Our guide to live shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.
Willie K at the Crown Room (Friday, Nov. 29, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.). The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and not only get away with it but leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment. The Grand Naniloa Resort (Crown Room) is located at 93 Banyan Drive, Hilo. 808-969-3333, grandnaniloahilo.com
Lightning Larry Dupio & Friends at Blue Dragon Tavern (Saturday, Nov. 30, 6:45 – 9:45 p.m.). Influenced by guitar masters like BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Carlos Santana, a local boy from Hawaii, Larry Dupio, emerges with a style all his own. While meeting Muddy Waters backstage at the Waikiki Shell in 1982, Waters asked Larry to do him a favor and “keep the blues alive!” Larry is keeping that promise. The Blue Dragon Tavern is located at 61-3616 Kawaihae Road in Kawaihae. Cover: $10. 808-882-7771, bluedragontavern.com
Henry Kapono Presents Taz Vegas at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (Saturday, Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m.). Taz Vegas has been an entertainer since he was five years old. He has mastered a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, ukulele, keyboards, and percussion. Taz has traveled to Japan, Tahiti, Taiwan, and New York playing music and spreading the Aloha spirit. He produced two albums with the group Typical Hawaiians, and is a musician with the popular Hawaiian group, Hoonua. Don’s Mai Tai Bar is located at 75-5852 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona. 808-329-3111, royalkona.com/dining
Kona Aloha Singers at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (Sunday, Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m.). The Kona Aloha Singers is excited to announce their Second Concert titled Mele Melodies. They will sing songs from popular artists such as “Feel It Still,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Sing,” “Happy Xmas” and more. Tickets available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4428040.
Shina Romero at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Sunday, Dec. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.). From a feisty teenager to a fierce powerhouse she is today, Shina Romero’s music and lyrics tell the stories of her reflections on relationships that have made a lasting imprint on her life. Inspired by her sister, the energy and the intensity of performing and touring together and a life as a soulful musical artist, Shina began the brave and exciting journey of becoming a solo artist. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Alii Drive, in Kailua-Kona. 808-327-5299, gertrudesjazzbar.com.
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