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Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events – Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife – Honolulu Pulse

Jul 15th 2013 at 6:46 PM
Kalahiki has been making a name for herself on the jazz circuit. She won two Na Hoku Hanohano awards last year for Most Promising Artist and Best Jazz Album with Salt. As for the 90-year-old Golden, the concert offers a rare opportunity for folks in town to hear him sing. The Laie resident is a regular on Monday nights at the Crouching Lion Inn in Kaaawa with the Bluesman Band, which includes his son Carl on guitar. Concert organizer John Nichols said, I listened to him one evening and was blown away by the reception, calling Golden very soulful and very personable. Golden has gathered a regular coterie of fans at his Monday performances during the past two years. With the songs I sing, I try to focus on a mature crowd, Golden noted. I ve put together a pretty good following of around 50 people who are very faithful to us. His repertoire features Southern blues from such legends as T-Bone Walker and Ivory Joe Hunter. Born and raised in Athens, Ga., Golden got an early start onstage. I started doing gospel in a Baptist minister youth group, and later my two cousins and I put together a quartet, singing in various surrounding churches. I was also a key singer during my junior and senior years at my high school glee club. Golden left home at age 19 and arrived in Hawaii in 1943. He was recruited to do civil service work during the years-long effort to rebuild Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack in December 1941. After the war, he studied at the Honolulu School of Arts for a couple of years to learn design skills. Golden went on to a business career as a co-owner of an airport service company until leaving Hawaii in 1974. He returned to Georgia for a short stint but came back to Honolulu to work in airport service until 1981. His last job was as a dispatcher for Oahu Publications (owner of MidWeek and the Star-Advertiser) until he retired in 2004. Golden s love of music never waned, and while back in Hawaii he started singing as a featured blues performer with Bill Cox and the Over the Hill Gang. Later, he and a business partner briefly ran a recording studio on Lagoon Drive. TONIGHT S CONCERT is presented by the Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, Committee on the Advancement of African American Culture and the Arts. About 800 jazz and blues lovers dropped in to listen during last year s event, said Faye Kennedy, co-chairwoman of the concert. She expects another good turnout tonight. Jazz singer Ernest Golden, right, performs on Monday evenings at the Crouching Lion Inn as part of the Bluesman Band, which also features his son Carl Golden, center, on guitar and Bradley Chang on bass. (Bruce Asato / The annual event grew out of organizers desire to present a regular public event to support the values of Martin Luther King Jr. The concert has no specific civil rights message, although we do believe in promoting justice and equality in the community, Kennedy said. This is just a wonderful opportunity to bring together people to listen to some great music. For Golden, it s an opportunity to share his music with a larger, even more diverse audience. Growing up in Georgia, it was a system of apartheid with the white race on the top and the black race on the bottom, he said. When I came to Hawaii,Ray Lewis T shirts, there was some prejudice, but not like the organized discrimination back home. I love people in general, and living in Hawaii was what I had been looking for all my life. I could, and did, make friends of all ethnic groups,wholesale nike NFL T-shirts, including white people, Golden said. One of my good friends was a former neighbor of mine, a white man who, coincidentally enough, was from a small town not far from Athens who left to work on the Alaska Pipeline. What I like about singing is that it gives me the opportunity to express myself with that feeling of friendship, Golden said.
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