The eighth annual Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival will feature an oceanfront concert at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Kohala Coast on June 1. Ticket info below.
This year’s main concert spotlights Grammy Award winners and Blues legends: Donald Harrison (“The King of Nouveau Swing”), Wayne Toups (“The Cajun Bruce Springsteen”), Blues Guitar Legend, Chris Thomas King, and Sax Master, Nelson Rangell.
Celebrating eight years with our Big Island JazzFEST has been an incredible journey and I want to thank the wonderful ‘Ohana and our amazing sponsors here on the island of Hawai’i that have supported us year after year. I hope to continue our festivals for years to come for the community and keep jazz & blues alive in Hawai’i!
– Ken K. Martinez Burgmaier, Big Island JazzFEST promoter
The Big Island Jazz & Blues Fest has great music, great food and the best fun music lovers can have in Hawaii. Now that is what I’m talkin’ about!!! – Donald Harrison
I am very excited to play at the Big Island Jazz & Blues Feat, and will play a couple of old favorites, along with some of my newer solo material with my friends The Iguanas backing me up.
– Tommy Malone
Others in the lineup include the New Orleans based Roots Rock Band, The Iguanas. Their sound has been described as combining Chicano rock, R&B, Conjunto and various Latin styles into a deep groove. Grammy winner and Sax legend Jon Smith has been described as “one of the baddest tenor saxophone players ever to come out of Texas.” Tommy Malone of The Subdudes,
Na Hoku winning Blues guitarist Benny Uyetake, The Jazz Alley TV Trio and other special guests will make it an evening to remember.
Other Jazz & Blues Fest Events
Thursday, May 30 – There will be a JazzFEST dinner at the Red Water Café in Waimea with Chef David Abrams preparing his award-winning cuisine with some New Orleans flair 6-9- Make dinner reservations at: 808-885-9299.
Friday May 31– The Copper Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will feature a JazzFEST dinner from 6 to 9 PM. Make dinner reservations: 808-882-7222.
Sunday, June 2 – The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will host a JazzFEST brunch from 11:30 to 2 PM along with some live jazz and blues! Reservations at 808-882-7222.
If You Go…
Tickets for the main Jazz & Blues Festival concert on June 1, 2019, can be purchased here: http://www.bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com
When: Gates open on the luau grounds at 4:30 PM (rain or shine) and show runs till 9:00 PM. No coolers or chairs are allowed.
Where: The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is located at 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive on the Kohala Coast. Reservations: (866) 774.6236 – Direct: (808) 882.7222.