Entertainer Dayao has something for everyone

Posted on Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:30pm

By Betty Mayian

Edizon DayaoOn March 7, the Social Committee brought local entertainer Edizon Dayao to the Windjammer Room. He was recommended because one of the committee members had seen him at another local venue. When someone is able to sing, play the piano and saxophone and more, he is not just a singer but a full-blown entertainer.

We have a diverse crowd of people who live at Malibu East. We range in age, nationality, musical tastes and personality. Therefore, when we have someone come here to put on a show, it is good to bring in someone whose performance has a lot of diversity, too. Well, you really have to hand it to Edizon Dayao; he fills the bill for almost everyone. If you want rock and roll, country, big band, salsa, whatever it is – Dayao is able to give you what you want. If you didn’t hear it, it is because someone didn’t request it.

Edizon R. Dayao is a multitalented person who got his start after moving to Hawaii from the Philippines. Nightclubs and cruise ships gave him a chance to shine and make any audience feel comfortable. He hoped to “see the world” by going on more cruise liners, but he met his future wife on one of them – and that took care of those plans! She happened to be working in a Chicago suburb, and he came here with her after their marriage in 1986.

Now Edizon books about 420 appearances each year at various venues (multiple ones on some days). In fact, several audience members had seen him at a Mather LifeWays luncheon at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church. We hope he will return to our condominium stage for future performances.

Our event was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on March 7, a Saturday. By 7:45, only about 15 people had shown up. Edizon started to play! He joked that it looked like a “big crowd.” Well, as he started playing, more and more people came into the Windjammer Room. Edizon brought his recorder, saxophone and his unique voice. With his recorder he created more sounds – like violin, guitar, steel drums, etc. He also could sing in the style of many of our favorite singers. He has a prolific range of music at his disposal and could not be stumped when asked to play a number. His styling and choice of music were so diverse that he drew in the entire audience. Everyone was clapping, singing along and even dancing. It was truly a joyous and memorable time.

I thought I would share his playlist here, so you would understand what I mean. The first number was “Old Black Magic,” followed by a couple of island tunes with steel drums: “Yellow Bird” and “Margaritaville.” As Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) he did “Blue Moon.” Then he transitioned into “Hava Nagila” and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön.” As Elvis he did “Be-Bop-a-Lula” and then a John Denver number, “Country Roads.” All the time he encouraged audience participation in clapping, singing along or dancing. What kept things moving was the changes from rock to cha-cha to fox trot tempos. Something for everyone!

The next number was “Sway,” then “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Let It Be Me.” The last was for one of our more senior couples, who danced together almost the whole time. Edizon went into “My Gal,” “You’re Just Too Good to Be True,” then “Hot Hot Hot” and “Spanish Eyes.” We all sang along to “Sweet Caroline” – then participated when he did “Y.M.C.A.” The dancing continued with “At The Hop,” “Electric Slide” and “You Don’t Know Me” (sounding like a Filipino Elvis!). “Save the Last Dance” was not the last dance. More Elvis with “It’s Now or Never, then “Fly Me to the Moon.” A request was made to do Ray Charles, so we heard “Hit the Road, Jack” and “Georgia on My Mind.” Another Satchmo song – “What a Wonderful World,” and then came Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” followed by Johnny Mathis’ “Misty,” and Richie Valens’ “La Bamba.”

From the ’50s came “Sea of Love” and “I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You.” We went to the dance floor again with the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Never on Sunday,” followed by the “Chicken Dance” (you wouldn’t have believed the number of Malibu East people doing the chicken dance!). The saxophone came out for “On The Street Where You Live.” “Bésame Mucho” sounded wonderful, too. A Polish polka was followed by a sentimental Italian ballad, which was followed by the “Mexican Hat Dance.” We all sang again to “Sweet Home Chicago.” A slower “Blue Bayou” came right before the final on-your-feet number, Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration.”

What a great two hours of music, nonstop. If we bring this man to our building again, be sure to come and see one of the most entertaining performances you will ever see.

While I was trying to help out at the end, by picking up things and throwing out garbage, I asked Edizon if he knew “Blue Skirt Waltz.” I asked this because I figured it was a song that few entertainers would know. It’s Eastern European (Bohemian and/or Polish). He picked up his sax and played the whole song for me. It brought me back to my childhood!

For those of you who go by the numbers, 40-plus people were in attendance. There was room for more – and more should have come. The attendees enjoyed sodas, pretzels, chips, dip and popcorn. The committee specified that BYOB was an option, and some did just that. Quite a success. Watch for more from your Social Committee.