Our guide to live shows happening this weekend on the Big Island
17th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Kahilu Theatre (Friday Nov. 22- 23, 7 p.m.). The 17th annual and legendary music event will include musicians, Jeff Peterson, Sonny Lim, Led Kaapana, Nathan Aweau, Benny Chong, Mike Kaawa, Brittni Paiva and more. “A festival like no other in the state,” musicians play together on stage and give back across our island in local schools to inspire the next generation of ‘ukulele and ki ho’alu performers. Tickets range from $25-65 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, in Kamuela.
Leilani Wolfgramm at Ola Brew (Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, 7 p.m.). R&B-infused reggae songstress/guitarist Wolfgramm is making waves in her genres, and has been praised by LADYGUNN, PopDust, Top Shelf Reggae, EARMILK, among others. She’s shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, Incubus, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Sublime ft. Rome and New King. Also, on the bill is Thurston Kamealoha and Hilo’s The Steppas. This is an all ages event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $35 at the door. VIP Tickets $60. Ola Brew is located at 74-5598 Luhia Street in Kailua-Kona. Info: (808) 339-3565
Grand Slam at Mai Grille (Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.). Reunited after 11 years, the jazz/rock/blues band Grand Slam have played various Big Island venues including Kona Brew Pub, and also opened for blues legend Robert Cray. Tickets for their Mai Grille show are $15.69 (w/service fee) and can be purchased in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, or $18 at the door. Food and drink specials will be offered, and this is a 21 and over event. Mai Grille is located at 69-622 Waikoloa Beach Drive in Waikoloa. Info: (808) 886-7600.
Don May and Rob Decker at the Waimea Coffee Company (Friday Nov. 22, 2019, 7 p.m.). Don May is an award-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A veteran of the Austin, Texas music scene, Don divides his time between Hawaii, Austin, and Nashville. As a songwriter he has found success in multiple genres—country, pop, Americana, rock, and blues. Rob Decker is a singer songwriter in the vein of James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett. He has been playing music in and around Hawaii since the late 90s. His soulful voice and sure picking hand have made him one of the area’s favorite performers. The Waimea Coffee Company is located at 63-1279 Kawaihae Rd # 114 in Waimea. Info: 808) 885-8915.
UmaZuma Band at the Korner Pocket Bar & Grill (Saturday, Nov. 23, 8-11p.m.). This “rockedelic” and “groove-alicious” band enjoy sharing tunes from Aretha to Zeppelin plus Robert Palmer, Stevie Nicks, The Beatles and much more. The musicians include Kristin Johnson (drums), Steve Fundy (guitar and vocals), Dave Ojeda (bass), and Uma Ojeda (ukulele and vocals). “UmaZuma delivers organic music for dancing, energetic entertainment and classic musicality.” The Korner Pocket is located at 81-970 Halekii Street, in Kealakekua. Info: (808) 322-2994.
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