Not meant to be a great philosophical discussion – – like “What place are You in?” but rather to mention that when we travel, you can ABSORB the place you are in. I do this with music. You can Google “live music” for any city and come up with a list. You’ll be surrounded by happy locals. Rather than chasing all over the world, to mark off each country, try to make the MOST of your travels. Immerse yourself, learn the culture, don’t merely check it off your list of countries! It is a part of conservation, to really get to know, to understand, to see an area.
If you are in Hawaii, a favorite vacation spot in the summer, I have loved going to the music places that are everywhere.
In Oahu, try this list of places
Oahu is a hot spot for live music. You can find some of the best local artists performing throughout Oahu, from fine resorts to local bars and restaurants.
You’ll discover music all along Waikiki’s main strip of Kalakaua Avenue, from street performers to local musical legends. Listen to traditional Hawaiian music and watch hula performances at the Moana Surfrider and other Waikiki hotels. Tiki’s Grill & Bar and Duke’s Canoe Club feature contemporary Hawaiian music. Or listen to jazz at the Lewers Lounge in the Halekulani Hotel —Esquire magazine once named this one of the best bars in America.
Beyond Waikiki you’ll find other music venues. Just a few minutes away in the Ala Moana Center — Hawaii’s largest open-air shopping mall — the Mai Tai Bar features popular island music in a lively hot spot. Downtown Chinatown’s urban setting is home to stylish bars and restaurants featuring jazz, rock, acoustic and DJs. For national artists, check the schedule of the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena and Concert Hall or the Pipeline Cafe, both popular venues for touring bands and renowned artists. From Hawaiian music at a local bar to sell-out arena shows, Oahu has a variety of live music spots to discover.
…. but also search out the clubs that do Blues Jams or have “pick up” music sessions. There is joy in walking into a more spontaneous group, working out amazing music that will only be heard once… by you the audience.
There are JAMS all over the SF Bay Area peninsula and south bay. A few to look up? Try “Biscuit and Blues”, The Little Fox theatre in Redwood City for Wednesday Blues Jam, the Saloon in Woodside for a lazy Sunday music and dancing, or the ever present music festivals: Jazz on the Plaz, Redwood City Courthouse, Union Square in SF, there are more in Belmont (Twin Pines), San Carlos (Brittan Park), Palo Alto in Mitchell Park, really-they are all over. Shoreline Ampitheatre rounds out the music experience with grass seating and 4-pack tickets. Free or Affordable. Take some time, the music is a special attraction of this area.
Relax! make the most of your vacation.