5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend


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

Christian Sands at the Kahilu Theatre (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at 7 p.m.). Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. Accompanying him on stage will be bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Jerome Jennings. Tickets are $50/$25 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).

Dagan Bernstein with Christian Wadlington & Jeff Quinn at Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Café (Friday Oct. 11, 2019, 5:30 -8:00 p.m.). With a deep voice and sure hand, Dagan Bernstein is one of Waimea’s most authentic folk musicians infusing Hawaiian stylings into his own original compositions to create a refreshing sub-genre he calls “paniolo country.” His newest album project is Song for Waimea. It features nine fully produced songs about Bernstein’s home and was quickly funded earlier this month as a Kickstarter project. The lead single, Ha’aheo Nā Kanaka Paniolo was recently featured on KAPA Radio’s “Hawai’i Island Homegrown” show and was also a second-place winner in the 2019 Hawai’i Songwriting Festival Big Island Open Mic contest. The Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Café is located at 35-2032 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Papaaloa. Info: (808) 339-7614, https://www.papaaloacountrystore.com

Gypsy (musical) at the Hilo Palace Theatre (Friday,Oct. 11, 2019, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.). Regarded by many theater professionals as the greatest musical ever created, Gypsy is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughter’s success… while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920’s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart and sophistication. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Palace Box Office, or over the phone at (808) 934-7010 during weekday office hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. General Admission Online tickets are available now.

Uma & Dave at Honokaa Public House (Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, 8-11 p.m.). Uma Ojeda performs with her musical husband Dave Ojeda in the UmaZuma Duo. They play a wide variety of tunes from our Top 40, rock, reggae, blues, Jazz and Latin repertoire. The Honokaa Public House is located at 45-3490 Mamane Street, Honokaa. Info: (808) 775-1666, https://www.honokaapub.com

Jazz in the Forest: Autumn Leaves with Jean Pierre Thoma & Jeannine Guillory-Kane at the Volcano Art Center (Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.). Jean Pierre Thoma is a world traveled professional musician on flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano, with experience throughout America, France, Japan, India and Israel. Jeannine Guillory-Kane is an acclaimed vocalist in Jazz, Reggae, Pop and Rhythm Blues that lends to a strong, versatile sound and energy that gets her audience and peers alike to stand up and applaud her amazing voice and on-stage presence. The Volcano Art Center is located on the Niaulani Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano. Tickets are $20 for VAC members, $25 for nonmembers. Ticketholders will be able to purchase beer, wine and pupus. Tickets are available at www.volcanoartcenter.org, at VAC’s administration office in Volcano Village and the VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The last day to purchase tickets online is Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Musicians and venue proprietors lead complicated lives: it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements.

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