The 60s and 70s in Southern California (and to a lesser extent in Northern California) were marked by the flourishing of talented Asian American dance-party-bands. Harry was a central figure in that captivating scene, as a musician and later as the co-owner of one of the hot venues. As such, he has captured this era… Read more »
Harry Manaka was in one of the premier bands of the Sansei Dance Party era. Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker detail his experiences as the keyboardist with Somethin’ Else from the early days playing at places like Parkview Women’s Club and the Rodger Young Auditorium. Harry and fellow musician, David Jingu were also the owners of the popular Baby Lion Supper Club. David was tragically killed at the business in 1978.
Harry’s Chronicles will provide you with a unique insider’s view of the bands that played during this era, how they came together, and how they chose their names. Get a close up view of the individual musicians that comprised these bands and the interesting things they have to say about their experiences.