Big Band Monday Anniversary Party

Big Band Monday Anniversary Party

Trumpet player Mike Lewis has quite the resume — he’s played in bands backing the likes of Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra. But when he moved back to the Islands from New York, he found that the local big band scene was lacking compared to what he’d become accustomed to.

“Since I love playing that music, I had to start my own,” Lewis says.

That turned into Big Band Monday, which takes place every second and fourth Monday of the month at Pagoda Floating Restaurant, featuring The Mike Lewis and Friends 16-piece Big Band alongside noted guest artists.

This Monday (Nov. 14), the event turns one and it’s celebrating with an anniversary party from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Highlights include Kimo Kahoano and Sally Davis performing Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s rendition of The Lady is a Tramp.

Plus, as with every Big Band Monday, you also can indulge in Pagoda’s all-you-can-eat buffet.

“My goal is to keep the tradition of Big Band Monday going forever,” Lewis says. “The joy of watching and listening to our local Hawaii vocalists sit in and jazz soloists enjoying the precision and power of 16 musicians backing them up is a huge thrill.”


Local clothing company About The Goods celebrates four years in business with 143, a show featuring local DJs Delve and Tittahbyte alongside LA-based DJs siik and SOSUPERSAM at 9 p.m. today (Nov. 11) at The Safehouse. (Doors open at 8.)


About The Goods was created by two local DJs, Robin Taclas (DJ Revise) and Riana Stellburg (Tittahbyte), as a way to offer a new spin on local fashion that drew cues from the underground music scene. In addition to its collection of hats, tees and other apparel, About The Goods hosts in-store events, concerts and DJ sets featuring local artists.

“About The Goods is an extension and representation of myself and Robin,” Stellburg explains. “It embodies the fashion, music and hobbies we’re passionate about.”

143 is an R&B night started by siik and SOSUPERSAM alongside DJ Partytime, featuring slow jams and love songs — the name is a reference to the pager code for “I love you.” It has spread to a number of cities after they launched it in L.A.

“I adore SOSUPERSAM, and we’re very lucky that she’s been down with the store, so it only made sense that we would release a collaboration with her 143 party,” Stellburg says. “We do take pride in putting these events together and bringing these artists down because we’re huge fans ourselves.”

For more information on About The Goods, visit


Artist Jamie R. Allen explores the interaction between location and the self in her latest exhibit, Surround, now on display at The Pegge Hopper Gallery in Chinatown.

The exhibit utilizes a range of media, including water-colors, acrylics, graphite, oil crayon and silk-screens.

After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Allen moved to Hawaii for an internship, later working as an art professor at Hawaii Pacific University. Allen, now a full-time artist, currently is the featured artist at Kauai’s Halele‘a Gallery.

In line with the theme of the importance of environment, a portion of the exhibit proceeds will go toward Kahumana Farms.

Surround is on display through Nov. 26 and is open for viewing during gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit