Tyrone Wells And The Chang Ohana

Melissa Moniz
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Friday - December 22, 2010
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Catch Kevin Chang (second from left) and some members of Kupa‘aina Sunday with Tyrone Wells and Elina at The Venue

Christmas is just around the corner, and for those of you counting down the days because you have sleigh loads of presents you still need to buy, wrap and deliver, I’ve got a relaxing, post-Christmas idea that’s sure to add some Happy to your Holidays.

Sunday, Dec. 26, acoustic pop/rock star Tyrone Wells is performing at The Venue and sharing the stage with his Hawaii-born wife Elina (Erin Chang Wells) and brother-in-law Kevin Chang of Kupa’aina.

For the fourth year, Wells and the Chang ohana of Kaneohe are bringing their individual music careers to one stage for one night.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8.


Wells’ professional solo career spans 10 years and has successfully resulted in four albums, Close: Live at McClain’s, Hold On, Remain and Metal & Wood. And his songs have been featured on TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, Rescue Me and Vampire Diaries, as well as films

Everyone’s Hero and My Sister’s Keeper.

And just a few months ago, Wells released a duet album with Elina, Different As Can Be. The couple just returned from a tour to promote their album, which I’ve gotta say is not only a really fun listen and relatable for anyone in a serious relationship, but the CD cover is adorable.

Elina, a 1996 Castle High School grad, is completing her third CD this year. She now lives in Chino, Calif., with Wells and their Maltese terrier Pono. For more on this acoustic/folk/pop songstress, visit www.elinamusic.com.

Tyrone Wells and Elina

Joining his sister and brother-in-law is Chang, also a Castle grad, who is active in the local music scene performing with Kupa’aina. They play regularly every third Thursday at Diamond Head Cove Health Bar, and are working on their second album.

(Full disclosure: Elina and Kevin’s mom is MidWeek regional editor Carol Chang.)

Tickets for the 21-andover show cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For advance tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com. The Venue is located at 1146 Bethel St.

For more info, call 521-9699 ...

And just when the Christmas hustle and bustle is all wrapped up, here comes New Year’s. Along with the new year, the 1/1/11 holiday also brings an over-the-top party that could only be done with a mob of Hawaii’s promoters ready to throw down. Stepping up are Vertical Junkies, Mike & Jonny Mack of 3 Sexy Guys, Tantriq, 00Spot, Rick Rock Productions, Nella Media Group, Kurious Productions, Golden Child and Architects.

These guys are taking over Aloha Tower Marketplace New Year’s Eve to put on the biggest New Year’s Eve Block Party Hawaii has ever seen.

“A bunch of promoters have been brainstorming an annual event that’s big enough for all of us to be involved, so this is it,” says Mike Galmiche of 3 Sexy Guys. “Instead of all the promoters doing a little party here and a little party there, we decided to come together and throw one massive party.”

Presented by Bud Light, Roadrunner and Clear Channel Radio, this party has seven stages, each featuring a different sound.

New Year’s Eve Block Party promoters (from left) G Spot, Mike Galmiche, Kanoe Sandefur, Jansen Tanaka, Jason Kawakami, Rick Rock, Ryan Conching and David Miyachi

“We’re blocking off the tower from the center of the tower, which is something we’ve never done before,” adds Gamiche. “We’re using so many venues that we’re cutting off access from there.”

Gordon Biersch will blast back a few decades with hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Hawaii’s top DJs will spin the hottest music video mixes on three giant screens at The Waterfront. Don Ho’s will be the live band hot spot with reggae performances by Cease Fyah, Red Degree, White Lines, Conscious Roots, Kaipo + Lion Fyah and TTYM, and dancehall and reggae by Jonny Mack aka DJ Jah Kno (Angel Magik), DJ Lukas (Empire Sound) and DJ West Fari.

Alternative rock and classic rock mash-ups will go down at Hooter’s. On the Red Bull Center Stage will be Las Vegas mash-ups, electro, house and more.

The VIP Lounge will have ‘90s and 2K hip-hop classics. And the Aloha Lounge will be pumping with the hottest hip-hop and club hits.

“Each venue already has a certain vibe and following, so we decided to stick to that and find music and DJs that fit,” says Galmiche.


There also will be a foam party area, mechanical bull rides and, at midnight, the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks show presented by Fireworks Hawaii.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the party continues through 2 a.m. Presale tickets cost $15; $50 for VIP. Tickets are available now at all T&C Surf locations, all military outlets, UH Campus Center or online at www.groovetickets.com and www.inticketing.com. For VIP table and bottle reservations, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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