Our guide to some of the best Big Island music events this weekend.
Drew Daniels at the Honokaa Public House (June 14, 7-10pm). Originally rooted in New Jersey and Philadelphia, where he fronted prog-ska band Tsunami Rising, Daniels is now living on the Big Island of Hawaii where he is strengthening his connections to land, source and family. One year after losing his homestead to lava, Daniels returned home with a resilient anthem titled “Get Back Up.” Featuring an internationally crowd-sourced choir and some vocals from his local music scene (Imani Dreadz of OK2Change, Lopaka Rootz, Sarah Bethany, and others), Daniels delivers an honest account of his journey through trauma and an expression of strength in this genre-bending single. “Get Back Up” comes as a powerful follow-up to last year’s single “Our New Life.” The Honokaa Public House is located at 45-3490 Mamane Street, in downtown Honokaa.
Markus Mars at the Kohala Artists’ Cooperative (June 14, 7 – 9pm). Markus Mars is a world music concert, sound bath, meditation, and tribal dance ceremony, gently influenced by inspiring artists such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Andrew Bird, Johann Sebastian Bach, Steve Reich, Adam Plack, Johnny (White Ant) Soames, Shpongle, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis. Live looping artist and multi-instrumentalist Markus Mars composes entire concerts in front of the audience, with the audience. He makes each performance a unique experience by picking up the existing energy fields of the room, combining them with the vibes of the present energies, and transforming them into an audible superfood. The Kohala Artists’ Cooperative is located at 54-3676 Akoni Pule Highway in Kapaau. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Dagan Bernstein– Album Release Party! at the Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Café (June 14, 6-8pm). Dagan Bernstein is one of Waimea’s most authentic folk musicians. He infuses Hawaiian stylings into his own original compositions to create a refreshing sub-genre he calls “paniolo country.” His music hints at honest beginnings in an off-the-grid family and years spent playing alongside the legendary Hawaiian artist Braddah Smitty. By blending the two genres, Bernstein has created a style that pays tribute to the ranching history of Hawai’i while embracing mainstream folk sounds. Hear his latest single here. The Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Café is located at 35-2032 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, in Papaaloa. Info: (808) 339-7614.
Larry Dupio Performs + Singing Competition! At Hula Hulas (June 15, 6pm). Blues guitarist Larry Dupio started playing an ukulele at 8, and by 16 he had his musician’s union card in hand and started playing with bands on Oahu. In 2014, his album Lightning Larry Dupio was submitted for a Grammy nomination and provided him further musical exposure. Last year his recording Lightning Strikes Hilo won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Rock Album of the Year. Dupio is in the process of recording his seventh album, and has been featured in the multi-guitar concert Six-String Fling. Hula Hulas is located at 93 Banyan Drive in Hilo. Info: (808) 932-4545.
Ola Brew Art and Craft Collective- Soulfest at Ola Brew -Brewery and Taproom June 16, 2-9pm). Soulfest at Ola Brew is a time to celebrate the artists community of Hawaii Island. There will be art, live music, crafts, and food vendors. Music will feature: Shina Romero, Ms Demeanor and The Felons, and Lopaka Rootz. Music schedule: 2pm – 4pm, Shina Romero, 4pm – 6pm, Ms Demeanor and the Felons, and 6pm – 9pm, Lopaka Roots. Live art by Kai’ili Kaulukukui and River’s Mama. Craft Booths include: Danielle Burnside Alohiwai Concious Riddims Didi Von Tabby’s Hats Irieart Duggan naia.elle Island Fresh Aqua Miagi Art Nate Burton Pops Hosoi Food by: Da Bomb BBQ, Cool Runnings Food Truck, Coffee Grinds, Da Poke Shack, and Hawaiian Licks Frozen Vegan Dessert. Also face painting, henna tattoos. FATHER’S DAY – DAD’S GET 1/2 OFF THEIR FIRST BEER! Ola Brew is located at 74-5598 Luhia Street, in Kailua-Kona.
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Photo credit for featured image: Tim Mossholder