5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend


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

The Jimmie Vaughan Trio will perform at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7.pm, however this show is sold out. Vaughan and band have teamed up with the Big Island Marlin Tournament and Wild Oceans to present a special membership offer & concert on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at 8:45 p.m. Vaughan played the Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series in 1988 and 1989. A very limited number of tickets are now available to the public! Proceeds benefit Wild Oceans and a membership; a cap and a bumper sticker are all included! Tickets are $50 and more info can be found here: https://wildoceans.org/Jimmie+Vaughan+Membership+Special.

Multi Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Henry Kapono plays Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Lava Lava Beach Club (69-1081 Ku’uali’i Pl, Waikoloa Village, 7:30-9:30 p.m. On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Kapono will perform at the Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Inn, 2-4 p.m. The 11th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival celebrates the legacy of Don the Beachcomber and the Mai Tai. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Scrip will be sold at the event for food and some beverage purchases. Certain drinks and food will be sold via cash and credit. Kick back or boogie down poolside with a Mai Tai as we enjoy island rhythms from legendary performer, Henry Kapono and his band.

The Big Island’s Castaways will be playing a special concert benefit on August 17 for the non-profit Kids Matter. The event will take place at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, 75-5699 Ali’I Drive, Kailua-Kona. Tickets are $10, and showtime is 7 p.m. The Castaways band is a unique musical adventure, and the group features Jesse Snyder, Brian McCree, Alex Czerny, Joey Bradley, Noa Eads, Pat Eskildsen, and Richard Russell. They play originals and re-imagined covers, most in the general direction of jazz, R&B, blues, and reggae. In their words, “We consider ‘genres’ a marketing ploy. Music is a language, and a means of transportation.” Their Kids Matter benefit concert on August 17 will mark their Kona debut. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Ali’I Drive, Kailua-Kona. Cost: $10 – at the door.

Night Train 808 at the Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion (Saturday, August 17, 2019, 6-8 p.m.). “Join us for an easy breezy open-air FREE two-hour concert in our Coronation Pavilion, every third Saturday of the month, from 6 – 8 pm. This month groove out with up-tempo dance tunes by Kona’s NightTrain 808. Playing everything from soul to funk to rock, there’s a little bit of something for everyone’s ears! Queen’s MarketPlace is located at 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive in Waikoloa. Info: (808) 886-8822.

The Tin Pan Alleycats at the Hilo Elks Lodge (Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:30 to 10 p.m.). For your dancing and listening pleasure, the Tin Pan Alleycats return to Hilo playing and singing the hits of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. The band is presented in the Swinging Saturday dance series by the Hilo Hep Cats, who will teach a half-hour beginners’ swing-dance lesson at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door and includes the lesson. The Tin Pan Alleycats feature the incomparable pianist-vocalist Leslie Harlib; retro guitarist-vocalist Hal Glatzer; and hot jazz instrumentalists Jean Pierre Thoma on woodwinds, Mark Caudill on violin, and Bill Heideman on drums. The Hilo Elks Lodgeis a non-smoking venue, at 150 Kinoole Street in downtown Hilo; a large parking lot is around the back, off Ululani Street.

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

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