We’re having a Rogue Christmas at Honolulu Night Market on December 21st! Mark your calendars and come celebrate the holidays with us.
Local band Pink Mist has been respected in the indie scene for its innovative, reflective, shoegazey alt-rock since the trio of guitarist Mike Pooley, bassist Kai Salus and drummer Aagnano Septella first got together, setting aside time from their other bands and musical projects to try something different. Bringing to mind coastal atmospheres and memories of the California coastline combined with Hawaii’s beautiful landscape, Pink Mist’s melodies and songs can give one the impression they’re on a road trip.
We talked with Pink Mist frontman, guitarist and vocalist Mike Pooley briefly to catch up on what the band is doing these days, and to get his take on Kakaako.
So what has Pink Mist been up to lately?
We have been playing a lot of shows and working on new music with our new drummer Steve Smith. We ended our bro love with our old drummer, Aagnano, on great terms and he is enjoying playing with his sweet girl Emily in a new band called PAGE.
Give me a few words to describe the “vibe” of your music.
Nostalgic, melodic, fuzzy.
What do you think of Night Market and the growth of the Kakaako district?
Unfortunately, I have never been to Night Market. To say that out loud makes me realize I need to get out more. But I have always wanted to check it out, so i’m excited my first experience will be playing it. I think the growth of Kakaako is exactly what Honolulu’s art scene needs. With the all too familiar shady vibe of Chinatown, it’s nice to know there is an arts district that doesn’t make you clutch your purse when you walk around. It also has a different kind of energy than Chinatown, probably because it’s new and everyone is still bubbling with passion and excitement.
Catch Pink Mist playing on the Main Stage from 9-10 p.m., after the fashion show!
Our performers at Night Market this month are sure to be a treat! Here’s the lineup, and more about them:
Singer/Songwriter Izik grew up in Hawaii. His interest in music was nurtured and cultivated at a very young age when his grandmother insisted on him learning how to play an instrument. He learned the guitar and began songwriting during his freshman year of high school. In 2012, Izik was asked to perform at a fundraiser for The Life Foundation at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand in Waikiki, which led to a weekly gig for the next year and more shows. Currently Izik is working on his EP but you can catch him on Wednesdays at Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand in Waikiki and monthly at Monkeypod Ko ‘Olina where he performs with G.J., Cole Strona, Christian Bautista, Aaron Yabes and Melanie Kaneaiakala.
Retro 5-0 is a band that does covers like no one else in Honolulu! They will be rocking the Night Market stage with songs from Pat Benatar, No Doubt, Joan Jett, Blondie, Journey, Incubus, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Evanescence and more.
The Island Oasis Ensemble’s repertoire includes classic Egyptian selections, Turkish, Armenian, Persian and Roma folk music, and original pieces in the modern Tribal Fusion style. The Ensemble includes Aaron Aranita on sax, flute, and piano, Kip McAtee on classical and fretless guitar, Ernie Provencher on upright and electric bass, and Tara Severns on dumbek and percussion. Dancers Masayo (who teaches contemporary and modern Egyptian belly dance and Kalae ( the lead Choreographer and Artistic Director of the ‘Shakti Dance Movement’ Tribal Fusion dance company) will be joining them for their performance.
Cindy of Badra Belly Dance:
Cindy of Badra Ritual Belly Dance began belly dancing in NYC more than 10 years ago, and has always been drawn to the deeper aspect of dance. She believes dance is something that should bring women together and remind our culture of the magic, beauty, and softness of the feminine principal.
The Spatial Sculptors are Honolulu’s contact and compositional improvisation dance ensemble.
They meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Alive Ballet Center to form an integrated community of movers that explore weight, contact, and communication in relation to each other and our environment. Each meeting consists of warming up with solo work and structured group work, a review of techniques and skills that we select and explore together, and ends with a dance “jam”. All people with an interest in movement and exploration are welcome (including musicians, poets, etc).
This month is all about fashion, and to that end, we’ve enlisted the help of Honolulu Magazine and Honolulu Shops Fashion Editors Stacey Makiya and Brie Thalmann as our stylists for the fashion show on the main stage.
“Fashions will be themed around the Fall/Winter 2013 season’s playful mix & match prints trend,” said Brie Thalmann. “A few of the designers/brands that will be featured include T By Alexander Wang, 3.1 by Phillip Lim, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen.”
The featured retailer at October’s show: CUSP by Neiman Marcus, a new contemporary concept by Neiman Marcus in select stores across the country, including Ala Moana Mall location. CUSP delivers the latest must-haves from leading designers, plus the best up-and-coming names, hand-selected by Neiman Marcus’ fashion experts for work, play and everything in between.
Honolulu Night Market celebrates Hawaii Fashion Month on Saturday, October 19th – here’s what’s on tap:
This Night Market, in conjunction with our Runway theme and Hawaii Fashion Month, CoXist Studio introduces a fascinating new exhibition, Juxtapose! It’s an art, fashion and new cinema exhibition all about urban transformations, featuring submissions of wearable art made from urban materials from about 10 different artists (There are no restrictions on the material used to create the garment or accessory), crazy new 3D cinema projection by local artist Aisis Chen and a custom installation by innovative sculptor/designer Robert Reed. All the different parts of the exhibition will play off each other and the theme of fashion, perhaps in some unexpected ways.
Why wearable art?
“We chose to feature wearable art for our contribution to Hawaii Fashion Month because it gives people the opportunity to look at fashion from an alternative lens. We have been known at CoXist Studio to do our events a little outside of the norm, and we loved the idea of giving the artists absolutely no restrictions on what they can create!” said Casea Rose, executive director at CoXist.
“By abstracting and putting fashion in a different context, you see [the items of clothing], their inspiration and creativity,” adds Robert Reed, one of the judges who is also doing a custom installation at the event. “I personally consider wearable art an extension of sculpture. It also readily allows for many other mediums like music, dance, performance, and installation involving several senses. Like art, fashion can be anything and has movements. People can now question ‘Is that Fashion?,’ just like they question ‘Is that Art?’ I feel wearable art addresses this.”
Some of the wearable art pieces will be for purchase, with the designers receiving 100 percent of the profit from the sale. Juxtapose includes a craft cocktail bar, DJs from Kitchen Music Society spinning up a tasty selection of lounge beats, and a hookah and cigar lounge outside. And for all of you looking for an after-party, CoXist will be open until the wee hours of the night this month!
Juxtapose at CoXist Studio
When: Pre-party Thursday, Oct 17 from 6-11 p.m., Grand Opening at Night Market, Saturday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. – very late
Where: Inside CoXist Studio (331 Keawe St)
Happy Birthday to us! Check out the Honolulu Night Market’s segment on Hawaii News Now: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/23488792/honolulu-night-markets-1-year-anniversay
This month’s fashion show, from 8-8:30 p.m. on the main stage, takes it to the streets with local brand Fitted Hawaii and the work of makeup and hair stylist Bailee Nakaahiki, who is also choosing the clothes and coordinating the show. Stylists Sebastian Valdes (Wholesale Manager of Fitted) and Jared Johnston (Lead Graphic Designer at Fitted) will be assisting her. The show will include local styles by FITTED, Sig Zane, Hrdlck, Illest, Sons of Trade, HMB, Stussy, Story Standards and House of Aria.
“The theme is getting some of the top brands in Hawaii and putting them on stage together,” said Bailee Nakaahiki. “We’re mixing more contemporary Hawaiian styles like Sig Zane with street styles.”
See you there!
Bring the keiki down to Honolulu Night Market on Saturday, September 21: Precision Parkour will be offering mini parkour workshops every half hour with free movement and play, plus a free obstacle course. The Tumble Bus will also be there offering a gym on wheels to keep your little one entertained, and don’t forget to check out the Mobile Gamer Guys who will have eight xBox stations for keiki to play.