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‘Kailuabands’ CD a reunion, too

July 9th, 2011

The past will come to life this weekend in Kailua, when a handful of bands that last played together some 35 years ago reunite to celebrate the release of a new compilation CD.

From left, Susan Lee, Suzan Gilleland and Jud Haskins perform as Syster in the 1970's. They'll reunite at Bob's Sports Bar in Kailua on Sunday, July 10. (Courtesy Jud Haskins)

"Kailuabands" is the result of the efforts of a Facebook group with more than 275 members and one dedicated music producer in California. Jud Haskins owns his own company — Horrible Music — and writes the jingles you hear in commercials for some of America's biggest companies. He woke up one day a few years ago with the idea that he wanted to "record some good music for a change," and "not just another ditty for McDonald's."

After reconnecting with some of his friends from back in the day, he realized the potential Facebook brought to the prospect of working together again.

"Kailua in the mid-70s was like Yasgur's Farm (of Woodstock fame), only with flip-flops," Haskins wrote via email. "I couldn't have known when I started the Kailuabands Facebook group that I was re-connecting the old neighborhood, only this time with digial fenceposts to talk over. The response has been overwhelming."

Four years after starting the project, "Kailuabands" will be introduced to the world with a reunion show that will feature bands that haven't performed in the neighborhood in decades. According to Haskins, Gerry Erwin and Stryder, Syster, Cooper's Still and Woodrose will all play at Bob's Sports Bar from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

"The larger insight is that local bands of our youth were as important a part of musical memory as the famous groups of the time," Haskins said.

The CD will be available for purchase direct from Haskins; Oahu residents can pick up a copy at Hungry Ear Records starting on Monday, July 11.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

'Kailuabands' CD Release Party

» Where: Bob's Sports Bar, 170 Hamakua Drive

» When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10

» Info: Click here for Facebook event listing

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5 Responses to “‘Kailuabands’ CD a reunion, too”

  1. Aloha Got Soul:

    Wow this is amazing! The music of our islands needs to be heard, mahalo to Jud for all his efforts and everyone who contributed to the CD.


  2. Christine Kube:

    Susan Lee was a very dear friend when we were young!!!  This group reconnected me with her. Thank you FB and thank you Jud


  3. Christine Kube:

    Susan Lee was a very dear friend when we were young!!!  This group reconnected me with her. Thank you FB and thank you Jud


  4. Christine Kube:

    There is a follow up article about the KailuaBands CD in the September Honolulu magazine. The CD will soon be available on iTunes!!! I am so amazed with the CD, the quality of the songs and the voices of the performers.


  5. Christine Kube:

    There is a follow up article about the KailuaBands CD in the September Honolulu magazine. The CD will soon be available on iTunes!!! I am so amazed with the CD, the quality of the songs and the voices of the performers.


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