On Saturday, June 4, at Kukuau Studio in Hilo, the Hilo Sessions will launch its monthly series featuring music by Aguamelon, Ydine and Fortress, painter Kerry Mark Green, and a guest speaker from Hawaii Patients Union. The show runs from 5:30 – 9 p.m., and tickets are available through brownpapertickets. More info can be found below.
Aguamelon is a neo-soul/acid-jazz band, and an exceptionally musical family mothered by Asha Azama. Their music carries messages of love and loss, hope and beauty, perseverance, and the power of the people.
Ydine & The Fortress
Ydine describes her writing style as politico-spiritual, and she inspires people to rise in the glory of love, life, and beauty to perpetuate the vibrance of our beautiful planet. Her ensemble includes Big Island musicians bringing fun and heartfelt vibes to the stage. Blending sounds of rock, reggae, funk, and ska, they love to ring in the cosmic moment with joy and a sense of kuleana.
June’s guest speaker will be from Hawaii Patients Union, a member-run medical cannabis org advocating for patients’ rights and plant sovereignty. Learn the full scope of your rights as a patient (and grower) and be a part of the movement shifting the collective relationship with sacred plant medicine away from industrialization and holistic integrity.
Live painter and visionary artist, Kerry Mark Green’s work explores the inner realms and the worlds of psychedelia. Some of his fine work will be available for purchase at the show.
An organic elixir bar will serve pupus, ‘awa, and fresh cold-pressed juices (virgin/spiked). Come early to get your seats or to talk story with the artists and community.
Event: The Hilo Sessions (Vol. 1)
When: June 4, 2022, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Kukuau Studio, 43 Kūkūau St. Hilo
Tickets: $16 Early Bird, $20 Door
About The Hilo Sessions (from the promoter)
At the intersection of art and activism is where change occurs. The Hilo Sessions is that crossroads where artists and organizers can come together for community empowerment. For too long, Hilo has been missing a consistent arts scene. From this void, the creators of The Hilo Sessions get their inspiration. And it’s not just to have a venue where music is happening. Instead, the intention is to create a monthly hub that folks can foster as a place of their own, to share vital art and information with our people.
Local musicians and artists are brought to the stage and sometimes even elected. Community organizations that work to uplift the voice of the aina and our underserved now have a platform in which to share their work and calls to action. Painters and visual artists can showcase their talent and work and share their magic with a crowd. While music and art are the draws, education and empowerment are the core. The Hilo Sessions is an intimate concert series featuring the finest local artists and local organizers.