Sunday, August 18, 2013

Moms On a Mission Rock & Roll Night benefit for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (4-6-2013)

By JonT.  Okay, I have to plug one of my favorite bands, LS 34.  This band plays classic rock from the 60s and 70s.  Music that I grew up with and enjoy very much.  It's also the band that my wife Sandy sings for. Yes, I'm being partial, but they really are good.  'LS' stands for Lovin' Sounds, which is the band's original name when they played the high school and military circuit back in the late 60s.  Most of the original members graduated from high school in 1970, Later they went their separate ways to pursue college, careers and family.  However, in 2004 guitarist Harold Kageura got the band back together to jam for fun.  In Summer of 2004 the band (with a few new members) got invited to performed at their 1st gig - the American Heart Association Oahu Heart Walk at Kapi'olani Park.  That was 34 years from the last time they played together in High School. Hence the '34' in LS 34.  It's been 9 years now and the band (currently 11 members) still meets monthly to jam and perform at selected gigs.  Check out their website at

On this night in Waikiki at the Hale Koa Hotel Banyan Tree Showroom, LS 34 was the featured band at the 1st Annual Moms On a Mission Rock & Roll night, a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii; hosted by Lina Girl of KCCN FM100, and a special performance by Drill Team Hawaii.  The music lineup - purely Rock & Roll! CCR, Santana, Spirit, Rare Earth, Doobie Bros, Grand Funk, etc.  The event was so successful, the band was invited back to perform next year (April 5, 2014).  Check out these captured golden moments below.

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You can catch LS 34 at their next public gig on June 29th at Dot's  In Wahiawa, an annual benefit fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialu; and on July 6th at Ala Moan Hotel,, a benefit fundraiser for Meals On Wheels.

The LS 34 Band:
Craig Kim - lead drums
Eugene Nakabayashi - guitar
Jenson Tamanaha - congas, percussions, vocals
Karl Nishio - timbales, drums, guitar, percussions, vocals
*Kenneth Uyeno - vocals
Mike Gonsalves - bass guitar, vocals
*Milton Matsusaki - lead guitar
*Ronald Ishikawa - lead guitar
Ronald Hanagami - vocals
Sandy Tsujimura - vocals
*Wesley Nakashima - keyboards
Chad Nugal - sound

* Original Lovin' Sounds member

Mahalo for the great time LS 34! & Don't Stop The Music!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

LS 34 Live at the KSSK Perry & Price Saturday Morning Show (3-16-2013)

Written by SandyT.  This is the 2nd time I had the chance to perform on the Perry & Price Saturday Morning Show.  The first time was in 2007 at the John Dominis Restaurant with the Kapolei Chorale under the direction of Music Director, Doris Dudley.   At that performance the Super Ferry gave everyone in the audience a free round trip ticket on the Super Ferry. What a bonus!

This March 16, 2013 performance at the Jade Dynasty Restaurant was to help promote the Mom's On a Mission April 6th Rock and Roll Night, a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii.   Mom's On a Mission and Ronald McDonald House had planned to make an appearance on February 23rd but once KSSK Radio got word of LS 34, they wanted the band to also make a special appearance with them.

We (LS 34) get together only once a month for a 5-hour Saturday rehearsal in our Mililani studio.  All our 11 band members have full time jobs and are busy with their families; therefore, getting in touch with everyone for availability can sometimes be challenging.  This radio performance was something new to us and so getting all the logistics settled before hand was least to say 'rough'.  So many details. Can we fit all 11 members on the stage?  How much time do we have to set up all our equipment?  Sound quality?  Many emails and phone tags with band members and key radio people.  The restaurant was already sold out and could only afford to remove 1 table in front of the stage.  We were scheduled to appear at 10:30 am with a 10 minute window to set up after the last act, and a minimal sound check. Aiya!

Long story short, at the last hour the band decided to create a recording and just have the 4 singers (Ken, Karl, Ronald and Sandy) represent LS 34 that morning.  The band got together to recorded 3 songs, on very few takes with no mistakes.  We were ready.  The Perry & Price show turned out to be a success as there was a surge of ticket sales after the show.  It was wonderful to see and hear our band members, our families and our friends in the audience.  Thank you to Cynthia Murphy who got her Waipahu High School Class of 1970 gang to attend the breakfast show. You folks were awesome!  Mahalo to Roxane Kimura and Anne Komatsu of Moms On a Mission, and Gene Davis of Ronald McDonald House for the opportunity.  Special Mahalo to Perry & Price, Sweetie Pacarro, and Dale Machado for making this all possible.  Let's do it again! and Don't Stop The Music! 

Slide show............

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For Tickets to the April 6th Rock And Roll Night, call the number on the poster.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LS34 Rockin & Rollin for the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua Fundraiser at Dot's in Wahiawa (6/29/2012)

LS34 helping the Rotary Club of Wahiawa-Waialua raise funds for student scholarships and community programs.  Over 200 persons attended the event at Dot's in Wahiawa.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Rockin' & Rollin' to the 60's & 70's at Dots (4/21/2012)

 LS 34 rocking to a packed house at Dots!

Check out these pics. 

Live video recording coming soon!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

LS 34 Live at Dots in Wahiawa on 4-21-2012 (7pm)

It will be a night to remember!

A video of one of their performances.......

Waipahu High School 60th Birthday Bash at Pearl Country Club (3-24-2012)

It was an awesome party. Happy Birthday Marauders!

Good Golly Miss Molly, featuring Ronald Hanagami on lead vocals.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Lovin' Sounds back in 1970

The Lovin’ Sounds
by Wes Nakashima

Playing in the Lovin’ Sounds in High School was a lot fun, but also very hard work. We played every Friday, Saturday and practiced every Sunday. We enjoyed talking story with the other bands we played with. Harold and I liked to dance if we had a chance. Being a paying band, we were very responsible in showing up at the job on time and played very well every weekend. We hardly made any mistakes. There were nights that we played two places in one night. There were a lot of bands: The Koachmen from Pearl City (Waipahu High School), Calientes and Insights from Roosevelt High School, The Lasting Sounds from Farrington High School, Pinky’s Rose Garden from McKinley High School were some of the bands we played with every weekend. Some of places we played at: High Schools - Punahou, Iolani, St. Louis, Mid-Pac, St. Francis, Kalani, University High, Marynoll, McKinley, Roosevelt, etc. Don’t you think that we were a town band. University of Hawaii – Hemming Way Hall and Klum Gym Waikiki Shell – Guest Band at a Battle of the Bands sponsored by KGMB, Won 1st place at another Battle of the Bands on August 25 and 26 competing with 17 bands. Proms- Farrington High School Junior Prom and St. Anthony High School Senior Prom in Maui

1970 Lovin’ Sounds Band consist of 7 members:
Ronald Ishikawa – Lead Guitar
Harold Kageura – Rhythm Guitar
George Furukawa – Bass Guitar
Wes Nakashima – Organ
Bryce Freeman – Drums
John Kikuchi – Lead Singer
Ken Uyeno – Lead Singer

Music in the video performed by LS 34
Song Title: Get Together by Jesse Colin Young