2010 Mai Tai Rumble finals
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Paul Izak, right, and the rest of Pressure Drop thank the crowd after winning the "Island/Reggae" category in the 2010 Mai Tai Rumble on Tuesday.
BY JASON GENEGABUS / email@example.com
Mililani's T.T.Y.M. (Talk to You Music) and Kailua's Pressure Drop took home top honors and a share of $30,000 in cash and prizes during the 2010 Mai Tai Rumble finals on Tuesday.
T.T.Y.M. won the "Open Mic" category of the annual competition, now in its 10th year at the popular Ala Moana Center bar. Led by brothers Jeff James (vocals/guitar) and Jerome James (percussion), the band traces its roots back to Mililani High School and the Chuck James Music Studio.
Like T.T.Y.M., the members of Pressure Drop also met while attending Kalaheo High School. For the last five years, they've steadily built a following on the windward side of Oahu by playing house parties, graduation celebrations and other underground venues. With their win in the Mai Tai Rumble's "Island/Reggae" category, vocalist Paul Izak said the band hopes to expose even more people to their style of music.
"Honestly, I just feel so blessed that so many of our friends and family have supported our music, and to see that love totally uplifts us on stage," he said on Tuesday while receiving multiple congratulations outside the bar. "All that hard work we've been doing, as far as trying to get our positive messages across … it's all coming from our heart, so it's good to see people enjoying it.
"We're trying to represent the vibe that we feel in Kailua, which is pure love."
T.T.Y.M. celebrates their Mai Tai Rumble win with friends and family outside the Mai Tai Bar.