's a different approach from their last attempt, a party called "Nin9" that GoldenChild co-promoted with five other crews back in 2003.
After that failed, Partymasters Hawaii gave it a go in the summer of 2004 with "Whisper," a Friday weekly that fizzled before Justin Yoshino found success with "Feng Shui" at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.
Doors open tomorrow at 10 p.m. for "I-Bar," with table reservations and bottle service available for those who want to get a little extravagant. Let's hope my biggest gripe about Sarento's -- the overpriced, watered-down drinks -- has been addressed during the time that's passed since my last visit ...
LOOKING FOR something a little more organic? Head over to thirtyninehotel tomorrow for "Thee Tempo People" with Tempo Valley.
Jen "Paisley" Cua, Eugene "Slo" Carroll, Kona Askari, Ted D'Olivera and the Microscopic Syllables' Seph-1 make up the group, which produces a "blend of sounds, including acoustic guitar, reggae, hip-hop, mellowed-out trippy beats, ethereal female vocals and poetry." Originally formed on the Windward side of Oahu, they compare their sound to acts like Massive Attack, Sade, Les Nubian and Nelly Furtado.
Doors open at 9 p.m. tomorrow, with Tempo Valley performing tracks off their latest CD, "Memoirs of the Tempo." If you go, be sure to request "Full Moon" or "Music Is My Soul."
And if you can't make it to thirtyninehotel, the group performs every first Wednesday of the month during "Onsoku" at Osake on Kapiolani Boulevard ...
SATURDAY IS a toss-up: The trendy club kids will flock to NextDoor, where Los Angeles' DJ Z-Trip returns to Honolulu for two nights to record a new live CD. I was pretty impressed by his turntable skills the last time he visited in November.
But just up the street at Detox is "The Enterprise," a no-holds-barred 18-and-over shindig. Check your pretentiousness at the door if you decide to go to this one, folks. And be sure to say hello to DJ Vagina when you get there ...
AND SINCE July 4 falls on a Tuesday this year, there are more than a few options for Monday night. Kaizo Speedgear and DJ Paul Brandon face off at Pipeline during "House of Wax vs. ID4" ... Flash Hansen and Matty Boy Hazelgrove team with Partymasters for "South Beach" at Ciao Mein ... And Kurious Productions celebrates its first anniversary at Fashion 45 ...