Truth from Dare: That Euro flavor

Apr. 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It’s always nice to see someone from Hawaii make it. I mean really make it.

Case in point, Mr. Bruno Mars. Amazing doesn’t begin to describe his journey. To go from a little kid playing showrooms in Waikiki to topping the charts and winning Grammy Awards is truly an accomplishment. It doesn’t get much more A-List than playing the NFL Super Bowl!

Bruno Mars. (Courtesy The Creed Company)

Bruno Mars. (Courtesy The Creed Company)

Of course, the reason I’ve got Bruno on the brain is because of the onslaught of shows he played last weekend and the accompanying buzz that surrounded them. Social media was ablaze with all things Bruno.

I opted to skip the concerts due to the hoopla over getting tickets. Having worked in radio for many years, I’ve gotten a little spoiled and wasn’t about to jump hurdles to watch someone I’ve already seen perform. I will admit that reading everyone’s posts from the show — I did experience a hint of FOMO on Saturday night. But that was probably due more to the group of friends who went rather than the actual performance, though the production looked amazing.

Instead of heading to Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, I decided to catch Mickey Avalon at Nextdoor in Chinatown. As there was also the Childish Gambino show at The Republik and Anjelah Johnson at the Blaisdell Concert Hall the same night, I was surprised a crowd showed up for Avalon and it was one I don’t usually get to see.

It seems the North Shore surfer set and their groupies prefer punk rock over R&B, and Mickey didn’t disappoint. My only complaint was that Avalon’s energy level isn’t what it was when I saw him perform in Las Vegas. I guess sobriety is a bittersweet thing.

Speaking of sobriety, this week I’m preserving mine except for one outing: ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Yes, it’s that time again. If you have yet to experience this sunset party, please do it soon. Attendance has been breaking records and I’ve heard rumblings the monthly event may go the direction of a members-only party.

This month’s theme is “Les Nuits Du Printemps,” which loosely translates as “Nights of Spring.” As you can guess, it’s a French theme and the HMA is pulling out all the stops with a champagne bar, French nibbles, French bass music to dance to, and of course, all the French art your eyes can take in.

As a fan of almost all things European, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this event. Every ARTafterDARK is enjoyable, but this one seems like it’ll be an exceptional night.

Do me a favor? Get out and get some culture. While its great to praise a local boy doing good, events like this month’s ARTafterDARK are few and far between in a city that sometimes lacks Euro flavor.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

  • cw

    i’ll see you at art after dark stranger!!!! party after art after?! <3