VIDEO: ‘Hard Rock Calling’ Hawaii finals
The Deadbeats on stage at the Hard Rock Waikiki during the "Hard Rock Calling" Hawaii state finals on Thursday, March 24, 2011.
TEXT AND PHOTO BY JASON GENEGABUS / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deadbeats are the 2011 Hawaii state champions in the Hard Rock Cafe's "Hard Rock Calling" battle of the bands competition.
After being forced to postpone due to the recent tsunami, the band fronted by MC Harumi the Hymn returned to Waikiki to face off against Any Given Chance in the finals on Thursday. With 30 minutes to impress a panel of judges that included Star 101.9's Deejay Maleko and Oahu Concierge Magazine publisher Pam Davis, they got the Hard Rock Cafe crowd jumping with originals like "Neva Know," "China Boppin" and "The Getaway" (see video below).
As part of the contest rules, the Deadbeats were also required to perform a Bon Jovi cover — and did a serviceable job with "Runaway." But their strength was obviously their original material, much like 2010 winners Friends of Adam.
The Deadbeats now advance to one of four regional semifinals, with judges determining the finalists who will compete online for one of four slots at "Hard Rock Calling" in June at London's Hyde Park. Of the four winning bands, the one with the most votes received on the Hard Rock website will get to open on the main stage; the other three bands will perform on the festival's second stage.
Jason Genegabus is former HILife Editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Born in Honolulu and raised in Kailua, he now calls Kaimuki home. Contact him via email at email@example.com.