During concerts, a musician's wild side emerges, such as when a guitarist destroys an amplifier or a singer eats a zebra. Observe untamed talent with this GrouponLive deal to see Benise’s Night of Fire at the Magic of Polynesia Showroom at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort. For $48, you get one ticket for Producer Circle seating (up to a $97 value, including all fees). This deal is valid through Monday, April 22, and the show runs nightly at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9:15 p.m. and seating begins at 9:30 p.m. Seating is general admission.
Raging flames blister a projection screen on a sparsely decorated stage as a solemn line of hooded figures files in to the rhythm of a heavy drum. The beat grows faster and is joined by a chorus of chanting. The somber figures dramatically disrobe to reveal sizzling belly-dance costumes that match their fiery surroundings. While the women distract with their sultry, impeccably choreographed moves, a mysterious silhouette appears behind them: Benise, the self-crowned “Prince of Spanish Guitar.”
The star of three PBS specials, Benise draws on world music from the Americas to Spain to India and back for his Emmy-winning, globe-spanning Night of Fire. The original video production debuted in 2006, a labor of love three years in the making, and a project that melds more traditions than a potluck on Ellis Island. Elaborate costumes, transformative stage decorations, and, of course, the evocative music conjures scenes of Venice, Paris, Buenos Aires, Rabat, New Delhi, and Old Havana while Benise’s outsize stage presence complements the moves of his dance troupe, the Gitanas. New Age reviewer R. J. Lannan was blown away by this production’s accompanying album, saying, “Guitar, bass, percussion and Gypsy violin make up the majority of tunes, but it is Benise’s performances that light up the night like Cinco de Mayo fireworks.”
From the PBS Production of Night of Fire