Get Your '80s On... And Like It!

Hall & Oats and English Beat Take HNL this March

Get Your '80s On... And Like It!

There's really no explaining it; you're driving to work, to the beach, whatever, and a song comes on the radio. There's a drum machine-driven beat. A weird sample you can't quite put your finger on (but it sounds oh-so-like high school, revisited) echoes in the background. Finally, that all-too-familiar synthesizer (it may even be one of those contraptions that straps across the back like a guitar, only, it's not) kicks in and you're fully bobbing to the beat. The sounds of the 80s somehow gets under our skin and lives there, surfacing at the oddest moments. And now is one of those times.

In the coming week, two venerable 1980s success stories will take very different stages in Honolulu. They will undoubtedly draw two very different crowds (sure, there will be some overlap). But if you know what's good for you, you'll consider attending at least one.

Daryl Hall & John Oats will take the Blaisdell Arena by storm (or something like it) on Saturday, March 5th, at 8:00 p.m. We'll offer this small bit of advice, all of you who just gruffed/snorted/mocked the idea of attending this concert: Find VH1's Hall & Oats Behind the Music and see if you aren't captivated for the better part of 43 minutes. Sure, there was "Private Eyes"; but there was also "Sara Smile". We'll always have "Rich Girl" and "Maneater"  but there is the redeeming "She's Gone". And if you still haven't had enough, head over to www.LiveFromDarylsHouse.com to view a webcast produced entirely by Daryl Hall where he invites noted musicians he has never played with to come jam at his upstate N.Y. home, and for all to see. It's certainly worth the gander.

The second act in town is English Beat, who will perform at SoHo Mix Media Bar in Chinatown on Sunday, March 6. This high-energy ska band cranked out some weird ones in their day; but if songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom" don't send you in to a helicopter twirling, Ferris Bueller's Day Off-flashbacking, ear-to-ear Pretty in Pink-grinning tailspin, then you're dead inside. Really. These guys got the entirety of GenX off the couch, unglued from early MTV broadcasts (before Road Rules was a horrible, dreadful glimmer in some a-hole's eye) and dancing like there was no tomorrow. Fortunately for English Beat, there is.

Get there. Get groovy.

Hall & Oats perform at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Tickets start at $47.
English Beat performs at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at SoHo Mix Media Bar in Chinatown. Tickets are $30.

"Find VH1's Hall & Oats Behind the Music and see if you aren't captivated for the better part of 43 minutes."
"If songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom" don't send you in to a helicopter twirling, Ferris Bueller's Day Off-flashbacking, ear-to-ear Pretty in Pink-grinning tailspin, then you're dead inside."