The Disco Ball Spins Again
Once upon a time, they played places like the Magic Mushroom and Beef & Grog. On Saturday, Hawaii’s hottest nightclub bands will come together again
By Chad Pata
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Jason Nagashima of Powerpoint, Edwin Ramones of New
Experience, Hemingway Jasmin of Phase VII, Candy Au of
the Ilikai, Denny Mendoza of Aura and Robin Kimura of
If The Eagles can do it, why not Greenwood? The latter band may not have the name cachet that the former has, but for certain local disco fans - and you know who you are - the band brings back floods of memories.
On Saturday night, Feb. 4 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Ilikai, Greenwood will be among disco bands from the 1970s staging a reunion show.
“It was an idea to try to bring back all these bands from the ‘70s with their awesome brass sections,” says event coordinator and avid fan Candy Au. “This is music that you can’t hear anywhere else.”
Disco detractors would tell Au there is reason for that, but after last year’s success with The Seventies Night Club Reunion, they have decided to go for No. 2.
“We had about 600 people come last year and they were dancing from the very first song,” says Au of the Ilikai.
So this Saturday the Pacific Ballroom will be transformed into something its architects never meant it to be: a 1976-era disco club.
The dance floor will be open with disco ball above. The all-you-can-eat nacho bar is there to refill your engine and the bar will be pouring all your ‘70s favorites. Bell bottoms are not required, but the cool kids will be wearing them.
The lineup sounds disco-chic even if you are not old enough to remember the bands: Powerpoint, New Experience, Phase VII, Aura and Greenwood.
These bands filled long-lost venues like the Magic Mushroom and Beef and Grog with their flared collars and covers of Earth, Wind and Fire and the Bee Gees. They formed in high schools from kids’ dreams and disappeared into the greed and hair bands of the ‘80s.
Yet the love of the music did not fade. As these guys worked their adult jobs as dentists, consultants and accountants, they still thought about the music of their youth.
“It was a dream to play music as a band,” says organizer Robin Kimura, who gathered these
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