Outrigger Main Showroom – Thanks For The Memories
Just another memory…
Last week Wednesday, the Outrigger Main Showroom was abruptly closed. SOS – LV had been given the sad news moments after what was their final performance.
The Outrigger Main Showroom had a good run – 44 years. The showroom opened in 1969 and was the home to the Society of Seven – or better known as The SOS.
The SOS show was pretty much the standard “after prom” event. If the SOS wasn’t playing there, The Ali’i took the stage and performed a just-as-awesome show.
I remember that some nights when we were in high school and had nothing better to do – when Waikiki was safe – we used to hang out in the lobby of the Outrigger Main Showroom and watch all the “prommies” line up waiting to get in to the next show. I think it was the 11:00 show, right? Because the earlier show was a dinner show.
There was a time that the show was so popular that on the weekends, there was a 1:00AM show too. (Like I said – that was the days when Waikiki was safe to walk around at night).
Who remembers seeing the Society of Seven?
Or how about The Ali’i? I kinda remember seeing them, but I remember this album more…
And besides the SOS and Ali’i, other bands shared the showroom stage such as Tommy Sands, The Reycards, The Kim Sisters – just to name a few. And also – The Fabulous Krush. Remember this record album?
How about The Krush on 8-Track:
I remember when I first went to see a show at the Outrigger Main Showroom. It was such an experience to see the performers live on stage. Of course the waitresses knew we were under-age and offered us soda or fruit punch for our two-drink-minimum. But just to be able to see the tourist on the other tables sipping their umbrella drinks and smoking at their tables – giving the place that true big time showroom feel. I couldn’t wait to turn 18 and join them – sans the umbrella drinks.
Luckily, I was fortunate enough to visit the Outrigger Main Showroom about a year or two ago. Some of the local musicians got together and created a band called The All-Star Band. It was on a Sunday night when the showroom is usually “dark”. The place looked so different to me – after all, it must’ve been at least a couple of decades since I last stepped foot in there. But I guess that’s to be expected.
Word is that the owners plan to renovate the Outrigger Main Showroom and try to get acts that appeal to the younger crowd – much like how the SOS and other shows appealed to us when we used to be the younger crowd.
Oh well, be that as it may. The SOS had a nice long run at the Outrigger Main Showroom – as well as the other acts that shared that stage. It’s burned in our memories and even though the showroom may not be there or not as we remembered it – it’s memories will always be with us.
What are your memories of the Outrigger Main Showroom? The SOS, The Ali’i, The Fabulous Krush, or even the recent All-Star Band. Share your stories with us. After prom dates there. Maybe a birthday celebration. Or even an office after-hours get-together. It was one of, if not thee hottest Hawaii showrooms.
This is it – THIS WEEK FRIDAY! Seats are selling out fast.