For The Love of Prince, June “7” Slack Key Lounge, HB Social Club

In 2018, I did a tribute to Prince at Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki. The show sold well but not great, and not enough to impress the owner from NYC. Nothing I did impressed that guy. That's another story. Regardless, I was not as happy with the presentation and wanted it to be better for next time.  Fast forward to now. Slack Key Lounge (located inside HB Social Club or better known as Hawaiian Brian's) asked me if I was ready last year on Prince's birthday but for me it was too soon. I was still trying to figure out how to recoup my losses from doing 25 shows at Blue Note with no vote of confidence from neither of the two guys who run it. But Glenn at HB loves my work, and after a few successful shows at his venue (The Music of Sade and The Music of Stevie Wonder,) I was finally ready. June "7" here we come! Clayton Apilando is a wild man on guitar. He plays left handed upside down! Who does that? I have always loved and admired his unique style and on-stage energy. His burning leads will honor the Prince legacy rocking it ...

Read more... 05/10/24

Ginai Loves Michael Franks

Since the late 70's when I ditched my small town of Waianae after graduating, I found myself in a whole new world of musical genres. All I ever got to listen to growing up was what played on the radio and what my mother brought home for us to clean house to! Haha. But moving to the Bay Area at age 19 changed all of that! In walks this guy named Michael Franks, meaning, discovering his album releases. The Sleeping Gypsy record knocked me off my feet, reminding me how much catching up I had to do, and catch up I indeed did! I played that vinyl recording until I got kicked out of where I was living and sadly lost it many moons ago. But I kept up with his music through the decades and fell in love with The Art of Tea, a record that preceeded Sleeping Gypsy, then I went on to acquire Burchfield Nines, Tiger In The Rain, One Bad habit, Objects of Desire, and more! I lost track of his releases and picked him back up in the 90's with Dragonfly Summer. He was now in my car and in my room with a CD ...

Read more... 06/21/24