Top 5 Shows of the Weekend

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

Friday
The Markus Mars Experience at Honokaa People’s Theatre (Dec. 6, 2019, 7-9:00 p.m.). Live-looping artist Markus Mars co-creates his world fusion live-looping concerts by composing entire shows in front of and in collaboration with the audience. He channels the present vibes through his 5-string electric violin, a telescopic didgeridoo, a microphone, and a cajón. General Admission: $25. Tickets online at Eventbrite. The Honoka’a People’s Theatre is located at 45-3574 Mamane Street in Honokaa. Call for info: (808) 775-0000.

Saturday
Holualoa Music & Light Festival at Malama i ka Ola Holistic Health Center (Dec. 7, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m.). Every December, Holualoa Village rolls out the holiday red carpet, inviting visitors and residents to ring in the holidays, Hawaiian style. Holualoa lights up the night with the annual lighting of the town Christmas tree, plus an appearance by Santa, lots of live music, gallery gatherings, art openings, food, drink and more. Gallery owners open their doors to kick off the holiday shopping season, while at the same time bringing the local community together for a night of socializing, mingling and fun. Shops serve up complimentary pupus and beverages, holiday treats and of course, 100-percent Kona coffee. It’s a chance for attendees to catch up with old friends, make new friends, or put names to familiar faces. The Malama i ka Ola Holistic Health Center is located at 76-5914 Mamalahoa Highway in Holualoa. More info: (808) 324-6644.

Sunday
Blackwater Railroad Company at Privateer’s Cove Theatre (Dec. 8, 2019, 7-10 p.m.). Alaska’s Blackwater Railroad Company is teaming up with Kona’s own Ronnie V. & The Family Band for a night of wild acoustic music, dust bowl dancing and down-home food. Blackwater Railroad Company (BWRC) is on track to become one of Alaska’s most popular and successful bands. An evening with BWRR promises lots of laughter with friends. Tickets are $10 at the door. Privateer’s Cove Theatre is located at 75-170 Hualalai Rd. Suite E-100, in Kailua-Kona. Call for info: 808-430-5550.

Lucas Nelson at Kahilu Theatre (Dec. 8, 2019, 7:00 pm.). Lukas Nelson knows all about legacies, indeed he’s been hard at work carving his own for most of his young but extremely eventful life. Balancing his work as the frontman of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real — an emergent and vital force in American music—with his regular gig as Neil Young’s bandleader and lead guitarist—and of course, the never-ending road alongside his father in Willie Nelson & Family—in song after song, on stage after stage, Lukas has sharpened the edges of his singular sound, one that nods to his influences while also pushing forward into uncharted territory. Tickets ($65/$35) can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

Kahulanui at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Dec. 8, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.). Na Hoku Award-winning Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Throughout Hawaii in the 1920s and 1930s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping. Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawaii today. Tickets are $35, and available at Eventbrite. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Ali’i Drive in Kailua Kona. Call for info: (808) 327-5299.


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

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