Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Alumni Show 4/15/2017 3 to 6 pm

The Garden with Michelle La Belle, Alumni Show Edition 3 to 6 pm HST

3:00 pm Traditional Jazz, Jump Blues (in the past also played  Big Band, Crooners, and Torch Songs during this segment)

Sidney Bechet--Summertime
Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco-- The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
The Toppers-- I Love to Play the Piano (Let Me Bang Your Box)
 Louis Jordan-- Saturday Night Fish Fry
The Swallows--It Ain't the Meat
Oscar Peterson-- Night Train
Dave Brubeck Quartet-- Take Five
Charles Earland-- Here Comes Charlie
John Coltrane-- Come Rain or Shine

4:00 PM Global Power Hour! (Formerly Known as Latin/Afro Power Hour because I've used jazz/funk/soul from around the world in previous shows as well)

Astrud Gilberto--  Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)
Tito Puente--  Cha Cha Cha
Chico Alvarez--La Clave Maraca Y Guiro
Celestine Ukwu-- Obialu Be Onye Abiagbunia Okwukwe

BED: Men in Grey Suits: Aquaria


4:30 PM Interview with Donna Blanchard, managing director of Kumu Kahua Theatre and director of "P****" by Kiki f/Victor Rodger. Part of a double bill of comedic one act plays about the non-heterosexual experience from a Polynesian perspective. More info at

MUSIC BED: Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, Henrik Schwarz- Eye Nyam Nam'A'Mensuro (Henrik Schwarz Blend)
Janelle Monae & Erykah Badu-- Q.U.E.E.N.

5:00 PM Soul, Funk, R & B, Jazz Hip Hop, Punk Jazz

Labi Siffre--I Got The... (Eminem-- The Real Slim Shady)
LaFayette Afro Rock Band--Darkest Light (Wreckx-n-Effect-- Rump Shaker)
The Charmels-- As Long As I've Got You
(Wu Tang Clan--C.R.E.A.M)
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Method Man-- Bulletproof Love (Luke Cage Soundtrack)
Sia, Queen Latifah (f. Miguel) Hamilton Mixtape-- Satisfied
Lord Huron-- The Night We Met
Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators-- If This Ain't Love (Don't  Know What it Is)
Han Han-- World Gong Crazy f/Datu (music video) English translation (scroll to bottom of page)
Youngblood Brass Band-- Nuclear Summer
The Liberators-- Liberation f. Afro  Moses

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Michelle LaBelle lives on!

Howdy, folks.

So for the past year, I've been involved with a local show called "Almost Local". It has sketch comedy based on stand up by Fernando Pacheco, interviews with local businesses, and features local music. I'm the announcer and I appear as bookends for the show.

"Almost Local" airs every Wednesday at 6:00 pm. New episodes air every second Wednesday of the month. Reruns are on Thursdays at 12:00 am and 10:00 pm, Fridays at 4:00 am, Saturdays at 12:00 pm, and Mondays 3:00 pm. All times are Hawaiian Standard Time. Occasionally the show is pre-empted for local sports, and that's totally fine because there are many opportunities to watch! The show is also available online. Check it out here! Almost Local OC 16 TV 


Fernando Pacheco and Michelle LaBelle.  This is a screen grab from one of the show's on air promos, courtesy of the @almostlocaltv Instagram.

Keep Frolicking,
Michelle LaBelle

Sunday, June 2, 2013

New project!

Aloha, folks! I hope you are all doing well. It's been a while since I've updated, but I wanted to let you folks know what I've been up to.

I'm part of a soul and funk cover band project called The Barbarellas. This has been in the works for a little while. In fact, Tyson, our drummer, gave me a bunch of songs to possibly cover and some of them have made their way into Michelle LaBelle's playlist in the Garden. I spent some of that time singing along and dancing around.

We are playing our first show on Saturday, June 15 at the Mercury Bar. DJs Dougie and Rudeboy Suede will be spinning and live music will be by The Barbarellas and Soul Revival Sound System.

I do miss being on the air, but I might try to do an alumni show sometime.

If you are interested, you can check out The Barbarellas Facebook page.

Keep on dancing!!!


Monday, December 31, 2012

31 December 2012 Last Show, Everrrrrrrrrrr

9:00 AM

Odetta--Oh, My Baby
Louis Jordan-- Mama, Mama Blues (Rusty Dusty Blues)
Big Mama Thornton-- Hard Times
Lee Morgan-- The Sidewinder
George Benson Cookbook-- The Cooker
Horace Silver-- Filthy McNasty
Bill Doggett-- 'Deed I Do
Jack McDuff-- Whap!
Groove Holmes-- Finger-Lickin' Good
Jimmy McGriff-- All About My Girl

10:00 AM Latin-Afro Power Hour!!!!!!!!!!!

George Shearing-- Samba da Borboleta (Butterfly Samba)
Stan Getz--Melancolico (Melancholy)
Astrud Gilberto-- Tristeza
Joao Gilberto-- Samba da Minha Terra
Antonio Carlos Jobim-- Favela
Sergio Mendes-- O Mar E Meu Chao (The Sea is My Soil)
Cal Tjader-- Samba do Suenho

10:30 AM

Mulatu Astatke-- Emnete
Fela Kuti-- Lover
Ebo Taylor-- Nga Nga
Mercury Dance Band-- Envy No Good
Mono Mono-- Make Them Realise
The Liberators-- Liberation featuring Afro Moses

11:00 AM

Bernhoft-- C'Mon Talk
Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics-- Stop and Look (And You Found Love)
Fitz and the Tantrums-- Don't  Gotta Work it Out
NickWaterhouse-- If You Want Trouble
(N)Menahan Street Band-- "Everyday a Dream" _The Crossing_ (Daptone)
Lee Fields--You're the Kind of Girl
The Bamboos-- Now That You're Mine (featuring Kylie Auldist)
Mayer Hawthorne-- A Long  Time (Sugar Rod D Mix)
Public Opinion Afro Orchestra-- How Long it Go Take (Mr Moonshine Dub)
Owiny Sigoma Band-- Doyoi Nyajo Nam (Quantic Dub)
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt--What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Julie London-- Adios

Monday, December 24, 2012

24 December 2012 *2nd to the Last Show*

9:00 AM

Ramsey Lewis Trio-- Here Comes Santa Claus
Vince Guaraldi Trio-- Skating
Louis Armstrong & the Benny Goodman Orchestra-- Christmas in New Orleans
Ella Fitzgerald-- Good Morning Blues
Dexter Gordon-- The Christmas Song
Ahmad Jamal-- Snowfall
Sonny Rollins-- Decision
Clifford Brown and the Max Roach Quintet-- Cherokee
Lee Morgan-- Speedball
Eric Dolphy-- Out to Lunch
Freddie Hubbard-- Happy Times

10:00 AM Latin-Afro Power Hour!!!!!

Machito with Cannonball Adderly-- Congo Mulence
Ivan Lins-- O Passarinho Cantou
Tito Puente & His Orchestra-- Apreita el Pollo
The Brian Lynch Eddie Palmieri Project-- Guarjira Dubois
Pocho Sanchez-- El Sabroson
Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers-- Milestones

10:30 AM

Rail Band-- Wale Numa Lombaliya
Victor Uwaifo-- Guitar Boy
Ebo Taylor-- Yaa Amponsah

11:00 AM

King Floyd-- Groove Me Baby
Candi Staton-- That's How Strong My Love is
Bob & Gene-- Lonely Nights
Barbara Lynn-- Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin' On)
Lou Rawls-- You've Made Me So Very Happy
The Temptations-- Just My Imagination
Donny Hathaway-- I Believe to My Soul
Bettye LaVette--Love Made a Fool of Me
Al Green-- Simply Beautiful
The Staple Singers-- I"ll Take You There
Bobby Byrd-- Signed, Sealed & Delivered
Carla Thomas & Otis Redding-- Knock on Wood
The Impressions-- People Get Ready
Sam Cooke-- A Change is Gonna Come
Otis Redding-- Merry Christmas, Baby

Monday, December 17, 2012

17 December 2012 *3rd to the last show*

9:00 AM

Sonny Rollins-- A Night in Tunisia
Freddie Hubbard-- Hub-Tones
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis-- Body & Soul
Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers-- Mosaic
Jack McDuff-- Makin' Whoopee
Wes Montgomery-- Twisted Blues
Horace Silver-- Soulville
Dexter Gordon-- Cheese Cake
Ramsey Lewis-- Hurt So Bad
Grant Green-- My Favorite Things

10:00 AM Latin/Afro Power Hour!!!!!!!

Lord Cobra-- Colon Colon
Papi Brandao y Sus Ejecutivos-- Bilongo
Los Fabulosos Festivals-- Ek Mensaje
Los Invasores--El Raton
Monguito Santamaria-- Martinez
Saoco-- Yo No Como Camaron
Miguelito Valdes--Guarare

10:30 AM

Victor Olaiya's All-Stars Soul International-- Let Yourself Go
Sir Victor Uwaifo-- Ekassa 34
Fela Kuti-- Sorrow, Tears, and Blood
Antibalas-- Dirty Money

11:00 AM Neo-Soul & Downtempo

Youngblood Brass Band-- Brooklyn
Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics-- Just Love
45-- Nothing Feels Better Than You (featuring Jimmy Abney)
Mayer Hawthorne-- You Called Me
Lee Fields and the Expressions-- You're the Kind of Girl
The Bamboos-- Now  That You Are Mine (featuring Kylie Auldist)
Nick Waterhouse-- If You Want Trouble
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings-- Make It Good To Me
Charles Bradley and  the Menahan Street Band-- In You I Found a Love
The Sand Dollars-- Waterloo Sunset
Rhye-- Open
Milosh-- You Make Me Feel
Science for Girls featuring Bronwen Exeter-- 14 Days

Monday, December 10, 2012

10 December 2012

9:00 AM

Dizzie Gillespie Featuring Sarah Vaughan-- Lover Man
Etta James-- At Last
Billie Holiday-- Falling in Love Again
Chet Baker-- My Funny Valentine
Julie London-- You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Morgana King-- Easy to Love
Nina Simone-- I Loves You Porgy
Clifford Brown-- Minor Mood
Thelonious Monk, Ray Copeland, Gig Gryce, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Wilbur Ware & Art Blakey (aka Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane)-- Off Minor
Horace Silver-- Peace
Stanley Turrentine-- Little Sheri
Joe Henderson-- Lazy Afternoon
Freddie Hubbard-- Open Sesame

10:00 AM Latin/Afro Power Hour!!!!!!

Tomas Einarson-- Rumdrum
Willie Colon-- Eso Se Baila Asi
Raul Marrero-- Con Corona Especial
Los Jimaguas-- La Gracia Del Toti
Tata Vazquez Y Su Cucumay-- Camela Mia
Sabu Martinez-- Flamenco Ain't Bad

10:30 AM

Mlimani Park Orchestra-- Taxi Driver
Orchestra Baobab-- Nijaay
Ebo Taylor-- Nga Nga
Mulatu Astatke-- Yegelle Tezeta
(N) Karthala 72-- "Triomphe Dieu De La Mer"_Diable du Feu!_ (Electric Cowbell)

11:00 AM Special Soul/Funk Set!

The Charmels-- As Long As I've Got You
The Ronettes-- Be My Baby
The Shirelles-- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Barbara Lynn-- Only You Know How to Love Me
The Trenteens-- Your Yah-Yah is Gone
Dee Dee Sharp-- Gravy (for my Mashed Potatoes)
Sugar Pie DeSanto-- Soulful Dress
Marlena Shaw-- Let's Wade in the Water
The Four Tops-- Bernadette
Edwin Starr-- Twenty-Five Miles
Lynda Lyndell-- What a Man
Eddie Floyd-- Big Bird
Joe Tex-- Show Me
James Brown-- Give it Up or Turnit a Loose
Lyn Collins-- Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again
The Meters-- Hey Pocky A-Way
Whitefiled Brothers-- Rampage