Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.
Debasish Bera and Honey Jar at the Waimea Coffee Company (Friday, August 23, 2019, from 7-9 p.m.). The Listening Room is a monthly music event that takes place at the Waimea Coffee Company and is organized by three Big Island musicians. August’s concert features Debasish Bera, a songwriter with a well-traveled perspective. He sings in three different languages and writes songs in two. Also, on the bill is the duo Honey Jar. Ellen Keehan and Kristin Lagasse hail from the East Coast. They discovered each other when playing a packed house show here in Hawaii. Since then, they’ve been working together on various projects including the recording of Ellen’s Hen House record. Now, the two have joined songwriting and singing forces as Honey Jar and have just released Honey Jar Live. All proceeds go towards the artists. Drip coffee & tea are available to purchase. Showtime is 7:15 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. The Waimea Coffee Company is located at 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, in Waimea. More info: 808) 885-8915.
Singer Amanda Avila at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Friday, August 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.). Amanda Ayala is a pop/rock singer from New York. She made her first major music breakthrough as a contestant on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show The Voice. Her first performance on the show was a rendition of “Mississippi Queen” by Mountain turning 3 out of the 4 judges chairs. Her experience performing on television has helped her gain success in performing with many talented bands and musicians. Amanda opened for the legendary rock group Blackfoot at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, as well as Dee Snyder and Sebastian Bach of Skid Row. Tickets: $5 cover. Gertrude’s is located at 75-5699 Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona.
Ka’ahele at the Bayfront Kava Bar in Hilo (Friday, August 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.). Kaahele is a fresh musical soup/salad combo to awaken and stimulate your spirit and mind, senses and taste buds, and their childlike wonderment, which becomes largely forgotten once we settle into the world and become comfortable, maybe too comfortable. Kaahele uses her experience of world travel and connection with the living earth to conceive a musical expression. Reaching to the much like a colorful and vibration neon high-five extending heights of human potential. The Bayfront Kava Bar is located at 277 Keawe St, in Hilo.
Small Kine Action Band at Laverne’s Sports Bar (Saturday, August 24, 2019, 7-10 p.m.). The Small Kine Action Band features PonchoMan Kuanoni on ukulele, Kawohi Boy Kamaka on drums, and Scotty Alcoran on bass. Laverne’s Sports Bar is located at 75-5819 Alii Drive, in Kailua-Kona
The 3rd Annual Big Island Blues Festival on Saturday, August 24, 2019 (4-10 p.m.) at the Luau Grounds of the Courtyard Marriott at King Kamehameha’s Beach Hotel. The Event will feature Tomi Isobe’s Blues Band, The Scott & Larry Show, and Ronnie V. & The Family Band. The family-friendly event is open to all ages. “Blues music is about life and telling a story and everyone has a story to tell,” said event organizer Zackery Kuyten of Off The Grid Productions. Outside blankets & chairs allowed. The Courtyard Marriott at King Kamehameha’s Beach Hotel is located at 75-5660 Palani Road, in Kailua-Kona. Cost: $20 Tickets (12 & under free). More info: Bigislandbluesfest2019.eventbrite.com.
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