A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve With C&K

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - December 29, 2010
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Canada’s Andre-Philippe Gagnon opens the New Year’s Eve show at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011, so what better way to ring in the extra-special year than with a concert featuring the always fabulous Cecilio & Kapono and internationally acclaimed impressionist Andre-Philippe Gagnon.

The New Year’s Eve party begins at 9:15 p.m. in the Coral Ballroom and opens with an hour-long performance by Gagnon. Cecilio & Kapono will take over at 10:30 and play through the start of 2011.

Gagnon hails from Canada and has been doing a variety of entertainer impressions since the 1980s. He started out at Montreal’s prestigious Just for Laughs Festival with an incredible act, impersonating with accuracy every artist from the hit song We Are The World. Gagnon was invited to present his version on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and since then he has performed all around the world with tours in Europe and shows in Las Vegas. (I wonder if it tops Willie K‘s awesome rendition?)

Cecilio & Kapono really need no introduction. Individually, Cecilio Rodriguez and Henry Kapono perform weekly at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Rodriguez plays Thursdays and Fridays at Tropics Bar & Grill, while Kapono stars in The Wild Hawaiian Experience each Saturday evening at the resort’s Super Pool.

The cost of the New Year’s Eve concert is $100 for premier seating and $75 for general seating. The price includes a half-bottle of champagne and party favors. Tickets are now on sale in the hotel’s main lobby. For further information, call 947-7950 ...

Now through Jan. 23, Hawaii’s hottest DJs are competing in the Stella Artois and 93.9 Jamz third annual Mai Tai Hot Island DJ Spin-Off. The preliminary competition heats up every Sunday night at 9 through Jan. 16 at the Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Center. The final showdown is Jan. 23.

Cecilio & Kapono rock in the new year in the Coral Ballroom at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Contestants compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, playing everything from hip-hop to Island music to trance to drum and bass.

They will be judged in five categories: creativity, music selection/programming, smoothness, show-manship and crowd response.

Judges include mainstays in Hawaii’s nightclub industry such as G-Spot, Rick Rock, James Coles, Jimmy Taco, Flash and DJ WuChang. Host for the weekly event is DJ Kutmaster Spaz. And stick around for the after-party with DJ Quiksilva ...

Old school ‘80s hiphop flavor is coming back to the Blaisdell Jan. 22 as Capone’s Productions presents The Legends of HipHop, a national tour boasting a lineup of heavy hitting veterans.

Taking the stage is the first all-female rap crew Salt-N-Pepa, rapper Big Daddy Kane, pioneer rapper and self-proclaimed first human beat box Doug E. Fresh, and Rob Base.

“We performed in 2009 with SWV and Lisa Lisa. It was awesome,” says Salt. “Hawaii always shows Salt-N-Pepa so much love, and we can’t wait to come again. We will be bringing the kids and making a vacation out of it. My daughter was just saying how excited she is.”

Salt-N-Pepa broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop with mega hits such as Push It, Shake Your Thang, Shoop and Whatta Man. The charismatic, sexy rap artists also were the first to cross over into the pop mainstream.

“We will give the people what they love - all the hits. It’s going to be an original school party,” adds Salt.

In the new year they plan to do their own Salt-N-Pepa legends of hip-hop tour. Stay tuned.

Salt-N-Pepa takes the stage Jan. 22 at the Blaisdell

Joining these lovely ladies are some of the men who created some of the finest creative hits of the era.

Big Daddy Kane is regarded as one of the most influential and skilled “golden age” rappers, and MTV put him at No. 7 in its Greatest MCs Of All Time list. His resume include hits such as Set it Off and Ain’t No Half Steppin, among others.

Also making an appearance is Doug E. Fresh aka the first human beatbox in the rap world. Fresh earned his keep with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects and often large samples of hip-hop classics. By 1985, Fresh was one of the biggest names in rap music.

Rob Base is best known for the song It Takes Two, a 1988 multi-platinum-selling release that has since become one of the classic hits of the genre style known as hip-house.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. Tickets cost $35, $65 and $100. Tickets are on sale at Blaisdell Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For VIP packages or more concert information, call Capone’s Productions at 306-2926.

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