Want to learn techniques to improve your stage presence? How to improve your control of the audience? Increase your value to management by helping to increase sales revenue? Want to learn to be more confident in front of an audience?
Come and join us on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 5:00PM as Johnny Kai, Executive Director and Producer of shows and events, such as, Brown Bags to Stardom, Legacy Awards, and the Hawaii Music Awards, gives tips and techniques of how to become a better musician, entertainer, and performer.
Including a FREE GIVEAWAY!!!
(2) CAD DH100 Drum Isolation Headphones. Also, the first (24) attendees will receive a pair of 5A drum sticks.
Also, if you commit to going to the event using our Facebook event post, you will receive (1) extra raffle ticket, increasing your chances to win.
Hope to see you there.
Johnny Kai Bio:
Johnny Kai was one of the most sought after singing drummers in Hawaii from 1976 – 1984 before leaving for New York City to find his fame and fortune. His music career started in the public school system at Wahiawa Intermediate School. He became one of the top high school classical cornetist in the state and a member of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society. Johnny Kai was a classified child prodigy and received special attention from his high school music teachers. President of the band as a sophomore. Wrote cheers for the cheerleaders and was given a full music scholarship directly from Music Superintendent of the University of Hawaii Richard Lum for his accomplishments as a high school music student and work with the Wahiawa Intermediate School kids under the direction of then Michael Nakasone who was in his first year of teaching band. He taught himself to play over fifteen instruments including the oboe, bassoon, sax, flute, drums, french horn, trombone and others to be able to repair them for the other students to play.
“After playing in every club, ship, bar and stage in Hawaii I knew I had reached a dead end” says JKai, bought a one way ticket to John F. Kennedy and never looked back. On the East Coast he worked his first “day job” at the age of 29 and won every employee award Southland Corporation (owners of the 711 chain) gave out including Top Employee for the entire East Coast. He became the top employee and trouble shooter for every company he worked for while building a career as an entertainer from Hawaii. In 1986 he started his own road show called Johnny Kai “Hawaiian Style” and in the first year of starting his new life became the top entertainer from Hawaii working with the biggest talent agencies on the East Coast. First local musician to learn and utilize midi technology when it hit the streets of New York City. Was dubbed “the first computerized Hawaiian Show in the world” by a local newspaper. He was often requested by Sam Ash Music to breakdown the manuals and teach their sales staff how to use the new MIDI musical instruments. Johnny Kai convinced the SKB Company to make their cases for musical equipment by partnering with Sam Ash Music and ordered the very first cases made by SKB for music equipment.
The sales and management skills he learned came from working various “day jobs” that he applied to his music career and helped him to become the most successful entertainer from Hawaii to tour the East Coast and eventually producing the very first concert for Hawaii Music Awards at Carnegie Hall, NYC in 1996 featuring the largest entourage of local stars to visit the East Coast which included Loyal Garner, Cyril Pahinui, Zanuck, Ginai, Chinky Mahoe, Robi, Makaha Sons, Dennis Pavao and even classical child prodigy Sean Kennard.
He was the top draw for ten years in a row in the summer line up of entertainers at the Knoebels Amusement Park with over 250,000 people booking their vacations during his seven day – 22 show engagement. Sometimes with close to twenty thousand people watching his one man band act with dancers. Moved to Pennsylvania in 1992 to eventually replace five directors and department heads at the Tamiment Resort formerly owned by Wayne Newton and became resident emcee/entertainer and manager of the 2000 seat showroom where he often performed. He also revived the local newspaper as the publisher of the small town paper called the Tamiment Times.
Upon returning to Hawaii in 1996, his music projects changed the face of the music community with governors, mayors, politicians, business leaders of every genre attending his events. Worked on the Hawaiian Grammy project for eight years and was a moving force for making it happen. He was the opening act for the Magic of Polynesia when it moved to the Beachcomber with sold out shows every day. Performed a New Years Eve gig at the Hilton Hawaiian Village which led to a personal invitation to perform full-time on property by the GM on any one of their stages at any pay rate requested. Today, Johnny Kai produces the televised Brown Bags to Stardom on OC16. Offers one on one lessons with selected students that often improves their chances of placing in the top three in talent competitions.