The Magic of this Magnificent Moment

“Oke aloha ke kuleana a kahi malihini”  (Love is the host in strange lands)

-Hawaiian saying

Keiki watches a hula dance telling a story about Lili'uokalani

The torch lighting ceremony at Kuhio Beach keeps the spirit of O’ahu (the gathering place) alive.

People of all ages gather from around the world to watch hula and listen to oli (chants) and mele (songs) telling stories that have been told on this island for hundreds of years.

By the end of the ceremony the torches will be lit, surrounding you by the dance of flame and flesh.

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Warning: Polyrhythmic Grooves Are the Leading Cause of Cut Rugs

“Life is a lot like Jazz… it’s best when you improvise”

George Gershwin

“Welcome to Indigo, with the red walls and the green balls,” band leader Rolando Sanchez welcomed us to the show.

Without missing a beat, the band began—laying out the irresistible rhythms that would possess patrons of Indigo’s Green Room like some sort of Haitian Vodou. It didn’t matter if you had rhythm, the band’s on point timing would move you.

It would groove you.

These sensations, provided free of charge, were all brought to you by Rolando Sanchez and the Latin Jazz Combo. Here’s a closer look at “who’s on first”

  • Rolando Sanchez: Vocals, Bongos
  • Mike Barquez: Lead, Rhythm Guitar
  • Phil Caneso: Bass
  • Harry Chang: Drums
  • George Cristobal: Sax
  • Michelangelo Barquez: Lead Guitar, Project Manager

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While the band has only been playing together for a year, each member has several decades of experience—drawing inspiration from artists such as Tito Puente, Carlos Santana , John Coltrane, Howard Roberts, and Joe Diorio.

Rolando (visit his blog) has been awarded ASCAP‘s Songwriter Music Award for many years and has his music featured on the TV show Burn Notice.

If you’re in town and want to see these guys, check in the Green Room at Indigo on the first Tuesday of every month. Even if you aren’t familar with Latin Jazz you will still recognize covers such as “La Bamba,” a classic by Ritchie Valens and Santana‘s “Black Magic Woman.”

Check ’em out, ya dig?