We had two concerts booked for Hawaiian Luau’s in July, a 2 hour performance down in Turkey Point and a one-hour concert in Tillsonburg. Both were very enjoyable to play and our group also enjoys getting dressed up in Hawaiian garb.
On July 4th we did a two-hour Hawaiian Luau performance to a packed audience at the Sandbar on the Beach in Turkey Point. As soon as we started our set a few more patrons hurried in to sit at the bar. We handed out plastic fruit shakers and threw as many leis on them as we could. A number of our members had worked for weeks ahead of time to perfect some solo’s. Daniel Pearson and Ron Abbey each performed a third of the song Hootchy Kootchy Henry with Jenny Gedye, Evelyn sang the Hawaiian Wedding Song with Ben’s accompaniment, and Cat did Lovely Hula Hands, a tune she heard for the first time while on her trip to Hawaii this winter. The solo act that stole the show was Let’s All Go To Hawaii by our leader Peter on uke and accompanied by Bill on his custom bull-horn – very well done! And we all practiced for weeks and weeks to get our songs just right as well as sprinkling a few new ones into our set list. Towards the end of our time there we were treated to a rousing rendition of contemporary song Riptide performed by one of our youngest members, Ben (grandson of Barb Stewardson). We really had a great time and enjoyed playing there, and we hope the owners will have us back again.
On July 14th we car-pooled and trekked out to Hickory Hills in Tillsonburg. We all wore our yellow Duh shirts. Which was funny because we found out that the audience was celebrating a Luau night there, and they were expecting us to be decked out in Hawaiian garb, too. But, we are all so prepared that we luckily all had our Hawaiian set lists with us, and proceeded to put on our Luau performance. Afterwards they treated us to some great snacks and refreshing punch, coffee and tea. A very fun night, and we hope that the folks at Hickory Hills enjoyed the show and will have us come back again sometime.