The Elevations Hawai'i - The Dyn-o-mite Vintage Soul Explosion Out of Honolulu! - present a musical tribute to the late Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. “Jones recorded six albums with the Dap-Kings, but it was her exhilarating live shows, which functioned as equal parts Baptist church revival, Saturday night juke joint and raucous Las Vegas revue, that showcased the singer’s unparalleled energy. In venues filled with people half her age, Jones was the most dynamic person in the room, bolting onstage and commanding the crowd like her idol James Brown. It was homage without mimicry; respecting the soul and funk elders that defined the genres while displaying seemingly boundless vitality.”
Come see The Elevations Hawai’i featuring Mindy Smokestack and special guests, Reggie Padilla and Carlos Betancourt make Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’ music shine again on the big stage for the very first time in Hawai’i!!!
The Elevations Hawai'i
Lead vocals – Kehaulani White
Backup Vocals – Cheyenne Leong
Backup Vocals – Aiddy Weisbecker
Tenor Sax – Eric White
Trumpet – Rob Toyama
Guitar – Mike Iseman
Drums – Keli’i Wong
Bass – Jake Staron
Mindy Smokestack comes from Hamburg Germany with a powerful voice and healing energy cultivated through life’s struggles and triumphs. Growing up singing in church instilled her passion for soul music. Mindy’s vocal abilities create her eclectic sound blending soul, blues and modern Motown.
Saxophonist, Pianist, Composer, Educator. Throughout his career, Reggie Padilla is Hawaii’s preeminent saxophonist and has had the opportunity to study and participate in master classes with Lew Soloff, Phil Woods, Jim Snidero, Doc Severinsen, Marcus Roberts, Billy Taylor, Pete Malinverni, Bob Albanese, Don Friedman, and Martin Wind. In January 2007, Reginald relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, and continued his musical journey. Reggie continues to perform and record around the world on both tenor saxophone and piano. He has recorded 3 full length studio albums and is endorsed by Theo Wanne mouthpieces and P. Mauriat saxophones.
Percussionist Carlos Betancourt has performed, taught, and studied internationally during his forty- year professional career. Currently living in Hawaii, he passes on the passion for Afro-Latin rhythms carefully instilled in him and offers that love and respect through his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments. Drawing from his training, he brings influences from experiences in African and Caribbean music as well as jazz, funk and rhythm and blues. He has had the opportunity of travelling internationally with his music and has been blessed to share the stage with acknowledged Latino masters and musicians such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta II, Johnny Pacheco (RIP), Regino Jimenez, "Mr. Bongo" Jack Constanza (RIP), Oscar de Leon, Jimmy Bosch, Angel "Cachete" Maldonado (RIP), Freddie Miranda Jr, Abiud Flores, Jay Franco, Hector Tricoche, Johnny Rivera, Anthony Cruz (RIP), Michael Spiro, Regino Jimenez, "Bosco" y su Orquesta Gitano, Emilio Camacho, Hector Rivera, Mikey Holguin from the California Swing band "Big Time Operator" and Van Lester. Carlos continues to study and has contributed to several professional vocal and percussion recordings throughout the U.S., South Korea and in Europe.