Top 5 Shows of the Weekend


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

Mister Peanut Butter at Honoka’a Public House (Jan. 4, 2020, at 6 p.m.). Mister Peanut Butter is an indie, alt. rock, psychedelic, a funk-punk band hailing from the misty mountain town of Waimea on the Big Island. The Honokaa Public House is located at 45-3490 Mamane Street in Honokaa. Info: (808) 775-1666.

Drew Daniels Band & Sarah Bethany Quartet at Blue Dragon Restaurant and Musiquarium (Jan. 4, 2020, at 7 p.m.). Drew Daniels, former frontman of reggae rockers Tsunami Rising, delivers a distinct take on the singer/songwriter vibe. His songs weave as if Conor Oberst, The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, and Bradley Nowell sat down to create conscious music healthily grounded in the human experience. Sarah Bethany is a world-class vocalist and musician based in Hawaii performing shows and recording vocals, piano and keyboard tracks around the world. The Blue Dragon Restaurant and Musiquarium are located at 61-3616 Kawaihae Road, in Kamuela. Info: (808) 882-7771.

Jazz Mele at the Hilo Elks Lodge (Jan. 4, 2020, at 7 p.m.). Come dance to Jazz Mele — music that will get you movin’. A beginner-friendly dance lesson starts the evening; the band plays a mix of classic jazz standards, swing, Latin, boogie-woogie and jump blues from 7:30-10 p.m. No partner needed, and toe-tappers are welcome. Entry is on a sliding scale of $10-$20 (“pay what’s right for you”) or only $5 if you bring a pupu to share. Hosted by the Hilo Hep Cats. The Hilo Elks Lodge is located at 150 Kinoole Street, Hilo. Info: Andrea Gill, 959-8216,

The Grouch and Murs at Hilo Town Tavern (Jan. 4, 2020, at 7 p.m.). Murs and The Grouch are American rappers, and this is their 12th and final together. Also performing will be DJ Spark, and Phreewil…special giveaways and announcements The Hilo Town Tavern is located at 168 Keawe Street in Hilo. Info: (808) 935-2171.

Comedian Pauly Shore at the Kahilu Theatre (Jan. 05, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.). In 1990, comedian Pauly Shore was a VJ on MTV’s show Totally Pauly and gaining notoriety with his surfer dude alter-ego, “The Weas-ellll,” and popular catchphrase – “Hey, buhhhh-ddy!” The comedian experienced a rapid rise to stardom in the ’90s with a film trifecta of Bio-Dome, Son-In-Law and Encino Man. Shore still headlines stand-up venues around the world and will be on the bill with Big Island comedians Justine Smith and Nikki Gour. Cost: $50.50 / $45.50 / $42.50 + service charges. Tickets can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office which is located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea). This is an 18+ event.

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

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Photo: Ramiro Mendes


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