Friday, September 23, 2016


Back in February on my last afternoon in Hawaii, I was at the Ala Moana shopping mall with Edz and her friend Melody.  They wanted to get their shop on, and surprise, surpise I wanted to get my grub on, so I ditched them to go find something to eat. 

There was a live band playing at Mai Tai, the bar on the roof of the mall, so I got a table close to the stage and ordered a Longboard Lager and some wings. 

They weren't playing original music, mostly pop covers with the occasional 80's rock song thrown in.  I remember thinking they played a lot of Maroon 5.  Then they'd be in a middle of some pop song, say Katy Perry, and all of a sudden the girls would rip into these amazing guitar solos.  It was like someone took Josie and the Pussycats, crossed it with Scott Pilgram Vs the World, and sent them to Hawaii on vacation.

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I became an instant fan.  When I got home I looked up the band and found they played at the Hard Rock just about every weekend, so whenever I'm in Hawaii I try to catch their show.

This last trip was no different.  We watched them play at Mai Tai again, and then caught the Saturday show at the Hard Rock.  Look them up!  They're rock gods in the making!

Edz and I took her friend Kristine and her boyfriend to the show.  The girls took their photo with the band afterwards.

Don't know when I'll be in Hawaii next, and am going to miss going to see EMKE play!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


We're back in DC after a couple of weeks in Hawaii.  We spent our last night listening to EMKE, the band that plays on Saturdays at the Hard Rock Cafe.  I don't do enough blogging these days, but when I came across these photos I thought I'd post them.