5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend


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

Markus Mars at the Honokaa People’s Theatre (Friday July 26, 2019, 7-9 p.m.). 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. After sharing his talent in 30 countries with more than 60 bands and orchestras and playing over 3,000 shows, plant-based food enthusiast Markus Mars moved to Hawai’i and found a volcanic foundation for his new endeavors. He composed, produced and released his debut album “Interdimensional” under his DJ name Son of Mars, a musical offering where electronic world music meets synthesizers and live instruments. Early Bird Tickets: $15 (Waimea General Store & Online). Door tix: $20-$30 (Sliding Scale). The Honokaa People’s Theatre is located at 45-3574 Mamane Street in downtown Honokaa.

The Dancers of Damelahamid at the Kahilu Theatre (Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.). The Dancers of Damelahamid is an indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time-depth of the many beautiful indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space and bridge the ancient with a living tradition. This performance is a celebration of the stories, songs, and dances of indigenous peoples of the Northwest coast of North America and places particular emphasis of the cultural traditions practiced by artists from coastal British Columbia, Manitoba, the Yukon, and Alaska. Their compelling storytelling celebrates the beauty and diversity of the rich history of masked dances. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, in Waimea.

Kenney Polson with special guests Greg Shirley, Jocelyn Michelle and Nick Wong, at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7-10 p.m.) Kenney Polson has appeared on U.S. television with jazz greats Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, David Sanborn and Wynton Marsalis. He has performed live with genre giants Joe Williams, Gil Scott-Heron, Michael Henderson, Norman Connors, Bettye Swan, and Lee Garrett.  Polson’s career has taken him to Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Colombia, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Traveling to more than 50 countries, he shared his own music while picking up the nuances of style that inform his current work. He toured extensively with Rick James’s Original Stone City Band and led his own ensembles to the Capital City Jazz Festival. $10 cover. Gertrude’s is located at 75-5699 Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona. Info: (808) 327-5299.

Summer Jam 2019 at Hilo Civic Auditorium (Saturday July 27, 2019, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). The Big Island Substance Abuse Council is holding its seventh annual Summer Jam this weekend. There will be a lot of activities showing off fitness and strength. Various food vendors will be serving up ‘ono offerings including BISAC’s own Big Island Fusion.  Enjoy local foods and ‘ono kine grindz! Shave Ice, Cotton Candy too.  Live entertainment offered by Jelayne Shelton, and Kona Kaipo.

Kahulanui at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Sunday, July 28, 2019, 6-10 p.m.). Na Hoku Award winning Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. Tickets: $35 at www.brownpapertickets.comor at the door $40. Make reservations at 808-327-JAZZ (5299). More info at www.kahulanui.com.Gertrude’s is located at 75-5699 Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona. Info: (808) 327-5299.

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

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