Monday, May 5, 2014

Some Memories

With the clock ticking on my move in the near future I was recapping on some of the bands/shows I have had the pleasure of being a part of here on Oahu. I ended up with a list of things and thought I would share them. I know for sure I am missing somethings here and there but I think I got the bulk of it! Let me know if I am missing anything :P


Celebrate the Arts! Solo Ukulele at the Hawaii Theatre


Founded rock/funk/jazz trio Dirty Widows with Max Benoit (Rob Halloway – Drums). 2 shows at Anna Bananas (when it was still AnnaBananas! :P)

Founded psychedelic rock/fusion/rockabilly band Sex Puppets with Ken Lykes and Makayla Farley. Over the years playing included musicians Stephen Locke, Marshall Machado, Taisuke Tanaka, Glenn Molina and Bronson Murray. Played Chinatown/Waikiki circuit. Featured as a jazz trio (Ken, Makke and myself) under the name Amore for the live Hawaii showcase Pakele Live. Opened for Goddess Alchemy and local act Kings of Spade. Recorded tracks Window for compilation Amplify (John Fritzler/Stephen Locke), My Chevelle for compilation album Alternative HI (Shawn Mosely/Brandon Apeles) and an unreleased EP. Alternative HI was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano award for Alternative Album of the year. Left band in May of 2012.

Last show at Hawaiian Brians


Joined the Erika Elona Band (formerly known as Erika Elonaand the Best Dudes Ever) in August. Since my joining the band has featured almost too many musicians to count! This includes: Brandon Apeles, Mike Nakamoto, Seann Caroll, Elijah Oguma, Sean Cleland, Alex Oasay, Ernie Ercala, etc. Played Chinatown/Waikiki/North Shore/Kihei circuit including the Alternative HI show at the Hawaii Theatre, live Hawaii showcase Pakele Live, and Corona Nights. The band was featured as an opening act for Third Eye Blind, Meiko, Tom Curren. and local act Kings of Spade. Recorded Erika’s first single Easier in November. Over the next two years we recorded Erika’s first full length album Things To Break (Shawn Mosely/Brandon Apeles/Stephen Lynch) released in January 2014.
Alternative HI show at the Hawaii Theatre

Tracking Things to Break


Founded fusion/rock/funk trio Broke Aesthetic in January with Max Benoit and Michael Nakamoto. Played the Waikiki/Chinatown circuit. Opened for the Republic Music Festival at the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Funny story, we were actually suppose to do a live jam with the artist Gyptian but due to unforeseen circumstances Gyptian was not able to make it so we got the opening slot! We recorded some unreleased tracks at Jolt Studios with Joel Thomas and released our first ep House of Bones which we recorded with Jordan Mamiya (Prevail) in March 2013. The band disbanded in July 2013 with Mike moving to Japan and Max leaving for Seattle in October.

Beach jam
Hanging out after a gig with Mano Kane

Recorded an ukulele version Jingle Bells with David Kamakahi for Season Greetings from Soul Sound Vol. 2 (Stephen Lock/Shawn Mosely). Album was nominated for the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Christmas album of the Year.


Joined and formed improv/freestyle hip-hop rock group Illisit and the NME Band alongside Illisit the Misfit, Navid Najafi, Aksent Topou, Ernie Ercala, and Mike Nakamoto. Band played several shows in mid-2013 in the Chinatown/Waikiki circuit. Recorded several live jams with Illisit and Mike at Soul Sound Studios which ended up becoming some of the tracks featured under the album The Akira Project (alias of Illisit). After Mike’s departure the group continued under the name The Akira Project with rotating musicians. Filmed debut music video Strange with Zach Manzano in October. The album The Akira Project (Stephen Lynch/Brandon Apeles) is currently nominated for the 2013 Na Hoku for Hip Hop album of the year.

Played with Jenna Keliikuli on live Hawaii showcase Pakele Live.

Joined the Alternative HI group for a performance at the 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show featuring a medley from songwriters Erika Elona and Kelli Heath Cruz.

2012 Na Hoku Awards

Joined Kings Of Spade for a Guns and Roses Tribute show at The Republik and Charly’s in Paia, Maui.

Played the first Hashtag:No Filter Improv show at the Doris Duke Theatre. Featuring a large ensemble of musicians from different genres of music.

Joined an unnamed RnB/Funk/Fusion/Soul group in August with Ken Lykes, Will Tafolo, and Jeremy Robinson. Recorded song That’s On You at Soul Sound Studios (Ken Lykes/Locke Lynch). After Jeremy’s departure the group was joined by Von Baron and soon after Danny Carvalho in 2014. 

I went miss out!

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