Our guide to shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.
The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) will present two performances of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970s musical comedy, Company : Friday, July 19 at 7pm at Hilo’s Palace Theatre and on Sunday, July 21at 4pm at The Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Justin John Moniz sings the role of Bobby, alongside a standout cast featuring Rhealee Fernandez (Joanne), Sara Law (April), and John Tibbetts (Harry). Audiences may remember both Fernandez and Law from the festival’s 2018 production of Sweeney Todd, in the roles of Mrs. Lovett and Johanna, respectively. Tickets are available via the HPAF website or through the Palace Theatre at (808) 934-7010 and Kahilu Theatre at (808) 885-6868. For a full list of HPAF’s summer offerings and more information, please visit:www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org.
Beefnik at MyBar, 74-5606 Luhia St, in Kailua (Friday, July 19, 2019, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.). Big Island electronic music producer and performing artist Beefnik is hosting a free party at MyBar to celebrate the release of her new album Nyctophilia. Featuring old & new school dance, drum and bass/jungle, and psychedelic trance with special guest DJs The Sonic Anomaly and Charles DAWwin. Show starts at 9:00 p.m. and goes until 2:00 a.m., ages 21 & over. Info: (808) 331-8789.
Bending Elbows at the Pāpaʻaloa Country Store & Café, 35-2032 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, in Papaaloa (Friday July 19, 2019, 5:30 – 8 p.m.). Bending Elbows will be performing some good old raw country music – their style of music blends rock, country and blues in a three-piece string band format with standup bass, acoustic guitar and ukulele, topped with a three-piece vocal ensemble that creates our unique raw country sound. Bending Elbows has performed at Lava Shack, Hula Hulas, Black Rock Cafe, Uncle Robert’s, and even on stage at the 2018 KWXX Ho’olaule’a. Info: (808) 339-7614.
Uma Zuma Duo at the Honokaa Public House, 45-3490 Mamane Street, in Honokaa (Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7-10 p.m.). This duo plays a wide range of music on guitar and ukulele, and have been making music together since the day they met in Waikoloa Village in 2010 at a little church inside the Elementary School library! They’ve played in Arizona, California, China, and the Philippines. Warning: sharing in their love songs and silly banter can bring on smiles, toe-tapping and dancing! This is a free event open to the public. Great pizza, beer and small-town ambiance!
John Keawe at the Queens’ MarketPlace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Drive, in Waikoloa (Saturday, July 20, 2019, 6-8 p.m.). Queens’ MarketPlace Monthly Concert Series is a breezy open-air FREE two-hour concert at the Coronation Pavilion and takes place every third Saturday of the month. July’s concert features the esteemed John Keawe. Keawe is a songwriter and slack-key guitarist who was born on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the little town of Hawi in North Kohala. John grew up with rock and roll music and enjoyed listening to singer/songwriters. Concert Info: (808) 886-8822.
Alx Kawakami at Don’s Mai Tai Bar, 75-5852 Alii Drive, in Kailua-Kona (Saturday, July 20, 2019, 6-9 p.m.). Kawakami is a talented singer/songwriter/entertainer with the Aloha of a local boy and the musical vibe of James Taylor. “I have known Alx and his family for years. If you have the opportunity to Check him out, you’re in for a real treat!” – Henry Kapono. With 180° views of the Pacific Ocean and Kailua Bay, Don’s Mai Tai Bar in the Royal Kona Resort enjoy some of Kapono’s favorite local artists every Saturday – ALL SUMMER LONG! Admission is free! Note: Henry Kapono will not be at this event but has hand-picked this artist for you! Info: (808) 329-3111.
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