5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend

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

Blayne Asing at Mike Luce Studio (Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 7 p.m.). The Kahilu Theatre’s new program series Luce Unplugged will feature five intimate evenings and showcase some of the best artists from Hawai’i. Staged in the Mike Luce Studio (MLS) black box venue of the Kahilu Theatre, the first of the series will feature the charismatic guitarist Blayne Asing. Luce Unplugged, featuring Blayne Asing, is the first of five performances in this brand-new series in Kahilu Theatre’s 39th Presenting Season. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

The Red Water Trio at The Red Water Café (Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, 6-9 p.m.). The Red Water Trio Features Brian McCree (bass), Ricardo Russell (guitar), and Jesse Snyder (horns and percussion). Snyder is a 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy Award) recipient for Jazz album of the Year with the Hawaiian swing group, Kahulanui. The Red Water Café is located at 65-1299 Kawaihae Roadd in Kamuela. For more info call (808) 885-9299.

Johnny Shot Band at the Blue Dragon Tavern & Cosmic Musiquarium (Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 7-10 p.m.). After nearly three years of being closed, the Blue Dragon Tavern & Cosmic Musiquarium has opened its doors and is featuring live entertainment. The Johnny Shot Band delivers a powerful and energetic performance sure to get you on the dance floor. The Blue Dragon is located at 61-3616 Kawaihae Road, Kawaihae. For more info call: (808) 882-7771

Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra with guest pianist Thomas Yee at the Kahilu Theatre (Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.). The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2019-20 MasterWorks Season at Kahilu Theatre with a program entitled “Yee & Tchaikovsky.” The performance opens the Orchestra’s 15th season and features award-winning pianist and guest soloist Dr. Thomas Yee of Honolulu, who will be performing one of the most iconic piano concertos of all time—Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger, the Kamuela Philharmonic and its many talented musicians will also be featured in Sibelius’s magnificent Symphony No. 2—an astounding aural journey with one of the most majestic and soaring finales ever written. Tickets for “Yee & Tchaikovsky” are $54 / $44 / $32 / $20. They may be purchased online at kamuelaphil.org, or through the Kahilu Theatre Box Office by calling 808.885.6868, or visiting in person at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea), Tuesday–Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Drew Daniels, Sarah Bethany, Matt Spencer, and Jason Stith at the Kona Pub and Brewery (Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, 5-8 p.m.). Catch this award wining talent in an intimate setting. They will be performing a mix of reggae, folk, soul, soul, jazz, and hip-hop along with a selction of their own originals. The Kona Pub and Brewery is located at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona. For more info call (808) 334-2739.


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