5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend

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Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.

Pirate Fest featuring The Kilt Lifters at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar ( Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.). The Kilt Lifters and Hawaii Irish Dance bring you Pirate Night. Complete with Pirate Music, Dance Performances, Crowd Dancing & Pirate Costumes! The Kilt Lifters celebrate our island nations with their eclectic and electric Celtic rock sound. With rocked out traditional and original tunes, paired with beautiful classic ballads, The Kilt Lifters bring a modern twist to the Celtic music we all love. The Kilt Lifters feature the inspired musical arrangements of Chris Carr on guitar, flute, and lead vocals, with crowd pleaser, Don Lax and Sam Woldenberg gives us the heartbeat with his amazing percussion work. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona.

KWXX’s 26th annual public Ho`olaule`a in downtown Hilo (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 5-10 p.m.) Last year, the downtown Hilo music event drew over 25,000 concertgoers, and this year’s line-up looks like it will be even more exciting. The festival will feature four stages including the Palace Theatre, over 25 artists, along with 40 food and craft booths. Hoʻolauleʻa is the largest one-day music crowd-drawing event on the Big Island… and it’s free!

Ho`olaule`a’s After-Party at The Grand Naniloa Resort featuring the Original Natural Vibrations and special guests (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 9:30 p.m. until 4 a.m.! Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $20.

Blayne Asing at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 6–9 p.m.). Born and raised on the island of Oahu, self-taught singer/songwriter, Blayne Asing picked up the ‘ukulele and guitar at the age of eight. In addition to playing a variety of instruments, Blayne is a prolific songwriter with a distinctive voice complimented and charming entertainment style. Blayne has risen to the top of Hawaiian music charts and was awarded the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist. Hawaiian and country/folk influence his original compositions. His song, “Moloka’i On My Mind” is popular on radio stations across the state and beyond. Don’s Mai Tai Bar is located at 75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona.

Hui Kako`o benefit concert featuring Brother Noland at Keauhou Shopping Center (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 5 – 7 p.m.). Keauhou Shopping Center proudly presents a family-friendly concert event that supports the @thefoodbaskethi in the effort to end hunger in Hawai`i. Admission is 2 cans of food. Bring 3+ cans of food for a chance to win a prize from their sponsors: Los Habaneros and L&L Hawaiian BBQ. The Keauhou Shopping Center is located at 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740


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