Dive into Hawaii’s Underground Music Scene

The Secret Sound Showcase (SSS) is as underground as it gets – literally. Located in the basement of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Doris Duke Theatre morphs into the SSS once a month for a music showcase of artists just as underground.

A fairly new venture for the museum, the SSS is a place to hear the up-and-comings of Hawaii’s music industry. This usually happens in tandem with the ARTafterDark event at the museum, which attracts art and music lovers from near and far to the small locale on Beretania Street.

While not many people know about Doris Duke – let alone, the SSS – it has been a venue for many musical performances. I remember watching a small-time opera at this underground theatre. The acoustics are lovely, and the theatre-style seating just as nice.

Among the perse local talent that make their way through the SSS would be rock band Busekrus and hip hop artists Super Groupers. I am probably more familiar with Busekrus; the band comes out of Kailua and has been rocking out every since 2006. A talent worth watching, for sure!

It may sound like a piddly thing, but if the museum hopes to attract an underground music crowd, they might want to consider remodeling the theatre. Right now, the walls are a drab, yellowish color with very dim lighting. The venue could definitely use some color in order to create a more attractive ambiance.

Photo Courtesy: Honolulu Museum of Art Fan Facebook Page


• Monthly music event in tandem with Art after Dark • Admission: $10 • www.honolulumuseum.org

Posted by: Bruce Fisher