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Go ‘Crazy’ for the ‘90s in Chinatown

March 25th, 2015

It’s cute to me when I hear the new generation comment about how they are children of the ‘90s. While I grew up in the 1990s, these people were born in the ‘90s.

That makes a huge difference in terms of influence from music, television and the Internet. They don’t know how good they have it.

This week, local party princess Marlene Phan reunites with Royce “DJ Shift” Calmaan and Dustin “Du5-10” Tanaka to bring back all those nostalgic feelings from the music of the ‘90s and ‘00s with new Wednesday weekly party Crazy Sexy Cool at Bar 35.

ROYCE CALAMAANThe trio bringing you "CRAZYSEXYCOOL" every Wednesday at Bar35 starting March 25th L-R Dustin Tanaka, Royce Calamaan, Marlene Phan

COURTESY ROYCE CALAMAAN

The trio bringing you Crazy Sexy Cool every Wednesday at Bar 35: Dustin Tanaka, Royce Calamaan and Marlene Phan.

In hopes of an earlier crowd to vibe with the already existing late night hip-hop crowd at Manifest across the street, this could be the Spring Break spark Chinatown needs to lead into summer and get things even more heated in Chinatown during the week.

The UD Family is a crew of 40-plus friends and family who have been active in the scene since 2011. No strangers to rocking the oldies, the group planned out and executed a collective called Audiobahn.

“Audiobahn was a musical escape that brought back late ‘90s/early 2000s trance techno scene.” said Phan. They had a First Friday residency at theVenue (now known as eleven44). Once they took over the Wednesdays at Rakuen Lounge in December 2013, there was a nice bump in traffic to the area for the year leading up to the bar's abrupt closing in 2014.

The group plans to have a lot of fun with this new weekly, offering free cover and utilizing the space at Bar 35 to its fullest potential. With DJs Shift and Du5-10 handling the music in the front, they will also have a playlist of rock and grunge music playing on the back patio, dubbed the Grunge Lounge.

For those who want to go even further back, Bar 35 will also host a “Mad Men” viewing party on April 5 with lots of fun period contests to honor the 1960s, including (of course) best Mad Men-inspired outfits, hairdos and even haikus. Since most people say watching “Mad Men” makes them want to drink, a viewing party in a bar with all of the ‘60s classic cocktails within reach sounds like the perfect plan.

Also of note this weekend, Chinatown hosts a fundraiser for Rotary International. The first-ever Bunny Hop will include Bar 35, eleven44, Manifest, Hank’s, The Dragon Upstairs, Downbeat Diner, O’Tooles Irish Pub, The Fix and Fresh Cafe Downtown. Check in at The Dragon Upstairs at 4 p.m. Saturday; bunny costumes are encouraged. Click here for tickets.

As fun as it is to see all the zombies and Santas running around that area, I’m pretty excited to see a bunch of bunnies with their gift baskets fresh from the bunny beauty bar.

I’m actually just pretty excited to see people, period.

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Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young's Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular Bacardi Pool Party on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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