Heels & Picks: Jonas Brothers make Oahu debut
BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Under the bright lights of the stage set for the red carpet season four premiere of “Hawaii Five-0,” politicians proudly proclaimed Sept. 26, 2013 was officially “Hawaii Five-0 Day” in the state of Hawaii.
But if you asked the teenage girls shrieking like a choir of over-excited mermaids at Queen’s Surf yesterday, it was actually “Jonas Brothers Day.”
There is an argument for both the show and musical group being vitally important to our state — “Hawaii Five-0” has brought $350 million to Hawaii’s economy, while the Jonas Brothers have brought a new wave of skinny jeans to a climate where pants are largely impractical.
There was a time when I was convinced I would marry Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block. As it turns out, NKOTB and I were not meant to be, but if you had told my 13-year-old self that, it would have been massively tragic news.
The Jonas Brothers fit the mold of the classic boy band, although they do play guitars rather than working dance moves. Or at least that’s what they did during their semi-acoustic (plus drums and bass) set of hits in Waikiki on Thursday. Pop songs about love, cute boys in the band, girls singing along, swooning and screaming. There will always be a market for this stuff, and always a new band to fill the demand.
For the Jonas Brothers, it seems like they have hit that plateau where they need to make the transition from boy band to group of grown men. This sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, but judging from the thousands of fans on hand in Waikiki pressed against barriers and hanging on every note the guys played, it seems their popularity is strong and unwavering.
I can imagine being in a band with your brothers is both a blessing and a curse. Mom only has to make one phone call to figure out what everybody is up to. Their brotherly camaraderie was apparent during their Waikiki performance, with brothers Joe and Kevin sharing most of the lead vocals.
In between songs, the brothers revealed it was their first time on Oahu, but that they had vacationed on both Kauai and my former home-island of Maui. Nick Jonas also spoke about his featured role on “Five-0,” which led to the band’s appearance at “Sunset on the Beach.” And Daft Punk fans will be surprised to learn the Jonas Brothers performed a cover of the popular single “Get Lucky” in their set.
When special events happen in Hawai’i, there is an element of magic due to the very nature of the beauty where the moment is being captured. Warm breezes, Honolulu’s skyline, a red carpet with sand sprinkled on top and a sing-along to the Jonas Brothers’ single, “Love Bug,” are all moments those in the crowd last night will carry with them forever.
And I can now fully attest to the futility of walking in sand in spiked-heel ankle booties, no matter how fierce they look.
Be sure to visit the Pulse again on Tuesday, Oct. 1, for another “Heels & Picks” post covering the fashion picks by “Five-0” stars on the red carpet at “Sunset on the Beach.” And don’t forget about my set at Neiman Marcus in Ala Moana Center tomorrow, Sept. 28, as part of the store’s CUSP fashion line launch; come early to shop, sip on rock-themed cocktails and enter to win a $250 Neiman Marcus gift certificate.
Can’t wait until tomorrow to hang out? Stop by NextDoor in Chinatown tonight, Sept. 27, for “Broadcast,” where I’ll play a 30-minute set starting at 11 p.m.
Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.