Monday, July 15, 2019

Wine Down Wednesday with Arthur Murray Dance Center

(Poster and text courtesy Arthur Murray Dance Center)
Join us here at Velocity Honolulu for a complimentary salsa dancing lesson! This is the first event in our series of "Wine Down Wednesday" events - be sure to RSVP to jnrsvp@jnag.com to reserve your spot! Italica Bar & Café will also be offering select $3 wine and beer offerings. Don't miss your chance to try something new and add a little bit of spice to your hump day.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Alma Latino Caliente Returns

Poster courtesy Aloha Dancesport Center

Alma Latino Caliente Returns with the Hottest Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha in Honolulu!
We resume our previous schedule of the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month. Performances and special appearance plus lots of surprises. More Information Coming!
Come joins for a lot of fun and lots of Salsa dancing on the largest and best dance floor in Hawaii!
Saturday July 13, 2019 8PM-Midnight
Admission $15.00
Discounts for re-opening and advance Sales, and reservations will be posted soon!
Contact Information:
divinoritmo@aol.com
www.alohadancesportcenter.com
Studio 808-200-5540

Monday, July 08, 2019

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Better Viewing Angle of Father's Day Concert

OOPS! The video on Father's Day Concert  was in an awkward angle. It was okay viewing on a tablet. I got word this morning that Tiny TV had posted the video on YouTube. It's better viewing angle. Here's the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVVf3jn4QHg&feature=youtu.be

Mahalo,
Frank

Monday, June 17, 2019

Father's Day Concert at Ohana Hale Marketplace

WOW! The very first concert at the new Ohana Hale Marketplace  (located at the former Sports Authority store on Ward Avenue) turned out to be a blast...a blast with some oldies but goodies music. Almost like blasting into the past. Billed as Father's Day Concert with Champagne, it turned out that Champagne is the name of the band that played music down memory lane for the remaining two hours of the concert (12 noon to 2 PM). The band is comprised of lead singer Dezi, saxophone player Ricky, guitar player Denny, and electric keyboard player Eddie. Champagne is a very upbeat music band but has the makings of playing soft ballroom dancing music. More later on the band in this blog.




















It's Saturday, June 16, 2019 and it's Fathers Day. My main girl and I  got to the Ohana Hale Marketplace about 11 AM. Our son, Nick was already on stage  belting out those oldies but goodies tunes like  Frank Sinatra and other crooners of the past sang. The tables and chairs fronting the stage were reserved for paid ticket holders and starting to fill up. The way it worked...a ticket holder gets to sit at a table in front of the stage, gets a $10 discount on a purchase from any of the vendors in the building, and a chance to win door prizes, for $20. Good deal because we used our discount for the ono bento from the Local Cravings vendor and paid two bucks which normally cost 12 bucks for lau lau, kalua pork, rice chasu, and assorted veggies including hot kim chee. That sure is broke the mouth kine bento.

Anyway, the emcee for the whole program was Tiny Tadani from
EmCee Tiny showing bento for $2 after $10 discount
Tiny TV/Spectrum OC16 TV Show (he also has a refreshment concession near the stage). What an extraordinary emcee he was. He was funny and kept the audience excited and laughing whenever he got to the microphone during and between performances. He was busy as a bee setting up chairs and tables as  more people came in to watch the show, and passing out samples of refreshments from his concession. He also sang.

Nick sang from 11:00 to 11:30.  The crowd was mostly stretched from the 50's, 60's, and 70's era and I could see that they enjoyed the tunes Nick was singing. Then Disk Jockey Hapa Boy Taylor
took over from 11:30 to 12 noon. Lani and I haven't got one foot in the grave yet and we enjoy some of the heavy modern tunes . One tune caught our ear that sounded like a cha cha beat. So we got on the floor near the stage and danced. Then another couple got up to dance too. With all the loud cheers and whistles echoing, it felt like we were in a dance competition. That brought more people on the floor when the Electric Slide music was played. Those dancers who are seniors
Electric Slide Dancers
really rocked the joint. Hapa Boy Taylor did good, too.

Champagne came on at 12 noon with some swing music. I guess the momentum got to Lani and me once more. We hit the floor with dancing the Jitterbug. Another couple came to dance, too. The music the band played was too good to let wasted. The band played a Rumba tune and Nick and Lani got on the floor to dance. It was nice to see our son dancing with mom since he stopped teaching dance and concentrated on his music. Incidentally, he  sets up sound systems like he did at this concert, and also do gigs for weddings, parties, graduation. etc.

There were lots of giveaways for door prizes. The grand prize was a big screen TV. I thought Tiny Tadani handled the emcee job brilliantly. During the call for lucky prize winners, if the person whose name was called was not present, he would say, "dat's alright, we'll save it for him or her and contact them to pick it up."  As for the TV set, Tiny had his 3 week old daughter, Tory Bleu pick the winning name card by attaching a scotch tape to her tiny feet and stick her feet into the paper bag containing the name cards that Nick was holding up while  mother Chassy held her. That brought laughter and shouts with approval that almost brought the house down.
Guest Singer Andy Sexton
Ricky the saxophone player, and Denny the guitar  player then came into the audience and did a solo exhibition with their musical instruments while Dezi and Eddie provided the background music.   The show was still going on strong when the band brought professional singer Andy Sexton from the group Simplicity to sing a solo and then a duet with Dezi. That was a big treat to hear their blend of voice. Beautifully done.


OOPS! Almost forgot the hula dancer. Didn't get her name but she did the hula with a lot of expression. I think she was telling a story with all the hula movements. Nice performance.








As like all concerts, there's  gotta be an end. Tiny was entertaining throughout the whole concert. This time to close the program, he sang, "Isn't She Lovely" to his daughter Tory Bleu and to his beautiful wife Chassy. That made it a beautiful ending to a well organized and entertaining Father's Day Concert.

To view video of the Father's Day Concert, please go to Facebook  Tiny TV Hawaii  or  Music Therapy 808.

Aloha for now and Happy Fathers Day!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Father's Day Concert at Ohana Hale Marketplace

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Aiea Ballroom Dance Association 64th Anniversary Dance

Bert and Deanie Burgess
Aloha Dancers and Readers. First, Lani and I want to thank Deanie and Bert Burgess for inviting us as their guests to the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association 64th Anniversary Dance, last night at the Ala Wai Palladium. Deanie had two front row seats reserved for us in the Diamond Head Ballroom, also. That's the ballroom where all the action took place and was filled with dancers. The Ewa Ballroom was practically empty except for a few dancers dancing to the music that was piped in from the Diamond Head Ballroom.



My main squeeze and I got to the Palladium a little after 7 PM. The parking lot was filled to capacity. "Big crowd tonight," we thought. Fortunately a golfer just pulled out of a space fronting the Palladium. "Lucky for us!"

The entrance to the anniversary dance was the Ewa Ballroom where we checked in at the reception table and received tickets for refreshments, and chance to win door prizes. I didn't get the names of the ladies at the reception table but I was able to get a photo shot of them.

Joe Martel and me
Bert Burgess music was resonating throughout the Diamond Head Ballroom and dancers were moving to the rhythm of the music as Lani and I searched for empty seats. Found a couple of seats near the dressing room. Then a familiar face wheeled near us to say "hello". It was an old friend who I met in 2001 and who published the mini dance magazine 'Dancing In The Dark' until he went into publishing blogs about dancing on the Internet. A few minutes later, Deanie greeted us and led us to the seats she had reserved for us. (Thank you, Deanie).

Bert's music was going on non-stop...smooth ballroom and hot Latin. Everyone appeared to be having fun dancing. To add to the fun dancing there was a 'Snow Ball Ice Breaker' where the men from ABDA gathered in the middle of the floor and then break out to pick ladies to dance with. After a short spell, the men went to pick other ladies in the audience to dance with while the ladies who were already on the floor picked other men to dance with. I got into the mix when a young lady selected me to dance with her. It was short and nice.











Kay Yahiku



Annie Ferguson and Deanie Burgess
EmCee for the event was Kay Yahiku.  ABDA President Deanie Burgess gave a short welcome speech, and everyone were back to dancing until it was the call for lucky number door prizes. There were many prizes and every number called was present and awarded. Annie Ferguson (a go-getter who helps nearly every dance clubs on Oahu in ticket sales) was awarded, too.





The line of people to pick up refreshments was long. Gotta give credit to those ABDA kitchen helpers for preparing and distributing the boxes of ono meals.

Back to dancing in the ballroom and someone subbed for Bert as music player.  Bert was dancing with his main squeeze Deanie.

Roxie and Lani
Lani was having a chat with Roxie Kaino out on the lanai. So that gave me the time to go paparazzi.

Kay and Deanie 


Kathy

Linda, Diana, and Snow Jade

Bert and Kay

Ed and Candy


Gordon

Mae and James

Joan

Marsha and Roy

Ravi and Synthia

Annie and Stanley


Linda and Snow Jade


We thanked our host Deanie for inviting us as her guests before leaving for home. It was an enjoyable night of dancing for us. It was good to see people having fun dancing the Hustle, West Coast Swing, the smooth and Latin dances. There may have been another style of dancing. It  resembled the Polka because dancers were hopping to the music. In any case, Bert's variety of music were on spot at the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association 64th Anniversary Dance. AWESOME!

Deanie and Lani

Deanie and me

Aloha and Happy Dancing, everyone.