Amy Hanaialii Gilliom and Deborah Vial at HOB tonight

Vial brings a taste of Hawaii to town

Former Dallasite Deborah Vial is going to do her best to introduce local peeps to her discovery of Hawaiian music — especially that of vocalist Amy Hanaialii Gilliom. She plans to add it to the quirky Texas/Hawaii connection she’s found ever since she moving to the Aloha state.

“I can’t go to a dinner party without running into former Dallas peeps,” she says. “It’s a weird connection — particularly gay men. And all of us gay folks over here love Amy.”

After Aug. 20, maybe a few here will too.

DEETS: House of Blues Cambridge Room, 2200 N. Lamar St. Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. $25.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Deborah Vial returns to Dallas with Amy Hanaialii Gilliom at HOB Aug. 20

Even though singer Deborah Vial traded in Dallas for Hawaii, she’s still a favorite in the local scene. But when she comes back to town, it’s always a homecoming kind of a big deal. Usually she can be found performing at Sue Ellen’s, but later this month, she steps on over to the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room.

Vial performs at House of Blues Aug. 20 with Hawaiian vocalist Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, who Vial assures us is a must-see. Here is Vial’s message about the upcoming show.

This is Deborah Vial and we are coming back to Dallas to play the House of Blues with Amy Hanaialii Gilliom on August 20th. Here is how it happened.

We have been watching Amy sing in the islands for years, she is truly regarded as the voice of Hawaii. She has been nominated four times for a Grammy (never won which makes her almost Susan Lucci-ish). Very gay friendly and has a large gay following. UNBELIEVABLE voice. She speaks fluent Hawaiian. Totally hot.

There is this bizarre Texas-Hawaii connection — wherever we go in Hawaii, we meet people from Texas. One night, over dinner, we suggested she come to Dallas to spread her talent around. She agreed and now we are opening for her at the Dallas House of Blues to try and introduce her to Texans. She will singing some Hawaiian, some jazz and some pop.

Gilliom and Vial play House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

—  Rich Lopez