Do It! Tuck & Patti, Dirty Vegas, Hispanic Heritage Fest
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
Tuck & Patti star in Doris Duke Theatre’s latest “Last Saturday Roots in Jazz”
Although Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart have been performing together for more than 35 years, the acclaimed vocal-guitar jazz duo known as Tuck & Patti are anything but bored.
“Thirty-five years is a long time. Things grow and change,” Cathcart said via phone from the couple’s home in Menlo Park, Calif. “But the one thing that hasn’t changed, which is amazing for us, is that we still really love what we do. We really still find it challenging.
“Little did we know when we met it was going to be a lifelong journey; it certainly has become that and, as far as we’re concerned, ever-changing and exciting.”
The pair met in San Francisco in 1978, when Cathcart auditioned for Andress’ band. As soon as Andress heard her sing, “I knew that I had found my musical soul mate,” he says on their website. When the band didn’t work out, the two started performing as a duo and married in 1981.
Reading through the stories on Tuck & Patti’s website, fans are quickly overcome by the power behind the pair’s words, which reflect the deep love, admiration and respect Cathcart and Andress have for each other.
That translates to their music, too. Cathcart’s beautifully low, soothing voice and scatting wonderfully complement Andress’ masterful jazz guitar playing.
The duo, coming off a 10-day tour of Sweden and Sardinia (an island off Rome), appears at the Doris Duke Theatre this weekend as part of the venue’s “Last Saturday Roots in Jazz” series.
As they do for all their shows, Cathcart and Andress are taking fans’ song requests — on Monday they said they’d already received “four or five” requests for their Honolulu concert from their website and still had to check their Facebook page. They said requests vary widely, a result of their ability to play music from all genres.
“The surprising thing about being a duo is that it actually freed us from having to worry about what format of music we’re playing or what style of music we’re playing,” Andress said. “Any song that we heard from any genre of music that we liked, we’d play. … We’re kind of like the mill that grinds all music into sounding like it’s a duo.”
Where: Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Info: 532-8768, honolulumuseum.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
Duo from Dirty Vegas drops in for a DJ show
“Days go by, and still” you probably remember that car commercial.
British house group Dirty Vegas topped the Billboard dance charts with its hit “Days Go By” in 2002, the song gaining mainstream popularity when it was used in a commercial for the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse featuring a pop-and-locking woman. The song went on to win the 2003 Grammy Award for best dance recording.
The trio of Steve Smith, Paul Harris and Ben Harris formed Dirty Vegas in 2001. The group broke up in 2005 before reassembling three years later. It released the album “Electric Love” in 2011 with a follow-up titled “Let the Night” set to drop later this year.
Smith and Paul Harris will do a live DJ show at The Republik on Saturday. The 18-and-over show is part of the Electric Palms Concert Series, and a discounted combo pack is available with a ticket purchase to the Nov. 2 Arty show.
Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $20-$25 ($40 combo with Arty)
Info: 855-235-2867, flavorus.com
SATURDAY, OCT. 26
Festival features Hispanic culture and Zumba event
Join in on all the dance, music and Zumba at the Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair on Saturday at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
The free annual event, held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, features Latino food booths, crafters, cultural exhibits and a keiki section as well as lots of entertainment from around the state and the mainland.
If you love to Zumba or have always wanted to try the fun dance workout, you can join in on the festival’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record set in Mexico of 6,655 Zumba dancers. The party is expected to start between 2:30 and 3 p.m.
California dance group Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro is among the performers. Radio show host Ricardo Rosas will emcee the event, and Miss Latina Hawaii 2013 Steisha Sheather will make a special appearance.
Local acts include the Eddie Ortiz and Son Caribe Salsa Band, pictured, the African drums and dancers of Sewa Fare, Rodney Perez and TropiJazz, Los Amigos, the Boricuas de Hawaii folkloric dancers, the Grupo Cafe Colombia dancers and the Yuki Komiyama salsa dance teams.
Organizers are asking those who attend the festival to bring a canned food donation for the Hawaii Food Bank or any type of school supply that will be donated to a local school.
Where: Kapiolani Park Bandstand
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
SUNDAY, OCT. 27
Annual celebration will give hapa-haole music its due
In the contemporary era, hapa-haole music — an extremely popular genre originating in the 1920s blending steel guitar and ukulele with sweet lyrics mostly in English with some Hawaiian words — has often been viewed in a negative light or simply ignored.
“A lot of musicians, a lot of dancers, don’t know the songs, but it is a real important part of our Hawaiian history,” said Pa’i Foundation Executive Director Vicky Holt Takamine, whose organization is hosting the 11th annual Hapa Haole Hula Competition and Music Festival on Sunday at the Hawaii Theatre.
Holt Takamine, who teaches at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Leeward Community College, explained that in the early part of the 20th century, hapa-haole music developed as a result of not only the outside fascination with Hawaii (sometimes songs were written by people who had never even been to the islands), but also out of evolutionary reality. With English pushed as the main language under the territorial government and Hawaiian language essentially banned in schools, many Native Hawaiians never learned the language.
After the Hawaiian cultural renaissance in the 1960s and ’70s, however, many of these hapa-haole songs were cast aside.
This festival brings back the romantic, dreamy sounds of hapa-haole music with classic hula and songs associated with the genre.
The first part of the show will feature group kupuna, wahine and keiki hula performances, as well as a solo competition for the title of Ms. Hapa Haole. Jessica Kama, 2009′s winner, is pictured.
Music takes the spotlight in the event’s second half, with performances by Marlene Sai, Robert Cazimero, Paul Shimomoto and Mahela Ichinose.
Where: Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.
When: 4 p.m. Sunday
Info: 792-0890, paifoundation.org
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