Top Weekend Entertainment Picks

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

Friday
Biloxi Blues at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.). Biloxi Blues, the hilarious and heartwarming play by Neil Simon that deals with six army recruits as they come of age during the last days of World War II will open on Friday, Jan. 24 and run through Sunday, Jan. 26. Tickets are available in person at Basically Books (1672 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo), online at www.brownpapertickets.com and the night of the show at the door. Venue info: (808) 961-5711.

MAnaFest Big Island 2020 at Kalani (Jan. 24-25 5-10 p.m.). The two-day festival includes 25 live bands & ecstatic dance, 30 workshops, a healthy food court, and much more. Cost: Friday -$30. General/$20. Saturday -$35. General/$25. Kama’aina w ID. $75. General/$65. Kama’aina w ID. Tickets online at: https://www.manafestival.org.

Saturday
Johnny Nicholas & Honokaa Jazz Band at Palace Theatre (Jan. 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.). Blues master and roots music aficionado Johnny Nicholas will perform with the young musicians of the Honokaa Dragon Jazz Band, a select group of students who have proven themselves as strong performers, ready for professional music experience. Tickets for the January 25 performance at the Palace Theater start at $25 with reserved seating available. Tickets may be purchased at the Palace Box Office or over the phone at 934-7010, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General Admission tickets are also available online at hilopalace.com/Eventbrite.

Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi at the Honokaa People’s Theatre (Jan 25, 2020, at 7 p.m.). World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan has developed a new live tribute to Jimi Hendrix dubbed “Stanley Plays Jimi.” The Seth Freeman Trio will open the concert. Cost: General Admission: $38. Gold Circle Seating: $55. For online tickets and  Gold Circle Seating, go to: www.bluesbearhawaii.com or call: 808-896-4845. Big Island ticket outlets: Kona Music Exchange – Kona; Kiernan’s Music – Old Town Kainaliu; Waimea General Store – Parker Square, Kamuela; Top Stitch – Honoka’a; Hilo Music Exchange, Hilo Ukulele & Guitar – Hilo and Rogers Guitars – Kea’au.

Sunday
Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kahilu Theatre (Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.). The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) continues its 2019-20 MasterWorks Season with “Innocent Beginnings,”—brought to mind by the special nature of innocence and youth when making music at a young age. Cost: $54 / $44 / $32 / $20. Tickets may be purchased online at kamuelaphil.org, or through the Kahilu Theatre Box Office by calling 808.885.6868, or visiting in person at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Tuesday-Friday, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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