A Different Way To Sell Tickets

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is coming home for two Hawaii concert shows.

Grammy award winning pop singer Bruno Mars will be featured in two concerts in Hawaii this coming November 10 and 11 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The November 10 show is sold out and tickets for the November 11 show go on sale tomorrow (Saturday, June 16) morning at the Aloha Stadium box office and online.

Many people who waited in line at the stadium to buy their tickets or tried at home to get them through the internet were met with frustration and disappointment. Bruno Mars tickets were sold out before the end of the day. People waiting in line were turned away after a certain point, and countless others who tried to buy online were frustrated to learn that “bot” programs bought many tickets for resale at higher prices by third parties.

It seems the same thing will probably happen when tickets for the second show go on sale tomorrow. The line at the stadium was stopped shortly after 9:30 a.m. today. Those lucky enough to beat the cutoff at the stadium are waiting another night for when the box office opens tomorrow. Good luck.

Similarly those wanting to buy online will probably face the same problems they did last week.

Surely many tickets were sold for the 36,000 or so lucky ones last week. But the popularity of the local born singer has made demand for the second show tickets extremely high.

A possible solution.

What should be done to assure that tickets are sold only to the fans (mostly local residents) and not to commercials entities via bots?

My solution would be to allow people to come to the stadium, sit in the seats and have ticket sellers authorized by the stadium and concert promoter to meet every single person seated in the stadium and take their ticket orders with an iPad or other tablet device tied into the payment system and master seat map for the performance being sold.

Curtail all online sales until the people who are at the stadium buy their tickets. Whatever is leftover can be sold online… or as they probably do now, just lop X amount of seats on the side for online sales only. Indicate the online sale allotment in pre-sale information.

If the maximum amount of tickets any one person can buy is 2 or 4, then round down the 36,000 seat number to 16,000 live in person Aloha Stadium ticket buyers. Hire ticket sales agents to take ticket orders iPads and send an e-ticket people’s smart phone and/or email address with a back-up in the cloud just in case. Task done.

While the ticket buying crowd is seated inside Aloha Stadium for the ticket agents to come around, the promoter could use the opportunity to showcase local bands, sell food or something. Make the ticket buying day an enjoyable event.

Surely there are logistical issues to be worked out such as parking, security, sanitation, hiring enough ticket agents and setting rules,  priorities and policies on the actual implementation of the process. It is also possible that this idea may not be feasible at all.

What do you think? Surly this suggestion is only a rough idea, but if planned well it could be possible for the next big show.

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Honokaa Jazz Band In Concert

Honokaa High School Jazz Band

The Honokaa High School Jazz Band is on its 2018 Oahu semester tour . The band is playing at several venues over the next few days. Last night (April 19) they played at Centerstage at the Ala Moana Center. Under band director Gary Washhburn, the band wows crowds with their renditions of popular jazz, pop and rock tunes. The band showcased their virtuosity by covering popular standards such as “Route 66,” “Cry Me a River,” “Moondance,” “The Closer I Get To You,” and several others. Washburn has written music for the band. They played two of his upbeat, toe-tapping, instrumental compositions which showcased the talents of various members on keyboards, drums, sax and brass.

You can learn more about the Honokaa High School Jazz Band from their Facebook page.

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

Honokaa Jazz Band Concert 2018

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June Event Calendar – Public Meetings & Events

King Kamehameha the Great Honolulu City Council Meeting – June 7, 2017.

The Honolulu City Council will be holding its monthly council meeting on Wednesday June 7 at the City Council Chambers in Honolulu Hale starting at 10:00 a.m. Several tax and spend bills are on the agenda, mostly to fund the $10+ billion rail project.

The council will be taking up measures on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (Bill 32) and several other budget relating items. Bill 68 will propose to increase admission fees at the Honolulu Zoo, a motor vehicle weight tax increase (Bill 10), and raising parking rates and adjusting times  (Bill 12) for metered parking stalls.

You can view and download the 45 page agenda at the following link: City Council Meeting Agenda June 7, 2017. (PDF)

City & County of Honolulu Events For June

A number of events for the month of June has been announced by the Mayor’s Office on Culture & Arts. Among the events:

The 47th Annual Aloha Show – May 23 to June 15 at Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Free art exhibit.

Oncology on Canvas, Art – Honolulu Hale Courtyard, June 20 to July 6. Free.

Water Conservation Week Art & Poetry Contest; June 6 – 22 Kapolei Hale Courtyard 1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St 8 am – 4:30 pm

Hawai‘i Harmonica Society’s 20th Annual, Harmonica Recital & Concert – Saturday June 3,  10:00 am to 12 Noon; Mission Memorial Auditorium, 550 S King St. Free.

Kuhio Beach Hula Show, various days, Waikiki Hula Mound, free, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Royal Hawaiian Band Performances, various venues

Download the monthly event calendar at this link: Kahea

Kamehameha Day Parade & Events, June 2017. Lei Draping, Honolulu at the King Kamehameha Statue on King St. 3:00 pm. • King Kamehameha Day Parade – Starts at Iolani Palace / Richards Street and goes through Waikiki and ends at Kapiolani Park. Free. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Bands, pa’u riders, floats. More information: King Kamehameha Day Celebration on Facebook | King Kamehameha Festivals Page. | Top photo: King Kamehameha Statue © Melvin Ah Ching Photos on Flickr.com.

Polynesian Voyaging Society Hokulea canoe returns from its around the world trip on June 17. Magic Island, Ala Moana Park – Starting at 8:30 a.m. More info: Hokulea.com • Several public events are scheduled through the month after the canoe’s arrival.

Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene

Re-blogged from Bandcamp.com

It’s a warm Friday night in Honolulu’s Chinatown, and local punk band Smoke Free Armstrong are playing their final show to a packed crowd at the Downbeat Lounge, a venue that, in recent years, has been ground zero for the city’s DIY punk scene. Between songs, guitarist and singer Steve Tanji grabs the mic to offer a sincere tribute. “I just want to thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for letting us play for you,” he says. The crowd of kids gathered in front of the stage cheer in response. “We’ve been playing for two years, and I want to thank you all for coming out and supporting the scene.”

Read the complete article following the link below:

Source: Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene « Bandcamp Daily

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Stopped by the Filipino Fiesta

Filipino FiestaKapiolani Park in Waikiki is always a hub of activity practically every weekend of the year. Yesterday the Filipino community was out in force to celebrate their culture at the Annual Filipino Fiesta event. Music, dancing, food and fun were the order of the day for the community and anyone else who happened to come by.

Spending about a half hour there after returning from an appointment in Waikiki, we were lucky to catch a couple of the music performances that included several folk dances. Here are a few pictures and a three minute video. Filipino dancers use a lot of props such as bamboo, benches and candles. The dances energizes the participants as well as the spectators. It’s all good fun.

More photos: Filipino Festival page on Facebook

Filipino Fiesta

Filipino Fiesta

Filipino Fiesta

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May The 4th Be With You

By Melvin Ah Ching

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the highly successful George Lucas creation known as Star Wars. May the 4th is celebrated by Star Wars fans world wide in various ways. Most likely fans will flock to watch showings of the 8 Star Wars movies produced over the last 40 years.

In Honolulu The Movie Museum, a small theatre with plush lounge type seating will be showing the 7th installment of the Star Wars saga today: The Force Awaken. From The Last Outpost Hawaii science fiction and fantasy club on Oahu:

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11am, 3:30, 6 & 8:30pm

Photo provided by Disney for the film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015-United States) 135m *** 1⁄2 D: J.J. Abrams. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill. This rousing space adventure is set 30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader (in RETURN OF THE JEDI). Luke Skywalker (Hamill) has disappeared, and the Resistance is still fighting the Empire, now renamed the First Order. Two unlikely heroes, a scavenger girl (Ridley) and a disgruntled Stormtrooper (Boyega) join Princess Leia (Fisher) and Han Solo (Ford) in the intergalactic battle against evil. PG-13.

The original Star Wars film from 1977 will be shown later this month, also at The Movie Museum:

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 1:15 & 6:00pm
Sunday, 29 May 2017, 11:00am, 3:45 & 8:30pm

Star Wars poster 1977

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977-US) 121m **** D: George Lucas. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones. This is the megahit that changed film making history. Not just a film franchise—the characters and music of this immersive universe are seared upon the world’s collective consciousness. Farm boy Luke (Hamill) happens upon spunky droid R2-D2, who leads him into a grand intergalactic adventure with smirking mercenary Han Solo (Ford) and courageous Princess Leia (Fisher) to battle dastardly Darth Vader (Jones). Don’t miss this 40th anniversary screening! Winner of 6 Oscars plus 50 more awards. PG

The latest installment of the Star Wars saga debuts this coming December when Disney / Lucasfilm releases Star Wars: The Last Jedi (teaser trailer above). You can bet that thousands of fans will be lining up on the first day at Hawaii theatres to watch this exciting film.

THROWBACK THURSDAY (#TBT) COMMENT

Like many people I am a huge Star Wars fan. Saw the first movie in 1977 at the Cinerama Theatre and the two sequels at the same place in 1980 and 1983. Those movies were glorious, the lines were long and the people were excited. The Cinerama Theatre was a single screen palace with a wide angle, curved screen. The original Star Wars movie was the first I saw that featured Dolby surround sound. I remember the ads touting “70mm 6 channel Dolby Stereo”.

Today all theatres have enhanced sound systems, bigger screens and higher image resolutions. Movies have transited from projected film to digital files.

Prices have dramatically creeped upward since 1977.

The cost to watch the original Star Wars was $3.50 per ticket. Today most movie tickets cost around $14 with higher prices for 3-D, high definition pictures, and IMAX versions of films.

As Star Wars fans go, no price increases or  long lines will keep them away from catching a Star Wars movie on the first day. “May the 4th” Be With You.

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