Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A True Reunion of Sorts....

Here's a picture of the Fabulous Krush in its heyday (courtesy of Yemun Chung). The Fabulous Krush basically emerged from the band the New Experience with the addition of a few new faces. Something pretty interesting to note in this picture are the individuals in this picture. With the exception of the Krush's front man Hal Bradbury and trumpet player Phil, six of the eight in this picture were part of the 70's Nightclub Reunion IV at the Ala Moana Hotel this past May 10, 2008.

From left to right:

Freddie Paraz/Drummer - Currently a member of the Society of Seven LV playing at the Outrigger Hotel Waikiki, Freddie resume is like a who's who in the Hawaii music scene. Freddie followed in the footsteps of his musician dad and played in such bands as Homemade Jam, the New Generation, the Krush, the SOS LV and PowerPoint. As a part of PowerPoint it was Freddie's rhythms that drove the band and its funky sound that kept the peeps on their feet till the wee hours of the night at the legendary Point After nightclub in the good old 70's.

Wade Kuroiwa/Vocals/Alto Sax - Currently residing on the mainland USA, versatility was the name of the game for this former New Experiencer. Wade always had that no hold back attitude on stage and sang, played the alto sax and bass with the original New Experience and later with the Krush. During Reunion IV wade was upfront on vocals behind his Fender Stratocaster.

Mackie Galbiso/Tenor Sax/Vocals - Also currently residing on the continent, Mackie was behind the keyboards and the microphone with the New Experience at Reunion IV.

Hal Bradbury/Vocals - Although not a part of the Reunion series, Hal was very much remembered as the voice on the Krush's hit songs such as "Wailua Sky" and "Blame it on the Night". Hal still resides in Hawaii.

Bobby Gonzales/Vocals/Bass/Guitar/Horns - The multi-talented Bobby Gonzales currently resides in the city of Las Vegas where he continues to perform. Remembered as the voice on the Krush's hit song "Regrets", Bobby has pretty much played with everybody who is or was somebody in the Hawaii music scene. Showman, outstanding vocalist and musician, Bobby returned to be a part of Glass Candle at Reunion IV. Bobby replaced original Glass Candle bass player Bruce Imai during the band's six night gig at Duke's in the Waikiki International Marketplace.

Butchie Canencia/Guitar/Vocals - After his days with the Krush, Butchie moved from Hawaii to Las Vegas to continue in the field of music. Currently residing in California, music is now part-time for this former member of the New Experience and the Krush.

Phillip Galaura/Trumpet/Vocals - Members of the New Experience were in contact with Phillip but were unable to get him over to join the band in Reunion IV. Phillip was one of the later add ons to the band which later evolved into the Krush.

Edwin Ramones/Keyboards/Vocals - Edwin has been the one constant in the discography of the New Experience and the Krush. From the bands early days in Waialua as the Basic 5 until today, Edwin is best remembered as the voice of the remake of the Rascals timeless classic "My Hawaii". At Reunion IV Edwin was the man to pretty much reunite for one night the funky New Experience that we remembered from days long gone.

Now that's pretty cool if you ask me!!!!!


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Thank you for the picture and band information. I first heard these guys in the late 70's on Oahu. I still play my vinyl and they still sound great! Al Morinaka

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