Top Weekend Entertainment Picks

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

Friday
Valhalla’s Led Zeppelin Tribute at Uncle Roberts Awa Bar ((March 13, 2020, at 6 p.m.). The Led Zeppelin tribute band Valhalla will perform the classic live album The Song Remains The Same at series of shows starting in Kona and ending in Hilo. These shows will offer fans a great opportunity to relive old memories of this historic rock band. Uncle Roberts Awa Bar is located at 12-538 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pahoa. Cost: $10.

King Louie Organ Trio at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (March 13, 2020, at 7 p.m.). Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Louis “King Louie” Pain and soulful saxophonist Renato Caranto (Merle Haggard, Esperanza Spalding) have been musical partners for nearly 25 years now.  The chemistry between these two world-class musicians is unmatched.  They simply love playing together, and audiences love watching and listening to them! Impossible to pigeon-hole, Louis & Renato’s music combines blues, jazz, soul, and gospel in a uniquely spontaneous & soulful musical mix.  Their debut trio CD, “It’s About Time,” was honored by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “Best Albums of 2019”—their third CD together to receive that prestigious honor! For their show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, Louis & Renato will be joined by local drummer Steve Bader, who brought the dynamic duo to the Big Island back in November 2019 for the East Hawaii Jazz & Blues Festival as well as their debut appearance at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar. Tickets are $10 advance/$15 @ the door. Info: (808) 327-5299.

Hōʻike “Keʻelikōlani: Moku Aʻe Ka Pawa at Koaiʻa Gymnasium (March 13, 2020, at 6 p.m.). The production will be the first hula drama produced by our high school, breaking new ground to honor a woman of great significance to the moʻokūʻauhau of Kamehameha Schools. Moku Aʻe Ka Pawa—the pre-dawn darkness is breaking—references the reawakening of Hawaiian consciousness, as we know Keʻelikōlani was never disconnected from her kānaka identity. Through hula, mele, art, and pāleoleo (rap), a vibrant moʻolelo will be shared celebrating the life, lessons, and connections of Keʻelikōlani. Tickets are now available for purchase. $8 presale, $5 for keiki (ages 12 and under) or a VIP package for $20 that includes early entrance, reserved seating, a special gift, and a souvenir photo. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 general admission/$5 keiki (ages 12 and under) from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the night of the performance.

Saturday
Valhalla’s Led Zeppelin Tribute at Hilo Town Tavern (March 14, 2020, at 9 p.m.).
The Led Zeppelin tribute band Valhalla will perform the classic live album The Song Remains The Same at series of shows starting in Kona and ending in Hilo. These shows will offer fans a great opportunity to relive old memories of this historic rock band. The Hilo Town Tavern is located at 168 Heawe Street in Hilo. Cost: $15. Info: 808-935-2171.


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