Medicis Honolulu Music Jazz

Jazz & Blues

Friday & Saturday is Music Night at Medici's

Regulars such as Tommy James, Pierre Grill, Duane Padilla, Ginai, Shari Lynn, DeShannon Higa, Jimmy Funai, and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet are regularly featured. We also have many up and coming talents such as Grant Carvalho and Harmonic Odyssey. We provide a massive salad bar, pizza by the slice, and a different special entree each day featured by Chef Tim.

Tango Tuesday

Tango and Milonga Instruction and Dancing

Instruction is provided for a very reasonable price, and Milonga comes afterwards where you can dance with whoever meets your fancy. Pizza and soda is provided to make a full evening out of the experience and you can always BYOB.

Chamber Music

Sunday is for the Classics

Come and Enjoy some of your favorite Classical pieces in an acoustically superb setting. Being connected to the Manoa School of Art and Music means we feature the best classical pianists and instrumentalists on the island. Salad Bar and Pizza are available during intermission.

Fine Dining

Are you Hungry?

Events at Medici's normally feature our massive salad bar and pizza by the slice. Most main events (Friday and Saturday Jazz ...) also feature a special entree by Chef Tim such as Shepherd's pie, Indian curry, Meatballs and Pasta, and Clam Chowder.

Upcoming Events

Tango Milonga Nights

Tue - Nov 12
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

 Tango and Milonga

Tango Milonga Nights with Larry Biggs & Yara Veronese Machado

Where: Medici's
Fundamental Class (6:30 - 7:30) [All levels accepted]

Intermediate/Advanced "technique" Class (7:30 - 8:00)
Milonga 8:00 - 10:30

Cost: $10 (all inclusive)
Wear comfortable shoes with leather soles.

 

Argentine Tango is a beautiful dance for young and the young-at-heart: the embrace, the walk, the pivot, and the turn – these are all that comprise of this lovely dance. Learn these and much, much, more!


Larry & Yara are passionate about dancing and spreading the love for Argentine tango… patient and articulate, Larry & Yara pull from over two decades of dance training, spanning not only Argentine Tango but Ballet, Modern, Tap, Lindy Hop, Salsa and more to help you learn and excel at Tango.


Learn to Tango with grace, poise and confidence. You don’t need a partner to begin. Wear comfortable shoes with leather soles. Dress is casual.

 

FUNDAMENTAL CLASS (6:30 - 7:30) as always, our focus will be on Tango "fundamentals" for Beginning Tango Students in the development of balance, connection, movement technique, musicality, etc. However all levels are welcome as it is very important to have beginning Tango Students dance with higher level dancers to increase our overall understanding and experience in Tango.

 

Note: Please feel free to stay and dance during the Milonga (there is no extra cost for this). Please try and get as much "dance time" on the dance floor, as that is how we ALL improve. Larry and Yara will explain the rules (codes) of the social dance floor if you're not sure.

 

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED "technique" CLASS (7:30 - 8:00) will follow the Fundamentals class, and we will offer a variety of techniques and sequences from week to week that can be utilized on the social dance floor. Last week we worked on: FLOOR BOLEO FROM CROSS SYSTEM, OVER ROTATION FOR THE FOLLOWER into a FORWARD PIVOT so that the dancers can move along in the line of dance. These different techniques will stimulate your improvisational learning skills, and expand your repertoire and understanding of the music.


Come ready to Tango!

Zumba Class

Fri - Nov 15
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

HAWAIIAN STYLE BAND

Sat - Nov 16
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

In the early ’90s, Hawaiian Style Band, led by Bryan Kessler and Wade Cambern, redefined contemporary Hawaiian music. They offered a fresh musical perspective on local culture with original compositions about living Hawaiian style—about island romance, talking story, ‘ohana, and sovereignty. Their interpretation of Hawaiian language songs re-acquainted music fans with these important compositions. The multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning band was conceptualized as a revolving band, a collaboration of more than fifty musicians over the course of its three albums: Vanishing Treasures, Rhythm of the Ocean, and  Ohana. Participants included Hawaiian music notables Israel Kamakawiwaʻole; Bla, Cyril, and Martin Pahinui; Fiji; Teresa Bright; the Ka‘au Crater Boys; Del Beazley, and Robi Kahakalau.

For the 26th anniversary celebration of Vanishing Treasures, Robi joins Bryan and Wade in delivering the distinctive vocal harmony of Hawaiian Style Band. Robi has since released five solo albums, earning her multiple Hōkū awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. Her collaborative project with Sean Na‘auao was among the finalists for a Grammy Award. Bryan Kessler and Wade Cambern wrote and produced Hawaiian Style Band's first three albums. Bryan has gone on to produce and perform on twelve albums in Japan and Hawaii. He contributed a selection to the 2005 compilation album Slack Key Volume 2 which went on to win Hawaii's first Grammy Award. Wade Cambern has enjoyed a rich career as composer and lyricist of beloved songs such as “Let’s Talk Story,” “Rhythm of the Ocean,” “Live A Little,” and “Love and Honesty.” Wade Cambern has collaborated with many of Hawaii’s iconic musical figures, including Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole with whom he and Bryan co-wrote “Living In A Sovereign Land.”

Performing hits from their first two CDs as well as songs from each of their solo CDs, Bryan, Wade, and Robi will be joined by bassist, Alex Morrison as Hawaiian Style Band Quartet 2019​.

FADO - THE SOUL OF PORTUGUESE MUSIC - RAMANA VIEIRA

Sun - Nov 17
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés and restaurants. This music genre has much earlier origins but is generally placed as being originated in the 1820’s in Portugal. Fado is known for how expressive in nature it is, as well as being profoundly melancholic.

Generally in fado music, the singer will sing about the hard realities of the daily life, balancing both resignation and hopefulness that a resolution to its torments can still occur. It can be described by using the Portuguese word “saudade”, which means “longing” and stands for a feeling of loss. This loss is generally a permanent loss and of long-term consequences. 

This evening, as part of Medici's "Salon" series of concerts, we bring you an extraordinary Fado singer, Ramana Vieira. Ramana has a deep, personal relationship to Fado music. Born in San Leandro, CA to Portuguese immigrants, she was raised on a diet of traditional Fado music that has made its way into the very core of her being. Classically trained at the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre with Faith Winthrop, she rediscovered her passion for Fado on a trip to Portugal and immersed herself in studying this art form. With inspiration from Amália Rodrigues to Shakira and Dulce Pontes, Vieira and her ensemble play both classics and their own original music.

Please listen to her sing "Ai Mouraria" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=TYJxx_aFjdk

Here is just one review of many from the Boston Globe:

Andrew Gilbert, Boston Globe

“Ramana Vieira deserves a prominent place in the front rank of today’s Fado singers, you will feel transported to another place....maybe Bairro Alto, Lisbon... Ramana Vieira is a force in spreading awareness of Fado, having developed her style in California, abroad in Portugal, and listening to its many modes."

"Known as the Portuguese incarnation of the blues, Fado is characterized by mournful, haunting music full of longing and despair. Ramana Vieira of San Leandro, CA has been hailed as “the rising star in world music” by the San Francisco Examiner and noted for having “developed her style in California [and] abroad in Portugal” (Boston Globe). With prominent appearances on the world stage, Vieira has performed across the United States, Portugal and China."

She will be accompanied by excellent local musicians Duane Padilla on violin, Sonny Silva on guitar, and Dean Taba on bass.

This will be your only chance to hear this wonderful and haunting music in Hawaii, as Ramana will be in Hawaii for just a few days.

Please visit our Event page for complete descriptions of all of our events.

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